Church Fathers, Day 213: St. Ephrem the Syrian says be poor to be rich

Be poor to be rich Only one who fears God is rich, says St. Ephrem the Syrian. All earthly riches are really poverty, because they lead us away from our true riches. No one in creation is rich but one who fears God; no one is truly poor but one who lacks the truth. How needy and not rich is the one whose need witnesses against him that even from the abject and the beggars he needs to receive a gift! He is truly a slave, and many are his masters: he renders service to money, to riches, and … [Read more...]

CBB Review: 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent


Lent is a time for renewal…of new birth. It is a time to focus on making ourselves better and is so much more than giving up chocolate or soda. In his latest book 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent, Marcellino D’Ambrosio does exactly what the title suggests. He takes a fresh look at Lenten practices and provides readers with 40 activities they can partake in to cultivate spiritual growth. It’s a book that is well –suited for Lent but quite frankly can be used anytime of the year when you need a … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 212: St. Basil says find God through continence


Find God through continence Writing to a monk, St. Basil praises continence. It isn’t just the celibacy prac­ticed by monks, he says: continence is a way of life for everyone, and it leads us to God. The fruit of continence is the companionship of God. For not to be cor­rupted is to have part with God; just as to be corrupted is the companionship of the world. Continence is denial of the body, and confession to God. It withdraws from any­thing mortal, like a body which has the Spirit of God … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 211: St. Athanasius says marriage is good; virginity is better

Marriage is good; virginity is better Following the doctrine of St. Paul, St. Athanasius tells us that marriage and consecrated virginity both have a place in God’s plan. Those who marry bear fruit for God, and they will receive great rewards. But virginity bears even greater fruit and brings even greater rewards. There are two ways in life. The first is more moderate and ordinary—I mean marriage. The second is angelic and unsurpassed—namely virginity. Now if someone chooses the way of the … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 210: St. Augustine says keep the soul pure to keep the body pure

Keep the soul pure to keep the body pure Barbarian invaders had violated many consecrated virgins in Rome. Was their chastity destroyed? No, says St. Augustine: the purity of the body depends on the purity of the soul, not on the violence of the unpredictable outside world. The sanctity of the body does not depend on the integrity of its mem­bers, or on their being untouched. After all, they are subject to various accidents that hurt them and wound them, and the surgeons who bring relief … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble


PETE: The new evangelization is really about evangelizing the de-christianised. With that realization how can your new book The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to Church help? SR. THERESA NOBLE: Evangelizing a culture that is bored of Jesus is really difficult. Evangelizing friends and family who are bored of Jesus, or hostile to him, is even more difficult. When I first entered the convent, I worked in the Pauline Books and Media center in St. Louis. I … [Read more...]