CBB Interview with Jesse Romero


PETE: You went from kick boxing champion to hard-hItting Catholic Evangelist. For those who have not read your latest book Catholics, Wake Up! can you tell us about your faith journey? JESSE ROMERO: I was a lukewarm Catholic for the first 25 years of my life. I worshipped the unholy trinity of me, myself and I. My idol was the Martial Arts. I knew about Jesus, but I didn’t KNOW Jesus. At this time in my life as I worked as a young Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff I met a fellow Deputy who was on fire … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Father John Bartunek


PETE: In our secular world seeking God seems to be the last thing on many people's mind. What is your hope for your book Seeking First the Kingdom? FATHER JOHN BARTUNEK: Well, as I mention in the introduction, this book is not meant to convince people to think about God. I agree with you that there is a need for that, but this book will not meet that need. This book is written for people who are already experiencing a desire to deepen their relationship with God. If you are feeling a thirst for … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Brian Kennelly


PETE: What inspired you to wrIte your novel about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati?BRIAN KENNELLY: I hate to admit I actually didn’t know a thing about Pier Giorgio. My publisher, who did my first novel, Two Statues, called me and said they were thinking of doing a series of novels on modern saints. They asked if I wanted to write on Pier Giorgio.   I wasn’t familiar with him so I ordered about 5 books and got to reading. I read about 10 pages of the first book on him and called them back and sa … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Matt Leonard

PETE: First a simply worded but complex question. Why prayer?MATT LEONARD: Allow me to answer a question with a question, Pete. Why not prayer? How many of us actually think we’re praying enough? (Put your hand down unless you are a contemplative monk or nun in the hinterlands…which are far away.) To be honest, I don’t think there are enough good books on prayer. In fact, I don’t think there will ever be enough good books on prayer because prayer is what we’re made for. We were created by God … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Emily Stimpson


PETE: Your latest work The American Catholic Almanac is packed with 365 daily entries full of inspiring stories. How did you choose what to include and how long did this undoubtedly massive project take? EMILY STIMPSON: Honestly, the whole process was a bit like sausage making: terribly messy on the front end, but well worth it on the back end! Brian and I had a wonderful research assistant, Tom Crowe, who did yeoman’s work establishing the calendar. Tom started by assembling a list of the “ … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Cardinal Donald Wuerl


PETE: In your latest book, The Feasts, you point out that the Church calendar of feasts is a sort of living catechism of our faith. How much have the feasts played in your own faith journey as priest, bishop and now cardinal?CARDINAL WUERL: I couldn’t begin to calculate the degree of influence the calendar has had on my life. Every year, since I was an infant, I’ve reviewed and meditated upon the life of Jesus Christ, simply by living in a Christian family. Through the wonder of Christmas I l … [Read more...]