Church Fathers, Day Forty: St. Cyril of Alexandria tells us let your tears turn to joy

Let your tears turn to joy Tears we shed for Christ are never unrewarded, says St. Cyril of Alexandria. Look at Mary Magdalene: she wept because she thought Christ’s body had been stolen, and she learned the most joyous news in all history. Observe that the tears we let fall for Christ do not lose their reward, nor is it long before love for him bears fruit. No, his grace and rich return will follow closely in the wake of pain. As Mary was sitting there, her cheeks moistened with mourning f … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Thirty-Nine: St. Ephrem and crossing the bridge to heaven


Cross the bridge to heaven In a striking metaphor, St. Ephrem the Syrian imagines Jesus the carpenter making his own Cross into a bridge to heaven. Because the tree in Eden brought death, it is fitting that a tree also brings us to life. This is the Son of the carpenter, who skilfully made his Cross a bridge over Sheol—Sheol that swallows up all—and brought over mankind into the dwelling of life. And because it was through the tree that mankind had fallen into Sheol, so upon the tree they p … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Catholic by Choice


This week publisher Loyola Press sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of  Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime (you can read the 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 9/05 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Thirty-Eight: St. Gregory the Great says find your stength in Jesus’ weakness


Find your strength in Jesus’ weakness Because Christ took on our flesh and suffered for us, says St. Gregory the Great, we can know that we will also overcome our own suffering. How much this humiliation gave all the faithful was proved first by the most blessed Apostle Peter. After the fierce blast of threatening cruelty had dis­mayed him, he quickly changed, and his strength was restored, finding his remedy in the great model, so that the member who had been suddenly shaken returned to the … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Catholic by Choice


No two conversion stories are the same. Every person has their own unique story to how they were led to the Catholic faith. For some, the road to the Catholic Church can take years. Every conversion story is worth reading as the struggles and reasons for joining the Church can help us on our own faith journeys. Richard Cole details his own conversion story in Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime. He offers a story sometimes … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Thirty-Seven: St. Gregory the Great says learn to suffer from Christ


Learn to suffer from Christ Christ’s prayer at Gethsemane leads us in our own prayers, says St. Gregory the Great. “Your will be done” is the powerful prayer that every Christian should learn and use in times of trial. So, dear friends, when the Son of God says, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me” (Matthew 26:39), he uses the outcry of our nature, and pleads the cause of human weakness and fear, so that our patience may be strengthened and our fears driven away in whatev … [Read more...]