CBB Review: Pope Francis Takes the Bus

One thing can definitively be said about Pope Francis….he is the Pope of the unexpected. From the moment he became Pope he has repeatedly done things differently than his predecessors. From the night he was elected and returned to the hotel in his papal garments, on a bus, with the cardinals who had just elected him. That same day he went to the front desk of the hotel and tried to pay for his room. He decided to live among the workers in the Vatican instead of the apartments reserved for the p … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: The Way of Serenity

Review by Michele Craig Father Jonathan Morris, a Catholic Priest in the Archdiocese of New York, beautifully examines, contemplates, prays and explains the ever popular “Serenity Prayer” in his book The Way of Serenity. Father Jonathan encourages us to pray it daily and even hourly and even sometimes minute by minute- and with good reason! Father Jonathan explains the importance of this practice. “…I would remind you once again to be praying it every day, even several times a day, as you come … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Life Lessons

Life Lessons: Fifty Things I Learned in My First Fifty Years is a personal testimony of life written by Patrick Madrid. He takes fifty stories from throughout his life and uses them as examples for everyday living. Sprinkled with laughter, tears, joy and sadness Patrick has produced a tome of life lessons all can benefit from.From the introduction:God loves you just the way you are, but he loves you too much to let you stay. If that little thought doesn’t hit home right now, it if d … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Marry Him and Be Submissive

Review by Julie AbellI literally jumped at the chance to read and review the book, Marry Him and Be Submissive by Costanza Miriano, an Italian journalist living in Rome who is married with four children.  It was a hit in Italy where it was published in 2013.  It was just translated into English and is hitting the US book stores now.  It caused an uproar in Spain and I don’t doubt it will do something similar here in the US, while at the same time also receive nods of agreement from many marr … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: A Call to Mercy

A Call to Mercy: Hearts to Love, Hands to Serve is a collection of posthumous writings by Mother Teresa herself. It’s release coincides with Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy and the Vatican’s canonization of Mother Teresa on September 4th. Father Brian Kolodiejchuk provides the introduction as well as compiling the writings for the book. Father served as postulator for the cause of beatification and sainthood of Mother Teresa.The book serves as a faithful witness of Mother Teresa’s wisdom and exam … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Seasons in My Garden

Review by Michele Craig “Ah roses. Glorious roses, lovely roses: in flower form they are the ultimate image of love. But whose love? Human love? Perhaps so, for they are no doubt beautiful, fragrant, and truly lovely. Glorious roses have hundreds and hundreds of petals, dense and rich and velvety, so tightly entwined with one another that it’s impossible to find the center of the bloom. Could this be why they are the symbol of human love? For they so beautifully represent the human heart! And wh … [Read more...]

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