A look into the life and writings of Pope Benedict XVI

The world was shocked when Pope Benedict XVI announced that he was abdicating the seat of Peter on February 11, 2013. The Catholic community and many outside of it took a collective breath wandering what this meant for the Church and the world. Four years later we now know that the beloved Pope Benedict has committed himself to prayer in service to the Church and her faithful. The story of this humble man who now simply wishes to be called Father Benedict is told by James Day in his new book … [Read more...]

Good people are worth more than bad angels, Angels: Day 240

Just as you’d rather have gold than fleas, even though fleas are higher on the scale of creation than gold, it’s far better to be a good person than a bad angel, says St. Augustine.Among existing beings that are not of God the Creator’s essence, those that have life are ranked above those that have none; those that have the power of generation, or even of desiring, above those that lack it. And, among things that have life, those that feel are higher than those that have no feeling, as anima … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf with James Day

In case you missed this weekend’s show check out the link below to hear the archived podcast. James Day and I discuss his book on Pope Benedict XVI Father Benedict: The Spiritual and Intellectual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI from Sophia Institute Press.You can listen to the show below or download it here. … [Read more...]

Good deeds are like angels protecting us; Angels: Day 239

Angels protecting Lot struck the men who would attack him blind, so that they could not find their way into his house. This, says St. Gregory the Great, is a good metaphor for the good deeds of  the righteous, which strike their enemies blind so that they cannot find an opening of wickedness anywhere.“They meet with darkness in the daytime, and grope at noonday as in the night” ( Job 5:14).The day of good deeds shines outwardly in a neighbor, but they “grope as in the night,” because inwa … [Read more...]

Suffer a little while, be with the angels forever; Angels: Day 238

The Holy Spirit is called the Comforter, says St. Cyril of Jerusalem, because he does exactly that. How can the martyrs face horrible tortures without blinking? Because the Spirit has whispered in their ears, reminding them that they will soon be with the angels.And the Spirit is called the Comforter, because he comforts us, and encourages us.Often a man is outraged, dishonored, and hurt for Christ’s sake. Tortures on every side—fire and sword—savage beasts—the deep pit. But the Holy Spir … [Read more...]

No one can hurt you; Angels: Day 237

If  you’re a Christian,  says  St. John Chrysostom,  no one can really hurt you—not  even the devil himself. But more than that, you can’t hurt anyone else.Listen to me! I testify, and proclaim with a loud voice, more piercing even than the sound of a trumpet—and if it were possible to rise up on high and cry aloud, I would not shrink from doing it—no one of all the human beings that inhabit the earth has the power to hurt a Christian.And why do I say human beings? Not even the evil spiri … [Read more...]