Learn to be like God; Church Fathers: Day 061

St. Gregory of Nyssa gives us a daunting assignment: study the attributes of the Father, then learn to be like him. After baptism, we are called God’s children. Therefore we should care­fully examine our Father’s characteristics, so that, by molding and framing our­selves in the likeness of our Father, we may appear true children of him who calls us to adoption by grace. For the illegitimate son who belies his father’s nobility in what he does is a sad reproach…. Read more

A book to IGNITE your scripture study

Catholics get a bad rap from denominational faiths that we do not utilize or dive deep into the scriptures. We know this to be furthest from the truth as at a minimum we hear the Word proclaimed every week at Mass. Could we use more time in Scripture however? Certainly, we all could, myself included. However, this may seem like a daunting task. Thankfully Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Sonja Corbitt come to the rescue in their book Ignite: Read the… Read more

Know that you are God’s image; Church Fathers: Day 060

God made human beings in the image of God. St. Irenaeus reminds us that we are a special creation. The story in Genesis tells how God spoke all other things into being, but formed human beings with his own hands. God by His Word has created the whole world, and to all the world he has given laws in which each different thing should exist, and according to what is determined by God should not pass their bounds, each fulfilling… Read more

Be worthy of your creation; Church Fathers: Day 059

Writing to the pagan emperor Antoninus Pius, St. Justin Martyr explains how Christians are supposed to behave. We please God, he says, when we imitate God’s virtues and act in a way worthy of our marvelous creation. Our tradition tells us that God does not need the material offerings hu­mans can give him, since he himself is the one who provides everything. And we have been taught, and are convinced, and believe, that he accepts only those who imitate his… Read more

Let creation be your book; Church Fathers: Day 058

You can be truly free from rules and laws, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, if you order your life the way nature itself teaches you to order it. Yoke yourself under the law, so that you may truly be free. Do not work the desire of your soul apart from God. How many commandments must I write—how many laws must I engrave— when, if you desire your freedom, you could learn them all from yourself ? And if you love… Read more

Off the Shelf 038 with Kathleen Glavich

Kathleen Glavich has taught every grade from first to twelfth. When her first article was published, the writing bug bit her and she is now a full-time author and editor. In response to that first article, a bishop in Nigeria sent her a letter in which he quoted Mother Teresa: “Write, for if your writing should make anyone more aware of God and their neighbour, then you must write.” Kathleen went on to have over seventy books published as well… Read more

Make the Sign of the Cross everywhere; Church Fathers: Day 057

Wherever you are, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, seal everything you do with the Sign of the Cross, and teach your children to do the same. How gracious is the Lord! How measureless are His mercies! Happy the race of mortals when God confesses it! Woe to the soul that he denies! Fire is stored up for its punishment. Be of good cheer, my child, in hope; sow good seed and do not despair. The farmer sows in hope, and… Read more

Don’t despair when you’re in a dry spell; Church Fathers: Day 056

St. John Cassian recalls the wise words of the abbot Daniel in the Egyptian desert. Why do we sometimes feel so close to God, and other times so far away? Don’t despair, says Daniel: even in those dry spells, God has your benefit in mind. We asked this blessed Daniel why it was that as we sat in the cells we were sometimes filled with the utmost gladness of heart, together with inex­pressible delight and abundance of the holiest feelings,… Read more

In prayer, quality counts more than quantity; Church Fathers: Day 055

There is a mountain in Egypt called Pherme, which borders on the great desert of Scete. On this mountain dwell some five hundred men, devotees of asceticism. One of them, a man named Paul, had this manner of life: he touched no work and no business, nor did he receive anything from anyone beyond what he ate. But his work and his asceticism consisted in ceaseless prayer. He had three hundred set prayers, and he collected the same number of… Read more

Get rid of your anger before you pray; Church Fathers: Day 054

Tertullian reminds us how important it is not to be angry with our neighbors when we approach God. How can we ask for forgiveness when we ourselves have not forgiven? Remembering the Lord’s commandments paves the road to heaven for our prayers. And the chief commandment is that we should not go up to God’s altar before we make up whatever argument or offense we’ve got into with our brothers. What do we think we’re doing if we approach the… Read more

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