Imitate Abraham’s hospitality; Angels: Day 080

Imitate Abraham’s hospitality St. John Chrysostom  tells his flock to look actively for opportunities to help strangers or foreigners in need—not  only for the benefit of  the strangers, but even more for their own benefit. By seeking out strangers, Abraham  entertained angels. The patriarch didn’t know that he was entertaining angels, but he entertained them. We should be ashamed of ourselves! There he was sitting at midday in a foreign land, where he had no property, not so much as to… Read more

When angels speak, God speaks; Angels: Day 079

When angels speak, God speaks When one of God’s messengers speaks, says St. Augustine, the words come from God himself. Angels do not announce anything but what God wills  them to announce. When the clerk proclaims the words of the judge, it is not usually written in the record, “The clerk said this and this,” but “The judge said this and this.” When Abraham’s son was ordered to be sacrificed, this is what we read: “After these things God tested Abraham, and… Read more

God gave us and the angels free will; Angels: Day 078

God gave us and the angels free will St. Justin Martyr says that God gave us and the angels free will so that we could choose righteousness. God, who is omniscient, knows ahead of time that some of his creatures will choose evil, but that does not mean he created them for evil. Their own wills have acted freely in choosing it. God wanted human beings and angels to follow his will. So he resolved to create them free to do… Read more

CBB Giveaway: These Beautiful Bones AND How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church

This week we have another TWO titles to give away! One lucky winner will receive a copy of  How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church by Kevin Lowry,  sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor (you can read my review here) and one copy of These Beautiful Bones by Emily Stimpson, sponsored by Emmaus Road Publishing (you can read Mishele’s review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below…. Read more

The devil has free will – and so have we; Angels: Day 077

The devil has free will – and so have we God made Satan good, says St. John of  Damascus. He fell into evil by his own free choice, not because of the nature God gave him. And we also have free will.  The devil can attack us with temptations,  but he never has the power to overwhelm us unless we give it to him. Out of those angelic powers, the one who was set over the earthly realm to guard the… Read more

CBB Review: How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming into the Catholic Church

Conversion stories have always interested me. As a convert myself I’m always intrigued but what brings people of other faiths to the Catholic Church. In his latest book How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church, Kevin Lowry tells his story…and what a story it is. Kevin is the son of a Presbyterian minister. He was a decent student and as high school draws to a close Kevin is faced with a decision on college. His father,… Read more

Why didn’t God prevent evil?; Angels: Day 076

Why didn’t God prevent evil? Couldn’t God have made creation so that evil never happened? Yes,  he could have, says St. Justin Martyr. But God knew that creation would be better if both we and the angels had free will. Couldn’t God have cut off the serpent in the beginning, so that he never existed, rather than saying, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed” (Gen. 3:15)? Couldn’t he have created a multi-… Read more

CBB Review: These Beautiful Bones

Review by Michele Craig Having fallen in love with Saint Pope John Paul II, I hang on his every word! But, being a mere mortal-sometimes I do not know exactly what he is saying (but I know it is good!), so rather than struggling through his Theology of the Body (which is on my book shelf), I have read every other possible writer’s Theology of the Body to ease my understanding. So, I consider myself a bit of an expert… Read more

Reason tells us God is our Ruler: Angels, Day 075

Reason tells us God is our Ruler Against heretics who claimed that angels or a sub-divine creator made the universe without knowing about the Supreme God, St. Irenaeus says that no intelligent being can be so ignorant. All beings with reason know that there is a God, and that he is our Ruler. And how could either the angels or the supposed creator of the world have been ignorant of the Supreme God? They were his property, and his crea-… Read more

God was in charge of creation, Angels: Day 074

God was in charge of creation Some  heretics have believed that the devil and his  angels created the world against the wishes  of  the good God. St. Irenaeus says  they’re suggesting that God is less competent than a good foreman at a construction site. Now, some say that the world was formed by angels, or by some other maker of it, against the will of the supreme Father. But they’re wrong, first of all, in this main point: when they say that… Read more

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