CBB Interview with Marcellino D’Ambrosio

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PETE:  In your latest book 40 Days 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent you provide readers with 40 tasks they can do during Lent to make the period a time of spiritual growth. How difficult was it to come up with these forty activities? Did you struggle to get 40 or were you on the other side of the equation, having to pare it down to 40? MARCELLINO D'AMBROSIO:The difficult thing was to keep it to forty!  There are so many ways to pray, fast, and do good to others!  And so many ways to comb … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble

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PETE: The new evangelization is really about evangelizing the de-christianised. With that realization how can your new book The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to Church help? SR. THERESA NOBLE: Evangelizing a culture that is bored of Jesus is really difficult. Evangelizing friends and family who are bored of Jesus, or hostile to him, is even more difficult. When I first entered the convent, I worked in the Pauline Books and Media center in St. Louis. I … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Daniel P. Horan

PETE: As a Franciscan friar, a number of your books have an obvious Franciscan theme running through them. When you approached this book on Merton, were you always planning on highlighting the influence of Francis of Assisi on Thomas Merton? DANIEL P. HORAN: Yes, it was my intention to do precisely that – to highlight the Franciscan themes that ground and inform so much of Merton’s thought, writing, and personal life. I had the idea to write this book many years ago, but at the time … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Paul Thigpen

PETE: What was your motivation behind writing your new book Manual for Spiritual Warfare?PAUL THIGPEN: I was motivated by several factors.First, I’ve had multiple personal encounters with demonic powers that have confirmed for me what Sacred Scripture and Tradition teach about spiritual warfare. Yet I find many people, even Catholics and other Christians, who have adopted the modern secular notion that belief in the Devil and other demons is an outdated superstition. So I wanted to write … [Read more...]

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CBB interview with Kathleen Beckman

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PETE: What has been your inspiration behind the new book Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization and apostolate of prayer for clergy and vocations?  KATHLEEN BECKMAN: The Congregation for the Clergy in Rome is the inspiration behind this mission of intercessory prayer for priests and spiritual motherhood. I was first made aware of the Holy See’s initiative in 2007 through Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women. Since 1991, I have served in leadership of Ma … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Diana von Glahn

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PETE: How did you come up with the concept for The Faithful Traveler?  DIANA VON GLAHN: Eleven years ago, my husband David and I were planning our honeymoon to Paris and the Loire Valley. Around that time, we had been watching a lot of the Travel Channel, and we noticed that while the shows sometimes visited Catholic sites, they usually spoke of them with a lack of understanding. We thought it’d be great if there was a travel show that looked good enough for the Travel Channel, but t … [Read more...]

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