Church Fathers, Day Seventy-Four: St. John Cassian says to stay on course


Stay on course If you flit from one activity to the next, the abbot Nesteros tells St. John Cas­sian, you’ll never get anything done. You can’t do everything well, so it’s impor­tant to decide what your calling is and stick to that. Those who are not yet settled in the occupation they have taken up, when they hear some occupations praised for different interests and virtues, are often so excited by the praise of them that they try to imitate their method immediately: and in this human weaknes … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – The American Catholic Almanac


This week publisher Image Catholic Books sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The American Catholic Almanac by Brian Burch and Emily Stimpson (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 10/10 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seventy-Three: Palladius advises to find the best use of your talents

Find the best use of your talents Palladius of Galatia tells the story of a man who became a monk late in life. He couldn’t learn a new craft, and he couldn’t write well enough to be a scribe. But he found a way to be not only useful to the other monks, but essential. A man named Apollonius, a merchant, who had renounced the world and come to live on Mount Nitria, was unable because of his advanced years either to learn a craft or work as a scribe. So he had this occupation during his twe … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seventy-Two: St. John Chrysostom tells us to use the gifts God gave you rightly

Use the gifts God gave you rightly God gave you wonderful tools and abilities, says St. John Chrysostom. But it’s up to you to use them the way God meant them to be used. Look: you were given an eye, so that you could look at the creation and glorify the Master. But if you do not use the eye well, it becomes a servant of adultery to you. You were given a tongue, so that you could speak well, so that you could praise the Creator. But if you don’t take good care, it becomes a cause of bla … [Read more...]

Love and Responsibility

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This week the Pauline Books & Media Back to School Blog Tour continues with Britt Leigh. She is the author of Ten Commandments for Kissing Gloria Jean. Now I will bow out and leave the floor to Britt Leigh.......welcome Britt!Greetings! A special thanks to my fellow kindred spirit, Pete, for hosting me. Like Pete, I have a desire to learn about my Catholic faith, and do so through reading books. It is my belief that by writing books, I can also introduce teens and children to the … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seventy-One: Origen says that foreknowledge doesn’t cancel free will

Foreknowledge doesn’t cancel free will If God knows in advance what you will do, does that mean God is the cause of your sins? No, says Origen. Just because God knows the choices you will make doesn’t mean he causes you to make them. Suppose you get information from a person in no way responsible for the events. If you hear that certain things have happened or will happen to certain individuals, and you do not bear in mind that your informant as to the past or future is in no way answerable f … [Read more...]