Brigid and the Butter: A Legend about St. Brigid of Ireland is retold by Pamela Love and is another story from Pauline Books and Media’s line of books about saints and legends.  These primary aged children’s books are some of my little ones’ favorite picture books.  This particular story is a wonderful companion to Patrick and the Fire or can, of course, stand alone. The young Brigid hears Bishop Patrick preach and is inspired by his gospel story about Jesus and… Read more

Those who have taken vows of chastity, says St. Ambrose, are living the life of the angels now—the  life we will all live after the Resurrection. There is a special brightness reserved for them in Heaven. But you who have taken the vow already, chasten your bodies more strict- ly, and do not allow yourselves to loosen the reins of desire even after those things that are permitted. You should not only turn away from an unlawful connection, but despise even… Read more

If you missed this past Saturday’s show you can listen to the archive now. Timothy O’Malley and I discussed the richness of the Mass, why people don’t recognize this, and how to win them back. All of this and more from his book Bored Again Catholic: How the Mass Could Save Your Life.  You can listen to the show below or download it here. Read more

God forbid we should say anything against marriage, says St. John of Damascus. After all, Christ himself  honored marriage as a guest at the wedding in Cana. But virginity is a higher state—an  imitation of the angels. Virginity is the rule of life among the angels, the property of all incor- poreal nature. We say this without speaking ill of marriage—God forbid! For we know that the Lord blessed marriage by His presence ( John 2:1), and we know him who… Read more

St. Augustine writes to express his joy at hearing that the daughter of an illustrious family has chosen to become a nun. It’s a glorious thing to be the mother of  an extensive family, he says, but even more glorious to belong completely to Christ. Who can declare in words, or expound with adequate praises, how in- comparably greater is the glory and advantage gained by your family in giving to Christ women consecrated to his service, than in giving… Read more

St. Macrina, a great Christian teacher, showed her own mother how to live a life of asceticism and meditation—a  life that her brother, St. Gregory of Nyssa, describes as being little different from the life of the angels. When the cares of bringing up a family and the anxieties of their educa- tion and settling in life had come to an end, and the property—a frequent cause of worldliness—had been for the most part divided among the children, then, as I said… Read more

You’re not likely to receive the inner truths of  the Lord, says  St. Gregory the Great, unless you separate yourself from external things that lead you away. “And he took a potsherd with which to scrape himself, and sat among the ashes” ( Job 2:8). This is why our Redeemer came—to scrape the scabs off our wounds, so to speak, when he said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that… Read more

One of the main things that separate us Catholics from our Christian brethren is the Eucharist. Non-Catholics have varying beliefs in what communion means for them. As Catholics, we firmly believe in the Real Presence and that what we are receiving at communion is the actual body and bluff of Jesus Christ. In his new book Around the Table: Retelling the Story of the Eucharist through the Eyes of Jesus’ First Followers Scott Hurd reveals exactly why the Eucharist is… Read more

Fasting, says St. John Chrysostom, is an extraordinarily powerful thing. It makes us mortals into angels, and it fights the demonic powers. But more important even than fasting is praying—and  even if  you’re too weak to fast, you can still pray. Fasting brings considerable power. It trains us in strictness, and makes a mortal into an angel, and fights against the demons. But it doesn’t do these things by itself. Prayer is needed too—and prayer must come first. Why did Christ go… Read more

Why  does God let bad things happen to good people? Dionysius  the Areopagite tells us that it’s not really unfair at all. In fact, it would be unfair to weaken brave Christians by letting them get attached to earthly things. When they have to struggle on earth, they come nearer to the virtue of the angels. But someone may say, “It is not the mark of justice to leave pious men without assistance when they are ground down by evil men.”… Read more

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