We add our praise to Gabriel’s; Angels: Day 171

St. Gregory the Wonder-Worker  invites us to join our voices to the angel Gabriel’s. When we look at what graces were given to Mary,  we can only say along with Gabriel, “Hail,  O favored one, the Lord is with you!”David and Isaiah and all the prophets foretold the Lord’s becoming man in all their preaching. But you, Holy Virgin—you alone shall receive the mystery unknown by them. Learn, and do not wonder how this can happen to you. For he who made man out of virgin soil, the very same will n … [Read more...]

Undoing Eve’s damage; Angels: Day 170

The Annunciation, says St. Irenaeus, is more than good news. In her obedience to the word from a good angel, Mary undoes the effects of Eve’s disobedience at the persuasion of a wicked angel.Eve was betrothed to a man, and was unhappily deceived.The Virgin Mary was betrothed to a man as well. The truth happily declared to her by the angel shows that the Lord was coming to what belonged to him, and sustaining them by means of that creation which he himself supports. He was reenacting that … [Read more...]

Mary alone saw the glory of the archangel; Angels: Day 169

Mary, the Blessed Virgin, had a privilege no one else in history has ever had, says St. Gregory the Wonder-Worker:  she saw the archangel Gabriel in all his glory.Most of the holy fathers, and the patriarchs, and the prophets desired to see Christ and to be eyewitnesses of him. But they did not reach that goal. In visions, some of them saw him figuratively and dimly. Others had the privilege of hearing the divine voice through the cloud, and were favored with visions of holy angels.But o … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway: Three Kings Ten Mysteries and The Love That Made Mother Teresa

This week we have an awesome TWO title giveaway! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Three Kings, Ten Mysteries: The Secrets of Christmas and Epiphany by Grzegorz Gorny,  sponsored by Ignatius Press (you can read my review here) and one copy of The Love that Made Mother Teresa by David Scott, sponsored by Sophia Institute Press  (you can read Julie's review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Friday 1/13 with … [Read more...]

Angels saw the Son when we did; Angels: Day 168

The angels, says St. John Chrysostom,  did not know the mystery of the Son of God until it was revealed to the Church. This,  as St. Paul says, is a great mystery,  and the beginning of our being made like the angels.“Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of our religion:He was manifested in the flesh,vindicated in the Spirit, seen by angels,preached among the nations, believed on in the world,taken up in glory” (1 Tim. 3:16).The Church is the pillar of the world. Consi … [Read more...]

CBB Review: Three Kings, Ten Mysteries

Grzegorz Gorny reveals the hidden story behind the Epiphany in his new book Three Kings, Ten Mysteries: The Secrets of Christmas and Epiphany. Anyone with a keen observation is well aware that the story of the Magi is only briefly touched upon in the Scripture. The story of the Three Kings is based upon a single reference in the second chapter of the book of Matthew. Their appearance is brief yet filled with symbolism.  However, this briefly covered event in the New Testament often leads people … [Read more...]