Church Fathers, Day 193: St. Ignatius of Antioch tells us to love unity, avoid divisions


Love unity, avoid divisions St. Ignatius of Antioch tells the church in Magnesia, which had suffered from divisive politics, that God is not to be found in strife and division. When I was with you, I shouted, I spoke with a loud voice, “Listen to the bishop, and to the priests and deacons.” Some suspected that I said this because I had inside information beforehand about the division caused by some among you. But he for whose sake I am in captivity is my witness that I had no informa­tion fro … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton


This week publisher Image Books sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton:  by John Michael Talbot (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST 2/06 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 192: St. Vincent of Lerins directs us to follow this rule: universality, antiquity, consen


Follow this rule: universality, antiquity, consent How do we know what belief is truly Catholic? St. Vincent of Lerins gives us a simple rule to tell us when we’re safely within the bounds of Catholic truth. In the Catholic Church itself, moreover, we must take all possible care to hold that faith that has been believed in all places, at all times, by all. What is truly and in the strictest sense “Catholic” is—as the name itself and the reason for it tell us—what takes in all universally. W … [Read more...]

CBB Review: The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton


Daniel P. Horan , O.F.M. has recently given us a new insight into Thomas Merton in his new book The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing. Thomas Merton to this day is much admired and his numerous books and articles are often read. There have also been a myriad of books written about Merton. This particular book I found most interesting as Daniel did a wonderful job showing how St. Francis of Assisi, perhaps the most popular … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 191: St. Pacian warns trust the whole church, not the loner


Trust the whole church, not the loner With withering sarcasm, St. Pacian tramples the arguments of the Novatians, a sect that said no one could repent after baptism. When one loner disagrees with the whole Catholic Church, it seems more likely that the whole Church is right. The whole treatise of the Novatians, which you have addressed to me thronged with propositions on all sides, amounts to this, brother Sympronian: that there is no room for repentance after baptism; that the Church cannot … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 190: St. Cyril of Jerusalem says honor your parents and you honor God


Honor your parents and you honor God St. Cyril of Jerusalem tells us that honoring our parents is the first virtue of a Christian. Whatever we do for our parents, we can never repay them for their gift of life to us. But while we honor our heavenly Father, let us also honor the fathers of our flesh. For when our fathers on earth are of a contrary mind to our Father in heaven, then we must obey Christ’s word. But when they do not stand in the way of godliness, if we are ever carried away by i … [Read more...]