Church Fathers, Day 204: St. John Chrysostom says live like a Christian in marriage

Live like a Christian in marriage If you’re married, says St. John Chrysostom, that doesn’t mean you can’t be chaste. The laws of chastity apply to you just as much as they do to the monks in the desert. “Well, what do you want us to do?” someone says. “Do you want us to go live on the mountains and turn into monks?” This is what makes me sad, that you think only monks are concerned with decency and chastity—and yet certainly Christ made his laws common to all. Thus when he says, “If anyo … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 203: St. Leo the Great wants us to give credit to Peter

Give the credit to Peter St. Peter still holds the authority Christ gave him, says Pope St. Leo the Great. The Pope, the successor of Peter, can lead the Church only because Peter leads through him. The dispensation of Truth lives on. The blessed Peter, who keeps the strength of the Rock that he has received, has not abandoned the leadership of the Church that he undertook. For he was ordained above the rest so that from his being called the Rock, from his being declared the Foundation, … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 202: St. Augustine wants us to work to heal the wound of schism

Work to heal the wound of schism Christian baptisms given outside the Catholic Church are still valid baptisms, but that doesn’t mean that everything about those separated churches is valid. We should recognize the validity of their baptism, says St. Augustine, but it’s vital to heal the wound of schism. Suppose someone is brought to the surgeon with a serious wound in some vital part of the body, and the surgeon says that unless it is cured it must be fatal. Are the friends who brought him i … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 201: St. Augustine says don’t blame the Church for wicked Christians

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Don’t blame the Church for wicked Christians There are bound to be bad seeds in such a large group as the Catholic Church, says St. Augustine. But the Church can’t be blamed for people who don’t follow its teachings, since the Church is always trying to bring them back. Don’t bring up against me those people who claim the name of Christian but neither know nor show any evidence of the power of their profession. Don’t hunt down the numerous ignorant people who, even in the true religion, are s … [Read more...]

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Weekly Giveaway: CSS International The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians

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This week publisher Catholic Scripture Study International sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Letter of Paul to the Ephesians study including study book and DVD set.(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 2/13 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

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Church Fathers, Day 200: St. John Chrysostom says don’t rely on worldly things

Don’t rely on worldly things The ex-slave Eutropius ruled Constantinople by controlling a puppet emperor, who abolished the right of churches to shelter fugitives. When Eutropius him­self ended up a fugitive in a church, St. John Chrysostom gave him shelter— but on Sunday he revealed the cowering Eutropius to the whole congregation. Then he preached one of the most memorable sermons of his career. “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 1:1). This saying ought to be written on our … [Read more...]

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