A prayer for help from the angels; Angels: Day 209

St. Gildas  the Wise  lived in the time after the legendary King Arthur, when barbarians were destroying his native Britain. Here he prays God to send him help from all the angels.Help, unity of trinity,have pity, trinity of unity;Help me, I pray, thus placedas in the peril of a great sea, So that the plague of this yearwill not draw me with it, nor the vanity of the world. And this very prayer I make to the highpowers of the heavenly warfare,that they will not leave m … [Read more...]

Angels saw Christ in the flesh; Angels: Day 208

Theodoret of Cyrus imagines a dialogue between Orthodoxos, the champion of orthodox Christianity, and Eranistes, whose name we might translate as “Mish- mash,”  because he takes his opinions from all the heresies, and explains that angels cannot see God directly, but when Christ rose they did see him in the flesh.Eranistes: Then the substance of God was not seen by those who beheld those revelations?Orthodoxos: No! Who is mad enough to dare to say so? Eranistes: Yet it is said that they s … [Read more...]

Only the truth can conquer; Angels: Day 207

Angels don’t lie, says St. Ephrem the Syrian. The message they bring from God is true. And the message we read in the Gospel is true. If  it were not, it could not have been established  all over the world.Why did Gabriel not deceive Daniel and say that he was God (Dan. 8:17)? Why did the Seraph not deceive Isaiah and say that he was the Son of God (Isa. 6:6)?Because he was an angel, he did not lie.The Apostle speaks truly and did not deceive us. He asserted and revealed that Christ w … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: The Apostasy That Wasn’t

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of The Apostasy That Wasn't: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church by Rod Bennett,  sponsored by Catholic Answers (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Wednesday 2/22 with a winner been chosen that day, enter below!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

A glorious subjection; Angels: Day 206

All things are made subject to Christ—but  what kind of subjection is this? Not ignoble slavery, says St. Ambrose, but a glorious service of  the Good. We are subject the way the angels are subject.Are not all things now subject to him? Are not the choirs of the saints made subject? Are not the angels, who ministered to him when on the earth (Matt.4:11)? Are not the Archangels who were sent to Mary to foretell the coming of the Lord? Are not all the heavenly hosts? Are not the Cherubim an … [Read more...]

The Apostasy That Wasn’t

CBB Review of The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church by Rod Bennett.There is a little piece of early church history that is misconstrued to the point that Protestants often use it to question the legitimacy of the Roman Catholic Church. The event is what has become known as The Great Apostasy. Rod Bennett does an exceptional job of bringing this story to life in his latest book The Apostasy That Wasn't: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable … [Read more...]