Weekly Giveaway: Praying for Priests

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This week publisher Sophia Institute Press sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Praying for Priests by Kathleen Beckman (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 1/16 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 172: St. John Chrysostom advises don’t let confusing scriptures discourage you

Don’t let confusing scriptures discourage you Don’t let the obscurities and difficulties in Scripture keep you from reading, says St. John Chrysostom. Keep trying, and ask for help when you need it. But (someone objects) are the parts containing the signs and wonders and histories also clear and plain to everyone? This is a pretense, and an excuse, and a mere cloak of idleness. You do not understand the contents of the book? But how can you ever understand, while you are not even willing to … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 171: Origen says pray when you read the Bible

Pray when you read the Bible Writing to Gregory, later known as St. Gregory Thaumaturgus (“Wonder- Worker”), Origen, one of the first great Christian biblical scholars, urges him to study Scripture—and to pray when he studies. So, my son, apply yourself diligently to reading the sacred Scriptures. Yes, I say apply yourself, for we who read things that belong to God need to apply ourselves a lot to keep from saying or thinking anything about them too recklessly. Apply yourself to studying th … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization

“Perhaps, more than we realize, the lay faithful take a cue from a priest's commitment to God. If we perceive authentic fervor, we are inspired. But if fervor seems lacking, we ca try to excuse our own mediocrity. Yet it's also true that “holy Christians guarantee holy priests.” If we want to be inspired by our priests, we need to be people who inspire them.” You might ask yourself how is this possible? How can we be inspiration to our priests? You will find out that answer and more in Praying fo … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 170: St. Augustine tells us to approach Scripture with humility

Approach Scripture with humility St. Augustine discovered the Scriptures when he was a young man. He didn’t like them. He had been studying the elegant works of the great Latin writers. Much later he realized that you have to approach Scripture with humility, and only then does it reveal its most sublime truths. So I resolved to turn my mind to the Holy Scriptures, to see what they were all about. There I saw something not comprehended by the proud, not revealed to chil­dren, but humble as … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 169: St. John Chrysostom warns us don’t neglect Scripture

Don’t neglect Scripture If we had not fallen through our own sin, we would have been in close com­munion with God, as Adam and Eve were at the beginning. Since we’ve lost that privilege, says St. John Chrysostom, we should be careful to make use of Scripture, through which the Spirit of God speaks to us. We ought to live so purely that we do not even need written words, but give up our hearts, as if they were books, to the Spirit. But now that we have lost that honor, and do have need of writ … [Read more...]


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