Church Fathers, Day Sixty-Eight: St. John Chrysostom tells us to rely on what no one can take away

Rely on what no one can take away Expensive tack doesn’t make a good horse, says St. John Chrysostom. Likewise, wealth, health, and reputation don’t make a good man. All these things can be taken away, but nothing can take away real virtue. What is the virtue of a horse? Is it to have a bridle studded with gold and straps to match, and a silk band to fasten the housing, and colorful clothes embroi­dered with gold thread, and headgear studded with jewels, and hair braided with gold cord? Or is … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Sixty-Seven: St. Basil advises us to follow the promptings of nature

Follow the promptings of nature Moral law is natural, says St. Basil. No one needs to teach it to us; we already know what’s right and wrong. When we violate the basic principles of morality, we not only go against God, we go against the nature he created in us. We shall not be able to say in self-justification that we have learned useful knowledge in books, since the untaught law of nature makes us choose that which is advantageous to us. Do you know what good you ought to do your n … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – My Sisters the Saints


This week publisher Image Catholic Books sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of  the new paperback edition of My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell (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 Friday 10/03 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Sixty-Six: St. Augustine says recognize the good emotions

Recognize the good emotions A good Christian is not insensibly tranquil, says St. Augustine. Even in heaven, we will know joy and love; here on earth, we also know sadness and compas­sion. To be without those emotions would be to be less than human. Since we must live a good life in order to gain a blessed life, a good life gets all the emotions right, and a bad life gets them wrong. But in the blessed life eternal there will be love and joy—not only right, but assured— but no fear and grie … [Read more...]

CBB Review – My Sisters the Saints a dual review


This week brings a unique review here at The Catholic Book Blogger. We were asked by Image Books to review My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir by Colleen Carroll Campbell for its new release in paperback. I had reviewed this book early last year upon its initial release. This time my wife Laura provides her review and I have mine, a dual review of this book from a female perspective and a male perspective. Enjoy.LAURA’S REVIEW:Our struggles in life sometimes have us feeling that we … [Read more...]

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


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...]