CBB Featured CD – Evangelizing Catholics


Today I am really excited to reveal a new feature here at The Catholic Book Blogger. Thanks to a newly forged partnership of sorts between Lighthouse Catholic Media and CBB, I will be highlighting CD talks weekly. For my first talk I have chosen Evangelizing Catholics: The Bible, The Eucharist and The New Evangelization by Dr. Scott Hahn.I found this talk to be timely and very informative. With all the buzz about the New Evangelization in recent years Scott provides the listener with a great … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seventy: St. Ephrem discusses free will

Denying free will proves that there is free will We Christians know that we have free will: that we can choose between good and evil. Want proof, asks St. Ephrem the Syrian? The very denial of free will proves it exists. If anyone asks what this “will” is, we must tell him the real truth about it: that it is the power of free choice. So if anyone asks, “What is this will? For it is only one thing, but part of it is good and part of it is evil”—then we shall say, “That is because it is a will. … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila


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 Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila from the Arc … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Sixty-Nine: Tatian says free will is the problem—and the solution


Free will is the problem—and the solution To pagans who blame everything on “fate,” Tatian answers that our miseries are our own fault. Our own free will brought evil into the world—but our own free will can reject evil. Why should I admit that we’re born by “fate,” when I see such managers of “fate” as the pagan gods? How can you be “fated” to be sleepless from greed? Why are you “fated” to grasp at everything, and die often? Die to the world, rejecting the madness in it. Live to God, and … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Sixty-Eight: St. John Chrysostom tells us to rely on what no one can take away

Rely on what no one can take away Expensive tack doesn’t make a good horse, says St. John Chrysostom. Likewise, wealth, health, and reputation don’t make a good man. All these things can be taken away, but nothing can take away real virtue. What is the virtue of a horse? Is it to have a bridle studded with gold and straps to match, and a silk band to fasten the housing, and colorful clothes embroi­dered with gold thread, and headgear studded with jewels, and hair braided with gold cord? Or is … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Sixty-Seven: St. Basil advises us to follow the promptings of nature

Follow the promptings of nature Moral law is natural, says St. Basil. No one needs to teach it to us; we already know what’s right and wrong. When we violate the basic principles of morality, we not only go against God, we go against the nature he created in us. We shall not be able to say in self-justification that we have learned useful knowledge in books, since the untaught law of nature makes us choose that which is advantageous to us. Do you know what good you ought to do your n … [Read more...]