Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twelve: St. Augustine advises us to never despair of God’s help


Never despair of God’s help When barbarians sacked Rome in the year 410, some pagans argued that the Christian God had been no help to his followers. St. Augustine says that no one can take a Christian anyplace where God’s help won’t follow. But (they say) many Christians were even taken away as captives. Yes, this would certainly be a pitiable fate, if they could be taken away to some place where they could not find their God. But sacred Scripture gives us great consolation for this cala … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Spiritual Warfare Rosary


Admittedly this is a bit of departure from my norm, but I received an item I just HAD to share with you, my readers.Two years ago I had the pleasure of attending a retreat at a local parish here in Hanover, PA. The retreat leader that day was Father Mich Pacwa. His talks were great and focused on our modern secular world and how to combat the notions it tries to force on God following individuals. At one point Father Pacwa was discussing the rosary and spiritual warfate. He reached into his … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Eleven: Theodoret says remember that God controls your destiny


Remember that God controls your destiny A correspondent had asked Theodoret an interesting hypothetical question. Theodoret’s answer quotes Jesus’ advice to persecuted Christians: do what’s reasonable to preserve your own life. Suicide is never an option because your fate belongs to God. You bring up the case of an unrighteous judge who gives two cham­pions of piety a choice: either sacrifice to the demons, or fling yourself into the sea. One chooses the latter and plunges into the deep with … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Ten: St. Augustine says learn to distinguish what really matters


Learn to distinguish what really matters We can never know in this world why bad things happen to some people and good to others, says St. Augustine. But that very uncertainty should teach us what we really ought to value. In this world we learn to bear calmly the bad things that happen even to the good, and to hold cheap the blessings that even the wicked enjoy. So, even when we can’t see God’s justice, his teaching is beneficial. We don’t know by what judgment of God this good man is poor … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Nine: St. John Cassian tells us to feel pity for your persecutors


Feel pity for your persecutors The wise abbot Chaeremon told St. John Cassian that forgiveness and compassion are the signs of a soul purged from sin. If you forgive your persecutors as Jesus did those who crucified him, you really are following the Lord’s commandments. When anyone has acquired this love of goodness I was talking about, and the imitation of God, then he will be endowed with the Lord’s heart of compas­sion, and will also pray for his persecutors, saying in the same way, “Fat … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveway: The Ignatius Pew Missal


This week publisher Lighthouse Catholic Media sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Ignatius Pew Missal (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 Friday 11/14 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]