Church Fathers, Day 265: St. John Cassian wants us to keep struggling against vanity

Keep struggling against vanityVanity, or “vainglory” as old English writers used to call it, is a hard vice to conquer, says St. John Cassian. When you think you’ve beaten it, then you’re proud of your victory—and vanity is back again.All vices grow feeble when conquered, and when beaten are day by day made weaker, and lessen and subside both in place and time—or at any rate, as they are unlike the opposite virtues, are more easily shunned and avoided.But vanity, when it is beaten, … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 264: Theodoret says we are all equal in God’s sight

We are all equal in God’s sightWhen riots broke out in Thessalonica, the emperor Theodosius furiously ordered that the city should be punished. Thousands died when soldiers were let loose on their own fellow citizens. When Theodosius came home, the bishop, St. Ambrose, refused to let him into church until he had gone through months of public penance.When the emperor arrived at Milan, he as usual went to enter the church. But Ambrose met him outside the outer porch and refused to let h … [Read more...]

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle coming to New Oxford, PA

One of the exciting things I get to do through my work here at The Catholic Book Blogger is to bring speakers I interview to my home parish in New Oxford, PA. In 2013 we hosted Mike Aquilina, in 2014 we hosted Scott Hahn and in a few weeks we will welcome Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. If you are near the New Oxford, PA area why not come join us? If out-of-town make a weekend of it and visit nearby historic Gettysburg, PA. Here are the details of the event:Author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is co … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 263: St. Ignatius of Antioch says the better you get, the humbler you need to be

The better you get, the humbler you need to beMaybe you think you’re doing pretty well in your faith. That’s when you need to be even humbler, says St. Ignatius of Antioch—otherwise the devil will attack you through your pride.I have great knowledge of God, but I restrain myself. I don’t want to per­ish through boasting. And even if I were confirmed in things that have to do with God, yet then it would be good for me to be even more fearful, and not listen to those who vainly puff me up … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Seven Revolutions by Mike Aquilina and James Papandrea


This week publisher Image Books sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of  Seven Revolutions: How Christianity Changed the World and Can Change it Again by Mike Aquilina and James Papandrea (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 4/17 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 262: St. Gregory the Great advises when things go well, remember who you are

When things go well, remember who you arePope St. Gregory the Great sent St. Augustine of Canterbury to convert the pagan English. When Augustine reported that he had been able to work miracles in the sight of the English, Gregory reminded him that all the glory belongs to God. The better things are going, the more important it is to remember the One who makes them go well.My dear brother, with all the things you accomplish outwardly through the work of God, you need to judge yourself … [Read more...]