Church Fathers, Day 340: St. John Chrysostom wants us to keep trying to spread the Good News

Keep trying to spread the Good News“You’re not getting through to them,” people might tell us. But persistence wins the day, says St. John Chrysostom. If everyone gave up after the first failure, how would the world go on?There are some who relax the zeal of others by derision and ridicule, saying, “Stop giving advice; leave off warning; they are not listening to you: you have no fellow-feeling with them.”Haven’t I persuaded them today? But I shall persuade, perhaps, tomorrow. Or ev … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway – The Didache Bible


This week publisher Ignatius Press sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Didache Bible (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 7/03 with a winner being announced later that day.  a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 339: St. Basil become famous for good deeds


Become famous for good deedsSt. Basil was a man who knew how to ask for a favor. In this letter he very gently appeals to a provincial governor’s love of reputation, suggesting that the surest way to earn wide fame is to be known for his good deeds.I am aware that your excellency is favorably receiving my letters, and I understand why. You love all that is good; you are ready in doing kindnesses. So whenever I give you the opportunity of showing your magnanimity, you are eager for my l … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Didache Bible


There are a number of Catholic Bible’s available today. These range in translation, content and appearance. I am often asked for what Bible I would recommend. In an effort to answer that question I will be spotlighting a number of different Bibles available from a number of different publishers over the next few weeks. My reviews will consist of a look at the appearance of each and focus on the most important factor of all, content. My hope is these reviews will help you decide the Bible that is … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 338: Lactantius says practice what you preach


Practice what you preachIf you tell other people to behave themselves, says Lactantius, what will they think when they see how you act? If you do the things you tell them not to do, they’ll laugh at you, and rightly so.If anyone gives people rules to live by, and molds the character of others, is he bound to practice what he preaches or not?If he doesn’t practice what he preaches, his rules are worthless. For if the things he teaches are good, and they put our lives in the best sha … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 337: Commodianus discusses everyday martyrdom

Everyday martyrdomYou can be a martyr even without the bloodshed, says Commodianus, a North African bishop who wrote in the early 200s. Whenever you set aside your un­healthy desires and avoid the traps of sin, you are a martyr—a witness to the power of Jesus Christ.Birds are fooled, and the animals of the forest, by the very charms that bring their destruction. Caves as well as food deceive them. They do not know how to avoid evil, and they are not restrained by the law.Law is gi … [Read more...]