Church Fathers, Day 302: St. Leo the Great warns expect the devil to attack where you’re weakest

Expect the devil to attack where you’re weakestWhatever tempts or interests you the most, says St. Leo the Great, that’s where you can expect the devil to attack you.We Christians have to be very careful, or we’ll be caught in the devil’s wiles, and go back to being tangled up in the errors we renounced.For the old enemy never stops transforming himself into an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). Everywhere he spreads his web of deceptions, and he makes every effort to corrupt t … [Read more...]

CBB Review: Becoming a Catholic Family


Beyond books there are also a number of other resources available to Catholics to strengthen their faith. Recently St. Joseph Communications has entered into a partnership with Lighthouse Catholic Media. This is a win - win for both as St. Joseph Communications has an amazing catalog of audio and video resources among other things and Lighthouse has a fantastic distribution model. This is also a win – win for us as we will have yet another outlet of faith building material. This will be my first … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 301: St. Cyril of Alexandria warns us to avoid the first approaches of evil

Avoid the first approaches of evilSurely we can stand just a little evil. Not so, says St. Cyril of Alexandria. Judas began simply by tolerating a few whispered suggestions from Satan; he ended up with Satan as master of his whole heart.This is why Judas the traitor was not dismayed at rebukes spoken as yet quietly and secretly, nor did he even regard the invincible might of love, nor honor and glory and grace, nor the gift that he received from Christ. But hurrying on, without pausing … [Read more...]

CBB Review: St. George and The Dragon


My oldest daughter Katie just finished reading St. George and the Dragon by Michael Lotti. Here is her review:St. George and the Dragon by Michael Lotti is an exciting and creative retelling of the popular myth of St. George. This is not the story of St. George, instead it is a story - woven from the many myths and the few facts of St. George who lived in the Roman Empire in 300 A.D. This story shows the reader how real and cunning Satan is in the world of St. George, and that he is ever … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 300: St. Ephrem the Syrian tells us to turn temptation into triumph

Turn temptation into triumphTemptations and trials do us good, says St. Ephrem the Syrian. Easy living makes us forget God, but difficulties strengthen us.To those who are just and upright, temptations become helps.Job, a man of discernment, was victorious in temptations. Sickness came on him, and he did not complain; disease afflicted him and he did not murmur; his body failed and his strength departed, but his will was not weakened. He proved perfect in all by sufferings, because … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 299: Origen says don’t blame the world for your failings


Don’t blame the world for your failingsNo temptation is irresistible, says Origen. No matter what the allurement, your will can resist it—if you strengthen it by exercising virtue.If anyone says that the outward world is made in such a way that one cannot resist it, let him study his own feelings and movements, and see whether there are not some plausible motives to account for his approval and assent, and the inclination of his reason to a particular object.To take an ill … [Read more...]