Church Fathers, Day 318: St. Augustine says fear the death of the soul, not of the body

Fear the death of the soul, not of the bodyThe soul is immortal, say St. Augustine, but in a sense it dies when God with­draws from it. This is the real death to fear—not the death of the body when the soul leaves it, but the death of the soul when God leaves it.But I see that I must speak a little more carefully of the nature of death.We are right to say that the human soul is immortal, but it does have a cer­tain death of its own. We call the soul immortal because in a sense it ne … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Filling Our Father’s House: What Converts Can Teach Us about Evangelization

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Shaun McAfee is a former Evangelical Protestant that converted to the Catholic faith. The thing with converts is they can bring a particular energy to the faith that can renew and energize an entire parish. So what are some of the things converts and everyone can do to breath new life into their parishes? Shaun provides readers with a few suggestions in his latest book Filling Our Father's House: What Converts Can Teach Us about Evangelization.If you haven’t taken notice lately there is a su … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 317: Asterius of Amasea tells us to remember, our lives belong to God alone

Remember, your life belongs to God aloneAsterius of Amasea reminds us that our lives really belong only to God. The things we think of as permanently ours will pass to dozens of other people after us, but God alone has eternal life to give us.You possess an estate, having either inherited it from your fathers, or ob­tained it by some exchange. So call up in memory and count over, if you can, all who have occupied it before you. And direct your mind also to the time to come, and think … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 316: Asterius of Amasea tells us think of yourself as a guest in this life

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Think of yourself as a guest in this lifeWe think of ourselves as owners of all we possess, says Asterius of Amasea, but we’re not. We should think of all our possessions, and life itself, as simply on loan to us.I have often said to you in my sermons that there is one fictitious and false conception prevalent among us that multiplies our transgressions and diminishes the good that each of us ought to do. And this false conception is that everything we have to enjoy in this life we p … [Read more...]

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CBB interview with Gregory K. Popcak

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PETE:  In your new book Broken Gods you set forth the notion that we are meant to be gods. We have heard it said we are to strive to be saints, but gods? Can you tell us what it means to be a god?GREGORY K. POPCAK:  It sounds blasphemous, doesn't it?  But the Catechism #460 provides the launching point for this bookThe Word became flesh to make us "partakers of the divine nature" (2Ptr 1:4): "For this  is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by e … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 315: Aphrahat says live like a visitor to this world

Live like a visitor to this worldIf we remember that we must die and move on, says Aphrahat, we will live like visitors to this world, not regarding anything in it as permanently ours.The sons of peace remember death; and they forsake and remove from them wrath and enmity. As visitors they live in this world, and prepare for them­selves a provision for the journey before them. On that which is above they set their thoughts, on that which is above they meditate; and those things that … [Read more...]

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