Church Fathers, Day 285: St. John Cassian advises us to never be angry—at all

Never be angry—at allAnger clouds our judgment, says St. John Cassian. The only way to be safe is to make up our minds not to be angry at all, even when we think we have a good reason.The athlete of Christ who plays by the rules ought to root out the feeling of wrath completely.And it will be a sure remedy for this disease, if in the first place we make up our mind that we ought never to be angry at all, whether for good or bad reasons. For we know that we shall immediately lose t … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 284: St. John Cassian says blame yourself for your anger

Blame yourself for your angerWe often say that someone has “made” us angry. Don’t blame someone else, says St. John Cassian. You can’t control the actions of others, but you have control over your own virtue.Sometimes, when we have been overcome by pride or impatience, and we want to improve our rough and bearish manners, we complain that we require solitude—as if we should find the virtue of patience there where nobody provokes us. We apologize for our carelessness, and say that the re … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway : Five Years in Heaven

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This week publisher Image Books sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life's Greatest Questions (you can read my review of the book 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 5/08 with a winner being announced later that day. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 283: St. John Cassian wants us to find the right use for our anger

Find the right use for your angerThe passion of anger blinds us and sends us tumbling into sin, says St. John Cassian. But there is one right use for it. We should be very angry at our own failings, and that anger should lead us to overcome them.From almost every cause the emotion of wrath boils over, and blinds the eyes of the soul, and, bringing the deadly beam of a worse disease over the keen­ness of our sight, prevents us from seeing the sun of righteousness. It makes no difference … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions


Most everyone has that certain someone in their lives that they point to and say "they made a difference in my life." Most of us keep that story to ourselves and treasure it as a special gift. On rare occasions some share their story in the hope and trust that it will make a difference in other’s lives as it did in their own. Such is the case with John Schlimm and his new book Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life's Greatest Questions.The book tells of the f … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 282: St. John Cassian says don’t excuse your anger from Scripture

Don’t excuse your anger from ScriptureSome people, says St. John Cassian, try to excuse their anger by saying that righteous anger is perfectly fine. Doesn’t the Bible talk a lot about God’s “wrath”? But God is not subject to human passions. You can’t justify your own sin by an appeal to the metaphorical language of Scripture.We have heard some people trying to excuse this most pernicious disease of the soul (anger), trying to extenuate it by a rather shocking way of interpreting Script … [Read more...]