Church Fathers, Day Fifty-Three: St. Basil advises us to look for quiet

Look for quiet when you pray St. Basil tells us that a quiet heart will help us overcome our passions and our temptations. We have to break our bad habits and start new good habits, and a little solitude will help a lot. We must work to have a quiet mind. You can’t see an object right in front of you if your eye is moving restlessly up and down and sideways; you have to look at it steadily. In the same way, your mind can’t understand the truth if it’s distracted by a thousand worldly cares. … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves


This week publisher Lighthouse Catholic Media sponsors their first CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of  Saint John Paul The Great: His Five Loves by Jason Evert(you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST Friday 9/19 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Fifty-Two: St. John Chrysostom says expect Satan’s attack

Expect Satan’s attack when you pray Satan knows how much we gain by praying, says St. John Chrysostom, so that’s when he attacks us the most. We need to be on our guard and not let in the stray thoughts the devil suggests. We talked yesterday about the power of prayer. I pointed out how the devil, that deceiver, lies in wait when we pray. For he sees how much we gain from prayer, so that’s when he attacks us the most, to break down our defenses and send us home empty-handed. Earnest prayer … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Saint John Paul The Great: His Five Loves


"They try to understand me from outside. But I can only be understood from inside." These words were spoken by Saint John Paul II in regards to the multiple attempts made to write his biography. In his book Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves, Jason Evert attempts to take a look inside this beloved Pope....and pulls it off quite well. As Jason states in the introduction "the aim of this work is to paint a portrait of the Holy Father by examining his five loves".The book starts off with … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Fifty-One: St. Cyril of Jerusalem and temptation


Lead us not into temptation When we pray “Lead us not into temptation,” are we praying that we should never be tempted at all? No, says St. Cyril of Jerusalem—temptation is always there. But, like St. Peter, we can get over it and come through the other side. “And lead us not into temptation.” So is the Lord teaching us to pray that we should not be tempted at all? Then why would it be said elsewhere that “a man untempted is a man untested”? And again, “Count it all joy, my brethren, when y … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Forgive: Catholic-Style!

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In the coming weeks here at The Catholic Book Blogger I will be featuring some guest posts from Pauline Books and Media authors as they conduct a Back to School Blog Tour. Today's guest author is Nicole Lataif author of the books I Forgive You: Love We Can Hear, Ask For, and Give and Forever You: A Book about Your Soul and Body. Here's where I will step aside and Nicole takes over......welcome Nicole!5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Forgive: Catholic-Style! Forgiveness is one of the most … [Read more...]