Church Fathers, Day Ninety-Two: St. Augustine tells us to find all the virtues in love

Find all the virtues in loveVirtue, says St. Augustine, is simply love in action. All the named virtues are different aspects of love, and perfect love for God produces perfect virtue.As far as virtue leading us to a happy life is concerned, I believe that virtue is nothing other than perfect love of God. I regard the fourfold division of virtue as taken from the four forms of love. I wish all felt the influence of those four virtues in their minds as much as they have their names in … [Read more...]

The Laity Speaks – Lisa Hendey


Welcome to “The Laity Speaks”, a new recurring feature here at The Catholic Book Blogger. This feature is the companion to “The Clergy Speaks” and takes us to the other side of the pulpit to hear prominent lay people's answer to the same question. 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 … [Read more...]

CBB Featured CD – More New Releases from Lighthouse

journey through advent

Lighthouse Catholic Media has just released three more brand new talks to CD and MP3 that I am featuring this week.Click the cover image above  to purchase this talk  as either a CD or MP3 download.Get the most out of Advent by following along with Fr. Robert Barron's homilies as he unpacks these profound scripture readings. The homilies presented on this CD will correspond to the Scriptures for Sunday Masses throughout Advent and Christmas 2014:Advent Week 1: Isaiah 63: 16-64:7, 1 C … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Ninety-One: St. Augustine tells us to let love lead your mind back to God

Let love lead your mind back to GodThe mind that strays from God is miserable, says St. Augustine. Only love can lead the mind back to God, and to a real understanding of man’s place as a created being.The further the mind goes from God—not in space, but in affection and lust after things below him—the more it is filled with foolishness and misery. So by love it returns to God—a love that places it not beside God, but under him. And the more ardor and eagerness there is in this return, … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Brian Kennelly


PETE: What inspired you to wrIte your novel about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati?BRIAN KENNELLY: I hate to admit I actually didn’t know a thing about Pier Giorgio. My publisher, who did my first novel, Two Statues, called me and said they were thinking of doing a series of novels on modern saints. They asked if I wanted to write on Pier Giorgio.   I wasn’t familiar with him so I ordered about 5 books and got to reading. I read about 10 pages of the first book on him and called them back and sa … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Ninety: St. Cyril of Jerusalem compares thoughts to sin

Thoughts of sin are seeds of sinA little weed, says St. Cyril of Jerusalem, can eventually break a rock apart with its roots. If you let in thoughts of sin, the sins themselves will follow.Now, someone might say, “What can sin be? Is it a living thing? An an­gel? A demon? What is this thing working inside us?”It is not an enemy that attacks you from outside, but an evil shoot growing up from inside yourself. “Let your eyes look directly forward” (Proverbs 4:25), and there is no lust … [Read more...]