Strength in weakness; Angels: Day 158

The devil has the perfection of  an angel, says St. Augustine, and that makes him proud. Our weakness  and mortality  should help us overcome pride and confess that we can do nothing without God.Man offended by a kind of strength, so it had to be corrected by weakness. We offended by a certain pride, so it had to be chastened by humility.All proud people call themselves strong. But “many will come from east and west and sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of Heave … [Read more...]

Pride make you think you’re an angel; Angels: Day 157

It’s easy to get all puffed up with even the humblest  honor, says Sulpitius Severus. If the Church puts you in a position of responsibility, you may think you’re some sort of But you’re not. You’re just making a fool of yourself.But when I think about these things, it occurs to me how unhappy and weak we are. Who is there among us who isn’t elated with pride right away, or puffed up with vanity, if one miserable fellow has greeted us humbly, or one woman has given us foolish and flattering c … [Read more...]

Act like a demon, become a demon; Angels: Day 156

People were often superstitious in St. John Chrysostom’s  day, and many of the uneducated were afraid of  ghosts. St. John says that it’s not dying a violent death that makes you an evil spirit: it’s acting like an evil spirit.Here, before I go on, I want to remove a wrong impression from your minds. For it is a fact that many of the less instructed think that the souls of those who die a violent death become wandering spirits. But this is not so. I repeat: it is not so.It isn’t the souls … [Read more...]

Satan does not control the Earth; Angels: Day 155

Satan told Christ that he controlled all the kingdoms of the Earth. But he lied, says St. Irenaeus. God controls all the governments of the world, not Satan.Since the authorities that exist “have been instituted by God” (Rom.13:1), the devil obviously lied when he said, “These have been delivered to me,and I give them to whom I will” (Luke 4:6).Kings are appointed by the law of the same Being who calls us all into existence, and those kings are adapted for the people who are placed un … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Robert Wicks

Popular Catholic author and speaker Robert J. Wicks has been helping people take greater stock of their lives for almost forty years.  He is professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland, has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, education, and social work, and has a consulting practice.Wicks, a Queens, New York, native, received a master’s degree in clinical psychology in 1973 from St. John’s University and a doctorate in psychology fr … [Read more...]

Are Christians atheists?; Angels: Day 154

One of the most common charges against the first Christians was that they were atheists! Well, says St. Justin Martyr, we are atheists—if  you mean that we refuse to worship the demons who masquerade as gods in the pagan mythology. But we worship the only true God.Since ancient times evil demons, making apparitions of themselves, both defiled women and corrupted boys, and showed such fearful sights to men, that those who did not use their reason in judging of the actions that were done were s … [Read more...]