Church Fathers, Day 249: St. Gregory the Great says learn to repent from Judas

Learn to repent from JudasChrist gave Judas every opportunity to repent, not even holding back the Last Supper from him. St. Gregory the Great advises us to look to Judas as a good example of what not to do.When the Lord said, “Truly I tell you, one of you is about to betray me,” he showed that his betrayer’s conscience was well known to him. He did not confound the traitor by harsh and open rebukes, but met him with mild and silent warnings, so that he who had never been sent astray by … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – A.D. The Bible Continues Catholic book set


This week publisher Sophia Institute Press sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of  A.D. The Bible Continues Catholic Viewers Guide by Veronica Burchard (you can read my review here) and one copy of Ministers and Martyrs The Ultimate Catholic Guide to the Apostolic Age by Mike Aquilina (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 4/0 … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 248: St. Ambrose tells us excommunication is a last resort

Excommunication is a last resortWe see it all the time: politicians, professors, even priests who call themselves “Catholic” but embarrass the Church with their public denials of Church teaching. Why doesn’t the Church just throw them out right away? St. Ambrose answers that it is, and should be, a hard thing to cut a limb off the body. First the bishop tries everything in his power to heal the disease.The bishop should treat the clerics and attendants, who are indeed his sons, as membe … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Ministers and Martyrs: The Ultimate Guide to the Apostolic Age


A.D. The Bible Continues: Ministers & Martyrs tells the story of the early Church. Author Mike Aquilina takes us to the early days of Christianity to give the reader an overview of what exactly those first days after Pentecost were like. It serves as a great introduction to this period as well as the perfect companion book to the latest project from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, A.D. The Bible Continues.It becomes pretty evident in the early pages of the book that the Apostles, and in … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 247: St. Ambrose says repent for the sake of the Eucharist

Repent for the sake of the EucharistAgainst heretics who said that serious sinners could never be reconciled to the Church, St. Ambrose uses the example of the Prodigal Son. No matter how serious the sin, the Church always holds out the hope of reconciliation. Without the hope of the Eucharist, who would repent at all?And no wonder he was dying of starvation! He didn’t have the divine nourishment. Prompted by the lack of it, he says, “I will arise and go to my fa­ther, and I will say to … [Read more...]

CBB Review – A.D. The Bible Continues: Catholic Viewers Guide

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On the night of Easter Sunday NBC will be debuting the latest series from Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. A.D. The Bible Continues tells the story of the early Church and first christians. Sophia Institute Press has been named publisher for books related to the 12-part series. Today I will be reviewing their book A.D. The Bible Continues: The Catholic Viewer's Guide by Veronica Burchard. For those preparing to watch the series this is a great guide and rest assured I am only going to discuss the … [Read more...]