We’re not the only intelligent life, Angels: Day 001

We're not the only intelligent lifeWe tend to place humanity rather proudly at the top of all creation. The Fathers had a more modest and more realistic view. Yes, man is intelligent, but we’re not the only intelligence. There are beings above us as well as beings below us. Only God is unique.The Son, therefore, is the only and true God, for this also is assigned to the Son as his sole right.It cannot accurately be said of any created being that he is alone. How can anyone or any … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Redeemed by Grace and On-the-Job Meditations

This week we have two titles to give away! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back by Ramona Trevino and sponsored by Carmel Communications marketing firm of Ignatius Press (you can read the review here) and will receive one copy of Take Five: On-The-Job Meditations with St. Ignatius by Mike Aquilina and sponsored by Lambing Press (you can read the review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it s … [Read more...]

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From Mary to the Angels a new journey awaits

One year ago we embarked on a journey through Paul Thigpen's book A Year with Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God. Two years ago we worked our way through Mike Aquilina’s book A Year with the Church Fathers: Patristic Wisdom for Daily Living.  I was able to do this through the generous support of my friends, Mike Aquilina, Paul Thigpen and publisher Saint Benedict Press. I hope you have gotten as much out of these past 730 days as I have. If at anytime you wish to go back and look at the … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Take Five: On-The-Job Meditations with St. Ignatius

There are a countless number of saints we can use as our example on the journey. Saint Ignatius of Loyola is one such example and a fine one to learn from at that. Ignatius led a life of consumption from goods to women to alcohol. He knew how to party and live the secular life to the full. This all changed after a debilitating war injury led him to God. Upon discovering God and realizing he had been wasting his years prior, he put equal if not more energy into helping others and spreading God’s w … [Read more...]

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Hymn to the Mother of God, Mary: Day 365

Hymn to the Mother of God The Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God dates to the seventh century and comes from the Eastern liturgical tradition. Many consider it to be the queen of all hymns to Our Lady. Here is a short portion that overflows in rich imagery calling for careful reflection.In honoring your maternity, Mother of God, we exalt you as the living temple.For the Almighty Lordwho holds all things in his hands,the One who has dwelt within your womb, sanctified and … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Redeemed by Grace

Review by Julie AbellI picked up this book to read, Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back, because I needed to try to understand what goes through the head of someone who works at Planned Parenthood.  I needed to hear what made them decide that it was a wholesome place to work.  Ramona Trevino was just the person to enlighten me and then she answered my next question which was “What makes them leave?”This book is actually a memoir of Ramona’s life.  … [Read more...]

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