Angels are holy because of the Spirit; Angels: Day 015

Angels are holy because of the SpiritThough Scripture does not explicitly  mention the creation of  angels, we know from our own case (says  St. Basil)  that their holiness comes from the Holy Spirit, not from their own nature.The pure, intelligent powers that live above this world are called holy because they get their holiness from the grace given by the Holy Spirit. Thus there is no mention of the creation of the heavenly powers, because the historian of creation has revealed to us onl … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Pillar & Bulwark AND Works of Love Are Works of Peace

This week we have two titles to give away! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Pillar & Bulwark by Marcus Grodi and sponsored by the Coming Home Network (you can read the review here) and will receive one copy of Works of Love Are Works of Peace: Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity by Michael Collopy and sponsored by Ignatius Press (you can read the review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts NOW and … [Read more...]

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The angels earned their roles in the hierarchy; Angels: Day 014

The angels earned their roles in the hierarchyOrigen, speculating about the different orders of angels, believes that each angel earned its place in the order, rather than being assigned it from the beginning. Like us, he says, the angels were assigned their work in the world according to their particular virtues.We must not suppose that it is just an accident that a particular office is assigned to a particular angel—as curing and healing are to Raphael, for example, or the conduct of wa … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Works of Love are Works of Peace

Review by Pete SocksIgnatius Press has recently released a softcover photobook tribute to the life of soon-to-be saint Mother Teresa. Works of Love Are Works of Peace: Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity is a project that was four years in the making and containing some 180 photographs taken over a ten-year period by photographer Michael Collopy. It was also a project that received Mother Teresa’s blessing. As Mother Teresa herself states in the forward; “Let us pray that this book … [Read more...]

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Myriads of myriads; Angels: Day 013

Myriads of myriadsThe number of angels is simply unimaginable, says the speculative philosopher Dionysius the Areopagite. Only the angels themselves—and God, of course can understand how many angels there are.I believe this is also worth thinking about: the tradition of Scripture tells us that there are thousands of thousands of angels, and myriads of myriads. They multiply up to the very limits of our numbers—and beyond.This shows clearly that we could never count the ranks of the he … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Pillar and Bulwark

Review by Michele Craig“I do believe that Christ is calling all of His children home to the Church, but I also believe He does this according to His own schedule, His own timetable.  Conversion is always a work of grace, in which God opens our hearts and minds to His truth;  it is not merely an intellectual awakening to new information.”  So says one of the main characters, Father Bourque, in Marcus Grodi’s novel Pillar & Bulwark.Pillar & Bulwark is the second novel by Marcus Grod … [Read more...]

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