CBB Review: Brigid and the Butter

Brigid and the Butter: A Legend about St. Brigid of Ireland is retold by Pamela Love and is another story from Pauline Books and Media's line of books about saints and legends.  These primary aged children’s books are some of my little ones’ favorite picture books.  This particular story is a wonderful companion to Patrick and the Fire or can, of course, stand alone.The young Brigid hears Bishop Patrick preach and is inspired by his gospel story about Jesus and His feeding the thousands of hu … [Read more...]

Living the resurrected life; Angels: Day 275

Those who have taken vows of chastity, says St. Ambrose, are living the life of the angels now—the  life we will all live after the Resurrection. There is a special brightness reserved for them in Heaven.But you who have taken the vow already, chasten your bodies more strict- ly, and do not allow yourselves to loosen the reins of desire even after those things that are permitted. You should not only turn away from an unlawful connection, but despise even a lawful look.Remember, in whi … [Read more...]

Off the Shelf 020 with guest Timothy O’Malley

If you missed this past Saturday’s show you can listen to the archive now. Timothy O'Malley and I discussed the richness of the Mass, why people don't recognize this, and how to win them back. All of this and more from his book Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life. You can listen to the show below or download it here. … [Read more...]

Virginity is to marriage as angel is to human; Angels: Day 274

God forbid we should say anything against marriage, says St. John of Damascus. After all, Christ himself  honored marriage as a guest at the wedding in Cana. But virginity is a higher state—an  imitation of the angels.Virginity is the rule of life among the angels, the property of all incor- poreal nature. We say this without speaking ill of marriage—God forbid! For we know that the Lord blessed marriage by His presence ( John 2:1), and we know him who said, “Let marriage be held in honor amo … [Read more...]

Choosing an angel’s life; Angels: Day 273

St. Augustine writes to express his joy at hearing that the daughter of an illustrious family has chosen to become a nun. It’s a glorious thing to be the mother of  an extensive family, he says, but even more glorious to belong completely to Christ.Who can declare in words, or expound with adequate praises, how in- comparably greater is the glory and advantage gained by your family in giving to Christ women consecrated to his service, than in giving to the world men called to the honors of th … [Read more...]

Living like the angels; Angels: Day 272

St. Macrina, a great Christian teacher, showed her own mother how to live a life of asceticism and meditation—a  life that her brother, St. Gregory of Nyssa, describes as being little different from the life of the angels.When the cares of bringing up a family and the anxieties of their educa- tion and settling in life had come to an end, and the property—a frequent cause of worldliness—had been for the most part divided among the children, then, as I said earlier, the life of the virgin beca … [Read more...]