Church Fathers, Day Thirty: St. Augustine tells us to remember God’s greatest gift

Remember God’s greatest gift We can’t thank God enough just for creating us and giving us the world to live in, says St. Augustine. But the really mind-boggling thing is that, in spite of our sin, God so loved the world that he sent his only-begotten Son. We have already seen what good things God, who controls nature, lav­ishes on good and bad alike. But besides these, he shows the good an even greater love that belongs only to them. Now, we can never thank him enough for the fact that we e … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Stout Hearts and Whizzing Biscuits


As you know, this blog is about Catholic books; however, this particular review is a children’s book written by a Catholic author. Although, the story itself is not “Catholic”, the author is. I stumbled upon this book and the author, Daniel McInerny, while at a Catholic Homeschool Conference earlier this summer. He gave a great talk on the importance of literature. My tween and teenager fell in love with this book, as well as, my wife, Laura!! So here is the review put together by my oldest daugh … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Twenty-Nine: St. Gregory the Great says learn the power of humility


Imitate Christ and learn the power of humility The Son of God took on the humility of our flesh to conquer the devil—and he did it, says St. Gregory the Great, so that we could imitate his righteousness in humility. The glory of the Lord’s Passion, dear friends, is most wonderful for its mystery of humility. It has both ransomed us all and taught us, so that he who paid the price might also pass on his righteousness to us. The omnipotence of the Son of God, in which he is by the same ess … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Cardinal Donald Wuerl

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 we welcome Cardinal Donald Wuerl Archbishop of Wash … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Twenty-Eight: St. Cyril says the Word stooped down to us


See how the Word stooped down to us One of the most profound verses in Scripture, says St. Cyril of Alexandria, is the little verse where Luke tells us that Jesus grew up in the ordinary human way. “And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him” (Luke 2:40). To say that the child Jesus grew, and became strong, filled with wisdom, and the favor of God was upon Him, must be taken as referring to his human nature. Look closely how profound this d … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Scott Hahn

PETE: The New Evangelization is really not that “new”. It has it roots in Vatican II and to some degree even prior to that. Why do you think it has really come to the forefront in recent years as evidenced by the multiple books and talks on the subject? SCOTT HAHN: It’s been a priority for the popes since John Paul II, but I think the rest of us have some catching-up to do. We need to acquire some habits that Catholics haven’t cultivated. Cardinal Avery Dulles observed, some years ago, that most … [Read more...]