Church Fathers, Day 281: Hermas tells us don’t let anger force the Spirit out

Don’t let anger force the Spirit outThe visionary Hermas is told that anger forces the Holy Spirit to take flight from our souls. Once we let anger in, we’re on the road to “incurable sin.”Listen, and hear how wicked the action of anger is, and how it over­throws the servants of God and turns them away from righteousness. For as soon as it sees the thoughtless and doubting standing steadfast, it throws itself into their hearts, and the man or woman starts to get angry for no reason abou … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Auxiliary Bishop David P. Talley

Auxiliary Bishop David Talley

Welcome back to “The Clergy Speaks”, a recurring feature here at The Catholic Book Blogger. “The Clergy Speaks” is a column focusing on one question I have asked various members of the clergy. That question is: What five books would you recommend as must-reads for Catholics today? I left the responses open to current or classic books with the only restriction being that the Bible and the Catechism could not be used as they are a given. This week we welcome Auxiliary BishopDavid P. Talley of Atlan … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 280: St. Ephrem the Syrian says don’t insult God’s image

Don’t insult God’s imageIf you are angry at your neighbor, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, you are angry at God, because your neighbor is the image of God. But if you honor your neighbor, you honor God.If you are angry against your neighbor, you are angry against God; and if you bear anger in your heart, your pride is lifted up against the Lord. If you rebuke in envy, all your reproof is wicked.But if love dwells in you, you have no enemy on earth. And if you are a true child of peace, … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 279: St. Ambrose tells us calm your mind—or at least your tongue

Calm your mind—or at least your tongueWe should try to keep from getting angry, says St. Ambrose. But if anger sneaks up on us, we should try to calm ourselves. And if we can’t do that, we should at least keep ourselves from saying something we’ll regret.Guard against anger. But if it cannot be averted, let it be kept within bounds. For indignation is a terrible incentive to sin. It disorders the mind to such an extent as to leave no room for reason.The first thing, therefore, to ai … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 278: St. John Cassian advises us to make the right use of our passions

Make the right use of your passionsGod gave you your emotions for good reasons, says St. John Cassian. The key is to keep them under control, rather than letting them lead you into sin.For these carnal impulses, of which we spoke above, were implanted in our bodies with a useful purpose by the providence of the Creator: for perpetuat­ing the race, and raising up children for posterity—and not for committing adul­teries and debaucheries, which the authority of the law also con … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 277: St. Gregory of Nyssa tells us manage your passions, manage your life

Manage your passions, manage your lifeSt. Gregory of Nyssa gives us a complete course in soul management. All the feelings and passions that lead us into sin were really made to serve righteousness.I advise that love’s passion be placed in the soul’s purest shrine, chosen as the first fruits of all our gifts, and devoted completely to God. And once this is done, I should be kept untouched and unstained by any secular impurity.Then indignation and anger and hatred must be like wat … [Read more...]