Church Fathers, Day 185: Jacob of Serugh advises us to stay for the whole Mass

Stay for the whole Mass In the time of Jacob of Serugh, it seems that many people were rushing out of Mass before it was over. (Sound familiar?) Jacob reminds them of what they’re missing. Do not be impatient to be gone from the supper that the bride of the whole world has made for us to delight in. You are a child of the household, not a stranger who ought to depart. The Bridegroom is coming down to see the bride betrothed to Him; stay, O soul, in the midst of the bride-chamber, that he m … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today


Most likely you have either read one of John Michael Talbot's books or listened to one of his many albums. Since the 70s he has been providing listeners with stirring renditions of time honored hymns as well as songs of his own creation. Now you can learn about what shaped this talented performer into who He is and what he believes. The Ancient Path: Old Lessons from the Church Fathers for a New Life Today written with Mike Aquilina tells John Michael's faith journey and how the Early Church … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 184: St. Basil wants us to take communion every day

Take communion every day Frequent communion is life many times over, says St. Basil. Offered the gift of eternal life, who wouldn’t want to go to Mass every day? It’s good for us to commune every day, partaking of the holy body and blood of Christ. He says quite clearly, “he who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life” (John 6:54). And who can doubt that sharing in life frequently is the same as having life many times over? I myself commune four times a week: on the Lord’s Day, o … [Read more...]

It’s a Sheenazing Day!


If you have never heard of Bonnie Engstrom and her blog "A Knotted Life" now might be a good a time as any to check it out. I first became aware of her blog myself after reading one of the most moving blog posts I have ever read. Bonnie is the mother of James Fulton, who was stillborn September 16, 2010. The story does not end there thanks to an alleged miracle. After 61 minutes with no pulse.....James Fulton came back to life. This alleged miracle was the one chosen by the Sheen Foundation to … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 183: Jacob of Serugh wants us to learn to love the Mass

Learn to love the Mass It’s an old joke, born of true observation, that Catholics seem to burst out of church as soon as Mass is over. Why are we so impatient? asks the poetic and mystical Jacob of Serugh, a sixth-century Christian writer from the East. The unspeakably great privilege is not to be let out of Mass, but to be let in. Come to prayer, and bring your whole self with you. Do not let your mind remain in the market with your business. If you are here, let your inner man be here as w … [Read more...]

The Laity Speaks – Michael Novak

Welcome back to “The Laity Speaks”, a recurring feature here at The Catholic Book Blogger. This feature is the companion to “The Clergy Speaks” and takes us to the other side of the pulpit to hear prominent lay people’s answer to the same question. 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. … [Read more...]