Church Fathers, Day Eight: St. Clement and the harmony of the universe


The harmony of the universe When the church in Corinth was disturbed by factions, St. Clement, one of the earliest popes, wrote the Corinthians a gentle but firm letter reminding them that Christians should live together in peace and submission to the will of God. All of creation, he says, peacefully obeys God’s law, and we should learn peace and obedience from nature. The heavens turn, ruled by the Lord, and are peacefully subject to him. Day and night run along the tracks he made for them, … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seven: St. Cyprian and spiritual rewards


Every season has its spiritual reward St. Cyprian tells a group of Christian prisoners that their sufferings are earning them greater honors than the proud officials who confine them there will ever have. They have missed a whole year of changing seasons in the outside world, but their suffering brings them far better rewards in heaven. Forget the judges and governors. Let them puff themselves up with the symbols of their dignity, which lasts for only a year. The heavenly dignity in you is … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Randy Hain


PETE: With all the challenges men face today, many of which you point out in your book Journey to Heaven, what do you think is the biggest one facing men today?RANDY HAIN: My answer might surprise you! As I travel around the country and talk to Catholic men, I am struck by how overwhelmed they seem to feel. They are trying to manage their careers, provide for their families, spend time with their wives and children as well as live out their Catholic faith every day. This overwhelmed feeling … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Six: St. Basil and the world as a work of art


Admire the world as a work of art The world is a work of art displayed for our admiration, says St. Basil. When Genesis says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” it tells us that the world is a work of art, and it tells us who the artist is. Among the arts, some have production in view, some practice, others theory. The object of the last is to exercise thought; of the second, the motion of the body. If it ceases, everything stops—there’s nothing more to see. Thus dancing … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Five: St. Basil and a reminder of the creator


Let all creation remind you of the Creator Whenever you see a flower or a blade of grass, says St. Basil, remember how transitory their beauty is—and remember that your earthly life isn’t much different. I want creation to penetrate you with so much admiration that every­where, wherever you may be, the least plant may bring you the clear remembrance of the Creator. If you see the grass of the fields, think of human nature, and re­member the comparison of the wise Isaiah: “All flesh is grass, … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Four: St. Basil and the beauty of creation


See God in the beauty of creation The marvelous perfection of creation, where everything fits and works together to bring about God’s plan, should help us keep God always in mind, says St. Basil. If we remain ever aware of the beauty of God’s creation, we’ll give sin no opportunities.  “And God saw that it was good.” God does not judge the beauty of his work by the charm of the eyes, and he does not form the same idea of beauty that we form. What he finds beautiful is what, in its perfection … [Read more...]