CBB Review – Catholic by Choice


No two conversion stories are the same. Every person has their own unique story to how they were led to the Catholic faith. For some, the road to the Catholic Church can take years. Every conversion story is worth reading as the struggles and reasons for joining the Church can help us on our own faith journeys. Richard Cole details his own conversion story in Catholic by Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked on the Adventure of a Lifetime. He offers a story sometimes … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Thirty-Seven: St. Gregory the Great says learn to suffer from Christ


Learn to suffer from Christ Christ’s prayer at Gethsemane leads us in our own prayers, says St. Gregory the Great. “Your will be done” is the powerful prayer that every Christian should learn and use in times of trial. So, dear friends, when the Son of God says, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me” (Matthew 26:39), he uses the outcry of our nature, and pleads the cause of human weakness and fear, so that our patience may be strengthened and our fears driven away in whatev … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Thirty-Six: St. John Chrysostom tells us Christ taught by doing

Christ taught by doing Jesus Christ taught by preaching, but he also gave us examples of his preaching in action. We should learn from him how to live our lives, and how to lead each other by example. When Christ came to earth, he wished to instruct everyone in virtue. Now, an instructor teaches not just by word, but also by deed—that’s the teacher’s best way of teaching. A pilot, for example, makes his apprentice sit by his side and tells him how to handle the rudder. But he also joins spe … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Bishop Christopher J. Coyne


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 Bishop Christopher Coyne, Auxiliary Bish … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Thirty-Five: Aphrahat tells us to take Christ as your model of love


Take Christ as your model of love Christ taught us how to love by loving us, says Aphrahat, the Persian Sage. By looking to Christ, we can know what it means to love God and our neighbors— the two commandments on which Jesus said the Law and the prophets depended. This is how our Savior taught us diligently to manifest love: first he per­fected it in himself, and then he taught those who heard him. He reconciled our enmity with his Father because he loved us, and he yielded up his in … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Daniel McInerny


PETE: How did you develop the concept for the Kingdom of Patria? DANIEL McINERNY: Some years ago, when my two daughters were small, I was reading Humphrey Carpenter’s biography of J.R.R. Tolkien, where Tolkien is quoted as saying something to the effect that, in imagining a new world, it was important for him (the professional linguist) to start with a name. So, for example, he began with the strange name “hobbit,” and extrapolated an entire mythological universe from there. That very night, in … [Read more...]