Church Fathers, Day 222: St. Ambrose tells us don’t take advantage of misfortune

Don’t take advantage of misfortune When food is scarce, prices go up. It’s just good business, right? No, says St. Ambrose. It’s one thing to get a fair return for your work, but it’s quite another to take advantage of human misery to turn an outrageous profit. “The people curse him who holds back grain” (Proverbs 11:26). This is a plain and definite statement, leaving no room for debate. Yes, you must expect payment for your labor from the crops of the fruitful land, and must hope for a ju … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 221: St. Ambrose says share everything

Share everything St. Ambrose quotes the pagan philosopher Pythagoras to show that even the pa­gans admire selfless sharing between friends. But Christians are all family, so we should be all the more willing to share everything with our brothers and sisters. If one of the pagans has said that all the possessions of friends should be common, how much more ought those of relatives to be common! For we are relatives, because we are bound into one body. But we are not bound by any prescribed … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Slubgrip Instructs: Fifty Days with the Devil


This week author Fr. Dwight Longenecker sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one signed copy of his new book Slubgrip Instructs: Fifty Days with the Devil.(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 3/06 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 220: St. Ambrose says to expect better returns from the poor


Expect better returns from the poor If you do something good for a rich man, says St. Ambrose, he just takes it as his due, or thinks you want something out of him. But the poor repay you not only in their own gratitude, but in the promised reward from Jesus himself. What good does it do you to show favor to a rich man? We ought to think far more of the weak and helpless, because we hope to receive, on behalf of one who has nothing, a recompense from the Lord Jesus. The rich seem to be asked … [Read more...]

CBB Review: Slubgrip Instructs: Fifty Days with the Devil


In 2009 Fr. Dwight Longenecker first introduced readers to the diabolical Master Templar Slubgrip. In the book The Gargoyle Code: Lenten Letters between a Master Tempter and his diabolical Trainee, Slubgrip writes daily to his trainee devil Dogwart. He gave advice to Dogwart on how to tempt a young Catholic. The book is clearly a tip of the hat to C.S.Lewis’ classic The Screwtape Letters. If you enjoyed your first encounter with Slubgrip you will be pleased with Fr. Longenecker’s latest book Slu … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 219: St. John Chrysostom tells us to invest in heaven


Invest in heaven Are you asking me to give my money away for nothing? No, answers St. John Chrysostom: I’m asking you to invest it at the highest possible rate of interest. “But what do you want me to do?” someone says. “Do you want me to give someone else all this money I’ve saved, which is useful to me, and demand no return?” Far from it! I don’t say that at all. In fact, I earnestly desire that you should have a return—and not a paltry or tiny one, but far greater. In return for gold, I … [Read more...]