CBB Review – Lenten studies from Catholic Scripture Study International

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Catholic Scripture Study International has a wide range of Faith studies and Bible Studies. The more of them I review the more I like the product CSS is putting out. This time around I am reviewing two Lenten related studies. The first is Jesus’ Passion: The Story of Redemptive Suffering. The second is The Road to Redemption a study for Cycle B.Jennifer Phelps is the author of Jesus’ Passion: The Story of Redemptive Suffering. This particular study does not have a dedicated DVD set as with ot … [Read more...]

Verbum’s HUGE High School Announcement

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Readers of this blog are likely aware that I use the great study tool called Verbum. Verbum is the Catholic version of the popular Logos Bible Software. You can read my review of their excellent Foundation 6 library package here.My friends at Verbum are doing something incredible….amazing….generous…I’m not sure any of these words are good enough. Today they have officially announced an initiative to give away five million dollars in scholarships for schools to implement their brand-new high s … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 224: St. Gregory the Great warns beware of prosperity—Satan lurks there

Beware of prosperity—Satan lurks there The persecutions had ceased, and Christians were safe from the government. But they weren’t safe, says St. Gregory the Great, from the wiles of Satan, who knows how to make use of prosperity and security, too. Because the stress of the earlier tempests has lulled, and with the end of the struggle a measure of tranquility has seemed to smile on us for a long time, we have to guard against those errors that arise from the reign of peace itself. Having bee … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Fr. Dwight Longenecker

PETE: Slubgrip Instructs and your previous book Gargoyle Code clearly borrow a page from C.S. Lewis’ renowned classic The Screwtape Letters. How much has C.S. Lewis’ work influenced you in your conversion and your life as Catholic priest since?FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER: I think C.S.Lewis’ greatest influence on my life is his ability and passion for communicating the faith in a way that is intriguing and entertaining. In so many of his books he is willing to cut through all the intellectual mumbo … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 223: St. Jerome says remember the poor and trust God to provide

Remember the poor and trust God to provide Writing a eulogy of his good friend Paula, a noble widow who was also his student, St. Jerome recalls how she used to give abundantly whenever she saw someone in need. No mind could be more considerate than hers, or none kinder towards the lowly. She did not court the powerful; at the same time, if the proud and the vainglorious sought her, she did not turn from them with disdain. If she saw a poor man, she supported him; and if she saw a rich one, … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 222: St. Ambrose tells us don’t take advantage of misfortune

Don’t take advantage of misfortune When food is scarce, prices go up. It’s just good business, right? No, says St. Ambrose. It’s one thing to get a fair return for your work, but it’s quite another to take advantage of human misery to turn an outrageous profit. “The people curse him who holds back grain” (Proverbs 11:26). This is a plain and definite statement, leaving no room for debate. Yes, you must expect payment for your labor from the crops of the fruitful land, and must hope for a ju … [Read more...]


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