CBB Review: St. George and The Dragon


My oldest daughter Katie just finished reading St. George and the Dragon by Michael Lotti. Here is her review:St. George and the Dragon by Michael Lotti is an exciting and creative retelling of the popular myth of St. George. This is not the story of St. George, instead it is a story - woven from the many myths and the few facts of St. George who lived in the Roman Empire in 300 A.D. This story shows the reader how real and cunning Satan is in the world of St. George, and that he is ever … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 300: St. Ephrem the Syrian tells us to turn temptation into triumph

Turn temptation into triumphTemptations and trials do us good, says St. Ephrem the Syrian. Easy living makes us forget God, but difficulties strengthen us.To those who are just and upright, temptations become helps.Job, a man of discernment, was victorious in temptations. Sickness came on him, and he did not complain; disease afflicted him and he did not murmur; his body failed and his strength departed, but his will was not weakened. He proved perfect in all by sufferings, because … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 299: Origen says don’t blame the world for your failings


Don’t blame the world for your failingsNo temptation is irresistible, says Origen. No matter what the allurement, your will can resist it—if you strengthen it by exercising virtue.If anyone says that the outward world is made in such a way that one cannot resist it, let him study his own feelings and movements, and see whether there are not some plausible motives to account for his approval and assent, and the inclination of his reason to a particular object.To take an ill … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 298: St. John Cassian tells us to set one vice against another

Set one vice against anotherSt. John Cassian shares the wise advice of Abbot Serapion in Egypt: sometimes you can make use of one of your vices to combat a worse one. If you’re vain, think how much people will admire you for overcoming lust!But in one matter we find vanity to be a useful thing for beginners—by which I mean those who are still troubled by carnal sins. If (for example) they are troubled by the spirit of fornication, they could form an idea of the dignity of the pri … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: The Smile of a Ragpicker


This week publisher Ignatius Press sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Smile of a Ragpicker: The Life of Satoko Kitahara (you can read guest reviewer Maura Zagrans' review of the book 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 5/22 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 297: St. John Cassian says guard against every vice

No matter how strong your defenses against the worst vices, says St. John Cas­sian, opening the gate for one lets them all in.It is impossible that the fiery motions of the body can be extinguished before the incentives of the other chief vices are utterly rooted out. For you will never feel sure that someone can strive against the opposition of a stronger enemy, if you have seen him overcome by weaker ones in a higher conflict.The nature of all virtues is one and the same, although … [Read more...]