Church Fathers, Day 152: St. Ambrose tells us to ignore insults and keep silent

Ignore insults and keep silent Is someone abusing or insulting you? Best to keep silent, says St. Ambrose. You will keep yourself from sin, and people will think better of you. But we must also guard against anyone who provokes us, and spurs us on, and exasperates us, and supplies what will excite us to licentiousness or lust. So if anyone reviles us, irritates, stirs us up to violence, tries to make us quarrel— let us keep silence. Let us not be ashamed to become mute. For whoever irritates … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 151: St. Ambrose advises us to not return insult for insult

Don’t return insult for insult The devil tempts us to snap back when someone insults us, says St. Ambrose. Or, often enough, the devil doesn’t have to do it, because someone else is willing to whisper in our ears. But we will always come out on top if we keep cool and silent. So, then, you should also guard your humility. But if you are unwilling to appear too humble, you think like this, saying to yourself, “Am I supposed to let this man despise me, and say such things to my face against me, … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Olivia and the Little Way

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This week publisher Harvey House Publishing sponsors their first CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Olivia and the Little Way by  Nancy Carabio Belanger (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 Wed 12/26 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 150: St. Ephrem tells us to run away from mockery

Run away from mockery Making fun of people makes us like Satan, says St. Ephrem the Syrian. Not only should we avoid doing it ourselves, but we should flee if we even hear mockery. If you love derision, you are just like Satan; and if you mock your fellow, you are the mouth of the devil. If you delight in calling people names because of their defects and flaws, Satan is not in creation but you have seized his place by force. Run far away from this! For it is altogether hurtful. If you want … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway – Mary of Nazareth DVD

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Today Carmel Communications marketing firm for Ignatius Press sponsors a special CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of the 2-Disc Collectors edition DVD of Mary of Nazareth (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 Wed 12/25 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Olivia and The Little Way

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Laura is back this week with another review of a book for young readers.Olivia and the Little Way by Nancy Carabio Belanger is a book that not only introduces the “Little Way” of St. Therese, but also shows young readers how they can put it into action. Children will draw inspiration from fifth-grader Olivia who is just beginning to use the little way. Olivia provides a wonderful example for young souls helping them apply the little way in their own life.Olivia’s spiritual journey with St … [Read more...]


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