Missing the angels; Angels: Day 248

We were created to be in fellowship with angels, says St. Gregory the Great. But our sin keeps us out of  Heaven and bound to Earth. How  can we help mourning what we’ve lost? “But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of under- standing? Man does not know the way to it, and it is not found in the land of the living” ( Job 28:12-13). In this passage, what does the name “land” mean but the… Read more

Repentance makes a new; Angels: Day 247

St. Augustine says that, when we repent of our sins, our “pain and tears” give birth to a new person, one who belongs in Heaven with Christ and the angels. We lose that heavenly citizenship when we relapse into our old sinful ways. “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man, that you care for him?” (Ps. 8:4). Every son of man is a man, although not every man is a son of man. Adam,… Read more

How men can reclaim their lives for Christ through the beatitudes

Men today are facing a crisis. Each day we are faced with a culture that minimizes our roles as fathers. This does have to be the case however. We must learn to cast aside what society tells them they should be and instead, embrace their faith and become the fathers God wants them to be. “God has a plan to transform you into the father you are meant to be through his love and grace.” Greg Popcak has written a… Read more

The yield is what counts, Angels: Day 246

St. Peter, says St. Augustine, denied Christ, stood in his way, and misunderstood the New Covenant—yet  he will judge angels. What  matters most to Christ is not the thistles we had to uproot from our souls, but the yield we give him once the gospel is planted. We see the same thing in the Gospel, where the devils confess that Christ is the Son of God in the words used by Peter, but with a very different heart. So, though the… Read more

We dig our own ditch, Angels: Day 245

When the rich man in Christ’s parable begs that Lazarus  give him just a little water, Abraham tells him that there’s a great chasm between the righteous and the sinners. What does that mean? asks St. Asterius of Amasea. That the na- ture of our lives creates a vast separation between the righteous and unrighteous. It is also worthwhile to examine intelligently how each of these men when dead was carried forth. The poor man, when he fell asleep, had angels… Read more

Taste and see, Angels: Day 244

The holy angels drink from the sweetness of God, says St. Ambrose—but  the sweetness is hidden from you as long as you are captive to sin. As soon as all your hope is placed in the Lord, you taste what the angels taste. With good reason, then, is the sweetness of God hidden to you. The law placed in your members, resisting the law of your mind, brings you into captivity. The holy angels drink from that sweetness, but it is… Read more

Unlike angels, sometimes we’re wrong, Angels: Day 243

St. Augustine points out that St. Cyprian was wrong about some things—but he was wrong in the right way. It is angelic to refrain from judging those who have different opinions on obscure things, but the presumption of  the devil to divide the Church over those differences. It often happens that something is imperfectly revealed to the more learned, so that their patient and humble charity, from which comes the greater fruit, may be proved—either in the way in which they… Read more

CBB Review: Patrick and the Fire

Review by Laura Socks Patrick and the Fire: A Legend about St. Patrick is written by Cornelia Mary Bilinsky.  This book is one of many wonderful little books for primary aged children telling tales of saints and legends from Pauline Books & Media.  These books are always a favorite in my house!  This particular story tells of one of the legends of St. Patrick – the fire that would not go out!  It is the night of a great festival that… Read more

Show the world how angels live, Angels: Day 242

If  we live the angelic life here on earth, says St. John Chrysostom, that will be our most powerful tool for evangelism. The people around us will see what the kingdom of Heaven looks like, and they’ll want to be part of it. Let’s show them all a new kind of life. Let’s make earth into Heaven, and by doing it show the Greeks what great blessings they’re missing. When they see how we treat each other, they’ll be looking at… Read more

CBB Giveaway: Father Benedict

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of Father Benedict: The Spiritual and Intellectual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI by James Day (you can read my review of the book here)  sponsored by Sophia Institute Press. I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Wednesday 3/29 with a winner chosen later that day, enter below! a Rafflecopter giveaway Read more