Weekly Giveaway – Evangelizing Catholics


This week Our Sunday Visitor sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Evangelizing Catholic: A Mission Maual for the New Evangelization by Scott Hahn (you can read the 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 Friday 8/22 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Twenty-Four: St. Augustine says don’t make excuses

Don’t make excuses It’s human nature to try to make excuses for our sins. But we shouldn’t do it, says St. Augustine. We’re only making the sin worse by showing our ungodly pride. But it is a worse and more damnable pride that looks around for the shel­ter of an excuse even in obvious sins. Our first parents did just that: the woman said, “The serpent beguiled me, and I ate,” and the man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate” (Genesis 3:12-13). … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Evangelizing Catholics

Scott Hahn provides the laity with an important and useful guide to the new evangelization with his book Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New Evangelization. He educates readers on what the new evangelization is, what it is not and how to successfully share your faith. Our current Pope and the two before him have all spoke of the new evangelization and Scott Hahn delivers a book that helps guide us to successfully accomplishing the mission. The book is divided into three main … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Twenty-Three: St. Basil says don’t look for evil

Don’t look for evil outside ourselves Evil is not something that existed before creation, and it is not something that God created. Real evil, says St. Basil, comes from nowhere but our own will. If evil is neither uncreated nor created by God, where does it come from? Certainly no one who lives in the world will deny that evil exists. Then what shall we say? Evil is not a living animated being: it is the condition of the soul opposed to virtue, developed in the careless because they fell a … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Twenty-Two: St. Augustine and vice


Vice proves that our nature is good Here’s an interesting argument from St. Augustine. Against those who deny that we were created good, St. Augustine says that our very vices prove that our nature was originally good. Scripture calls those “God’s enemies” who oppose his rule, not by nature, but by vice. They have no power to hurt God, but only themselves. For they are his enemies, not because they can hurt him, but only because they will to oppose him. So the vice that makes those who are … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput


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 Archbishop Charles Chaput from the Archd … [Read more...]