CBB Review – The Story of the Bible: The Old Testament


TAN Books has just released two new book sets telling The Story of the Bible for children – one on the Old Testament and one on the New Testament. Now there are dozens of Bible storybooks for kids on the market - So my question was, “What makes this one so special?” Well, I’ve had the pleasure of viewing The Story of the Bible Volume I – The Old Testament and much to my delight this set is pretty exceptional. It is part of the TAN Homeschool line, and as a homeschooling parent of several childre … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 345: St. Ignatius of Antioch tells us to never stop praying for others


Never stop praying for othersNo matter how wicked they may seem to be, says St. Ignatius of Antioch, all the people around us are our brothers. We need to imitate Christ and return gentleness for their cruelty.And pray on behalf of others without ceasing. For there is hope of re­pentance in them: they may still make it to God. Make sure that they can learn from your works, if in no other way. Be meek in response to their anger, humble against their boasting. Return prayers for their … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 344: St. John Cassian advises let your struggles help others


Let your struggles help othersThe desert fathers, St. John Cassian tells us, had a custom of revealing their most intimate spiritual struggles to beginning monks. By revealing our own struggles, we can help others facing the same problem.I thought it was a good idea to mention these things in this little work of mine, so that we might learn, not only by reason, but also by examples, about the force of temptations and the order of the sins that hurt an unfortunate soul, and so might be … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 343: Palladius says saves souls through service


Save souls through servicePalladius of Galatia tells the story of an ascetic who met a man and woman who were actors—a notoriously immoral profession in those days. Wishing to save them for Christ, he took the extreme measure of selling himself to them as a slave.The fathers used to tell how, taking a female ascetic as his accomplice, Serapion sold himself to some Greek actors in a certain city for twenty pieces of money. And having sealed up the money he kept it on his person. Then he … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and Jesus & Mary


Typology is the study of the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament. The events, people and statements in the Old Testament are viewed as pre-figuring the events, people and statements in the New Testament. As Saint Augustine states “The New Testament lies hidden in the Old, and the Old is unveiled in the New.” This can become a pretty involved and deep study so I was pretty intrigued to see a children’s book that dealt with typology. The End of the Fiery Sword: Adam & Eve and … [Read more...]

Matthew Leonard is coming to New Oxford, PA!

One of the exciting things I get to do through my work here at The Catholic Book Blogger is to bring speakers I interview to my home parish in New Oxford, PA. In 2013 we hosted Mike Aquilina, in 2014 we hosted Scott Hahn, this May we hosted Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle and on August 29th at Immaculate COnception Church BVM we welcome Matt Leonard. As my spiritual director has said "Little New Oxford, PA the hub of evangelization in Adams County....who woulda thunk?" Come and experience what has b … [Read more...]