Venerate the saints and martyrs, Church Fathers: Day 358

Venerate the saints and martyrsSt. Jerome lets his notorious temper loose against one Vigilantius, who had been scandalized by the way relics of the martyrs were venerated. Jerome tells him that he would not be scandalized if he really believed what Scripture says: that the martyrs are alive now and with the Lamb.Among other blasphemies, he may be heard to say, “Why do you kiss and adore a bit of powder wrapped up in a cloth?”Madman, who in the world ever adored the martyrs? Who eve … [Read more...]

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Rely on the prayers of the saints, Church Fathers: Day 357

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Rely on the prayers of the saintsResponding to one Vigilantius, who opposed praying to the saints, St. Jerome insists that the saints and martyrs are still alive, and still linked with us in love.You say, in your pamphlet, that as long as we are alive we can pray for one another; but once we die, the prayer of no person for another can be heard, and all the more because the martyrs, though they cry for the avenging of their blood, have never been able to obtain their request.If … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Father Mitch Pacwa

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You likely know my guest this week here at The Catholic Book Blogger for his numerous shows on EWTN and as being host of EWTN Live. Father Mitch Pacwa has recently released a new book titled Praying the Gospels with Father Mitch Pacwa: Jesus Launches His Ministry. You can find my review of that book here. I had an opportunity to conduct an interview with Father Mitch about this book, Ignatian spirituality and future book plans. Here is what he had to say:PETE: Your most recent books focus on … [Read more...]

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Show reverence to what is sacred, Church Fathers: Day 356

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Show reverence to what is sacredSt. Jerome says that when he is angry (which happened to him often enough) or has evil thoughts, he is afraid to enter the basilicas of the martyrs. Is he being superstitious? Perhaps. Or perhaps he has a real sense of the reverence due those sacred places.I confess my own fear, for possibly it may be thought to spring from su­perstition when I have been angry, or have had evil thoughts in my soul.You may smile, perhaps, and deride this as on a level … [Read more...]

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Remember the martyrs, Church Fathers: Day 355

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Remember the martyrsMarble statues don’t commemorate the deeds of the martyrs, says the historian Eusebius of Caesarea in his introduction to a book about the martyrs of Pal­estine, but the faith they died for does. Marble statues are lifeless, whereas the martyrs live forever in heaven.The holy Martyrs of God loved our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, and God supreme and sovereign of all, more than themselves and their own lives. They were dragged forward to the conflict for the sake of r … [Read more...]

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Find the best models to imitate, Church Fathers: Day 354

Find the best models to imitateA bit of practical advice for monks, but also for anyone else, from St. John Cas­sian: if you’re looking for virtues to imitate, don’t expect to find all the virtues in one model. We all have different strengths.It is an ancient and excellent saying of the blessed Anthony that when a monk is trying through the monastic life to reach the heights of a more advanced perfection, and, having learned the consideration of discretion, is able now to stand in his o … [Read more...]

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