The angels wondered at the risen Christ; Angels: Day 199

Christ rose to Heaven in his glorified body, says St. Cyril of Alexandria. He imagines how the angels must have wondered at the sight: the God of  all creation appearing in human form, with scars from the nails still in his hands!Thus the only-begotten Word of God returned to the heavens, with the flesh united to him.How strange was the sight in Heaven! The throng of angels marveled when they saw the King of earth and the Lord of might in a form like ours. And they said, “Who is this tha … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: Marrying the Rosary to the Divine Mercy Chaplet

This week one lucky winner will receive a copy of Marrying the Rosary to the Divine Mercy Chaplet: A Fusion of Meditation and Intercession by tShane Kapler,  sponsored by Enroute Books (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 Tuesday 2/14 with a winner been chosen that day, enter below!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Combining two prayers into one powerful resource

CBB Review - Marrying the Rosary to the Divine Mercy Chaplet: A Fusion of Meditation and IntercessionTwo of the most well-known prayers in the Catholic Church are the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. On their own, each is a powerful tool for spiritual growth and a solid foundation to any prayer life. What if you combined the two? Shane Kapler has done exactly that in his new book Marrying the Rosary to the Divine Mercy Chaplet: A Fusion of Meditation and Intercession. If you thought … [Read more...]

Angels could set us free; Angels: Day 198

Though angels have often come to aid God’s faithful people, says St. Gregory the Great, they could not redeem us from sin. Only God himself  could accomplish that.It (wisdom) cannot be gotten for gold” ( Job 28:15).What does “gold” mean here but the holy angels? They are called “gold” because they persist in the original innocence in which they were created. They shine with the beauty of righteousness, and they are stained with no impurity of sins—not in the very least.But none of the … [Read more...]

No angel was worthy; Angels: Day 197

In Revelation, an angel holds a scroll and asks, “Who  is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” St. Victorinus says that the scroll is the Old Testa- ment, and to open it is to overcome death—something  no angel could do. Only Christ could accomplish it.“And I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals” (Rev. 5:1). This book sig- nifies the Old Testament, which has been given into the hands of our Lord J … [Read more...]

Redeemed from the devil and his angels; Angels: Day 196

In St. Augustine’s time, the Roman Empire was crumbling, and barbarian attacks were the worst fear of every civilized family. (Later, St. Augustine himself would die as the Vandals were destroying his own city.) But Christ, he says, redeemed us from a far worse danger than barbarian captivity.Brethren, if the ancient prophets, our fathers, sighed after the Jerusalem above even before the Lord Jesus Christ came in the flesh, before he rose from the dead, think how much we ought to long for t … [Read more...]