Church Fathers, Day 256: St. Augustine wants us to learn to forgive

Learn to forgiveSt. Augustine reminds us that if we are so hard-hearted that we cannot forgive even someone who sincerely repents, we can’t have any expectation that our own sins will be forgiven.If anyone seeks forgiveness from someone he has sinned against— prompted by his sin to ask for it—that one should not be thought of as an enemy anymore, and now it should not be as hard to love him as it was when he was really hostile.Now, anyone who does not forgive from the heart someone … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Soul of Christ: Meditations on a Timeless Prayer


This week publisher Pauline Books and Media sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of  Soul of Christ: Meditations on a Timeless Prayer by Sister Marie Paul Curley (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 4/10 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 255: St. John Chrysostom advises us to listen to our conscience

Listen to your conscienceEven your own father might have given up on you if you had never listened to him, says St. John Chrysostom. But God has given you a conscience that isn’t willing to give up. It will keep after you until you confess your sins.Even if you do not confess, God is not ignorant of the deed, since he knew it before it was committed. Why then do you not speak of it? Does the transgression become heavier by the confession? No, it becomes lighter and less t … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Soul of Christ: Meditations on a Timeless Prayer


The Anima Christi Prayer is one that has been around for a very long time. It dates back to the early fourteenth century with an authorship that is uncertain. St. Ignatius of Loyola is sometimes mistakenly attributed as its author due to his inclusion of it in his Spiritual Excercises. The prayer is widely used by many after receiving communion. Thanks to Sister Marie Paul Curley it can now be used as a beautiful source of meditation in her book Soul of Christ: Meditations on a Timeless … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 254: St. John Chrysostom states weep, and find joy

Weep, and find joyWeeping for our sins is the route to joy, says St. John Chrysostom. Real remorse and confession cleanse the soul, and God rewards our tears with peace.Much as after a violent burst of rain there is a clear open sky, so when tears are powering down, a calm follows, and peace, and the darkness that goes with our sins completely disappears. And as we were cleansed by water and the Spirit, so by tears and confession we are cleansed a second time—unless they are tears for d … [Read more...]

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...]