Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Fourteen: St. John Cassian tells us to love virtue for its own sake

Love virtue for its own sake The Syrian abbot Chaeremon, as St. John Cassian remembers, explained that it’s far better to avoid sin from love of virtue than from fear of punishment. The one who loves virtue is constant; the one who fears punishment goes back to sin as soon as the fear is removed. There is a great difference between one who puts out the inner fire of sin by fear of hell or hope of future reward, and one who from the feeling of divine love has a horror of sin itself and of u … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Thirteen: St. Augustine tells us to trust God to bring good even from the wicked

Trust God to bring good even from the wicked The devil stirs up heretics to attack the Church, says St. Augustine, but God turns those attacks into good. When we Christians are attacked, we have the opportunity to exercise our Christian virtue. But the devil, seeing that the temples of the demons are deserted, and humanity is running to the name of the liberating Mediator, has incited the her­etics to resist the Christian teaching while keeping the Christian name. Even so, by their … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Bishop Edward J. Burns


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 Bishop Edward J. Burns from the Diocese … [Read more...]

CBB Featured CD – New Release: Understanding the Crusades

This week I invite you to check out the newest release from Lighthouse Catholic Media.Click the cover image above to purchase this talk as either a CD or MP3. Dr. Thomas Madden is a professor of History at St. Louis University and has appeared in such venues as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and The History Channel.In this eye-opening presentation, Dr. Madden debunks popular myths surrounding the crusades and shows us how the different misconceptions … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twelve: St. Augustine advises us to never despair of God’s help


Never despair of God’s help When barbarians sacked Rome in the year 410, some pagans argued that the Christian God had been no help to his followers. St. Augustine says that no one can take a Christian anyplace where God’s help won’t follow. But (they say) many Christians were even taken away as captives. Yes, this would certainly be a pitiable fate, if they could be taken away to some place where they could not find their God. But sacred Scripture gives us great consolation for this cala … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Spiritual Warfare Rosary


Admittedly this is a bit of departure from my norm, but I received an item I just HAD to share with you, my readers.Two years ago I had the pleasure of attending a retreat at a local parish here in Hanover, PA. The retreat leader that day was Father Mich Pacwa. His talks were great and focused on our modern secular world and how to combat the notions it tries to force on God following individuals. At one point Father Pacwa was discussing the rosary and spiritual warfate. He reached into his … [Read more...]