Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Forty-Six: St. Augustine reminds us that lying is always a sin


Lying is always a sin We often think a lie is good, or at least harmless, if it brings some good effect. But it isn’t, says St. Augustine. The truth is a sacred thing, and we should no more think of lying for a good reason than we would think of committing adultery for a good reason. We must consider every lie a sin, because we should always speak what is in our hearts: not only when we know the truth, but even when we are wrong, as can happen to anyone. And this is true whether it is really … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Forty-Five: Palladius advises us to weigh our words carefully

Weigh your words carefully Palladius of Galatia, who spent years among the desert hermits of Egypt, tells the story of Pambo, who thought so carefully before he spoke that he preferred to let months go by rather than give an ill-considered answer. On his death-bed, at the very moment of his passing, Pambo is reported to have said this to the bystanders, Origen the priest and steward and Ammo­nius—famous men, both of them—and the rest of the brethren: “From the day that I came to this place … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Forty-Four: St. Ambrose tells us to keep silent until the right moment

Keep silent until the right moment St. Ambrose, one of the great thinkers in Christian history, weighed his words carefully. When we run the risk of being judged by our words, he says, silence is better than speaking. Now what should we learn before everything else? To be silent, so that we may be able to speak. Otherwise my voice may condemn me before that of another acquits me; for it is written, “by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:37). Why should you rush to risk con … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Joy to the World


This week publisher Image Books sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Joy to the World: How Christ's Coming Changed Everything (And Still Does) (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 Wed 12/19 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Forty-Three: St. Ambrose tells us to think before we speak


Think before you speak It’s easy to get carried away when we start talking, says St. John Chrysostom. We should remember how easy it is to sin by a careless word, and take care to consider what we’re about to say. Bind up your words, so that they won’t run riot, and grow wanton, and gather up sins for themselves in too much talking. Confine them; hold them back within their own banks. An overflowing river quickly gathers mud. Bind up your meaning, too. Don’t leave it slack and unchecked, or … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Vatican Museums 3D


Recently I had the pleasure of previewing a film from SKY Productions titled Vatican Museums 3D. The film, as you may guess from the title, takes viewers on a tour of the sculptures and paintings in the Vatican art collection. For someone such as myself who has never been there the film was a treat.Professor Antonio Paolucci , Director of the Vatican Museums, “directs the tour” so to speak during this film. You will a number of statues in the collection including Michelangelo’s Peita. Pai … [Read more...]