Matthew Leonard is coming to New Oxford, PA!

One of the exciting things I get to do through my work here at The Catholic Book Blogger is to bring speakers I interview to my home parish in New Oxford, PA. In 2013 we hosted Mike Aquilina, in 2014 we hosted Scott Hahn, this May we hosted Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle and on August 29th at Immaculate COnception Church BVM we welcome Matt Leonard. As my spiritual director has said "Little New Oxford, PA the hub of evangelization in Adams County....who woulda thunk?" Come and experience what has b … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 342: St. John Chrysostom suggests bringing your neighbors to church

Bring your neighbors to churchWhy do our churches seem half-empty sometimes? Why are our neighbors stay­ing home from Mass? St. John Chrysostom warns us that the real blame is not with those who stayed away, but with us who went to church and didn’t bring our neighbors with us.It seems I did no good with the long harangue I addressed to you a while ago, hoping to rouse up your enthusiasm for the meetings here. Once again our church is destitute of her children. So once again I have to a … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 341: You are the soul of the world


You are the soul of the worldThe unknown author of this letter simply calls himself a “Mathetes,” a “dis­ciple.” Here he tells a pagan friend that Christians are like the soul of the world.To sum up: what the soul is to the body, that is what Christians are to the world.The soul is scattered through all the members of the body, and Christians are scattered through all the cities of the world.The soul lives in the body but is not part of the body; the Christians live in the world … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 340: St. John Chrysostom wants us to keep trying to spread the Good News

Keep trying to spread the Good News“You’re not getting through to them,” people might tell us. But persistence wins the day, says St. John Chrysostom. If everyone gave up after the first failure, how would the world go on?There are some who relax the zeal of others by derision and ridicule, saying, “Stop giving advice; leave off warning; they are not listening to you: you have no fellow-feeling with them.”Haven’t I persuaded them today? But I shall persuade, perhaps, tomorrow. Or ev … [Read more...]

CBB Giveaway – The Didache Bible


This week publisher Ignatius Press sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Didache Bible (you can read my review here). I use Rafflecopter to run my giveaways which makes it simple for you and me! Enter below. The contest starts at midnight tonight EST and will end 12AM EST 7/03 with a winner being announced later that day.  a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 339: St. Basil become famous for good deeds


Become famous for good deedsSt. Basil was a man who knew how to ask for a favor. In this letter he very gently appeals to a provincial governor’s love of reputation, suggesting that the surest way to earn wide fame is to be known for his good deeds.I am aware that your excellency is favorably receiving my letters, and I understand why. You love all that is good; you are ready in doing kindnesses. So whenever I give you the opportunity of showing your magnanimity, you are eager for my l … [Read more...]