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

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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...]

Church Fathers, Day 209: St. Gregory the Great says lift up your hearts

Lift up your hearts If you keep your gaze trained on things that are above, says St. Gregory the Great, you’ll be able to walk the right path through your life here on earth. Lift your faithful hearts, dear friends, to the gracious blaze of eternal light, and pay close attention, in adoration of the mysteries given for our salvation, to the things that have been done for you. Love the purity of a chaste life, because Christ is the Son of a virgin. “Ab­stain from the passions of the flesh th … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 208: St. John Chrysostom tells us to hold ourselves to our own standard

Hold yourself to your own standard St. John Chrysostom tells Christian husbands that they need to treat their wives with the respect they deserve. In a Christian marriage, a husband is as respon­sible to the wife as the wife is to the husband. If your wife is always going out in public assemblies, you’re severe in blaming her. But you spend whole days at public shows, and you don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. When it comes to your wife’s modesty, you’re so strict that you go beyon … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 207: Asterius of Amasea warns us to give up your double standard

Give up your double standard Roman law severely punished women for adultery, but figured boys will be boys. Asterius of Amasea, however, tells us that God has no double standard. The laws of marriage apply exactly equally to husband and wife. Let both parties to the marriage contract practice self-control in the un­broken bond of wedlock. For where the honor of marriage is maintained, there must necessarily be affection and peace, with no vulgar and unlawful desire to excite the soul and … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: The Prodigal You Love

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This week author Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one signed copy of The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church.(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 2/20 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]


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