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...]

Weekly Giveaway – Journey to Heaven


This week Emmaus Road Publishing sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of Journey to Heaven: A Road Map for Catholic Men by Randy Hain (you can read the 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 8/01 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway  … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Three: St. Augustine – When God speaks, hear


When God speaks, hear God speaks to us through Scripture and the Church. But God also speaks to us through our reason, says St. Augustine. The truth is God speaking to us, not through our ears, but through our minds. It is a great thing for a man, and a very rare one, after contemplating the whole creation, corporeal and incorporeal, and seeing how changeable it is, to pass beyond it, to reach to the unchangeable being of God, and—in that peak of contemplation—to learn from God himself that n … [Read more...]