The addiction is real….will we do anything about it?

Society today is facing one of the worst epidemics it has faced in a long time. It can be referred to as a pandemic, an epidemic that has spread through human populations and continents. It knows no borders and its victims are not limited to any age, gender, race or culture. The problem I am talking about is porn addiction. Matt Fradd tackles this topic and overturns the various justifications society has made for porn use in his latest book The Porn Myth: Exposing the Reality Behind the Fantasy … [Read more...]

Eyes such as angels see with; Angels: Day 288

Didymus was a famous theologian who had been blind since childhood. The historian Socrates Scholasticus recounts his many accomplishments,  and then tells us about a famous piece of  advice St. Anthony gave to this  illustrious scholar.About the same period God brought into observation another faithful per- son, deeming it worthy that through him faith might be shown: this was Didymus, a most admirable and eloquent man, instructed in all the learning of the age in which he flourished. At a ve … [Read more...]

Train to win the angelic wreath; Angels: Day 287

Writing to Christians facing a sentence of death, Tertullian tells them to think of their hardships as training for victory. You don’t win the star athlete’s wreath without hard work and sweat, and in the spiritual realm the Holy Spirit is their personal trainer, getting them in shape to win a “wreath  of angelic essence.”Even in peace soldiers get themselves used to war by work and chal- lenges, marching in arms, running over the plain, working at the ditch, drilling in formation, and doing … [Read more...]

Christ sets the example of toleration; Angels: Day 286

Still meditating on the instructions in Revelation “to the angel of the Church in Ephesus,”  St. Augustine tells us that Christ himself  set the example of tolera- tion by tolerating Judas, his betrayer, in the midst of his disciples.I know I’ve left out many examples. If you are willing and able, read the divine records for yourself: you’ll find that all the holy servants and friends of God have always had to bear with some among their own people. They shared the sacraments of dispensation w … [Read more...]

A leader praised for toleration; Angels: Day 285

Citing the instructions “to the angel of the church in Ephesus,”  St. Augustine says that toleration for the sake of unity earns us high praise.In the Revelation of John (2:1-5) we read, “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lamp stands. “I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear evil men but have tested those who call themselves apostles but are not, … [Read more...]

The peace of the angels; Angels: Day 284

St. Augustine’s advice to soldiers: Peace is your goal, and everything you do must work toward it. The peace we desire on earth is only a shadow of that peace God gives the angels now and will give us after our trials here.Think, then, of this first of all, when you are arming for the battle: that even your bodily strength is a gift of God. If you think about this, you will not employ the gift of God against God. For, when faith is pledged, it is to be kept even with the enemy against whom th … [Read more...]