God gave us and the angels free will; Angels: Day 078

God gave us and the angels free willSt. Justin Martyr says that God gave us and the angels free will so that we could choose righteousness. God, who is omniscient, knows ahead of time that some of his creatures will choose evil, but that does not mean he created them for evil. Their own wills have acted freely in choosing it.God wanted human beings and angels to follow his will. So he resolved to create them free to do what was righteous. He gave them reason, so that they could know by … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: These Beautiful Bones AND How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church

This week we have another TWO titles to give away! One lucky winner will receive a copy of  How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church by Kevin Lowry,  sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor (you can read my review here) and one copy of These Beautiful Bones by Emily Stimpson, sponsored by Emmaus Road Publishing (you can read Mishele's review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below.a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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The devil has free will – and so have we; Angels: Day 077

The devil has free will - and so have weGod made Satan good, says St. John of  Damascus. He fell into evil by his own free choice, not because of the nature God gave him. And we also have free will.  The devil can attack us with temptations,  but he never has the power to overwhelm us unless we give it to him.Out of those angelic powers, the one who was set over the earthly realm to guard the earth was not made wicked by nature. He was made good, and for good purposes, and his Creator put … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming into the Catholic Church

Conversion stories have always interested me. As a convert myself I’m always intrigued but what brings people of other faiths to the Catholic Church. In his latest book How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church, Kevin Lowry tells his story…and what a story it is.Kevin is the son of a Presbyterian minister. He was a decent student and as high school draws to a close Kevin is faced with a decision on college. His father, surprisingly, takes Kevin on a journey from their h … [Read more...]

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Why didn’t God prevent evil?; Angels: Day 076

Why didn't God prevent evil?Couldn’t God have made creation so that evil never happened? Yes,  he could have, says St. Justin Martyr. But God knew that creation would be better if both we and the angels had free will.Couldn’t God have cut off the serpent in the beginning, so that he never existed, rather than saying, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed” (Gen. 3:15)? Couldn’t he have created a multi- tude of people all at once?But since God … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: These Beautiful Bones

Review by Michele CraigHaving fallen in love with Saint Pope John Paul II, I hang on his every word! But, being a mere mortal-sometimes I do not know exactly what he is saying (but I know it is good!), so rather than struggling through his Theology of the Body (which is on my book shelf), I have read every other possible writer’s Theology of the Body to ease my understanding. So, I consider myself a bit of an expert on the subject of books, DVDs, classes and lectures given about the s … [Read more...]

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