Church Fathers, Day 334: St. John Chrysostom say we should fear God, not death


Fear God, not deathWhen the city of Antioch was in danger of total annihilation, St. John Chrys­ostom dared to tell his parishioners that there was nothing fearful about death. The only thing we need to fear, he said, is displeasing God.There is nothing to be dreaded in human ills except sin—not poverty, or disease, or insult, or ill treatment, or dishonor, or death, which people call the worst of evils. To those who love spiritual wisdom, these things are only the names of disasters, n … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 333: St. John Chrysostom says not being with God is the real punishment


Not being with God is the real punishmentWhatever happens to sinners in hell, says St. John Chrysostom, their worst punishment is not being with God.Now, it’s true that most people who don’t have much sense expect to be content with avoiding hell. But I say it’s a far worse punishment than hell to be excluded from the glory of the other world. I think that someone who has failed to reach it should be sorry, not so much because of the miseries of hell, but because of his rejection from h … [Read more...]

CBB Weekly Giveaway – Encountering Truth


This week publisher Image Books sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday edited  by Father Antonio Spadaro (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 6/26 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 332: St. John Chrysostom wants us to pity the prosperous sinner


Pity the prosperous sinnerSt. John Chrysostom tells us that the person most to be pitied is the sinner who enjoys all the good things in life.Some people are punished here only; others suffer no ill here, but receive the whole punishment hereafter; still others are punished both here and hereafter.Which, then, of these three classes do you think is lucky? Without doubt, the first; those who are punished and purged from their sins here.But which class is second in order? You, … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Encountering Truth: Meeting God in the Everyday


Each morning at 6:45 something special occurs in the chapel at Saint Martha’s House in Rome. Located at the Vatican, this chapel is privy to the daily seven AM morning Mass of Pope Francis. The attendees of this Mass are recipients of some of the most intense homilies they have likely ever heard. As the Holy Father guides the attendees in catechesis he do so entirely unscripted. There is no prepared homily he brings with him. These morning homilies are given entirely as the Holy Spirit moves him … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 331: St. Ambrose questions Why are the wicked joyful?

Why are the wicked joyful?Why are the wicked often prosperous and happy, while the righteous struggle? It’s because they’re not in the game, says St. Ambrose. The spectators loaf about in their luxury boxes, but the athletes who do all the work win all the prizes.Perhaps you are saying, “Why are the wicked joyful? Why do they live in luxury? Why do they not toil with me?”It is because those who have not put down their names to strive for the crown are not bound to undergo the labors … [Read more...]