Church Fathers, Day Forty-Seven: St. Augustine tells us to watch for distractions

Watch for distractions when you pray It’s far too easy to get distracted when we’re trying to pray. St. Augustine was a great observer of nature, and one of the foremost scientists of his day—but he warns us not to let curiosity distract us from more important things. Our curiosity is tempted every day in the most minute and contempt­ible things. And who can count how many times we succumb? How often, when people are telling idle tales, do we begin by tolerating them (we don’t want to of­fend … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Forty-Six: St. John Cassian says be reconciled


Be reconciled before you pray Writing an instruction book for monks, St. John Cassian amplifies the Gospel’s advice; if you go to pray and remember that anyone has anything against you, even unjustly, drop your prayer and run to be reconciled with your brother. We often spurn the brethren who are injured and saddened, and despise them, and say that they were not hurt by any fault of ours. Because of that, the Healer of souls, who knows all secrets, wishing to root out completely all o … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Encounter the Saints Series 4 pack


This week publisher Pauline Books and Media sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of  each of the following titles from their Encountering the Saints Series. Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith; Saint Gianna Beretta Mola: The Gift of Life; Saint Thomas More: Courage, Conscience, and the King; and Saint John Vianney: A Priest for all People (you can read the Saint John Vianney review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and m … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Forty-Five: St. John Cassian says to clean out your heart

Clean out your heart before you pray The Egyptian abbot Isaac gave St. John Cassian some practical advice on praying: before you start, get rid of all the things in your mind that will distract you from your prayers. To be able to offer our prayer with that earnestness and purity with which it ought to be offered, first, all anxiety about carnal things must be entirely got rid of. Next, we must leave no room for not just the care but even the recollection of any business affairs, and … [Read more...]

CBB Review – St. John Vianney: A Priest for All People


The Encounter the Saint Series that Pauline Books and Media publishes is a fantastic resource on the saints that my children love. The series has grown to over 30 plus volumes. We have featured titles from the series here at The Catholic Book Blogger before and look forward to more in the future. Here is my wife Laura's review of the volume on St. John Vianney. As less and less young men answer the call to the priesthood, becoming a parish priest may not be the most appealing profession for our … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Forty-Four: St. Basil tells us to make time for God

Make time for God There were many workers in St. Basil’s congregation, and he knew how much they had to sacrifice just to come to church. But he promises them that their sacrifice of time will have a rich reward. I know that many craftsmen who work in mechanical trades are crowd­ing around me. A day’s work is hardly enough for them to earn a living. So I must shorten my sermon, so that I won’t keep them away from their work too long. What shall I say to them? The time you lend to God is not … [Read more...]