Church Fathers, Day Four: St. Basil and the beauty of creation

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See God in the beauty of creation The marvelous perfection of creation, where everything fits and works together to bring about God’s plan, should help us keep God always in mind, says St. Basil. If we remain ever aware of the beauty of God’s creation, we’ll give sin no opportunities.  “And God saw that it was good.” God does not judge the beauty of his work by the charm of the eyes, and he does not form the same idea of beauty that we form. What he finds beautiful is what, in its perfection … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Journey to Heaven

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This week Emmaus Road Publishing sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Journey to Heaven: A Road Map for Catholic Men by Randy Hain (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 8/01 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway  … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Three: St. Augustine – When God speaks, hear

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When God speaks, hear God speaks to us through Scripture and the Church. But God also speaks to us through our reason, says St. Augustine. The truth is God speaking to us, not through our ears, but through our minds. It is a great thing for a man, and a very rare one, after contemplating the whole creation, corporeal and incorporeal, and seeing how changeable it is, to pass beyond it, to reach to the unchangeable being of God, and—in that peak of contemplation—to learn from God himself that n … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Journey to Heaven

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In recent years there have been quite a few books released geared towards Catholic men. I have reviewed a number of them here already including Be A Man by Father Larry Richards, Man to Man, Dad to Dad : Catholic Faith and Fatherhood by Brian Caulfield and Man Up!: Becoming the New Catholic Renaissance Man by Jared Zimmerer. Author Randy Hain has added his own contribution to this category with his recent book Journey to Heaven: A Road Map for Catholic Men. Randy points out a number of … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Two: St. John Cassian and Seeing God Everywhere

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See God everywhereSt. John Cassian remembers how the wise old abbot Moses told him to see God everywhere. If you approach with a pure heart, the world around you will show you His face. We certainly do discover God by admiring his incomprehensible essence, which still lies hidden in the hope of the promise. But we also see him through the greatness of his creation, and the consideration of his justice, and the help of his daily providence. We see him when with pure minds we contemplate what … [Read more...]

A Year with the Church Fathers – Day One

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Put God at the beginning No matter what scientific explanation you come up with for the origin of the universe, says St. Basil, you’ll go far wrong if you don’t put God at the beginning of it. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” I stop struck with admiration at this thought. What shall I say first? Shall I demonstrate the vanity of the Gentiles? Shall I praise the truth of our faith? The philosophers of Greece have tried very hard to explain nature, and not one of thei … [Read more...]


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