CBB Review – Resisting Happiness

Matthew Kelly seems to churn books out at will. The key is each of these books is good…very good and carry their own unique message. In his latest, Resisting Happiness, Matthew Kelly once more opens our minds and our hearts and causes readers to reassess where they are at in their faith journey.In the first chapter he says: “The hardest war to win is one you don’t even realize you are fighting. And the hardest enemy to defeat is the one you don’t even know exists. Every day you are at war wit … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Faith Under Fire

Review by Julie AbellWho doesn’t love a good story?  Everyone loves a good story.  That is probably one of the reasons we scour the internet daily, quickly glancing over an article to see if a good story exists in it.  Or is that just me?  Regardless, I am here to tell you about the book I picked up to read - Faith Under Fire: Dramatic Stories of Christian Courage by Matthew Archbold.  The title alone grabbed me and pulled me to the book (and couch) and had me devouring it in one evening … [Read more...]

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Like the angels, we have free will; Angels: Day 111

Reason, says St. John of Damascus, is very closely linked with free will. With reason, we can decide what’s best for ourselves, and with free will we can do it—an ability we share with the angels.Everyone who deliberates does so believing that the choice of what to do lies in his hands—that he may choose what seems best as the result of his delibera- tion, and having chosen may act upon it.And if this is so, free will must necessarily be very closely related to reason. For either man is a … [Read more...]

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Angels and humans have free will; Angels: Day 110

Tatian tells us that both humans and angels were created through the Word, and that both were created with free will. Therefore it is just that the good are praised and the evil punished, because both good and evil acts come from the free choices of God’s creatures.The heavenly Word, a spirit that comes from the Father, a Word from the power of the word, in imitation of the Father who begot him made human beings an image of immortality, so that, as God is incorruptible, humanity, which s … [Read more...]

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Even angels are darkness without God; Angels: Day 109

The  fall of  the angels, says  St. Augustine, shows  us how completely every spiritual being—human or angelic—depends on the illumination that comes from God alone.The angels fell. The human soul fell. And thus they show us the abyss in that dark deep that would have been ready for the whole spiritual creation, if you had not said from the beginning, “Let there be light,” and there had not been light, and every obedient intelligence in your celestial city had not clung to you and rested in y … [Read more...]

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God showed mercy to our weakness; Angels: Day 108

If  fallen humanity deserved mercy, why not the fallen angels? One reason, says St. Gregory the Great, is our very weakness. Satan had the moral strength of a pure spirit, but we constantly struggle with the weakness of the body.God was able to create good things out of nothing. Likewise, when he willed it, he also restored, by the mystery of his Incarnation, the good things that were lost.Now, he had made two creations to contemplate him: the angelic and the human. But pride struck down … [Read more...]

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