Church Fathers, Day 188: Jacob of Serugh tells us to color our souls with the Mass

Color your soul with the Mass Jacob of Serugh tells us that our souls take on the color of whatever we think about. We should let our souls be drawn to the sights and sounds of the Mass, and then we will be dyed with holy colors. Life flows from the service of the house of God; you who love life, do not refuse the profit that comes from it. The human soul receives impressions; whatever she meditates on, she is dyed with that and becomes the same color. When she hears the dirges of the … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 187: St. Ignatius of Antioch tells us to find our delight in heavenly food

Find your delight in heavenly food On his way to martyrdom in Rome, St. Ignatius of Antioch begs the Roman Christians not to try to save him. He is through with the things of this world; he longs for the bliss of heaven. The prince of this world wants to carry me away and corrupt my disposi­tion toward God. None of you in Rome should help him. Be on my side instead— that is, on God’s side. Don’t talk about Jesus Christ, and then set your desires on the world. Don’t let envy find a home among … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 186: St. John Chrysostom advises us to take some time to reflect after Mass

Take some time to reflect after Mass Do we forget everything that happened at Mass as soon as we burst out the church door?We shouldn’t let that happen, says St. John Chrysostom. Take some time after Mass to digest what you’ve heard there, or it will do you no good at all. I hear many say, “While we’re here and have the privilege of hearing, we are awed, but when we leave, we change again, and the fire of enthusiasm goes out.” So what can we do to keep this from happening? Let’s figure out … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: The Ancient Path


This week publisher Image Books sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Ancient Path by John Michael Talbot (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 1/30 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 185: Jacob of Serugh advises us to stay for the whole Mass

Stay for the whole Mass In the time of Jacob of Serugh, it seems that many people were rushing out of Mass before it was over. (Sound familiar?) Jacob reminds them of what they’re missing. Do not be impatient to be gone from the supper that the bride of the whole world has made for us to delight in. You are a child of the household, not a stranger who ought to depart. The Bridegroom is coming down to see the bride betrothed to Him; stay, O soul, in the midst of the bride-chamber, that he m … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today


Most likely you have either read one of John Michael Talbot's books or listened to one of his many albums. Since the 70s he has been providing listeners with stirring renditions of time honored hymns as well as songs of his own creation. Now you can learn about what shaped this talented performer into who He is and what he believes. The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today written with Mike Aquilina tells John Michael's faith journey and how the Early Church … [Read more...]