Church Fathers, Day 166: St. Irenaeus wants us to see the New Covenant in the Old

See the New Covenant in the Old Moses received the Law directly from God in the desert. A Christian, says St. Irenaeus, sees that the Law of Moses, and all the sights and sounds of the ancient Israelite religion, were symbolic foreshadowings of the perfect New Covenant that would come with Jesus Christ. In the wilderness Moses received the Law from God, the Ten Words on “tables of stone, written with the finger of God” (Exodus 31:18)—the finger of God means what is stretched forth from the Fa … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 165: Aristides want us to discover the truth in Scripture


Discover the truth in Scripture Explaining to the emperor what Christians are, Aristides is so bold as to say that the only reason the world still exists is because of the prayers of the Chris­tians. Read the scriptures for yourself, he says, and you’ll discover the truth. As people who know God, they ask from him things that are proper for him to give and for them to receive: and this is how they live their lives. And be­cause they acknowledge the goodnesses of God towards them, the beauty t … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: The Faithful Traveler


This week Diana von Glahn host of The Faithful Traveler sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of each of The Faithful Traveler Season One AND The Faithful Traveler in the Holy Land DVD sets. (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST 1/09 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 164: St. John Cassian compares our heart to a flour mill

Your heart is like a flour mill St. John Cassian recalls a striking illustration a wise old abbot named Moses taught him. Your mind is like a flour mill: it keeps grinding all the time, but you are responsible for deciding what it grinds. A good way to illustrate the movement of the heart is by comparing it to a millstone driven by a waterwheel. The headlong rush of water whirls the wheel around, with revolving force, and the millstone can never stop its work so long as it is driven around … [Read more...]

CBB Review: The Faithful Traveler


If you have never heard of or never watched The Faithful Traveler on EWTN, than you are missing out. In Season One, host Diana von Glahn takes viewers to some of the most beautiful and significant churches and shrines in the United States. Each episode is more than just a cursory glance at the site. Diana takes her role as tour guide in these episodes seriously as she packs each 30 minute show full of facts and sites from each location.Season One consists of two discs and includes stops … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 163: St. John Chrysostom tells us the more you work, the more you need Scripture

The more you work, the more you need Scripture Scripture isn’t just for monks, says St. John Chrysostom. In fact, the more involved you are with the world, the more you need Scripture.. “I’m not a monk,” you might say. “I have a wife and children. I have to take care of my household.” But this is what ruins everything—your thinking that only monks need to read the divine Scriptures. You need it much more than they do. Those who live in the world and are wounded every day have the most need … [Read more...]