Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Four: Tertullian says if you want faith, practice patience

If you want faith, practice patience Tertullian, one of the founders of Christian theology, tells us that the New Law demands patience. Without patience, there can be no faith. Patience comes both after and before faith. Abraham believed God; but it was patience that tested his faith, when he was told to sacrifice his son. Such a burdensome commandment would not have pleased the Lord if it had been carried out perfectly, but he patiently heard it and would have obeyed it if it had been … [Read more...]

The CBB Mega Advent Giveaway


Welcome to my second MEGA Giveaway. This time we are celebrating the season of Advent. Sixteen publishers and marketers have agreed to participate in this Mega Giveaway . Be sure to visit their websites and support them by purchasing some of the great books they publish. One lucky winner is going to receive this entire 52 title, library building, package! This is packed with some truly awesome books, DVDs, CDs and a faith building tablet! The complete list is below.This contest will work the … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Three: Hermas says don’t be guilty of someone else’s despair


Don’t be guilty of someone else’s despair The visionary Hermas is told that when we see someone suffering, we must respond. If people are driven to despair by problems we could have helped with, we’re guilty of that despair. And I say that everyone ought to be saved from inconveniences. For who­ever is in want and whoever suffers inconveniences in daily life—they are both in great torture and necessity. So whoever rescues a soul from this kind of necessity will gain great joy for himself. For … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Two: St. Ambrose encourages us to help the Church help others


Help the Church help others Do you know someone who needs help, but may be too modest to ask for it? You can give some help yourself, says St. Ambrose, but you can also alert the Church and other organizations that have the resources to give more help. There are many kinds of generosity. Not only can we distribute and give away food to those who need it from our own daily supply, so that they may sustain life; but we can also give advice and help to those who are ashamed to show their need … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Catholics, Wake Up!: Be a Spiritual Warrior


This week publisher Servant Books sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Catholics, Wake Up!: Be a Spiritual Warrior by Jesse Romero (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 Friday 11/07 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred One: St. Ambrose tells us to be generous in secret


Be generous in secret If you give so that you can boast about it, says St. Ambrose, you already have your reward on earth in your boasting—which means you shouldn’t expect a reward in heaven, too. It is not a real act of generosity if you give for the sake of boasting about it, rather than for mercy’s sake. Your inner feelings give the name to your acts. As it comes forth from you, so will others regard it. See what a true judge you have! He consults with you how to take up your work, and f … [Read more...]