The Clergy Speaks – Father Scott Hurd

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 Scott Hurd.Reverend R. Scott … [Read more...]

CBB Featured CD – New Releases from Lighthouse


Click the cover image above  to purchase this talk  as either a CD or MP3 download.Do you struggle with living your faith at work? Is holiness possible? Does being ethical help or hurt the profitability of a business? These are just some of the questions Matthew Kelly answers in this presentation which was made to the Catholic Business and Ethics Conference.Click the cover image above  to purchase this talk  as either a CD or MP3 download.Dr. Timothy Gray is the president of the A … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 175: St. Basil wants us to take our examples from Scripture

Take your examples from Scripture Scripture, St. Basil tells us, gives us an example for every occasion. When we want to learn how to live a good life, we should turn back to the great examples we find in the Bible. Studying inspired Scripture is the most important way of finding out what we should do. There we find both instructions for our conduct and the lives of blessed men, given to us in writing as living examples of godly life, so that we can imitate their good deeds. Whatever is … [Read more...]

CBB interview with Kathleen Beckman


PETE: What has been your inspiration behind the new book Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization and apostolate of prayer for clergy and vocations?  KATHLEEN BECKMAN: The Congregation for the Clergy in Rome is the inspiration behind this mission of intercessory prayer for priests and spiritual motherhood. I was first made aware of the Holy See’s initiative in 2007 through Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women. Since 1991, I have served in leadership of Ma … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 174: St. Jerome advises us to find our defense against temptation in Scripture


Find your defense against temptation in Scripture St. Jerome writes to one of his friends about a mutual friend, Bonosus, who has become a hermit on a remote island. The devil will tempt him, says St. Jerome, but Christ will defend him from those temptations. What nets do you think the devil is weaving for him now? What tricks does he have up his sleeve? Perhaps, remembering his old trick, he’ll try to tempt Bonosus with hunger. But he has been answered already: “Man shall not live by bre … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 173: St. Jerome tells us reading Scripture is a foretaste of heaven


Reading Scripture is a foretaste of heaven Writing to the bishop Paulinus, St. Jerome tells him that he should love nothing better than reading and meditating on Scripture. I beg you, dear brother, to live among these books—to meditate on them—to know nothing else, to look for nothing else. Don’t you think a life like that seems like a foretaste of heaven here on earth? Don’t let the simplicity of Scripture or its simple vocabulary put you off. These things are either the fault of the trans … [Read more...]