The three kinds of intelligence, Angels: Day 004

The three kinds of intelligenceSt. Gregory of Nyssa remembers the opinions of his sister, St. Macrina, whomhe always calls “the Teacher,” on a famous passage in Philippians. She inter- prets St. Paul as referring to the three kinds of  intelligent beings, all of  which will eventually praise Christ.Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in Heaven and on Earth and under the Earth (Phi … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Mike Aquilina

Mike Aquilina is the award-winning author of more than forty books on Catholic history, doctrine, and devotion. His works have been translated into many languages. He has hosted nine television series and several documentary films and is a frequent guest on Catholic radio.Mike and I recently discussed his book Take Five: On-The-Job Meditations with St. Ignatius. You can read my review of the book here.PETE: Work can have a different meaning for everyone based upon their job. Some, like … [Read more...]

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We exist because God knows us, Angels: Day 003

We exist because God knows usGod has angel messengers, says St. Augustine, but they do not bring him information he does not already know. Instead, they learn the truth about their own lives from God. All of us—humans and angels—exist only because God knows us.Doubtless God has messengers, namely the angels—but not to bring him news of things he does not know about, since there is nothing he does not know. But their good lies in looking into the truth about their own works.This is wha … [Read more...]

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All things have being through God, Angels: Day 002

All things have being through GodSt. Augustine presents a hierarchy of living beings, from plants through angels, and shows us how all those things, no matter how noble or complex, can only have their being through God. In doing so he incidentally gives us a good description of how angels compare with other living beings.Whatever we’re thinking of—whether it’s the whole world, its shape, qualities, and orderly movement, and all the objects in it; or whether it’s all life, either the kind … [Read more...]

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We’re not the only intelligent life, Angels: Day 001

We're not the only intelligent lifeWe tend to place humanity rather proudly at the top of all creation. The Fathers had a more modest and more realistic view. Yes, man is intelligent, but we’re not the only intelligence. There are beings above us as well as beings below us. Only God is unique.The Son, therefore, is the only and true God, for this also is assigned to the Son as his sole right.It cannot accurately be said of any created being that he is alone. How can anyone or any … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Redeemed by Grace and On-the-Job Meditations

This week we have two titles to give away! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back by Ramona Trevino and sponsored by Carmel Communications marketing firm of Ignatius Press (you can read the review here) and will receive one copy of Take Five: On-The-Job Meditations with St. Ignatius by Mike Aquilina and sponsored by Lambing Press (you can read the review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it s … [Read more...]

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