CBB Interview with Daniel P. Horan

PETE: As a Franciscan friar, a number of your books have an obvious Franciscan theme running through them. When you approached this book on Merton, were you always planning on highlighting the influence of Francis of Assisi on Thomas Merton? DANIEL P. HORAN: Yes, it was my intention to do precisely that – to highlight the Franciscan themes that ground and inform so much of Merton’s thought, writing, and personal life. I had the idea to write this book many years ago, but at the time … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 195: St. Irenaeus tells us to eat from the right fruit

Eat from the right fruit St. Irenaeus of Lyons warns us against people who claim to know what they can’t possibly know. Listen to the teaching of the Church, and ignore those who claim to know better. The Church has been planted in this world like a Garden of Eden. Thus the Spirit of God says, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden” (Genesis 2:16)—that is, “Eat from every Scripture of the Lord, but you must not eat with a proud mind, or touch any heretical discord.” For these men c … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 194: St. Jerome says submit to the teaching of the Church

Submit to the teaching of the Church The book of Tobit is one of the Old Testament books left out of the Jewish canon; yet although St. Jerome tended to agree with the Jews, he believed it was more important to submit to the decision of the bishops, as he says here in a letter accompanying his translation of the book. One man can’t set Church doctrine aside, no matter how smart he is. Jerome, to Cromatius and Heliodorus, bishops in the Lord: Salutations. I never cease to wonder at how c … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 193: St. Ignatius of Antioch tells us to love unity, avoid divisions


Love unity, avoid divisions St. Ignatius of Antioch tells the church in Magnesia, which had suffered from divisive politics, that God is not to be found in strife and division. When I was with you, I shouted, I spoke with a loud voice, “Listen to the bishop, and to the priests and deacons.” Some suspected that I said this because I had inside information beforehand about the division caused by some among you. But he for whose sake I am in captivity is my witness that I had no informa­tion fro … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton


This week publisher Image Books sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Inspiration of His Life, Thought, and Writing by Daniel P. Horan (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 2/06 with a winner being announced later that day. Good luck! a Rafflecopter g … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 192: St. Vincent of Lerins directs us to follow this rule: universality, antiquity, consen


Follow this rule: universality, antiquity, consent How do we know what belief is truly Catholic? St. Vincent of Lerins gives us a simple rule to tell us when we’re safely within the bounds of Catholic truth. In the Catholic Church itself, moreover, we must take all possible care to hold that faith that has been believed in all places, at all times, by all. What is truly and in the strictest sense “Catholic” is—as the name itself and the reason for it tell us—what takes in all universally. W … [Read more...]