Church Fathers, Day 246: St. John Chrysostom advises us trust your Physician, even if the cure hurts

Trust your Physician, even if the cure hurtsWe trust medical doctors even though they do all sorts of unpleasant things to us, says St. John Chrysostom. Shouldn’t we trust God to heal our sin—even if the remedy is unpleasant?The physician is not to be praised only when he leads the patient into gardens and meadows, or baths and pools of water, or when he sets a well-fur­nished table before him. He is also to be praised when he orders him not to eat, when he oppresses him with hunger and … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 245: St. Ambrose tells us the “anger” of Christ is his mercy

The “anger” of Christ is his mercyWhen we say that Christ is “angry” with sinners, says St. Ambrose, we don’t mean that he’s carried away by rage. We mean that he’s doing everything he can to bring us back into his forgiveness.Isn’t it obvious that the Lord Jesus is angry with us when we sin so that He may convert us through fear of his indignation? So his indignation is not re­venge, but rather the working of forgiveness, For these are his words: “If you will turn and lament, you will … [Read more...]

New and Notables – March 2015


Welcome back to this recurring feature at The Catholic Book Blogger. As a book reviewer I get access to early or hot off the presses books from many Catholic publishers. My goal is to share a few titles each post that have either just released or are soon to be released. These are books I am looking forward to reading and think you might be too.Like the First Morning: The Morning Offering as a Daily Renewal by Michael OrtizRelease Date: April 17, 2015From the Publisher Ave Maria … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 244: Aphrahat tells us to take the medicine that cures you

Take the medicine that cures you When you’ve been wounded in the battle against sin, says Aphrahat the Sage, penitence is the medicine you need. But you can’t be cured if you’re ashamed to go to the doctor. There is a medicine for every disease, and the disease is healed when the skillful physician finds the medicine. For those who have been wounded in our battle, there is the medicine of penitence, and those who rub it on their wounds are healed. Physicians, disciples of our wise Physi … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 243: St. John Cassian advises us to attack our strongest sin first

Attack your strongest sin first The wise abbot Serapion told St. John Cassian that we should attack the enemy first where he’s strongest. The struggle builds up our spiritual strength, and we know that the rest of the struggles will be easier. Discover your most characteristic sin, and direct your main attack against it, turning all your care and watchfulness of mind to guard against its assault. Send against it daily the weapons of fasting, and at all times hurl against it the constant d … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 242: St. Clement tells us be happy to be corrected

Be happy to be corrected St. Clement of Rome tells us to correct one another, and—more important—to accept correction happily. That’s hard to do, but it’s worthwhile, because God uses our brothers and sisters to show us when we’re headed down the wrong path. So let us also pray for those who have fallen into sin. Pray that they may be given meekness and humility, so that they may submit, not to us, but to the will of God. That way they will have a productive and perfect remembrance from us. W … [Read more...]