Church Fathers, Day 349: St. Ephrem the Syrian says learn persuasion from the Lord


Learn persuasion from the LordSimon the Pharisee was not rebuked sternly when he misunderstood the Lord’s mission, says St. Ephrem the Syrian. Instead, the Lord used a parable to lead him gently to the truth.But why instead of a stern reproof did our Lord speak a parable of per­suasion to that Pharisee?He spoke the parable to him tenderly, so that he, though headstrong, might without realizing it be enticed to correct his perversities. For the waters that are frozen by the force of … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 348: St. Augustine advises us to pray for conversions


Pray for conversionsIn his youth, St. Augustine fell into the Manichean heresy, and used his for­midable rhetorical skills to defend it. His Catholic mother begged a prominent bishop to talk her son out of it, but the bishop told her to wait and pray.Meanwhile, you, God, gave her another answer. My mother begged a priest of yours, a certain bishop brought up in your Church and well versed in your books, that he would have a talk with me. She wanted him to show me my errors, leading me … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 347: St. Dionysius of Alexandria says welcome the straying when they turn back


Welcome the straying when they turn backIn the time of persecutions, some Christians thought those who abandoned the Church could never be forgiven. But Dionysius says that we should follow Christ’s example, welcoming the penitent with open arms.But now we’re doing the opposite. Christ, the Good Shepherd, goes out looking for one who strays, and calls him back when he runs away, and carefully takes him up on his shoulders when he finds him. On the other hand, we harshly reject someone w … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway – The Story of the Bible: The Old Testament


This week publisher Tan Books' division Tan Homeschooling sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Story of the Bible: The Old Testament pack (you can read my review here). This pack includes the Old Testament:  Text Book, Test Book, Audio Drama.  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 7/10 with a winner being announced later that day.  a Rafflecopter give … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 346: St. Gregory the Great urges us to pray for the straying


Pray for the strayingSt. Gregory the Great urges his congregation not to fall into the trap of the Manichean heresy. But he also urges them to pray for the heretics. We should pray constantly that all who have strayed will be brought back to the Lord.We deplore the blasphemy of those who deny that Christ was truly hu­man—about whom the blessed Apostle John forewarned us in a crystal-clear say­ing: “every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Story of the Bible: The Old Testament


TAN Books has just released two new book sets telling The Story of the Bible for children – one on the Old Testament and one on the New Testament. Now there are dozens of Bible storybooks for kids on the market - So my question was, “What makes this one so special?” Well, I’ve had the pleasure of viewing The Story of the Bible Volume I – The Old Testament and much to my delight this set is pretty exceptional. It is part of the TAN Homeschool line, and as a homeschooling parent of several childre … [Read more...]