Imitate God, not the animals; Church Fathers: Day 063

The gifts of language and thought, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, are what dis­tinguish us from the animals and make us the image of God. What a terrible thing it is, then, when we use these gifts to be like animals instead of like God! God gave us speech that is free like himself, in order that free speech might serve our independent free will. And by speech, too, we are the likeness of the Giver of it, since as… Read more

Off the Shelf 039 with Derya Little – From Islam to Christ

Derya M. Little has a PhD in politics from Durham University, England and an MA in history from Bilkent University, Turkey. Her articles on foreign affairs have appeared in academic journals and Catholic World Report. She converted from Islam to Catholicism in her early twenties, and now is living in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children. She is the author of the book From Islam to Christ: One Woman’s Path through the Riddles of God published by Ignatius Press…. Read more

Put the right value on created things; Church Fathers: Day 062

Creation is good, says St. Leo the Great, and we should praise the Creator for its beauties. But the world to come is far greater. Use the things of this world properly, but don’t let them capture all your attention. Wake up and recognize the dignity of your nature! Remember that you were made in the image of God—which, although it was corrupted in Adam, was still re-molded in Christ. Use the visible things of creation as they should be… Read more

Learn to be like God; Church Fathers: Day 061

St. Gregory of Nyssa gives us a daunting assignment: study the attributes of the Father, then learn to be like him. After baptism, we are called God’s children. Therefore we should care­fully examine our Father’s characteristics, so that, by molding and framing our­selves in the likeness of our Father, we may appear true children of him who calls us to adoption by grace. For the illegitimate son who belies his father’s nobility in what he does is a sad reproach…. Read more

A book to IGNITE your scripture study

Catholics get a bad rap from denominational faiths that we do not utilize or dive deep into the scriptures. We know this to be furthest from the truth as at a minimum we hear the Word proclaimed every week at Mass. Could we use more time in Scripture however? Certainly, we all could, myself included. However, this may seem like a daunting task. Thankfully Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers and Sonja Corbitt come to the rescue in their book Ignite: Read the… Read more

Know that you are God’s image; Church Fathers: Day 060

God made human beings in the image of God. St. Irenaeus reminds us that we are a special creation. The story in Genesis tells how God spoke all other things into being, but formed human beings with his own hands. God by His Word has created the whole world, and to all the world he has given laws in which each different thing should exist, and according to what is determined by God should not pass their bounds, each fulfilling… Read more

Be worthy of your creation; Church Fathers: Day 059

Writing to the pagan emperor Antoninus Pius, St. Justin Martyr explains how Christians are supposed to behave. We please God, he says, when we imitate God’s virtues and act in a way worthy of our marvelous creation. Our tradition tells us that God does not need the material offerings hu­mans can give him, since he himself is the one who provides everything. And we have been taught, and are convinced, and believe, that he accepts only those who imitate his… Read more

Let creation be your book; Church Fathers: Day 058

You can be truly free from rules and laws, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, if you order your life the way nature itself teaches you to order it. Yoke yourself under the law, so that you may truly be free. Do not work the desire of your soul apart from God. How many commandments must I write—how many laws must I engrave— when, if you desire your freedom, you could learn them all from yourself ? And if you love… Read more

Off the Shelf 038 with Kathleen Glavich

Kathleen Glavich has taught every grade from first to twelfth. When her first article was published, the writing bug bit her and she is now a full-time author and editor. In response to that first article, a bishop in Nigeria sent her a letter in which he quoted Mother Teresa: “Write, for if your writing should make anyone more aware of God and their neighbour, then you must write.” Kathleen went on to have over seventy books published as well… Read more

Make the Sign of the Cross everywhere; Church Fathers: Day 057

Wherever you are, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, seal everything you do with the Sign of the Cross, and teach your children to do the same. How gracious is the Lord! How measureless are His mercies! Happy the race of mortals when God confesses it! Woe to the soul that he denies! Fire is stored up for its punishment. Be of good cheer, my child, in hope; sow good seed and do not despair. The farmer sows in hope, and… Read more

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