The Clergy Speaks – Fr. Leo Patalinghug


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 Leo Patalinghug. Fr. Leo Patalin … [Read more...]

CBB Featured CD – Meet Your Mother: An Introduction to Mary

Meet you r mother

This week I am featuring this great title by Dr. Mark Miravalle,  Meet Your Mother: An Introduction to Mary.Click the cover image above  to purchase this talk or any other Lighthouse Catholic Media talks as either a CD or MP3 download.This was a great talk on our Blessed Mother. As a convert I found myself learning more than a few things on Catholic teaching on her role as Mother of Our Lord. This is one I recommend for s … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seventy-Seven: Hermas directs us to don’t doubt—just pray


Don’t doubt—just pray How can I pray to God when I’m such a miserable sinner? Don’t think like that, the visionary Hermas is told. If you get rid of your doubt and just pray, the Lord will answer your prayer. Get rid of all your doubt, and don’t hesitate to ask of the Lord. Don’t say to yourself, “How can I ask of the Lord and receive from him, when I’ve sinned so much against him?” Don’t think that way. With all your heart, turn to the Lord and ask of him without doubting. And then you wil … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Emily Stimpson


PETE: Your latest work The American Catholic Almanac is packed with 365 daily entries full of inspiring stories. How did you choose what to include and how long did this undoubtedly massive project take? EMILY STIMPSON: Honestly, the whole process was a bit like sausage making: terribly messy on the front end, but well worth it on the back end! Brian and I had a wonderful research assistant, Tom Crowe, who did yeoman’s work establishing the calendar. Tom started by assembling a list of the “ … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seventy-Six: St. Cyril says everything takes faith


Everything takes faith St. Cyril of Jerusalem tells us that faith is by no means an exclusively Chris­tian idea. It takes as much faith to plant a garden as it does to accept the Christian religion. We Christians are not the only ones for whom faith is very important. Everything that is accomplished in the world, even by those outside the Church, is accomplished by faith. By faith the laws of marriage bring together those who lived as strangers: because of the faith in marriage contracts, … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seventy-Five: St. Ambrose says cooperation is a law of nature


Cooperation is a law of nature Working for the common good is a law implanted in our very nature, says St. Ambrose. The example of our own bodies shows that doing anything to injure someone else injures the whole, and therefore eventually ourselves. Think, human, where your very name comes from—from the humus, the earth, which takes nothing from any one, but gives freely to all, and supplies varied produce for the use of all living things. Thus humanity is called a particular and innate v … [Read more...]