Church Fathers, Day 227: St. Cyril of Jerusalem says use your money for good


Use your money for good “Money is the root of all evil,” we often hear. But what St. Paul really said was that “the love of money is the root of all evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). St. Cyril of Jerusalem tells us that money can be used for good or for evil: you, the Christian, should use yours for good, and you will reap the reward of your works. Riches, gold, and silver do not belong to the devil, as some think. For the whole world of riches belongs to the faithful man, but not a penny to the faith … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 226: St. John Chrysostom says be happy with enough

Be happy with enough Wealth isn’t really much fun, says St. John Chrysostom. A simple life is not only more conducive to virtue, but also just feels better. Let’s see whether wealth has any pleasure or honor—for in my eyes the case is just the opposite. First of all, if you don’t mind, let’s look into the meals of rich and poor, and ask the guests which ones enjoy the purest and most genuine pleasure. Is it the ones who recline on couches all day, and join breakfast with dinner, and bulge … [Read more...]

Giveaway – Lenten studies by Catholic Scripture Study International


Publisher Catholic Scripture Study International sponsors this special giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Jesus’ Passion: The Story of Redemptive Suffering and one copy of The Road to Redemption with DVD set (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 3/11 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck!a Rafflecopter givea … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await the Faithful


Sometimes a book passes in front of me that approaches a topic that I would not actively search out to read about. The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await the Faithful is one of those books. As is usually the case by the end of the book I am glad I gave it a chance. Author Bill Donohue gives a compelling argument on how one’s view on religion and their religious practices can impact their health and overall outlook on life. He bases his theory around what he calls the Th … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 225: St. John Chrysostom warns beware the temptations of power

Beware the temptations of power Whenever we have power over people, says St. John Chrysostom, we’re tempted to use that power for the basest ends. Better to have no wealth at all than to use our wealth for revenge. But riches, someone may say, bring honor to those who possess them, and give them the power to take vengeance on their enemies easily. Tell me, is this really a reason why riches seem desirable to you and worth striving for—that they nourish the most dangerous passion in our nat … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Lenten studies from Catholic Scripture Study International


Catholic Scripture Study International has a wide range of Faith studies and Bible Studies. The more of them I review the more I like the product CSS is putting out. This time around I am reviewing two Lenten related studies. The first is Jesus’ Passion: The Story of Redemptive Suffering. The second is The Road to Redemption a study for Cycle B.Jennifer Phelps is the author of Jesus’ Passion: The Story of Redemptive Suffering. This particular study does not have a dedicated DVD set as with ot … [Read more...]