Church Fathers, Day 233: Commodianus reminds us that ill-gotten gains make wicked gifts

Ill-gotten gains make wicked gifts Can you buy repentance with the fruits of your sin? No, says Commodianus: God rejects gifts that come from the proceeds of your sin and injustice. Why do you senselessly pretend to be good by the wound of another? Because of what you give, another is weeping every day. Do you think the Lord does not see these things from heaven? One gives gifts so that he may impoverish another. Or if you have lent on usury at 24%, you want to give to charity to purge … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 232: St. Cyprian advises don’t worry about being too generous

Don’t worry about being too generous St. Cyprian tells us to be generous in giving to the poor. But don’t we have to worry about feeding ourselves, too? No need to worry: trust in Christ, and you will be provided for. If you’re afraid that you might use up all your property by being so gen­erous, and be reduced to poverty, cheer up and don’t worry. You can’t run out if you’re supplying the service of Christ or performing the work of heaven. I don’t tell you this just on my own authority. I … [Read more...]

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Talking Catholic Literary Giants with Joseph Pearce

The Open Book Podcast Episode 004Podcast: Download (Duration 31:34– 29 MB) Talking Catholic Literary Giants including C.S.Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien with guest, author Joseph Pearce. Music for this episode provided courtesy of Sam Rocha from his album Late to Love. The intro song is Genesis Time, and the closing song is In Self’s Place. To get your own copy of this album visit his website here. Visit Ignatius Press to learn more about Joseph's book Catholic Literary Giants: A Field Guide … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 231: St. John Chrysostom tells us to deposit our wealth in heaven

Deposit your wealth in heaven Writing to a young widow still grieving her husband, St. John Chrysostom advises her to put all her goods in heaven—a better investment than she could ever find here on earth. Now, once and for all, if you want to keep your property in security and earn good interest on it as well, I’ll show you the plan, and the place where no one who wants to steal it can get in. What place is that? It’s heaven. Send your possessions to that good husband of yours, and no thie … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Bill Donohue

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PETE: You loaded a lot of stats into your book The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness and Heaven Await the Faithful. How much research went into this book and how long did it take from concept to finished draft?BILL DONOHUE: I've been collecting data and health, happiness, and religion for years, but I went into high gear for about a year-and-a-half doing the research and another year-and-a-half of writing. Because of all the demands of my job, which consists of a lot of writing, TV, … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 230: Commodianus says the sick need your help, not just sympathy

The sick need your help, not just sympathy Commodianus tells us that we owe help—not just kind words—to the sick who are in need. God himself will pay us back far more than our help costs us. If your brother should be weak—I mean a poor man—do not go to visit him empty-handed. Do good in the sight of God. Pay your obedience in money. That will help him recover—or, if he should die, then he will be refreshed, though he has nothing to pay you back with but the Founder and Creator of the world. … [Read more...]

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