Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Thirty: St. Basil advises us to work through our grief

Work through your grief To a congregation that had lost its pastor, St. Basil sends his condolences. Grief is natural, he says, but we have to work through our grief and do what needs to be done. Following an ancient custom, which has been in force for many years, and at the same time showing you love in God, which is the fruit of the Spirit, I now send this letter to you, my pious friends. I feel with you both in your grief at the event that has befallen you, and in your anxiety at the … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – The Grace of Yes


This week publisher Ave Maria Press sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living (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 Friday 12/03 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twenty-Nine: St. John Cassian warns us to beware of depression

Beware of depression Are you feeling gloomy? That’s good if it leads you to repent your sins, says St. John Cassian. Otherwise, depression poisons our spiritual lives. You can know whether it’s the good kind or the bad kind by its fruits. There is another still worse kind of depression, that does not lead the guilty soul to any change of life or correction of faults, but into the most de­structive despair—the despair that did not make Cain repent after murdering his brother, or make Judas aft … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living


Everyone during their lives is faced with an option. That option is whether we continue to do things for ourselves or we choose to do things for others is adherence to God’s will. In her new book The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living author Lisa Hendey uses examples from her own life to show how we can make the right decision. Her approach is effective and leaves the reader with much to consider.The book consists of eight chapters, one on each selected virtue the title alludes t … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twenty-Eight: St. Basil tells us work for the Kingdom is never wasted

Work for the Kingdom is never wasted When we work, says St. Basil, we do it for the sake of the good things that will come from our work. But only work for holiness and truth can never disappoint us, because it always leads to the good things we hope for. Toil in the field is no novelty to farmers. Sailors are not surprised to run into a storm at sea. The hired hand expects to sweat in the summer heat. And to those who live a holy life, the troubles of this world can hardly be unexpected. … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twenty-Seven: St. Gregory the Great says trust God’s promises, and take what comes

Trust God’s promises, and take what comes When Jesus was transfigured, says St. Gregory the Great, Peter wanted to live in that glory forever. But the time was not right. We have work to do here before we can live in glory with Jesus forever. The Apostle Peter was excited by the revelation of these mysteries. He despised what was mundane and scorned what was earthly, and he was filled with a sort of frenzied craving for what was eternal. Filled with rapture at the whole vision, he wanted to m … [Read more...]