Church Fathers, Day 206: Asterius of Amasea reminds us to remember your own faults, too

Remember your own faults, too So you think your spouse is impossible. Well, that may be true, says Asterius of Amasea. But everyone’s human, and you’re not so easy to get along with, either. “My wife’s disposition,” he says, “is mean and hateful, and her tongue is violent, and her tastes are not domestic, and her house is ill-managed.” So be it. Granted. I am persuaded so far, and accept it, like the judges who are not very critical in hearing, but are readily carried away by the invectives o … [Read more...]

CBB Review: The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church


Former atheist, convert to Catholicism, and now nun, Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble uses her own story as the backdrop to teach us how to welcome others back to the faith. In her new book The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to the Church, she counsels reader on the do’s and don’ts of trying to bring those close to us back to the faith. What she accomplishes is a mission manual for evangelizing the dechristianised of our own family and friends.Taking her own words you can almost hea … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 205: Asterius of Amasea advises us to remember our marriage vows

Remember your marriage vows God created marriage, says Asterius of Amasea. A husband and wife are married not just before earthly witnesses, but also before Christ. If you di­vorce your spouse, how will you answer when you face the Judge who was also your Witness? The Creator was the first bestower of the bride in marriage, since he joined the first human beings in the marriage bond. Thus he gave to all who would come later the inflexible ordinance of the conjugal life, which must be … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 204: St. John Chrysostom says live like a Christian in marriage

Live like a Christian in marriage If you’re married, says St. John Chrysostom, that doesn’t mean you can’t be chaste. The laws of chastity apply to you just as much as they do to the monks in the desert. “Well, what do you want us to do?” someone says. “Do you want us to go live on the mountains and turn into monks?” This is what makes me sad, that you think only monks are concerned with decency and chastity—and yet certainly Christ made his laws common to all. Thus when he says, “If anyo … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 203: St. Leo the Great wants us to give credit to Peter

Give the credit to Peter St. Peter still holds the authority Christ gave him, says Pope St. Leo the Great. The Pope, the successor of Peter, can lead the Church only because Peter leads through him. The dispensation of Truth lives on. The blessed Peter, who keeps the strength of the Rock that he has received, has not abandoned the leadership of the Church that he undertook. For he was ordained above the rest so that from his being called the Rock, from his being declared the Foundation, … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 202: St. Augustine wants us to work to heal the wound of schism

Work to heal the wound of schism Christian baptisms given outside the Catholic Church are still valid baptisms, but that doesn’t mean that everything about those separated churches is valid. We should recognize the validity of their baptism, says St. Augustine, but it’s vital to heal the wound of schism. Suppose someone is brought to the surgeon with a serious wound in some vital part of the body, and the surgeon says that unless it is cured it must be fatal. Are the friends who brought him i … [Read more...]