Church Fathers, Day 322: Aphrahat says know the resurrection by the proofs

Know the resurrection by the proofsGod didn’t just tell us that the resurrection would happen, says Aphrahat. He has proved that he can raise the dead by numerous resurrections in history, witnessed by reliable witnesses.And it was not only in words, dear friends, that God said, “I make the dead live,” but also in deeds he showed it to us by many testimonies, so that we might have no hesitation in believing it.He showed it beforehand plainly; for through Elijah a wonder was mani­ … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Shaun McAfee

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PETE: Being a convert to Catholicism myself, I enjoy hearing conversion stories of others. Can you share your own conversion story with those who have not read your book yet?SHAUN MCAFEE: Sure, and thanks for asking. My journey began small. I knew little of Catholics but thought they were cool because they had incense, candles, real wine, shorter services, robes, and even footrests (which later I found to be kneelers). Haha. That ignorance took me into my early 20s when I realized I need … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 321: Eusebius wants us to make light of what is mortal

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Make light of what is mortalThe historian Eusebius records the last words of Agapius, a martyr who had been brought to the stadium to be murdered for the crowd’s entertainment. If they expected him to plead for his life, they were disappointed: Agapius instead tells the audience that they should all disregard what is mortal to gain an eternal Kingdom.When they had led the martyr Agapius around in the stadium, they asked him in the first place if he would deny his God, but he shouted o … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 320: St. Cyril of Alexandria says death is transformed into sleep

Death is transformed into sleepWhy is it important that Christ’s body was laid in a new tomb, one that had never been used? St. Cyril of Alexandria suggests that it symbolizes the com­pletely new path to paradise (a word that originally meant an enclosed garden) that Christ is mapping out for us.They took the body of Jesus, and bound it in linen cloths with the spices, as is the burial custom of the Jews. Now in the place where he was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a ne … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 319: St. Hilary of Poitiers tells us to learn from nature that we are immortal

Learn from nature that we are immortalWithout being taught, says St. Hilary of Poitiers, we know that we are im­mortal. Nature teaches us that we were made for greater things than merely satisfying our earthly appetites.I believe that the mass of mankind have rejected from themselves and censured in others this acquiescence in a thoughtless animal life, for no other reason than that nature herself has taught them that it is unworthy of humanity to believe that they are born only to … [Read more...]

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Weekly Giveaway – Filling Our Father’s House: What Converts Can Teach Us about Evangelization

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This week publisher Sophia Institute Press sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Filling Our Father’s House: What Converts Can Teach Us about Evangelization by Shaun McAfee (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 6/12 with a winner being announced later that day.a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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