Only devils receive sacrifices; Angels: Day 152

Even if you think you’re worshiping angels, says St. Augustine, the only beings that receive your sacrifice are devils. The angels who love God could never accept the honor that belongs only to their Lord. Some people say they are offering sacrifices to the higher celestial pow- ers, which are not devils, and imagine that the only difference between themselves and us is the name: they call those powers gods, and we call them angels. But the only beings that really present… Read more

Make no sacrifices to angels; Angels: Day 151

The more a being loves God, says St. Augustine, the less that being wants any of the worship due to God alone. That’s  why, although angels are incomparably more powerful and pure than we are, we never worship them. As for the spiritual part of creation, it is either pious or impious: the pious being people and angels who are righteous, and who serve God in the right way; the impious being wicked people and angels, whom we also call devils…. Read more

Satan takes on all shapes; Angels: Day 150

In St. Augustine’s time, there were still many pagans who tried to find enlightenment in strange, sometimes  even hallucinogenic, rituals.  If  you see angels when you’re out of  your mind, says St. Augustine, remember that Satan can look like an angel, but he still wants to hurt you. As to those who perform these filthy cleansings by sacrilegious rites, and see in their initiated state (as Porphyry tells us further on, though we may question this vision) certain wonderfully lovely… Read more

Angels want us to be immortal and happy; Angels: Day 149

The angels want us to be as happy as they are, says St. Augustine. That’s  why they refuse to let us worship them, but direct all our worship to God, the source of their own happiness. The angels look on us miserable mortals compassionately and tenderly, and wish us to become immortal and happy—these blessed and immortal spirits, who inhabit celestial dwellings, and rejoice in the communications of their Cre- ator’s fullness, firm in his eternity, assured in his truth, holy… Read more

Worshiping idols is worshiping demons; Angels: Day 148

St. Augustine says that the only reason demons seduced us into worshiping them was because they knew that worship belongs to God alone. The false gods, that is to say, the demons, which are lying angels, would never have required a temple, priesthood, sacrifice, and the other things connect- ed with these from their worshipers, whom they deceive, had they not known that these things were due to the one true God. When, therefore, these things are presented to God according… Read more

CBB Giveaway: A Christmas Carol

This week we have an giveaway of a beloved classic! Five lucky winners will each receive a copy of A Christmas Carol  by Charles Dickens,  sponsored by Paraclete Press (you can read my review here)I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! The giveaway begins NOW and ends Friday 12/16 with a winner drawn later that day. Enter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Read more

CBB Giveaway: A Daily Defense and From Humdrum to Holy

This week we have an awesome TWO title giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of A Daily Defense: 365 Days ( plus one) to Becoming a Better Apologist by Jimmy Akin,  sponsored by Catholic Answers Press (you can read my review here) and one copy of From Humdrum to Holy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Living Like a Saint by Fr. Ed Broom, sponsored by Sophia Institute Press  (you can read Julie’s review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it… Read more

Let them laugh; Angels: Day 147

Even devils can sometimes perform apparent miracles, says St. Augustine, and if a rumor started that one of their own “philosophers”  had done the miracles in the Scriptures, you would hear the same people who laugh at the Bible shouting in triumph. If these objectors refuse to believe any narrative of a divine miracle, they must be refuted by another line of argument. In that case, they must not single out one particular miracle to be objected to, and called in… Read more

CBB Review – A Christmas Carol: Paraclete Press edition

One of the classics of Christmas has to be Charles Dickens’ timeless tale A Christmas Carol. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from an ill-tempered man into a kinder and more loving person withstands the test of time. Who can forget the visitations by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future? The unforgettable characters like Bob Cratchit and his son Tiny Tim have earned a place in Christmas tradition forever. Paraclete Press has recently released a paperback edition of… Read more

Demons can’t really give us prosperity; Angels: Day 146

Pagans complained  that neglecting their gods made Rome decline. St. Augustine replies that, even if  it were true, it’s far better to face adversity than to worship demons. But it’s not true. Only God can really make us prosperous. What beings are really propitiated by practicing such abominations in worship? Because Christianity has exposed the perversity and trickery of those devils (and it is also by their power that magic deceives people’s minds), and because it has brought out the distinction… Read more

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