Church Fathers, Day 243: St. John Cassian advises us to attack our strongest sin first

Attack your strongest sin first The wise abbot Serapion told St. John Cassian that we should attack the enemy first where he’s strongest. The struggle builds up our spiritual strength, and we know that the rest of the struggles will be easier. Discover your most characteristic sin, and direct your main attack against it, turning all your care and watchfulness of mind to guard against its assault. Send against it daily the weapons of fasting, and at all times hurl against it the constant d … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 242: St. Clement tells us be happy to be corrected

Be happy to be corrected St. Clement of Rome tells us to correct one another, and—more important—to accept correction happily. That’s hard to do, but it’s worthwhile, because God uses our brothers and sisters to show us when we’re headed down the wrong path. So let us also pray for those who have fallen into sin. Pray that they may be given meekness and humility, so that they may submit, not to us, but to the will of God. That way they will have a productive and perfect remembrance from us. W … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – The Way of The Passion


This week publisher Pauline Books & Media sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of  The Way of the Passion: Forty Days with Jesus by Julien Chilcott-Monk (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 3/27 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 241: St. John Chrysostom gives five ways to repent

Five ways to repent There are many ways to repent, says St. John Chrysostom, and they all lead to heaven. Not one of them is too hard for any of us. Would you like me to talk about the ways of repentance? There are many ways, and various, and diverse—and they all lead to heaven. The first way of repentance is condemning your sins. “Declare your sins, that you may be justified” (Isaiah 42:26, Septuagint). So condemn yourself for your sins. That’s a good enough self-defense for the Master. Fo … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Way of the Passion: Forty Stations with Jesus


The Way of the Passion: Forty Stations with Jesus is a companion book that leads readers into a deeper understanding of our Lord’s Passion. Julien Chilcott-Monk provides readers with an insightful look into the Passion by combining Scripture readings, poetry, prayers and mediations. It’s a book of great value and by the end of it you will grow in understanding and love for what Jesus endured for us.Julien takes the traditional fourteen Stations of the Cross and expands them into forty. The bo … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 240: St. Cyril of Jerusalem says sincere repentance saves the wickedest

Sincere repentance saves the wickedest No one was more wicked than Nebuchadnezzar, says St. Cyril of Jerusalem. Yet even he was forgiven when he sincerely repented. God may send us hard times to remind us that we need to repent, but we can be confident that sincere repentance brigs salvation and an eternal place in the Kingdom. What do you think of Nebuchadnezzar? What great punishments he deserved for murdering kings, setting fire to the Temple, taking the people cap­tive, placing the … [Read more...]