CBB Review – Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship That Answered Life’s Greatest Questions


Most everyone has that certain someone in their lives that they point to and say "they made a difference in my life." Most of us keep that story to ourselves and treasure it as a special gift. On rare occasions some share their story in the hope and trust that it will make a difference in other’s lives as it did in their own. Such is the case with John Schlimm and his new book Five Years in Heaven: The Unlikely Friendship that Answered Life's Greatest Questions.The book tells of the f … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 282: St. John Cassian says don’t excuse your anger from Scripture

Don’t excuse your anger from ScriptureSome people, says St. John Cassian, try to excuse their anger by saying that righteous anger is perfectly fine. Doesn’t the Bible talk a lot about God’s “wrath”? But God is not subject to human passions. You can’t justify your own sin by an appeal to the metaphorical language of Scripture.We have heard some people trying to excuse this most pernicious disease of the soul (anger), trying to extenuate it by a rather shocking way of interpreting Script … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 281: Hermas tells us don’t let anger force the Spirit out

Don’t let anger force the Spirit outThe visionary Hermas is told that anger forces the Holy Spirit to take flight from our souls. Once we let anger in, we’re on the road to “incurable sin.”Listen, and hear how wicked the action of anger is, and how it over­throws the servants of God and turns them away from righteousness. For as soon as it sees the thoughtless and doubting standing steadfast, it throws itself into their hearts, and the man or woman starts to get angry for no reason abou … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Auxiliary Bishop David P. Talley

Auxiliary Bishop David Talley

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 Auxiliary BishopDavid P. Talley of Atlan … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 280: St. Ephrem the Syrian says don’t insult God’s image

Don’t insult God’s imageIf you are angry at your neighbor, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, you are angry at God, because your neighbor is the image of God. But if you honor your neighbor, you honor God.If you are angry against your neighbor, you are angry against God; and if you bear anger in your heart, your pride is lifted up against the Lord. If you rebuke in envy, all your reproof is wicked.But if love dwells in you, you have no enemy on earth. And if you are a true child of peace, … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 279: St. Ambrose tells us calm your mind—or at least your tongue

Calm your mind—or at least your tongueWe should try to keep from getting angry, says St. Ambrose. But if anger sneaks up on us, we should try to calm ourselves. And if we can’t do that, we should at least keep ourselves from saying something we’ll regret.Guard against anger. But if it cannot be averted, let it be kept within bounds. For indignation is a terrible incentive to sin. It disorders the mind to such an extent as to leave no room for reason.The first thing, therefore, to ai … [Read more...]