Church Fathers, Day 327: The Martyrdom of the Holy Martyrs reminds us remember the judgment of Christ

Remember the judgment of ChristIn this transcript of the trial of St. Justin Martyr and his companions, Justin argues that no terrors the prefect threatens can shake a Christian’s confidence. It’s far more important to have a clear conscience before the judgment seat of Christ.Prefect. Listen, you who call yourself educated, and think you know the true doctrines. If you are scourged and beheaded, do you believe you will ascend into heaven?Justin. I hope that, if I did endure these t … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 326: St. John Chrysostom warns be ready for the end of the world

Be ready for the end of the worldThe last judgment may be coming very soon, says St. John Chrysostom. But whether it is or not, your own death is the end of the world for you. You need to be ready all the time, and you can do it by imitating John the Baptist.Let us imitate John the Baptist: leaving luxury and drunkenness, let us go over to the life of restraint.For surely this is the time of confession both for the uninitiated and for the baptized: for the uninitiated, so that they … [Read more...]

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CBB Weekly Giveaway – Arriving at Amen Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer

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This week publisher Ave Maria Press sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer by Leah Libresco (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 6/12 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 325: Aphrahat tell us the resurrection is easy for God

The resurrection is easy for GodDoes the resurrection of the dead seem strangely unlikely? Well, of course, says Aphrahat—God’s miracles should seem marvelous to us. But it’s no big deal for God, who has done much more marvelous things.Concerning then this resurrection of the dead, dear friends, according to my power I will instruct you.From the beginning God created Adam—molded him from the dust of the earth, and raised him up. Now if, while Adam did not exist, (God) made him from … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Arriving at Amen: Seven Catholic Prayers That Even I Can Offer

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Everyone’s faith journey is different. Some are raised Catholic and some, like myself, convert. Those stories of conversion are a testament to the richness of the Catholic faith. Leah Libresco’s is not your ordinary conversion story. Leah came to the faith after spending years as an atheist. Not just any atheist, mind you. Leah is a fellow Patheos blogger who just so happened to start her blogging career when she was an atheist. On her blog Unequally Yoked, Leah was a well-followed, educated voi … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 324: St. Justin Martyr asks why not choose death?

Why not choose death?If heaven is so great, why don’t you just kill yourself now? St. Justin Martyr explains to his pagan persecutors that God doesn’t work that way. God made us for a reason; the time of our death is not our will, but his.But someone might say, “Then why don’t you all just go and kill your­selves, and pass over to your God right away, and not bother us anymore?”I’ll tell you why we don’t kill ourselves—but why, when we are interrogated, we fearlessly confess.We’ … [Read more...]

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