Church Fathers, Day 215: St. John Chrysostom tells us to see the real power of wealth

See the real power of wealth Preaching on the parable of the rich man and Lazarus (see Luke 16:19-31), St. John Chrysostom pauses at the point where the rich man dies. See now, he says, what good all his possessions did him. Dear friends, do not carelessly pass by the words “and was buried,” but let us think of the tables inlaid with silver, the couches, the carpets, the wardrobe, all the ornaments throughout the house, the oils, the perfumes, the abundance of wine, the variety of meats, the … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 214: St. Ambrose tells us to toss out the image of the devil

Toss out the image of the devil Heaping up useless wealth, says St. Ambrose, rips the image of God out of our souls and substitutes the image of Satan. What good does all your wealth do you if it earns you condemnation? Is it not a vain thing to heap up riches? For surely to look for fleeting things is vain enough. And when you have gathered them, how do you know that you will be able to keep them? Is it not vain for a merchant to journey by night and by day, that he may be able to heap up … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent


This week publisher Servant Books sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one signed copy of 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent by Marcellino D'Ambrosio.(you can read my 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 2/27 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 213: St. Ephrem the Syrian says be poor to be rich

Be poor to be rich Only one who fears God is rich, says St. Ephrem the Syrian. All earthly riches are really poverty, because they lead us away from our true riches. No one in creation is rich but one who fears God; no one is truly poor but one who lacks the truth. How needy and not rich is the one whose need witnesses against him that even from the abject and the beggars he needs to receive a gift! He is truly a slave, and many are his masters: he renders service to money, to riches, and … [Read more...]

CBB Review: 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent


Lent is a time for renewal…of new birth. It is a time to focus on making ourselves better and is so much more than giving up chocolate or soda. In his latest book 40 Days, 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent, Marcellino D’Ambrosio does exactly what the title suggests. He takes a fresh look at Lenten practices and provides readers with 40 activities they can partake in to cultivate spiritual growth. It’s a book that is well –suited for Lent but quite frankly can be used anytime of the year when you need a … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 212: St. Basil says find God through continence


Find God through continence Writing to a monk, St. Basil praises continence. It isn’t just the celibacy prac­ticed by monks, he says: continence is a way of life for everyone, and it leads us to God. The fruit of continence is the companionship of God. For not to be cor­rupted is to have part with God; just as to be corrupted is the companionship of the world. Continence is denial of the body, and confession to God. It withdraws from any­thing mortal, like a body which has the Spirit of God … [Read more...]