Church Fathers, Day 239: St. Augustine says to know God, confess your sins

To know God, confess your sins Why do we confess our sins when God knows them already? St. Augustine tells us that we can’t hide our sins from God, but not confessing them will hide God from us. Lord, the depths of a man’s conscience are bare to your eyes. What in me could be hidden from you, even if I were unwilling to confess it to you? By not confessing I would hide you from myself, not myself from you. For when I am wicked, to confess to you is nothing but to be dissatisfied with mys … [Read more...]

CBB Review: Cultivating God’s Garden Through Lent


If there is one thing that is a guarantee during Lent it’s that there will be plenty of new faith enriching books to choose from. Some of those books set themselves apart with the topics they cover. A few of them are that original that they could be read outside of the Lenten season for enrichment. Margaret Rose Realy has given one of those books in her book Cultivating God's Garden Through Lent.What really set this book apart was how Margaret wove the subject of gardening and nature in ge … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 238: St. Gregory the Great advises us to put things right before you ask for forgiveness

Put things right before you ask for forgiveness When St. Gregory the Great was pope, the government in Dalmatia ordained a bishop named Maximus to the See of Salona, setting aside the bishop who had been legitimately elected. The governor of the province wanted to be reconciled with the pope, but Gregory tells him that he can’t expect forgiveness while he’s still participating in the evil. I have received your highness’s letter, in which you speak of having provoked my displeasure, and of wis … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle


PETE:  You now have released 3 titles in your Bringing Lent Home series. The first focused on Mother Teresa, the second St. Therese of Lisiuex and now St. John Paul II. What was your inspiration behind creating these wonderful volumes for family Lenten reflection? DONNA-MARIE COOPER O’BOYLE: Thanks for asking, Pete. Being a mother of five, I realize the importance of teaching our children the tenants of the faith. Christian parents, are, after all, the first and foremost educators. It’s our duty … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 237: St. Ephrem says judge yourself, not your neighbors

Judge yourself, not your neighbors In poetic rhythms that recall the ancient Hebrew Psalms, St. Ephrem the Syr­ian warns us not to look for faults in our neighbors. If we’re so keen on righ­teousness, we should be judging ourselves. Do not look for the faults of your friend. Do not repeat the shortcomings of your neighbors in your talk. You are not the judge of creation. You do not have dominion over the earth. If you love righteousness, admonish your soul and your­self. Be the judge of your … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 236: Hermas wants us to learn the lesson of the grapevine and the elm

Learn the lesson of the grapevine and the elm Some are rich and some are poor. Who’s better off ? As Hermas learns in one of his visions, the rich need the poor even more than the poor need the rich. “Do you see the elm and the grapevine?” he said. “I see them, sir,” I replied. “This grapevine,” he continued, “produces fruit, and the elm is a fruitless tree. But unless the vine is trained on the elm, it can’t bear much fruit trailing along the ground. And what fruit it does bear is rotten … [Read more...]