Keep the creed all your life; Angels: Day 135

St. Cyril of  Jerusalem advises his students to memorize  the creed word for word, and to keep it fresh in their memories all their lives. If  you know your creed, he says, you know everything important about the Christian faith. But as a learner, and in your profession of faith, take and hold only that faith which the Church delivers to you, and which is established from all Scripture. Not everyone can read Scripture: some are uneducated, and others are too… Read more

Judge the message, not the messenger; Angels: Day 134

St. Clement of Alexandria tells us that even the devil can speak the truth when it suits his purposes. It’s a hard thing to learn, but we have to judge the message by its content, not by the messenger. It’s true that the main purpose of the pruning hook is pruning. But we also use it to separate twigs that have got tangled, and to cut the thorns that have grown along with the vines when they’re not very easy to… Read more

CBB Giveaway: Prayer in the Catholic Tradition and The Cajun Storm

This week we have an awesome TWO title giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Prayer in the Catholic Tradition: A Handbook of Practical Approaches by Robert J. Wicks,  sponsored by Franciscan Media (you can read Michele’s review here) and one copy of The Cajun Storm: God’s Servant First by Jay Toups, sponsored by Hope and Life Press  (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! The giveaway begins NOW… Read more

Helping a heretic escape false angels; Angels: Day 133

When asked for advice on dealing with a heretic who claimed to have revelations from angels, St. Augustine gave this sensible  advice. If the angel is leading away from Catholic truth, it’s a false angel. But don’t despise him: instead, let him know how much you love him and want him back in the Church. The Apostle Paul says somewhere that even Satan transforms himself into an angel of light, so it is not strange that his servants should disguise them-… Read more

CBB Review – The Cajun Storm: God’s Servant First

James (Jay) Toups brings to the forefront the struggles Louisiana faced in the days and months following what has become known as the Cajun Storm. Haven’t heard of it? Not surprising, as the media and government largely ignored the devastation wrought by this once in a thousand year flood that struck in August 2016. Jay writes about the tragedy and the triumph in his latest book The Cajun Storm: God’s Servant First. As I worked my way through this book… Read more

Angels are bound to the Gospel: Angels: Day 132

The Donatists were a schismatic sect that called itself the only true Church. St. Augustine warns that no one—not even an angel—can truly preach any gospel but the gospel Christ preached to us. You were kind enough to tell us about the letter sent to you by a Donatist priest—although, with the spirit of a true Catholic, you hold it in contempt. So, to help you in seeking his welfare (assuming that his folly isn’t incurable), we beg you to forward… Read more

CBB Review: Prayer in the Catholic Tradition

Review by Michele Craig In his book Prayer in the Catholic Tradition: A Handbook of Practical Approaches Robert J. Wicks states , “One of the most rewarding experiences for Catholics happens when they begin to discover the amazing scope of the approaches to prayer in the Catholic tradition.” I wholeheartedly agree! Furthermore, Robert asks, “What if there were a single resource that both adult Catholics and those who minister to them (priests, vowed religious, seminarians, permanent deacons, lay pastoral ministers,… Read more

Don’t listen even to an angel preaching heresy; Angels: Day 131

St. Paul warned the Galatians  not to listen even to an angel from Heaven if  he preached any gospel other than what  they had already heard. Could a heavenly angel actually do that? No, says St. Vincent of Lerins. But St. Paul means that, even if  the impossible  did happen, we should never deviate from the one gospel. These people were wandering around in provinces and cities, carrying their venal errors with them. Some of them had found their way to… Read more

Angels hate chastising us; Angels: Day 130

The angels are sometimes ministers of God’s just chastisement. But they don’t like it, St. Ambrose tells us. Remember, he says,  that the angels in Heaven rejoice over the salvation of  even one sinner. And shouldn’t we believe that the angels themselves, who in the toils of this world fulfill various ministries, as we read in the Revelation of St. John, also groan when they’re made the ministers of vengeance and destruction? Since their life is blessed, wouldn’t they rather spend… Read more

Being punished is not an evil; Angels: Day 129

Are the angels evil when they punish sinners? No, says Dionysius  the Areopagite: what is evil is not being justly punished when we have earned punishment. Evil does not exist in the angels. By participation, the angel is in a second- ary degree what God, whom he announces, is in the first degree as Cause. If the angel who has the likeness of good proclaims the goodness of God, then the angel is a likeness of Almighty God: a manifestation of… Read more

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