Anointing the stone; Angels: Day 085

Anointing the stoneWhen Jacob had his vision of the angels on the ladder, he anointed the stone at his head. Why? Because, says St. Augustine, the stone is a figurative representation of Christ, which means “anointed.”So the Lord goes on to say, “Because I said to you, I saw you under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see greater things than these.” What greater things does he mean? “And he said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see Heaven opened, and the angels of God a … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Particles of Faith and Autumn Meditations

This week we have another TWO titles to give away! One lucky winner will receive a copy of  Particles of Faith by Stacy A. Trasancos,  sponsored by Ave Maria Press (you can read Julie's review here) and one copy of Autumn Meditations by Father John Bartunek, sponsored by Liguori Publications (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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The strange case of Sodom; Angels: Day 084

The strange case of SodomThe unnatural lust of  the Sodomites, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, was only possible because they thought the angels were human. What can we say about someone who knows that God is God, yet treats God as if he were a creature?With brightness, glorious though borrowed, the angels entered into So- dom. They saw the brightness that was fairer than all, and they were frantic, old men and young. The fire of the Most High came down to aid the sons of the Most High—not so … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Autumn Meditations

One of my favorite things this year has been the passing of the seasons. However, my reasoning is likely not what you might expect to hear. As certainly as the seasons have passed from spring, to summer, to winter we have been blessed with a series of meditation books from Father John Bartunek. I have reviewed Spring Meditations, Summer Meditations and now we have Autumn Meditations.As with the other installments in the series this book contains twelve chapters. Ideally structured for … [Read more...]

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How to treat your guests; Angels: Day 083

How to treat your guestsSt. Cyril of Alexandria has some advice for those who might entertain wandering monks, or any other stranger who comes by. Don’t try to impress them with a magnificent feast: be grateful to them for coming, and give them just as much as they need to take care of their hunger.But if you do open your house to them, meet them cheerfully, and quick- ly, and as their equals—and not so much as if you were giving something to them, but as if you were receiving something f … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Particles of Faith

Review by Julie Abell“How can you, as a Catholic, explain what the Church teaches about the relationship between science and faith?”  That is the question scientist, writer, and scholar Stacy A. Trasancos chose to answer in her book titled Particles of Faith: A Catholic Guide to Navigating Science. I picked up this book because I needed a little navigating!  I am not a scientist, but as a home school mom I have had years of re-learning science in order to teach my children and quite frankly, … [Read more...]

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