Each order interprets the order above, Angels: Day 036

Each order interprets the order aboveDionysius  the Areopagite tells us that the angels on any level of  the hierarchy interpret what  they learn from the rank above for the sake of  the rank below. The Seraphim, at the top of the hierarchy, learn from God himself. And even within the same rank of the hierarchy, there are different positions.All angels are interpreters of those above them. The most reverend an- gels interpret God, who moves them, directly. The rest are interpreters, in th … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Navigating the Tiber

This week we have two titles to give away! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Navigating the Tiber: How to Help Your Friends and Family Journey Toward the Catholic Faith by Devin Rose and sponsored by Catholic Answers (you can read the review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts NOW and will end 12AM EST Friday 9/02. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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The orders of angels teach one another, Angels: Day 035

The orders of angels teach one anotherThe hierarchy of Heaven, like the hierarchy on Earth, keeps to a definite order of teaching, according to Dionysius  the Areopagite. The higher levels teach the subordinate levels. Like some other Fathers, our writer imagines the beginning of Isaiah 63 as a description of the scene in Heaven when Christ ascended.Theologians show that the superior orders of heavenly beings teach the subordinate orders the knowledge of becoming like God. The highest o … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Navigating the Tiber

Devin Rose has crafted a worthy follow up to his exceptional book The Protestant's Dilemma .  A convert himself, Devin takes readers on a guided conversation with one of your Protestant friends that serves as an aid in the sometimes contentious debates that can occur. The books title is Navigating the Tiber: How to Help Your Friends and Family Journey Toward the Catholic Faith and it is a worthy addition to anyone’s library.First an explanation of the title. Often times the conversion pr … [Read more...]

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The hierarchy imitates God, Angels: Day 034

The hierarchy imitates GodDionysius  the Areopagite explains that each member of  a hierarchy—among the angels or in the Church—finds  his own perfection in his own particular role in the greater organization.Each of those who have been called into the hierarchy finds perfection in imitating God in his own way—and, what is more divine than all, in becoming a fellow-worker with God, as the Scriptures say, and in showing the divine energy in himself manifested as far as possible.One of … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living

Back in May I visited The Abbey at Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT. It is a “community of contemplative Benedictine women dedicated to the praise of God through prayer and work.” (http://abbeyofreginalaudis.org/) While there I picked up Seventy-Four Tools for Good Living: Reflections on the Fourth Chapter of Benedict’s Rule by Michael Casey, OCSO. It is a series of “Reflections on the Fourth Chapter of Benedict’s Rule.” Although I am a “cradle Catholic,” I had no idea what a rule was, nor any idea … [Read more...]

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