Weekly Giveaway – Manual for Spiritual Warfare


This week publisher Tan Books sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of the Manual for Spiritual Warfare by Paul Thigpen (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 Fri 1/23 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck!  a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 178: St. Cyril of Jerusalem want us to examine our conscience before Mass

Examine your conscience before Mass The Church is a hospital for sinners, we often hear. But sometimes the cure is to go away, repent, and come back. The Church lets everyone in, says St. Cyril of Jerusalem, but you yourself have to judge whether you’re at church for the wrong reasons. We, the ministers of Christ, have let everyone in. We hold the place of doorkeepers (so to speak), but we have left the door wide open. Perhaps you came in with your soul muddied with sins, and with a t … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Manual for Spiritual Warfare

Undoubtedly you have heard mention of spiritual warfare. Perhaps you understand what it is and the implications for it in our time. Perhaps you do not. Either way Paul Thigpen has written a book that guides the reader on what spiritual warfare is and how to take part in the battle. His new book, Manual for Spiritual Warfareis a great resource that I will be turning to often as should you.From the intro: “The primary purpose of this manual, then, is to help everyday Catholics recognize, re … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 177: St. John Chrysostom tells us to avoid the smoke of worldly cares

Avoid the smoke of worldly cares Scripture is the clear air of a meadow or a garden, says St. John Chrysostom. You can see far and plainly. But worldly cares are like smoke that makes your eyes water and dims your sight. Even your bodily eyes are always weeping when they have to be sur­rounded by smoke. But when they are in clear air—in a meadow, in fountains, and in gardens—they become more acute and more healthy. The soul’s eye is like that, too. If it feeds in the meadows of spiritual or … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 176: St. John Chrysostom advises us to take the medicine that costs you nothing


Take the medicine that costs you nothing The health care you have to pay for is more more easily obtained by the rich than the poor. But Scripture, says St. John Chrysostom, is the medicine that’s free to everyone—and often the poor get even more benefit from it. You cannot get this medicine (Scripture) by paying money for it. But who­ever shows a sincere purpose and disposition goes on his way with the whole thing. For this reason, both rich and poor have the benefit of this healing. Wher … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Father Scott Hurd

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 Father Scott Hurd.Reverend R. Scott … [Read more...]