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...]

How to catechize the entire family with one program

A definite challenge the church faces today is how to catechize our youth. One concern is how disengaged many parents are in the process. If you have a religious education program, you have likely been witness to the amount of parents who drop their kids off and leave. Likely they do not even attend Mass on a weekly basis as required. What can we do to fix this?Sophia Institute Press has introduced a product that is innovative, promising and in early use has been quite effective. The program … [Read more...]

The service of angels; Angels: Day 283

St. Ambrose recommends the life of a much-respected monk as an example to us all. To spend your days in praising God and celebrating the Lord with hymns— this is the way the angels live, he says, and you can do it too.But now I think we have said enough of the teacher. Let us now follow up the lives of his disciples, who have given themselves to praise the divine Name, and celebrate it with hymns night and day. For this is the service of angels, always to be praising God, and with frequent pr … [Read more...]

Faith, nature and natural living

Review by Maura ZagransIf I could, I would thrust a copy of Wendell Berry and the Given Life by Ragan Sutterfield into the hands of everyone I know. Here’s why:Sutterfield’s book is a terrific introduction to an esteemed man of letters. Wendell Berry is a poet, novelist, essayist, conservation activist, and pioneering agrarian who advocates for sustainable agriculture. Thus Berry is a man whose legacy is equally remarkable for his literary writings as well as for his pioneering work and c … [Read more...]