Church Fathers, Day Fifty-Five: Palladius of Galatia discusses prayer quality


In prayer, quality counts more than quantity Palladius of Galatia tells the story of an ascetic who was dismayed to learn that there was a woman who prayed even more than he did. The wise Macarius answered him that the number of the prayers wasn’t the problem: it was whether he was praying with a pure heart. There is a mountain in Egypt called Pherme, which borders on the great desert of Scete. On this mountain dwell some five hundred men, devotees of asceticism. One of them, a man named P … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Fifty-Four: Tertullian tells us to get rid of our anger

Get rid of your anger before you pray Tertullian reminds us how important it is not to be angry with our neighbors when we approach God. How can we ask for forgiveness when we ourselves have not forgiven? Remembering the Lord’s commandments paves the road to heaven for our prayers. And the chief commandment is that we should not go up to God’s altar before we make up whatever argument or offense we’ve got into with our brothers. What do we think we’re doing if we approach the peace of God w … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Fifty-Three: St. Basil advises us to look for quiet

Look for quiet when you pray St. Basil tells us that a quiet heart will help us overcome our passions and our temptations. We have to break our bad habits and start new good habits, and a little solitude will help a lot. We must work to have a quiet mind. You can’t see an object right in front of you if your eye is moving restlessly up and down and sideways; you have to look at it steadily. In the same way, your mind can’t understand the truth if it’s distracted by a thousand worldly cares. … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves


This week publisher Lighthouse Catholic Media sponsors their first CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of  Saint John Paul The Great: His Five Loves by Jason Evert(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 Friday 9/19 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Fifty-Two: St. John Chrysostom says expect Satan’s attack

Expect Satan’s attack when you pray Satan knows how much we gain by praying, says St. John Chrysostom, so that’s when he attacks us the most. We need to be on our guard and not let in the stray thoughts the devil suggests. We talked yesterday about the power of prayer. I pointed out how the devil, that deceiver, lies in wait when we pray. For he sees how much we gain from prayer, so that’s when he attacks us the most, to break down our defenses and send us home empty-handed. Earnest prayer … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Saint John Paul The Great: His Five Loves


"They try to understand me from outside. But I can only be understood from inside." These words were spoken by Saint John Paul II in regards to the multiple attempts made to write his biography. In his book Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves, Jason Evert attempts to take a look inside this beloved Pope....and pulls it off quite well. As Jason states in the introduction "the aim of this work is to paint a portrait of the Holy Father by examining his five loves".The book starts off with … [Read more...]