Church Fathers, Day Twenty-Eight: St. Cyril says the Word stooped down to us


See how the Word stooped down to us One of the most profound verses in Scripture, says St. Cyril of Alexandria, is the little verse where Luke tells us that Jesus grew up in the ordinary human way. “And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). To say that the child Jesus grew, and became strong, filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon Him, must be taken as referring to his human nature. Look closely how profound this d … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Scott Hahn

PETE: The New Evangelization is really not that “new”. It has it roots in Vatican II and to some degree even prior to that. Why do you think it has really come to the forefront in recent years as evidenced by the multiple books and talks on the subject? SCOTT HAHN: It’s been a priority for the popes since John Paul II, but I think the rest of us have some catching-up to do. We need to acquire some habits that Catholics haven’t cultivated. Cardinal Avery Dulles observed, some years ago, that most … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Twenty-Seven: St. Augustine says turn evil into good


Turn evil into good Death is unquestionably an evil, says St. Augustine. It was brought on us by our sin. But a Christian turns that evil to good use by dying well. To show what a hurtful thing sin is when grace does not help us, the Apostle has not hesitated to say that the power of sin is that very law by which sin is prohibited. “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law” (1 Corinthians 15:56). This is certainly true. The prohibition makes us want to do the prohibited ac … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Twenty-Six: St. Augustine and moral evils

Moral evils are the only true evils Arguing with pagans after the disastrous invasion of Rome in 410, St. Augus­tine says that all the bad things that happened then were not really evils. The only true evils are the ones that ruin the soul. I think I’ve said enough about moral and spiritual evils, which are to be guarded against above all, to show that the false gods did nothing to keep the people who worshiped them from being overwhelmed by such disasters, but in­stead made the ruin worse. … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Twenty-Five: St. Augustine says love the sinner

Love the sinner, hate the sin St. Augustine carefully works out what has become a famous formulation of Christian ethics: love the sinner, hate the sin. Even the sinner is good by nature. If we’re careful to distinguish the sin, everything else is worthy of our love. But the character of the human will is important here. If it is wrong, these motions of the soul will be wrong; but if it is right, they will be not only blameless but commendable. So the man who lives according to God, and n … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Evangelizing Catholics


This week Our Sunday Visitor sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Evangelizing Catholic: A Mission Maual for the New Evangelization by Scott Hahn (you can read the 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 8/22 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]