Church Fathers, Day Eighty-Nine: St. John Cassian tell us to learn how to control your thoughts

Learn how to control your thoughts St. John Cassian recalls the wise words of an Egyptian abbot named Moses. You can’t always help it when evil thoughts pop up in your mind, Moses said, but you always have the power to accept or reject them. It is impossible for the mind not to be approached by thoughts, but it is in the power of everyone who is earnest either to admit them or to reject them. Even though their rising up does not entirely depend on ourselves, rejecting or admitting them lies i … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Eighty-Eight: Pseudo-Dionysius says the errors of others don’t make you right


The errors of others don’t make you right So you’ve proved that someone else’s opinion is wrong. Well, that doesn’t mean you’re right, says our author (writing under the name of Dionysius, a character in the New Testament). You could both be wrong. There are many falsehoods but only one truth. Do not imagine that it is a victory, holy Sopatros, to have denounced a devotion, or an opinion, that apparently is not good. Even if you have denounced it accurately, that does not mean that the teachi … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – To The Heights


This week publisher Saint Benedict Press sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of To The Heights: A Novel Based on the Life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati by Brian Kennelly (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 10/24 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Eighty-Seven: Athenagoras says see the truth in the works it produces

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See the truth in the works it produces Do any of the pagan professors of rhetoric or grammar really make their stu­dents happy? No, says Athenagoras. But look at the Christians: they may not know a subject from a predicate, but you can tell by their works that Christian teaching is true. Look at the teachers who reduce syllogisms, and clear up ambiguities, and explain etymologies, or teach homonyms and synonyms, and which is the subject and which is the predicate—promising to make their st … [Read more...]

CBB Review – To The Heights


Beyond seeing his pictures I knew very little about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. After reading To the Heights: A Novel Based on the Life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati by Brian Kennelly I can no longer say that. In this historical fiction novel Brian brings Blessed Pier to life. When finished with this book you will feel as if you had just spent time with a brother.Brian vividly tells the life story of Blessed Pier from childhood to his final days. You will experience his many trips to … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Eighty-Six: St. Augustine advises us to distinguish what’s important to be right about

Distinguish what’s important to be right about St. Augustine tells us that we can be wrong about some things without causing any harm. What we can’t be wrong about is moral principles. It’s not bad in itself to think that someone is good when he’s actually an adulterer, but it’s quite another thing to think that adultery is good. In some things, we are deceived in great matters; in others, small. In some of them no harm is done; in others, even good comes of it. It is a great evil for a man … [Read more...]