Church Fathers, Day 278: St. John Cassian advises us to make the right use of our passions

Make the right use of your passionsGod gave you your emotions for good reasons, says St. John Cassian. The key is to keep them under control, rather than letting them lead you into sin.For these carnal impulses, of which we spoke above, were implanted in our bodies with a useful purpose by the providence of the Creator: for perpetuat­ing the race, and raising up children for posterity—and not for committing adul­teries and debaucheries, which the authority of the law also con … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 277: St. Gregory of Nyssa tells us manage your passions, manage your life

Manage your passions, manage your lifeSt. Gregory of Nyssa gives us a complete course in soul management. All the feelings and passions that lead us into sin were really made to serve righteousness.I advise that love’s passion be placed in the soul’s purest shrine, chosen as the first fruits of all our gifts, and devoted completely to God. And once this is done, I should be kept untouched and unstained by any secular impurity.Then indignation and anger and hatred must be like wat … [Read more...]

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Weekly Giveaway: Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle five book prize pack

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This week publisher Our Sunday Visitor sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of  each of the following five titles by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle: Catholic Mom's Cafe,  Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers, A Catholic Woman's Book of Prayers, Catholic Saints Prayer Book and Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship (you can read my review of the book here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midn … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 276: St. Ambrose says don’t let passion outrun reason

Don’t let passion outrun reasonReason should dictate everything we do, says St. Ambrose. If reason loses control of our passions, then the passions, like runaway horses, drag the mind away to disaster.We ought to be careful never to do anything rashly or carelessly, or any­thing at all for which we cannot give a reasonable ground. For though a reason for our action is not given to everyone, yet everybody looks into it. Nor, indeed, have we anything to excuse ourselves with. For though t … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship

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There are a number of books out that detail the life of Mother Teresa. Many of these take a distant look at her life and works but a few offer a more intimate portrait of this saint from our own times. Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle knew Mother Teresa for ten years. She relays that time in her book Mother Teresa and Me: Ten Years of Friendship.The book opens with Donna-Marie describing her chance encounter. “Never in my wildest dreams could I have anticipated an encounter with a recipient of the … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 275: St. Ambrose warns us to beware our passions

Beware your passionsThe devil loves it when we get all emotional, says St. Ambrose. That means we’re not thinking clearly. Then he can set his little traps for us, and we jump right in.When he sees passions stirred up in us, that’s when the Enemy especially lays his plans. Then he brings tinder; then he sets traps. The Enemy’s trap is our speech—but that itself is also just as much our enemy. Too often we say something that our opponent takes hold of and wounds us with, as though by our … [Read more...]

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