Jerusalem and Babylon; Angels: Day 093

Jerusalem and BabylonThe angels are citizens of the spiritual Jerusalem, says St. Augustine, and so are we. But for the present we on earth are held captive in the spiritual Babylon. We begin to be freed from our captivity as soon as we confess our sins.You’ve heard, and you know, that there are two cities, for the present outwardly mixed up together, yet separated in heart, running together through the course of time until the end. One, whose end is everlasting peace, is called J … [Read more...]

The modesty of Daniel; Angels: Day 092

The modesty of DanielDaniel, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, was afraid even to approach the angel he saw. How can some philosophers pretend that they’ve figured out everything about the Son of God?Daniel saw wondrous living creatures. He also saw that the Ancient of Days was sitting in glory (Dan. 7:9). He approached the living creatures, because he wanted to ask and learn. But he did not approach to search into the glory of the Most High.Fools have left searching creation and run off t … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway: Who Does He Say You Are? AND Luke: The Gospel of Mercy bible study

This week we have an awesome TWO title giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of  Who Does He Say You Are? by Colleen C. Mitchell,  sponsored by Franciscan Media (you can read Michele's review here) and one complete set of the newest Catholic Scripture Study International bible study Luke: The Gospel of Mercy including Leader’s Guide, Study Guide and 3-DVD set , sponsored by Saint Benedict Press (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple fo … [Read more...]

Angels come to the virtuous; Angels: Day 091

Angels come to the virtuousSt. Ambrose recalls the story of Samson’s birth in Judges 13 and rejects one writer’s interpretation that would make Samson’s father merely a jealous husband. Angels would not come to him, says St. Ambrose, if he were full of sinful thoughts.By this time the spirit of the Hebrews had been so subdued by long oppression that no one dared to rouse them to liberty with a manly spirit. But then Samson, foreordained by the divine oracle, was raised up for them. … [Read more...]

CBB Review: CSS Study – Luke: The Gospel of Mercy

When I first heard the news that Catholic Scripture Study International was going to be going under the umbrella of Saint Benedict Press I was anxious to see what this meant for their already superb bible studies. Well the wait is over and our questions are answered as the first bible study has been released under this new partnership. Luke: The Gospel of Mercy is the title of the study and it is fantastic!The study can be purchased in a Group Leader pack. This consists of Leader Guide, … [Read more...]

Sleep humbly and dream of angels; Angels: Day 090

Sleep humbly and dream of angelsJacob had a stone for his pillow when he had his vision of the heavenly ladder, St. John Chrysostom reminds us. How can we expect to see visions of angels when we sleep in luxuries, and deny even the necessities of life to the poor?Shall I show you another bed? I mean that of Jacob. He lay on the ground, and a stone was under his head. Therefore also, he saw the symbolical stone, and that ladder on which angels were ascending and descending.We should … [Read more...]