Church Fathers, Day 231: St. John Chrysostom tells us to deposit our wealth in heaven

Deposit your wealth in heaven Writing to a young widow still grieving her husband, St. John Chrysostom advises her to put all her goods in heaven—a better investment than she could ever find here on earth. Now, once and for all, if you want to keep your property in security and earn good interest on it as well, I’ll show you the plan, and the place where no one who wants to steal it can get in. What place is that? It’s heaven. Send your possessions to that good husband of yours, and no thie … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Bill Donohue

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PETE: You loaded a lot of stats into your book The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness and Heaven Await the Faithful. How much research went into this book and how long did it take from concept to finished draft?BILL DONOHUE: I've been collecting data and health, happiness, and religion for years, but I went into high gear for about a year-and-a-half doing the research and another year-and-a-half of writing. Because of all the demands of my job, which consists of a lot of writing, TV, … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 230: Commodianus says the sick need your help, not just sympathy

The sick need your help, not just sympathy Commodianus tells us that we owe help—not just kind words—to the sick who are in need. God himself will pay us back far more than our help costs us. If your brother should be weak—I mean a poor man—do not go to visit him empty-handed. Do good in the sight of God. Pay your obedience in money. That will help him recover—or, if he should die, then he will be refreshed, though he has nothing to pay you back with but the Founder and Creator of the world. … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 229: Theodoret tells us to see poverty as an opportunity for service

See poverty as an opportunity for service Theodoret tells a rich nobleman that the poverty he sees all around him is there for a reason: it’s a call for the rich to act, giving them an opportunity to serve God by their generosity to God’s people. When he distributes wealth and poverty among us, the Creator does not judge unjustly. He gives the rich the poverty of the poor as a means for the rich to be useful. So he brings chastisement on us, not only to punish us for our faults, but also to g … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 228: St. Gregory the Great tells us to be thankful in adversity as well as in prosperity

Be thankful in adversity as well as in prosperity Pope St. Gregory the Great, having heard that one of his noble friends had suddenly fallen on hard times, advises his friend to bear adversity with patience. But Gregory doesn’t stop with sympathy and advice: he also gives the material help he knows his friend needs, but might be too proud to ask for. I know all about your troubles with the things of this world. But our only comfort when we are in the deepest trouble is the mercy of the C … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – The Catholic Advantage by Bill Donohue

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This week publisher Image Books sponsors thegiveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Catholic Advantage: Why Health, Happiness, and Heaven Await the Faithful (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 3/13 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]


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