We dig our own ditch, Angels: Day 245

When the rich man in Christ’s parable begs that Lazarus  give him just a little water, Abraham tells him that there’s a great chasm between the righteous and the sinners. What does that mean? asks St. Asterius of Amasea. That the na- ture of our lives creates a vast separation between the righteous and unrighteous.It is also worthwhile to examine intelligently how each of these men when dead was carried forth. The poor man, when he fell asleep, had angels as his guards and attendants who carr … [Read more...]

Taste and see, Angels: Day 244

The holy angels drink from the sweetness of God, says St. Ambrose—but  the sweetness is hidden from you as long as you are captive to sin. As soon as all your hope is placed in the Lord, you taste what the angels taste.With good reason, then, is the sweetness of God hidden to you. The law placed in your members, resisting the law of your mind, brings you into captivity. The holy angels drink from that sweetness, but it is hidden from you. You cannot drink and taste that sweetness, because you … [Read more...]

Unlike angels, sometimes we’re wrong, Angels: Day 243

St. Augustine points out that St. Cyprian was wrong about some things—but he was wrong in the right way. It is angelic to refrain from judging those who have different opinions on obscure things, but the presumption of  the devil to divide the Church over those differences.It often happens that something is imperfectly revealed to the more learned, so that their patient and humble charity, from which comes the greater fruit, may be proved—either in the way in which they preserve unity when th … [Read more...]

CBB Review: Patrick and the Fire

Review by Laura SocksPatrick and the Fire: A Legend about St. Patrick is written by Cornelia Mary Bilinsky.  This book is one of many wonderful little books for primary aged children telling tales of saints and legends from Pauline Books & Media.  These books are always a favorite in my house!  This particular story tells of one of the legends of St. Patrick – the fire that would not go out!  It is the night of a great festival that begins with a huge bonfire being lit, but the first fire … [Read more...]

Show the world how angels live, Angels: Day 242

If  we live the angelic life here on earth, says St. John Chrysostom, that will be our most powerful tool for evangelism. The people around us will see what the kingdom of Heaven looks like, and they’ll want to be part of it.Let’s show them all a new kind of life. Let’s make earth into Heaven, and by doing it show the Greeks what great blessings they’re missing.When they see how we treat each other, they’ll be looking at the very face of the kingdom of Heaven. Then they’ll say, “If the Ch … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway: Father Benedict

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of Father Benedict: The Spiritual and Intellectual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI by James Day (you can read my review of the book here)  sponsored by Sophia Institute Press. I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Wednesday 3/29 with a winner chosen later that day, enter below!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]