Ask to be like an angel; Angels: Day 258

God won’t hear your prayer if you ask him to curse someone you hate, says St. Cyril of Alexandria. You should be asking for the spiritual gifts that will make you part of the company of the angels.When you ask for anyone to die or be exposed to inevitable tortures, be- cause they have annoyed or molested you in any way, God will not grant it. For he wills us to be long-suffering in mind, and not to pay anyone back with evil for evil, but to pray for those who steal from us, to do good to tho … [Read more...]

Pray to live like an angel; Angels: Day 257

In the Our Father, we ask that God’s will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven. What does that mean? We’re asking, St. Cyril of Alexandria explains, for the power to live lives like the angels in Heaven, who always do God’s will.“Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.”Let us examine this part of the prayer, for it will be very profitable for the salvation of our souls. Why did he command the saints to say to God the Father in Heaven, “Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”? … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway: The complete 20 Answers Booklet set

This week one lucky winner will receive a complete set of 20 Answers booklets from Catholic Answers (you can read my review of the booklet Miracles here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me. The contest begins now and ends next Thursday 4/13 with a winner chosen later that day, enter below!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

We can be angels; Angels: Day 256

Do you know your own nature? St. John Chrysostom wonders whether you do. If you did, he says, you’d know that you could be an angel—or a beast.Who, you will say, is ignorant of his own nature?Many are—perhaps all but a few. If you like, I will show you the proof of it.Tell me, what is man? If you were asked, could you answer these questions right away: In what part is he different from the animals? In what is he like the inhabitants of Heaven? What can be made of man?For as in the … [Read more...]

Serve God as the angels do; Angels: Day 255

How  do we treat our own servants? St. Cyril of  Alexandria points out that God has a right to be at least as severe on us as we are on the people who serve us. The angels constantly serve God in everything they do: should God expect any less from us?Come, let us see what blame we incur by our disobedience by looking at what happens among ourselves. We ourselves usually demand obedience mingled with fear from our servants. When they plan rebellion, and throw off the yoke of servitude, we ma … [Read more...]

Explore the miraculous

What are miracles and why does God make them happen? Do they hold any importance for us today? How can we tell if something is a legitimate miracle or not? Did God put that image of Jesus in your pancake at breakfast this morning or was that just your imagination working overtime? All these questions and more are answered in the book Miracles (20 Answers Series from Catholic Answers Book 18) by Karlo Broussard. The booklet is part of a 20 booklet set from Catholic Answers called conveniently … [Read more...]