Church Fathers, Day 305: St. John Chrysostom tells us to starve Satan

Starve SatanDo you take the Lord’s name in vain when things go badly? Satan brings you troubles just to hear you blaspheme, says St. John Chrysostom. But he’s like a begging dog: if you don’t throw him any treats, he’ll stop hanging around.There are some who, if they meet with any reverse, or are slandered by anyone, or if they fall into any bodily malady, any pain in the foot or head, or any other disease, immediately blaspheme. In this way they endure the affliction, but are deprived … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Finding God Through Meditation

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This week publisher Emmaus Road Publishing sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Finding God Through Meditation edited by Dan Burke (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 5/29 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 304: St. Dionysius of Alexandria says endure temptation—it’s God’s training for you

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Endure temptation—it’s God’s training for youThe devil makes use of temptation—the word means “testing”—to lure us to hell. But God tests us, says Dionysius, to train us for heaven.In general it seems true that it’s not possible for anyone to keep from ex­periencing evil completely. As someone says, “the whole world is in the power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19), and again, “their span is but toil and trouble” (Psalm 90:10).But, you might ask, what’s the difference between being tem … [Read more...]

CBB Review: Finding God Through Meditation

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Daniel Burke has been steadily assembling a very impressive list of books under the series title Navigating the Interior Life Series. This review I will be focusing on the second offering from the series Finding God Through Meditation: St. Peter of Alcantara by St. Peter of Alcantara and edited by Daniel Burke.To be honest, prior to reading this book, I had little knowledge of who Peter of Alcantara was. St. Peter was a spiritual director of St. Teresa of Avila. It was through this … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 303: St. Cyril of Alexandria wants us to know how Satan works

Know how Satan worksWhenever Satan attacks us, says St. Cyril of Alexandria, he does it at our weakest point. Whatever temptation we’re most likely to give in to, that’s where Satan musters all his forces.By searching the inspired Scripture thoroughly, we shall find this to be a usual habit, as we may say, of the evil one. At the beginning, he opens his attack by trying the hearts of those who worship God, first of all sowing the seed of evil questionings, and inciting us with the bait … [Read more...]

CBB Media Giveaway: Becoming a Catholic Family 4-CD set

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This week publisher St. Joseph Communications sponsors their first giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Becoming a Catholic Family 4-CD set by Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn (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 5/26 with a winner being announced later that day.  a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]


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