Theodoret of Cyrus imagines a dialogue between Orthodoxos, the champion of orthodox Christianity, and Eranistes, whose name we might translate as “Mish- mash,”  because he takes his opinions from all the heresies, and explains that angels cannot see God directly, but when Christ rose they did see him in the flesh. Eranistes: Then the substance of God was not seen by those who beheld those revelations? Orthodoxos: No! Who is mad enough to dare to say so? Eranistes: Yet it is… Read more

Angels don’t lie, says St. Ephrem the Syrian. The message they bring from God is true. And the message we read in the Gospel is true. If  it were not, it could not have been established  all over the world. Why did Gabriel not deceive Daniel and say that he was God (Dan. 8:17)? Why did the Seraph not deceive Isaiah and say that he was the Son of God (Isa. 6:6)? Because he was an angel, he did not lie. The… Read more

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church by Rod Bennett,  sponsored by Catholic Answers (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Wednesday 2/22 with a winner been chosen that day, enter below! a Rafflecopter giveaway Read more

All things are made subject to Christ—but  what kind of subjection is this? Not ignoble slavery, says St. Ambrose, but a glorious service of  the Good. We are subject the way the angels are subject. Are not all things now subject to him? Are not the choirs of the saints made subject? Are not the angels, who ministered to him when on the earth (Matt. 4:11)? Are not the Archangels who were sent to Mary to foretell the coming of the… Read more

CBB Review of The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Early Church by Rod Bennett. There is a little piece of early church history that is misconstrued to the point that Protestants often use it to question the legitimacy of the Roman Catholic Church. The event is what has become known as The Great Apostasy. Rod Bennett does an exceptional job of bringing this story to life in his latest book The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story… Read more

St. Ephrem the Syrian imagines the angels looking all over for God the Son. They look for him in Heaven, and find him on earth—but  they look for him on earth, and find him in Heaven. It is not only for weak beings that the sight of you is too great, or the searching out of you is concealed. The senses of the body, since they stand in so much need of the senses in our inmost imagination, do not grasp… Read more

In case you missed this weekend,s show check out the link below to hear the archived podcast. Rod Bennett and I discuss the early church and his latest book from Catholic Answers, The Apostasy That Wasn’t: The Extraordinary Story of the Unbreakable Church. Listen to the show here.   Read more

Angels announced the first coming of Christ in the Incarnation, says St. Leo the Great, and angels have foretold the second coming as well—so  that we would know what power Christ would come with. But when the disciples’ eyes, turned up in earnest wonder, had followed the Lord ascending into Heaven, two angels stood by them in robes shining with brightness, saying, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into Heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into… Read more

Angels tell the gaping disciples that “this Jesus” has been taken into Heaven. St. Augustine says that the angels are emphasizing that it is the very same Jesus whose body they saw broken on the Cross and buried in the tomb—the  same Jesus who will come again, but who, even in Heaven, is always with them. “God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet” (Ps. 46:5). The disciples wondered in joy, seeing him whose… Read more

St. Ambrose imagines the twenty-fourth psalm as the dialog of the angels when Christ rose from the dead. He points out that even angels, though they possess great knowledge, can advance step by step just as we do. When the angels saw the Lord of all approaching, the first and only Van- quisher of death, they told their leaders to lift up the gates, saying in adoration, “Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O ancient doors! that… Read more

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