Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Thirty-Two: Theodoret tells us to let reason console you for your losses


Let reason console you for your losses Writing to a widowed noblewoman, Theodoret tells her that reason will be a consolation in her loss. Even the philosophers knew by reason that life is transi­tory, and we know by revelation that there will be a resurrection. I would have written long before if I had heard of the death of your grace’s honorable husband. I’m not writing now to lull your great sorrow to sleep with soothing words—those are not necessary. If you have learned the wisdom of the … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Thirty-One: St. Gregory Nazianzen reminds us loss is only temporary


Loss is only temporary This isn’t the sort of thing we usually hear at a funeral these days, but perhaps it should be. At the funeral of his father, St. Gregory Nazianzen tells his mother that the true Christian bears the loss of a loved one with fortitude because he knows that the separation is only for a short time. Does the feeling of separation cause you pain? Let hope cheer you. Is widowhood sorrowful to you? It is not to him. And what is the good of love, if it gives itself easy t … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Daily Devotions for Advent 2014


Advent can serve as a season of reflection and enrichment for us all. However, we must focus on “the reason for the season” to do that and not get swept up in the secular hustle and bustle of the world around us. To do that there are a number of resources available and Ave Maria Press has recently released one such resource. Daily Devotions for Advent 2014 (The Living Gospel) is the newest addition to their Living Gospel series. Father Scott Hurd is the author who guides us on an Advent journey t … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Thirty: St. Basil advises us to work through our grief

Work through your grief To a congregation that had lost its pastor, St. Basil sends his condolences. Grief is natural, he says, but we have to work through our grief and do what needs to be done. Following an ancient custom, which has been in force for many years, and at the same time showing you love in God, which is the fruit of the Spirit, I now send this letter to you, my pious friends. I feel with you both in your grief at the event that has befallen you, and in your anxiety at the … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – The Grace of Yes


This week publisher Ave Maria Press sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living (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 Friday 12/03 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twenty-Nine: St. John Cassian warns us to beware of depression

Beware of depression Are you feeling gloomy? That’s good if it leads you to repent your sins, says St. John Cassian. Otherwise, depression poisons our spiritual lives. You can know whether it’s the good kind or the bad kind by its fruits. There is another still worse kind of depression, that does not lead the guilty soul to any change of life or correction of faults, but into the most de­structive despair—the despair that did not make Cain repent after murdering his brother, or make Judas aft … [Read more...]