We exist because God knows us, Angels: Day 003

We exist because God knows usGod has angel messengers, says St. Augustine, but they do not bring him information he does not already know. Instead, they learn the truth about their own lives from God. All of us—humans and angels—exist only because God knows us.Doubtless God has messengers, namely the angels—but not to bring him news of things he does not know about, since there is nothing he does not know. But their good lies in looking into the truth about their own works.This is wha … [Read more...]

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All things have being through God, Angels: Day 002

All things have being through GodSt. Augustine presents a hierarchy of living beings, from plants through angels, and shows us how all those things, no matter how noble or complex, can only have their being through God. In doing so he incidentally gives us a good description of how angels compare with other living beings.Whatever we’re thinking of—whether it’s the whole world, its shape, qualities, and orderly movement, and all the objects in it; or whether it’s all life, either the kind … [Read more...]

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We’re not the only intelligent life, Angels: Day 001

We're not the only intelligent lifeWe tend to place humanity rather proudly at the top of all creation. The Fathers had a more modest and more realistic view. Yes, man is intelligent, but we’re not the only intelligence. There are beings above us as well as beings below us. Only God is unique.The Son, therefore, is the only and true God, for this also is assigned to the Son as his sole right.It cannot accurately be said of any created being that he is alone. How can anyone or any … [Read more...]

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CBB Giveaway: Redeemed by Grace and On-the-Job Meditations

This week we have two titles to give away! One lucky winner will receive a copy of Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back by Ramona Trevino and sponsored by Carmel Communications marketing firm of Ignatius Press (you can read the review here) and will receive one copy of Take Five: On-The-Job Meditations with St. Ignatius by Mike Aquilina and sponsored by Lambing Press (you can read the review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it s … [Read more...]

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From Mary to the Angels a new journey awaits

One year ago we embarked on a journey through Paul Thigpen's book A Year with Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God. Two years ago we worked our way through Mike Aquilina’s book A Year with the Church Fathers: Patristic Wisdom for Daily Living.  I was able to do this through the generous support of my friends, Mike Aquilina, Paul Thigpen and publisher Saint Benedict Press. I hope you have gotten as much out of these past 730 days as I have. If at anytime you wish to go back and look at the … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Take Five: On-The-Job Meditations with St. Ignatius

There are a countless number of saints we can use as our example on the journey. Saint Ignatius of Loyola is one such example and a fine one to learn from at that. Ignatius led a life of consumption from goods to women to alcohol. He knew how to party and live the secular life to the full. This all changed after a debilitating war injury led him to God. Upon discovering God and realizing he had been wasting his years prior, he put equal if not more energy into helping others and spreading God’s w … [Read more...]

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