Church Fathers, Day 182: St. Gregory the Great says the heavens are opened in the Eucharist

The heavens are opened in the Eucharist A medieval legend told how St. Gregory the Great had actually seen a vision of Christ himself in the bread of the Eucharist. But here St. Gregory tells us that we can all see the same thing—not with our eyes, but with our faith. The sacrifice of Christ on the Cross is re-presented for us at every Mass. We must be careful to remember that it is far safer and more secure that we should all do for ourselves, while we are alive, what we would want others t … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Paul Thigpen

PETE: What was your motivation behind writing your new book Manual for Spiritual Warfare?PAUL THIGPEN: I was motivated by several factors.First, I’ve had multiple personal encounters with demonic powers that have confirmed for me what Sacred Scripture and Tradition teach about spiritual warfare. Yet I find many people, even Catholics and other Christians, who have adopted the modern secular notion that belief in the Devil and other demons is an outdated superstition. So I wanted to write … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 181: St. Gregory the Great tells us to sacrifice ourselves along with the Eucharist

Sacrifice yourself along with the Eucharist St. Gregory the Great tells us that it’s not enough just to be there when the sacrifice is made: we should be sacrificing ourselves, too, imitating the sacrifice on the altar. We should offer to God the daily sacrifice of tears, and the daily sacrifice of his body and blood. For this sacrifice, which in mystery renews to us the death of the Son of God, especially saves our souls from everlasting damnation. Christ is now risen from death, and does n … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 180: Jacob of Serugh wants us to get to Mass on time


Get to Mass on time Some people in the time of Jacob of Serugh were arriving at Mass very late— just before the Eucharist. Jacob warns them that they’re missing something essential: the prayers and healing in the earlier part of the liturgy. But you might be saying, “I will go and do whatever business I have until the consecration, and when they open the doors I will go in and receive.” You who are wise, drive away and put out these notions from you, and allow your soul to have a care for h … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 179: St. John Chrysostom warns us to not be like Herod

Don’t be like Herod! Herod told the Magi he wanted to worship the infant Christ—but really he wanted to kill a potential rival. We do the same, says St. John Chrysostom, if we approach the Eucharist unworthily. But be careful not to be like Herod, and say, “that I too may come and worship him,” but when you have come be planning to murder him. For those who partake of the mysteries unworthily resemble Herod—as it is said, they “will be guilty of profaning the body and blood of the Lord” (1 … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Manual for Spiritual Warfare


This week publisher Tan Books sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of the Manual for Spiritual Warfare by Paul Thigpen (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST Fri 1/23 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck!  a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]