Church Fathers, Day Sixty-Five: St. Ephrem tells us to live a godly life

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To know God, live a godly life No one can force you to listen to Christian teaching, says St. Ephrem the Syrian. If you really want to listen, though, you need to live a life worthy of your adoption as a child of God. The doctrine is not of compulsion; the word of life is of free will. If you are willing to hear the doctrine, cleanse the field of your will, so that the good seed will not fall among the thorns of vain speculations. If you wish to heed the word of life, cut yourself off from … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: The Gift of Life

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Laura is back with her review of another great volume from Pauline Books and Media's Encounter the Saints series.Saint Gianna Beretta Molla: The Gift of Life (Encounter the Saints)written by Susan Helen Wallace, FSP and Patricia Edward Jablonski, FSP is a heartwarming story of a modern saint who was not only a loving wife and mother, but also a beloved doctor. At a time when very few women studied to become doctors, Gianna persevered and studied hard to earn her medical degree. Doctor … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Sixty-Four: Barnabas says find the temple in your heart

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Find the temple in your heart When the Epistle of Barnabas was written, the Temple in Jerusalem—the center of the worship of God for a thousand years—had been destroyed, never to be rebuilt. But there is still a temple of God, says Barnabas. Is there still a temple of God? There is—where he himself declared he would make and complete it. Learn, then, how it will be built in the name of the Lord. Before we believed in God, the dwelling of our heart was corrupt and weak, just like a temple ma … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Father James Martin, SJ

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 Father James Martin, S.J. author and edi … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Sixty-Three: St. Ephrem says to imitate God, not animals

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Imitate God, not the animals The gifts of language and thought, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, are what dis­tinguish us from the animals and make us the image of God. What a terrible thing it is, then, when we use these gifts to be like animals instead of like God! God gave us speech that is free like himself, in order that free speech might serve our independent free will. And by speech, too, we are the likeness of the Giver of it, since as by means of it we have impulse and thought for good … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Cardinal Donald Wuerl

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PETE: In your latest book, The Feasts, you point out that the Church calendar of feasts is a sort of living catechism of our faith. How much have the feasts played in your own faith journey as priest, bishop and now cardinal?CARDINAL WUERL: I couldn’t begin to calculate the degree of influence the calendar has had on my life. Every year, since I was an infant, I’ve reviewed and meditated upon the life of Jesus Christ, simply by living in a Christian family. Through the wonder of Christmas I l … [Read more...]


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