A little child, commander of angels; Angels: Day 179

St. Ephrem the Syrian meditates on what it meant for the Lord of all to be a human child. Even as a baby crawling on the floor, Christ was in command of all the multitudes of angels.When it bore him, the sea was calm. How could the lap of Joseph bear him?The womb of hell conceived him and burst open. How could the womb of Mary contain him?He broke open the stone that was over his grave by his might. How could Mary’s arm hold him?You came to a low estate, so that you might raise al … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Gina Loehr

Gina Loehr is a popular author and inspirational speaker, a theologian and the mother of six. In 2013 Gina was chosen as one of one hundred women from around the world to be a delegate for the Pontifical Council for the Laity’s study seminar on women and the Church. A frequent guest on national Catholic radio programs on EWTN, Relevant Radio, and Ave Maria Radio, Gina’s other books include Choosing Beauty: A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women and Real Women, Real Saints: Friends for Your Spirit … [Read more...]

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Christ gives us the peace of the angels; Angels: Day 178

Christ, says St. Cyril of  Alexandria, takes away the sin that came between us and the Father. Now we can have the same peace that the angels know in Heaven—the peace the angels proclaimed to the shepherds when Jesus Christ was born.So do not look upon him who was laid in the manger merely as a baby, but in our poverty see him who as God is rich, and in the measure of our humanity him who excels the inhabitants of Heaven, and who therefore is glorified even by the holy angels.And how nob … [Read more...]

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The best news ever; Angels: Day 177

The birth of Christ, says St. John Chrysostom, is simply the best news ever. In an instant the world is changed, and we’re made close friends with the angels.What news could ever be as good as this? God on Earth—man in Heav- en—and all mixed together: angels joined the choirs of men; men had fellowship with the angels, and with the other powers above! We see the long war ended, and God and our nature reconciled—the devil brought to shame, demons in flight, death destroyed, Paradise opened, th … [Read more...]

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Angels were the first to preach Christ; Angels: Day 176

When a priest at your parish church preaches Christ, says St. Cyril of Alexandria, he joins his voice to the voices of the original shepherds, who learned the good news of Christ’s coming from the angels themselves.The company of the holy prophets had foretold that, in due time, he would be born in the flesh, and that he would put on our likeness. Now that this hope had been fulfilled, the rational powers of Heaven brought the happy news of his appearance in the world to shepherds at B … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: The Church is Our Mother AND Icons, The Essential Collection

This week we have an awesome TWO title giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Church Is Our Mother: Seven Ways She Inspires Us to Love by Gina Loehr,  sponsored by Franciscan Media (you can read Michele's review here) and one copy of Icons: The Essential Collection by Sr. Faith Riccio, sponsored by Paraclete Press  (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Friday 1/20 with a winne … [Read more...]

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