Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Fifteen: St. John Cassian urges us to be like steel, not like wax

Be like steel, not like wax St. John Cassian remembers the wise comparison of the abbot Theodore. Your mind, he says, should be like the steel that stamps, not the wax that is stamped. The mind of the upright man ought not to be like wax, or any other soft material, which always yields to the shape of what presses on it, and is stamped with its form and impress and keeps it until it takes another shape by having an­other seal stamped upon it; and so it turns out that it never retains its own … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Prayers for Young Catholics


Laura is back with another kids corner review! Prayers for Young Catholics published by Pauline Press is a wonderful little prayer book compiled by the Daughters of St. Paul. It is packed with prayers of all kinds including: -Basic Prayers - Prayers to Mary - Prayers to the Saints - Prayers from the Bible - Prayers for Various Needs - Praying the Rosary - Praying the Stations of the Cross - Prayers of the Catholic Faith - Prayers for Seasons of the Church This little gem is a perfect … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Fourteen: St. John Cassian tells us to love virtue for its own sake

Love virtue for its own sake The Syrian abbot Chaeremon, as St. John Cassian remembers, explained that it’s far better to avoid sin from love of virtue than from fear of punishment. The one who loves virtue is constant; the one who fears punishment goes back to sin as soon as the fear is removed. There is a great difference between one who puts out the inner fire of sin by fear of hell or hope of future reward, and one who from the feeling of divine love has a horror of sin itself and of u … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Thirteen: St. Augustine tells us to trust God to bring good even from the wicked

Trust God to bring good even from the wicked The devil stirs up heretics to attack the Church, says St. Augustine, but God turns those attacks into good. When we Christians are attacked, we have the opportunity to exercise our Christian virtue. But the devil, seeing that the temples of the demons are deserted, and humanity is running to the name of the liberating Mediator, has incited the her­etics to resist the Christian teaching while keeping the Christian name. Even so, by their … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Bishop Edward J. Burns


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 Edward J. Burns from the Diocese … [Read more...]

CBB Featured CD – New Release: Understanding the Crusades

This week I invite you to check out the newest release from Lighthouse Catholic Media.Click the cover image above to purchase this talk as either a CD or MP3. Dr. Thomas Madden is a professor of History at St. Louis University and has appeared in such venues as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The History Channel.In this eye-opening presentation, Dr. Madden debunks popular myths surrounding the crusades and shows us how the different misconceptions … [Read more...]