Archives for 2014

CBB Review: The Faithful Traveler

If you have never heard of or never watched The Faithful Traveler on EWTN, than you are missing out. In Season One, host Diana von Glahn takes viewers to some of the most beautiful and significant churches and shrines in the United States. Each episode is more than just a cursory glance at the site. Diana takes her role as tour guide in these episodes seriously as she packs each 30 minute show full of facts and sites from each location.Season One consists of two discs and includes stops … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 163: St. John Chrysostom tells us the more you work, the more you need Scripture

The more you work, the more you need Scripture Scripture isn’t just for monks, says St. John Chrysostom. In fact, the more involved you are with the world, the more you need Scripture.. “I’m not a monk,” you might say. “I have a wife and children. I have to take care of my household.” But this is what ruins everything—your thinking that only monks need to read the divine Scriptures. You need it much more than they do. Those who live in the world and are wounded every day have the most need … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 162: St. Ephrem wants us to take our Christian life seriously

Take your Christian life seriously St. Ephrem the Syrian reminds us of what it means to live as a Christian. We can’t just say we believe in these things: we actually have to do them. Do not resist evil, for whoever resists evil is evil from the evil one. Do not keep back anything from anyone, so that if he perishes you will not be blamed. Do not change your respect for someone according to his goods and possessions. Do everything as if nothing existed and God alone was in being. If y … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Angel in the Waters

Laura is back with a review of another great book for the little ones.Angel in the Waters by Regina Doman with pictures by Ben Hatke is a best-selling book that has been in paperback since 2004. Recently, Sophia Institute Press has proudly released its hardcover 10th anniversary edition. This is a beautiful book that children will just absolutely love. They cannot help but be drawn into it because it is a story of themselves! It is the story of the beginning of every human life - a life … [Read more...]

2014 Catholic Book Blogger Top Picks

2014 was a great year for the Catholic publishing world. Many fantastic books were released, so many that at times this book reviewer had trouble keeping up! Obviously I cannot read everything but out of what I read these are my top picks for 2014 (in no particular order). These picks by no mean lessen the quality or importance of the others....they just stood out to me as the best. Click each title to see my full review of each.St. Peter’s Bones : How the Relics of the First Pope were Lost a … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 161: St. Basil warns us to beware men of clever insincerity

Beware men of clever insincerity St. Basil uses the example of an octopus to show us what a Christian shouldn’t be like. The octopus takes on the color of the rocks it hides among, and unsus­pecting fish swim by and are caught. I will not pass in silence the cunning and trickery of the octopus, which takes on the color of the rock to which it attaches itself. Most fish swim idly up to the squid as they might to a rock, and become themselves the prey of the crafty creature. Men who court ru … [Read more...]