Church Fathers, Day Fifty-Eight: St. Ephrem tells us to let creation be our book


Let creation be your book You can be truly free from rules and laws, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, if you order your life the way nature itself teaches you to order it. Yoke yourself under the law, so that you may truly be free. Do not work the desire of your soul apart from God. How many commandments must I write—how many laws must I engrave— when, if you desire your freedom, you could learn them all from yourself ? And if you love purity, you will teach it to others as well. Let nature be y … [Read more...]

You Might Be the Only Homily They Ever Hear


Today I'm hosting a special guest post. As you have read here previously I recently coordinated a conference locally with Dr. Scott Hahn as the speaker. It was by all accounts a huge success for our parish and the Diocese of Harrisburg as a whole with nearly 1000 in attendance. This past week our Diocesan newspaper The Catholic Witness ran a story on the event. In cooperation with managing editor and author of this piece, Jen Reed, I am sharing that article here at The Catholic Book … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Fifty-Seven: St. Ephrem tells us to make the sign of the cross everywhere


Make the Sign of the Cross everywhereWherever you are, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, seal everything you do with the Sign of the Cross, and teach your children to do the same.How gracious is the Lord! How measureless are His mercies! Happy the race of mortals when God confesses it! Woe to the soul that he denies! Fire is stored up for its punishment.Be of good cheer, my child, in hope; sow good seed and do not despair. The farmer sows in hope, and the merchant journeys in hope. You … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz


Welcome back to “The Clergy Speaks”, a recurring feature here at The Catholic Book Blogger. “The Clergy Speaks” is a column focusing on one question I have asked various members of the clergy. That question is: What five books would you recommend as must-reads for Catholics today? I left the responses open to current or classic books with the only restriction being that the Bible and the Catechism could not be used as they are a given. This week I am pleased to welcome my Archbishop Joseph E. Kur … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Fifty-Six: St. John Cassian says don’t despair when in a dry spell

Don’t despair when you’re in a dry spellSt. John Cassian recalls the wise words of the abbot Daniel in the Egyptian desert. Why do we sometimes feel so close to God, and other times so far away? Don’t despair, says Daniel: even in those dry spells, God has your benefit in mind.We asked this blessed Daniel why it was that as we sat in the cells we were sometimes filled with the utmost gladness of heart, together with inex­pressible delight and abundance of the holiest feelings, and why it … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Jason Evert


PETE: Your book Saint John Paul The Great : His Five Loves is a slight departure from your usual area of writing. What inspired you to tackle this project? JASON EVERT: I have always had a great love for the Holy Father and for his teachings, especially on young people and human love. Over the past twenty years, I have had the opportunity to travel to speak to more than a million Catholics on six continents. While on these trips, I have had many conversations with those who knew Saint John Paul … [Read more...]