Church Fathers, Day 253: St. John Cassian says keep your soul light as a feather

Keep your soul light as a featherThe abbot Isaac told St. John Cassian that we can compare the soul to a feather. If nothing weighs it down, a feather can be carried up into the sky by the slightest breeze. But weighed down by impurities, it falls to the ground and is buried.We can very fittingly compare the nature of the soul to a very fine feather or very light wing. If it has not been damaged or affected by being spoiled by any moisture falling on it from outside, it is carried … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 252: Palladius says make use of your sins

Make use of your sinsEven your former sins can lead others to Christ. Palladius of Galatia tells the story of Moses the robber, who, having turned monk, converted other robbers by his example. Precisely because he had been a robber, other robbers paid attention to him.A certain Moses—this was his name—an Ethiopian by race and black, was house-servant to a government official. His own master drove him out be­cause of his immorality and brigandage. For he was said to go even the length of … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 251: St. John Chrysostom tells us to bear fruit that befits repentance

Bear fruit that befits repentanceIt’s good to stop sinning—but it’s not enough, says St. John Chrysostom. We also need to bend over backwards to put things right. However we sinned, we should be doing the opposite to make up for it.By repentance I mean not just forsaking our former evil deeds, but also doing good deeds greater than the evil ones. “Bear fruit that befits repentance,” says John the Baptist (Matthew 3:8).But how shall we bear that fruit? By doing the opposite things. … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 250: St. Ambrose advises us to uproot sin and sow spiritual seed

Uproot sin and sow spiritual seedSt. Ambrose uses a farming metaphor to tell us about confession: you need to root out the weeds before you can grow the fruit you want. A perfect example, he says, is St. Paul, who sinned worse than almost any of us, actually persecuting believers for being Christians.So let us not be ashamed to confess our sins to the Lord.It’s true, we do feel shame when each one of us makes his sin known. But that shame plows his land, so to speak: it takes out t … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 249: St. Gregory the Great says learn to repent from Judas

Learn to repent from JudasChrist gave Judas every opportunity to repent, not even holding back the Last Supper from him. St. Gregory the Great advises us to look to Judas as a good example of what not to do.When the Lord said, “Truly I tell you, one of you is about to betray me,” he showed that his betrayer’s conscience was well known to him. He did not confound the traitor by harsh and open rebukes, but met him with mild and silent warnings, so that he who had never been sent astray by … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – A.D. The Bible Continues Catholic book set


This week publisher Sophia Institute Press sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of  A.D. The Bible Continues Catholic Viewers Guide by Veronica Burchard (you can read my review here) and one copy of Ministers and Martyrs The Ultimate Catholic Guide to the Apostolic Age by Mike Aquilina (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 4/0 … [Read more...]