Church Fathers, Day 267: St. Ambrose says rise above popular opinion

Rise above popular opinionIf you look to what other people think of you for your reward, says St. Ambrose, you have your reward here on earth—but you miss the reward of eternal life.Clearly, blessed is the life that is not valued by the opinion of outsiders, but is known, as judge of itself, by its own inner feelings. It needs no popular opin­ion as its reward in any way; nor has it any fear of punishments. Thus the less it strives for glory, the more it rises above it.For to those … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 266: St. Augustine warns us to beware of desiring praise

Beware of desiring praiseMost of us need people to think well of us—that’s how we get and keep the jobs that feed our families. But St. Augustine warns us that it’s far too easy to let that praise go to our heads. The devil wants us to find our joy in the praise of others rather than in God.Wanting to be feared and loved by other people, for no other reason than to experience a joy that is really no joy, is a miserable life. It’s just worthless show­ing off. It leads to not loving God o … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Mike Aquilina

PETE: You have been pretty busy recently with the release of The Ancient Path which you co-authored with John Michael Talbot, current release Seven Revolutions with James Papandrea and the soon to be released Ministers and Martyrs which is the companion to the NBC television event A.D. The Bible Continues. This writing pace is incredible. Can you describe your writing process, particularly from book development to final product?Mike Aquilina: The process varies with the project. Two of the … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 265: St. John Cassian wants us to keep struggling against vanity

Keep struggling against vanityVanity, or “vainglory” as old English writers used to call it, is a hard vice to conquer, says St. John Cassian. When you think you’ve beaten it, then you’re proud of your victory—and vanity is back again.All vices grow feeble when conquered, and when beaten are day by day made weaker, and lessen and subside both in place and time—or at any rate, as they are unlike the opposite virtues, are more easily shunned and avoided.But vanity, when it is beaten, … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 264: Theodoret says we are all equal in God’s sight

We are all equal in God’s sightWhen riots broke out in Thessalonica, the emperor Theodosius furiously ordered that the city should be punished. Thousands died when soldiers were let loose on their own fellow citizens. When Theodosius came home, the bishop, St. Ambrose, refused to let him into church until he had gone through months of public penance.When the emperor arrived at Milan, he as usual went to enter the church. But Ambrose met him outside the outer porch and refused to let h … [Read more...]

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle coming to New Oxford, PA

One of the exciting things I get to do through my work here at The Catholic Book Blogger is to bring speakers I interview to my home parish in New Oxford, PA. In 2013 we hosted Mike Aquilina, in 2014 we hosted Scott Hahn and in a few weeks we will welcome Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle. If you are near the New Oxford, PA area why not come join us? If out-of-town make a weekend of it and visit nearby historic Gettysburg, PA. Here are the details of the event:Author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle is co … [Read more...]