Weekly Giveaway: Lenten Resources

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Daily Meditations by Heidi Hess Saxton and a copy of The Hope of Lent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane Houdek, (you can read my reviews of both here)  sponsored by Franciscan Media/Servant Books. I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Wednesday 3/01 with a winner been chosen that day, enter below!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Everyone has a guardian angel; Angels: Day 213

Even children of adultery, says one of the characters in St. Methodius’s  Banquet of  the Ten Virgins, have guardian angels caring for them,  because,  as human beings, they are “copies  and living pictures of Christ.”Nature could not accomplish such a great work in such a little time with- out divine help. Who gave the bones their fixed nature? Who bound the soft members with muscles, to be extended and relaxed at the joints? Who made channels for the blood, and a soft windpipe for the breat … [Read more...]

Resources for your 2017 Lenten journey

 Lent is a time for reflection and growth in our spiritual lives. Every Lent there are some book choices to help us along this forty-day journey. This Lent there are two books in particular that are well suited for your daily reflection use. The first is Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Daily Meditations by Heidi Hess Saxton who brings readers to a greater understanding of mercy and love. The second, The Hope of Lent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane Houdek utilizes … [Read more...]

Martyrs like a legion of angels; Angels: Day 212

In a very dangerous time for orthodox Christians and the whole Roman Empire, St. Ambrose reminds us that we always have helpers to protect us. Just as Elisha  could count on a legion of  angels, we have the legions of  the martyrs on our side.Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus, that at this time, when your Church re- quires greater guardianship, you have raised up for us the spirits of the holy martyrs.Let all be well aware what kind of champions I want: the kind who act as protectors, not as … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf with guest with Raymond Arroyo

In case you missed this weekend's show check out the link below to hear the archived podcast. Raymond Arroyo and I discuss Mother Angelica and his new series of books about the adventuresome Will Wilder. The first book of the series, The Relic of Perilous Falls, has been met with great praise from the young and young at heart. My daughter Katie's review can be found here. The second book in the series, The Lost Staff of Wonders,  is due out on March 7th.You can stream the episode below or do … [Read more...]

We’re surrounded by protection we can’t see; Angels; Day 211

During a tense time in Milan, St. Ambrose reminds his flock of a story from the Old Testament. The king of Syria wanted to attack Israel, and decided to silence the powerful prophet Elisha first. Elisha’s servant feared the army coming against them, but Elisha showed him the angelic hosts arrayed for their protection.Now here’s an example from the Old Testament.Elisha was being pursued by the king of Syria, who sent an army to capture him. He was surrounded on every side. His servant star … [Read more...]