CBB Review – Soul of Christ: Meditations on a Timeless Prayer


The Anima Christi Prayer is one that has been around for a very long time. It dates back to the early fourteenth century with an authorship that is uncertain. St. Ignatius of Loyola is sometimes mistakenly attributed as its author due to his inclusion of it in his Spiritual Excercises. The prayer is widely used by many after receiving communion. Thanks to Sister Marie Paul Curley it can now be used as a beautiful source of meditation in her book Soul of Christ: Meditations on a Timeless … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 254: St. John Chrysostom states weep, and find joy

Weep, and find joyWeeping for our sins is the route to joy, says St. John Chrysostom. Real remorse and confession cleanse the soul, and God rewards our tears with peace.Much as after a violent burst of rain there is a clear open sky, so when tears are powering down, a calm follows, and peace, and the darkness that goes with our sins completely disappears. And as we were cleansed by water and the Spirit, so by tears and confession we are cleansed a second time—unless they are tears for d … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 253: St. John Cassian says keep your soul light as a feather

Keep your soul light as a featherThe abbot Isaac told St. John Cassian that we can compare the soul to a feather. If nothing weighs it down, a feather can be carried up into the sky by the slightest breeze. But weighed down by impurities, it falls to the ground and is buried.We can very fittingly compare the nature of the soul to a very fine feather or very light wing. If it has not been damaged or affected by being spoiled by any moisture falling on it from outside, it is carried … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 252: Palladius says make use of your sins

Make use of your sinsEven your former sins can lead others to Christ. Palladius of Galatia tells the story of Moses the robber, who, having turned monk, converted other robbers by his example. Precisely because he had been a robber, other robbers paid attention to him.A certain Moses—this was his name—an Ethiopian by race and black, was house-servant to a government official. His own master drove him out be­cause of his immorality and brigandage. For he was said to go even the length of … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 251: St. John Chrysostom tells us to bear fruit that befits repentance

Bear fruit that befits repentanceIt’s good to stop sinning—but it’s not enough, says St. John Chrysostom. We also need to bend over backwards to put things right. However we sinned, we should be doing the opposite to make up for it.By repentance I mean not just forsaking our former evil deeds, but also doing good deeds greater than the evil ones. “Bear fruit that befits repentance,” says John the Baptist (Matthew 3:8).But how shall we bear that fruit? By doing the opposite things. … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 250: St. Ambrose advises us to uproot sin and sow spiritual seed

Uproot sin and sow spiritual seedSt. Ambrose uses a farming metaphor to tell us about confession: you need to root out the weeds before you can grow the fruit you want. A perfect example, he says, is St. Paul, who sinned worse than almost any of us, actually persecuting believers for being Christians.So let us not be ashamed to confess our sins to the Lord.It’s true, we do feel shame when each one of us makes his sin known. But that shame plows his land, so to speak: it takes out t … [Read more...]