Let them laugh; Angels: Day 147

Even devils can sometimes perform apparent miracles, says St. Augustine, and if a rumor started that one of their own “philosophers”  had done the miracles in the Scriptures, you would hear the same people who laugh at the Bible shouting in triumph.If these objectors refuse to believe any narrative of a divine miracle, they must be refuted by another line of argument. In that case, they must not single out one particular miracle to be objected to, and called in question as incredible, but to … [Read more...]

CBB Review – A Christmas Carol: Paraclete Press edition

One of the classics of Christmas has to be Charles Dickens’ timeless tale A Christmas Carol. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from an ill-tempered man into a kinder and more loving person withstands the test of time. Who can forget the visitations by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future? The unforgettable characters like Bob Cratchit and his son Tiny Tim have earned a place in Christmas tradition forever.Paraclete Press has recently released a paperback edition of th … [Read more...]

Demons can’t really give us prosperity; Angels: Day 146

Pagans complained  that neglecting their gods made Rome decline. St. Augustine replies that, even if  it were true, it’s far better to face adversity than to worship demons. But it’s not true. Only God can really make us prosperous.What beings are really propitiated by practicing such abominations in worship? Because Christianity has exposed the perversity and trickery of those devils (and it is also by their power that magic deceives people’s minds), and because it has brought out the distin … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Fearless: Conquer Your Demons and Love with Abandon

Review by Michele Craig “Satan and the demons may be implicated in all the disasters and woes of human life, at least as far as they are related to sin, but the biblical record makes it perfectly evident that Satan’s power exists principally in his supreme ability to hide and deceive.” So says author Sonja Corbitt in her new book Fearless: Conquer Your Demons and Love with Abandon. “Sound frightening?” asks Sonja. “ It need not; I promise to show you why in the coming chapters. In fact, I am r … [Read more...]

Don’t be surprised by demons’ tricks; Angels: Day 145

The evil angels can put on a good show, says St. Augustine. But that doesn’t mean they’re better than we are. We should remember that we who are on the side of God accomplish  far greater miracles every day.It is easy for the most worthless spirits to do things with their ethereal bodies that astonish souls weighed down by earthly bodies—even the souls of the better inclined. Earthly bodies themselves, once they are trained in skill and practice, can show us such great marvels in theater show … [Read more...]

Worship God, not angels; Angels: Day 144

St.  Augustine explains  why we don’t  worship  angels. Just  as  Paul and Barnabas refused to be worshiped when pagan Greeks tried to pay them divine honors, so the good angels have only one desire: to lead us to God. The only angels who desired worship were the ones who were cast out of Heaven.See what holy men do—men who are like the angels. If you find some holy man who serves God and try to worship him instead of God, he won’t let you. He refuses to take the honor due to God for himself. … [Read more...]