Church Fathers, Day 344: St. John Cassian advises let your struggles help others


Let your struggles help othersThe desert fathers, St. John Cassian tells us, had a custom of revealing their most intimate spiritual struggles to beginning monks. By revealing our own struggles, we can help others facing the same problem.I thought it was a good idea to mention these things in this little work of mine, so that we might learn, not only by reason, but also by examples, about the force of temptations and the order of the sins that hurt an unfortunate soul, and so might be … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 343: Palladius says saves souls through service


Save souls through servicePalladius of Galatia tells the story of an ascetic who met a man and woman who were actors—a notoriously immoral profession in those days. Wishing to save them for Christ, he took the extreme measure of selling himself to them as a slave.The fathers used to tell how, taking a female ascetic as his accomplice, Serapion sold himself to some Greek actors in a certain city for twenty pieces of money. And having sealed up the money he kept it on his person. Then he … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary


Typology is the study of the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament. The events, people and statements in the Old Testament are viewed as pre-figuring the events, people and statements in the New Testament. As Saint Augustine states “The New Testament lies hidden in the Old, and the Old is unveiled in the New.” This can become a pretty involved and deep study so I was pretty intrigued to see a children’s book that dealt with typology. The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and … [Read more...]

Matthew Leonard is coming to New Oxford, PA!

One of the exciting things I get to do through my work here at The Catholic Book Blogger is to bring speakers I interview to my home parish in New Oxford, PA. In 2013 we hosted Mike Aquilina, in 2014 we hosted Scott Hahn, this May we hosted Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle and on August 29th at Immaculate COnception Church BVM we welcome Matt Leonard. As my spiritual director has said "Little New Oxford, PA the hub of evangelization in Adams County....who woulda thunk?" Come and experience what has b … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 342: St. John Chrysostom suggests bringing your neighbors to church

Bring your neighbors to churchWhy do our churches seem half-empty sometimes? Why are our neighbors stay­ing home from Mass? St. John Chrysostom warns us that the real blame is not with those who stayed away, but with us who went to church and didn’t bring our neighbors with us.It seems I did no good with the long harangue I addressed to you a while ago, hoping to rouse up your enthusiasm for the meetings here. Once again our church is destitute of her children. So once again I have to a … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 341: You are the soul of the world


You are the soul of the worldThe unknown author of this letter simply calls himself a “Mathetes,” a “dis­ciple.” Here he tells a pagan friend that Christians are like the soul of the world.To sum up: what the soul is to the body, that is what Christians are to the world.The soul is scattered through all the members of the body, and Christians are scattered through all the cities of the world.The soul lives in the body but is not part of the body; the Christians live in the world … [Read more...]