Church Fathers, Day 224: St. Gregory the Great warns beware of prosperity—Satan lurks there

Beware of prosperity—Satan lurks there The persecutions had ceased, and Christians were safe from the government. But they weren’t safe, says St. Gregory the Great, from the wiles of Satan, who knows how to make use of prosperity and security, too. Because the stress of the earlier tempests has lulled, and with the end of the struggle a measure of tranquility has seemed to smile on us for a long time, we have to guard against those errors that arise from the reign of peace itself. Having bee … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Fr. Dwight Longenecker

PETE: Slubgrip Instructs and your previous book Gargoyle Code clearly borrow a page from C.S. Lewis’ renowned classic The Screwtape Letters. How much has C.S. Lewis’ work influenced you in your conversion and your life as Catholic priest since?FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER: I think C.S.Lewis’ greatest influence on my life is his ability and passion for communicating the faith in a way that is intriguing and entertaining. In so many of his books he is willing to cut through all the intellectual mumbo … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 223: St. Jerome says remember the poor and trust God to provide

Remember the poor and trust God to provide Writing a eulogy of his good friend Paula, a noble widow who was also his student, St. Jerome recalls how she used to give abundantly whenever she saw someone in need. No mind could be more considerate than hers, or none kinder towards the lowly. She did not court the powerful; at the same time, if the proud and the vainglorious sought her, she did not turn from them with disdain. If she saw a poor man, she supported him; and if she saw a rich one, … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 222: St. Ambrose tells us don’t take advantage of misfortune

Don’t take advantage of misfortune When food is scarce, prices go up. It’s just good business, right? No, says St. Ambrose. It’s one thing to get a fair return for your work, but it’s quite another to take advantage of human misery to turn an outrageous profit. “The people curse him who holds back grain” (Proverbs 11:26). This is a plain and definite statement, leaving no room for debate. Yes, you must expect payment for your labor from the crops of the fruitful land, and must hope for a ju … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 221: St. Ambrose says share everything

Share everything St. Ambrose quotes the pagan philosopher Pythagoras to show that even the pa­gans admire selfless sharing between friends. But Christians are all family, so we should be all the more willing to share everything with our brothers and sisters. If one of the pagans has said that all the possessions of friends should be common, how much more ought those of relatives to be common! For we are relatives, because we are bound into one body. But we are not bound by any prescribed … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Slubgrip Instructs: Fifty Days with the Devil


This week author Fr. Dwight Longenecker sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one signed copy of his new book Slubgrip Instructs: Fifty Days with the Devil.(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 3/06 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]