CBB Review: Stations of the Cross resources

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The Stations of the Cross is a popular devotion that many take advantage of during the Lenten season. It is an ancient practice used to commemorate fourteen stations or events Christ experienced during his Passion.  Ave Maria Press has two valuable resources available to aid in this devotion and I will cover them here.John Paul II’s Biblical Way of the CrossAmy Welborn and Michael Dubriel present their version of the Stations by utilizing the format created by Saint Pope John Paul II. Th … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Sonnets from the Spirit

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I recently had the opportunity to read a book I normally wouldn’t read. So goes the life of a book reviewer! I am glad I was afforded this opportunity and hope you do the sane. The book Sonnets from the Spirit is a masterfully written collection of poetry by Christopher Villiers and one like no other.The book consists of fifty-two poems based upon major and familiar events from Sacred Scripture. Christopher utilizes the ancient practice of midrash in this book to compose these. Midrash is a m … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – God’s Healing Mercy

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We have embarked upon this great Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. There are a number of sources being released by publishers to aid the faithful on this journey. In the coming weeks and months ahead. This week we are going to take a look at one written by Kathleen Beckman. God's Healing Mercy: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace, and Joy  is a self-guided retreat that in the end will reveal to readers the healing power of divine mercy.The book contains twelve chapters a … [Read more...]

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Lenten Suggestions from CBB

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Lent is just around the corner and it can be a remarkable season for us all if we only take the opportunity to allow it. There is the typical practice of “giving things up” but I suggest something more. Why not add something this Lent? Here are a few suggestions for faith building reading and study. Some I have reviewed and some I plan on featuring these next few weeks.Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle has recently released the fourth addition to her Bringing Lent Home series from Ave Maria Press. T … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – The Shepherd Who Didn’t Run

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I first learned of Father Stanley Rother merely by chance. Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg Maryland is a short drive away from my home. I take the 30-minute trek there annually to attend a Men’s Conference as well as to listen to some speakers they bring in. Inside Patriot Hall where the campus cafeteria is, there is a timeline filled with pictures of those who have visited or been a part of the Mount’s history. There mixed in with pictures of Babe Ruth, Mother Teresa and others is a … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: To The Martyrs

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“Martyrdom should be admired, and it may be desired, but it should not be sought. It is a particular vocation received by a few.” Cardinal Donald Wuerl has written a book, To the Martyrs: A Reflection on the Supreme Christian Witness, that draws our attention to the persecution of Christianity. Look back at the persecutions during the Roman Empire and traveling through modern day persecutions inflicted by Muslim extremists he gibes honor to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for the fai … [Read more...]

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