CBB Review: RISEN

Risen is an epic film that is a pure joy to watch. From the stunning visuals of Jerusalem to the countryside journey to Galilee the producers of this film put great effort in creating visually accurate sets. The visuals were not as important as the story and after watching the film I can attest that the story is solid, believable and well written.The movie picks up immediately after the resurrection of Christ. Roman tribune Clavius is summoned by Pontius Pilate. As the movie unfolds you … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: The Little Oratory: A Beginner’s Guide to Praying in the Home

Review by Michele CraigThe peace and wonder and awe of the presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament.... ooooohhh.  The beauty of a Basilica, an exquisite piece of religious art, or an icon revealing the glory of God....aaaaahhh.  If only we could bring that peace, wonder, awe and beauty home with us.......We can!  The Little Oratory: A Beginner's Guide to Praying in the Home by David Clayton & Leila Marie Lawler with illustrations by Deidre M. Folley (Leila’s daughter)show us how!  … [Read more...]

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Call on Jesus and Mary at death, Mary: Day 308

Call on Jesus and Mary at death St. Alphonsus encourages us to turn with confidence to Jesus and Mary in the hour of our death.Richard of Saint Lawrence affirms that “the devout invocation of the sweet and holy name of Mary leads to the reception of superabundant graces in this life, and a very high degree of glory in the next.” “If then, brothers,” con- cludes Thomas à Kempis, “you desire consolation in every labor, turn to Mary. Invoke the name of Mary, honor Mary, entrust yourselves to Ma … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Maria Johnson

Maria Morera Johnson is a CatholicMom.com blogger and cohost of SQPN’s Catholic Weekend. She is a composition and literature professor and director of English learning support at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, working with non-traditional students in innovative success initiatives. She has received a number of awards for teaching.She speaks on behalf of and consults with several organizations, including St. Vincent de Paul (Vincentians). Johnson helped organize the Catholic New Media Con … [Read more...]

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Now and at the hour of our death, Mary: Day 307

Now and at the hour of our death St. Alphonsus illuminates the last phrase of the Hail Mary.“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity,” says the Book of Proverbs (17:17). We can never know our friends and relations in the time of prosperity; it is only in the time of adversity that we see them in their true colors. People of the world never abandon a friend as long as he is in prosperity; but should misfortunes overtake him, and more particularly should he be at the p … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Elizabeth Scalia

Elizabeth Scalia is a Benedictine Oblate and Editor-in-Chief of the English edition of Aleteia. She is a known by her blog The Anchoress. She is also a columnist at First Things and for The Catholic Answer. Scalia was a featured speaker at the Vatican’s much-noted 2011 meeting with bloggers from around the world and has a multi-media presence that includes contributions to NPR and CBS News Online, and a stint as a regular panelist on the Brooklyn-diocese-produced current events program, In the Ar … [Read more...]

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