CBB Review – Called to Teach: Daily Inspiration for Catholic Educators

As a teacher, Justin McClain knows what it means to be Called to Teach, and his “Daily Inspirations” truly are inspirational! This book is for all teachers, staff and administrators…and anyone else who works with Catholic children of all ages. It provides short bursts of daily inspiration so that even the busiest teacher has time to take a quick read each day. But the daily messages – reflections on scripture- are deep and long lasting, meant to be pondered as… Read more

Not hurting anyone but himself: Angels, Day 104

The devil, says St. Augustine, did no damage to God in his fall, but only to himself. God knew beforehand what would happen, and how to bring good out of it. So why shouldn’t God make human beings, although he knew before- hand that we would sin, when he might crown us if we stood, and set us right if we fell, and help us if we rose, being always and everywhere glorious in goodness, righteousness, and mercy? Above all,… Read more

Satan fell, and we followed; Angels: Day 103

The first of all the angels, Tatian tells us, was worshiped as a god by human beings. For his pride, Satan was cut off from all fellowship with the Word, and he and his angelic followers became the demons. The power of the Word had the ability in itself to foresee future events— not that those events were fated, but rather they came about through the choice of beings who acted freely. From time to time the Word foretold what… Read more

Covetousness made an archangel the devil, Angels: Day 102

St. Asterius of Amasea gives us a good working definition of covetousness, and explains that this sin—wanting more than you deserve—was what made the devil fall from Heaven. Covetousness, then, is not simply being mad for money and other posses- sions, wishing to add to what you have that to which you have no right. To speak more broadly, it is the desire to have, in every transaction, more than what’s due or belongs to you. And you know that the… Read more

Angels know the truth because they love God, Angels: Day 101

Demons often predict the future, says St. Augustine, because they’re intelligent, and they can see things we can’t. But they often get it wrong. Angels always know the truth even about worldly things, because they love God and make his will their own. The good angels, therefore, put little value on the knowledge of mate- rial and transitory things that the demons are so proud of possessing. It’s not that they’re ignorant of these things. But the love of God, by… Read more

Angels have no creative power, Angels: Day 100

God makes creation to operate by certain principles, says St. Augustine. If evil angels can make use of those principles to help magicians do apparent miracles, that doesn’t mean that anyone but God was the Creator. The Apostle Paul distinguishes God’s creating and forming on the inside from the acts of the creature that are applied from without. Drawing a metaphor from agriculture, he says, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth” (1 Cor. 3:6). In the spiritual life,… Read more

Evil exists only in the good, Angels: Day 099

Human beings and angels are good creations, says St. Augustine. Even the evil angels are good creations; they are evil only in relation to the good things that they were. It is not possible for there to be evil without good. But the logical rule doesn’t apply in these two opposites that we call “good” and “evil.” The weather can’t be both dark and light at the same time. Food or drink can’t be sweet and sour at the same time…. Read more

CBB Giveaway: Letters to My Lord AND Mother Teresa: Carrier of God’s Mercy

This week we have an awesome TWO title giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of  Letters to My Lord by Daniel A. Lord,  sponsored by Ave Maria Press (you can read Michele’s review here) and one copy of m y first book Mother Teresa: Carrier of God’s Mercy  (you can read the story behind my book here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway Read more

Demons are not evil by nature, Angels: Day 098

The demons, says Dionysius the Areopagite, are not made evil. What we call “evil”  is a negative quality: it is a failure to preserve themselves in the good. But how are the demons evil if they are created by God? For the Good brings forth and sustains good things—but, someone might say, we call the de- mons evil. But we call them “evil” not because of what they are, for they come from the Good, and were created with a good… Read more

CBB News – Mother Teresa: Carrier of Mercy

My new book! You read that right. After nearly four years here at The Catholic Book Blogger promoting books every week, I now have one of my own. Before we talk about the book I thought you may be interested in how it developed. A few months ago, I met an inspiring husband and wife from Europe named Nace and Silva Volcic. They had a good life. No financial worries. Plenty of food. A nice home. Reliable transportation. They also… Read more

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