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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Praised by angels, born in poverty; Angels: Day 175

Although as God he was  without beginning, says  St. Gregory the Wonder-Worker, Christ’s life on earth began the way every child’s life begins. The God whom Cherubim praise was a child who shared our misery so he could lift us out of it.Turn, congregations, and come—let us all praise him who is born of the Virgin. Praise him because, although he was the glory and image of the Divinity before the ages, he still came to suffer poverty along with us. Although he was the power and image of God be … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Icons, The Essential Collection

Some of the most beautiful pieces of art are not meant to be art at all. Icons are created by professional iconographers to tell a story without words. They either focus on a person or saint or they portray an event about the faith. They also serve as wonderful sources for prayer. Recently Sister Faith Riccio compiled a book titled Icons: The Essential Collection. This book is a perfect prayer companion and small enough to carry to a chapel or church setting for Eucharistic adoration.Sister … [Read more...]

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Why did the angel wait to tell Joseph?; Angels: Day 174

St. John Chrysostom  answers an obvious question: why  didn’t the angel tell Joseph about the coming birth of Jesus at the same time he told Mary? In his explanation,  he points out the value of  discretion, not just truth, in choosing what we say and when we say it.It’s worth asking why the angel didn’t speak sooner, before the husband had such thoughts, but came when he thought about it, and not until then—for it is said, “as he considered this,” the angel comes (Matt. 1:20). And yet to her … [Read more...]

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