Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twenty-Eight: St. Basil tells us work for the Kingdom is never wasted

Work for the Kingdom is never wasted When we work, says St. Basil, we do it for the sake of the good things that will come from our work. But only work for holiness and truth can never disappoint us, because it always leads to the good things we hope for. Toil in the field is no novelty to farmers. Sailors are not surprised to run into a storm at sea. The hired hand expects to sweat in the summer heat. And to those who live a holy life, the troubles of this world can hardly be unexpected. … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twenty-Seven: St. Gregory the Great says trust God’s promises, and take what comes

Trust God’s promises, and take what comes When Jesus was transfigured, says St. Gregory the Great, Peter wanted to live in that glory forever. But the time was not right. We have work to do here before we can live in glory with Jesus forever. The Apostle Peter was excited by the revelation of these mysteries. He despised what was mundane and scorned what was earthly, and he was filled with a sort of frenzied craving for what was eternal. Filled with rapture at the whole vision, he wanted to m … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Deacon Greg Kandra


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 Deacon Greg Kandra who serves the Dioces … [Read more...]

CBB Featured CDs for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is upon us. What better way to reflect on this season of thanks than listening to a talk or to geared toward this subject. Here are my picks for the week that I will be listening about you?Click the cover image above to purchase this talk as either a CD or MP3.Dr. Scott Hahn explains the essential teachings from God's Word regarding the theology and practice of Catholic family life based on the image of the Blessed Trinity, demonstrating that God's Word is all … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Twenty-Six: St. Leo the Great says be pleased with what pleases God


Be pleased with what pleases God God knows more than we do, and sometimes hard times may do us as much good as good times. St. Leo the Great reminds us to be thankful for both, and let the uncertainty of life teach us spiritual constancy. God wants us to be good, because he is good. So none of God’s judg­ments should displease us. For if we don’t give him thanks in all things, what are we doing but blaming him to some extent? Let whatever pleases God please us, too. Let us rejoice in what … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Eve Tushnet


PETE: How difficult was it for you to write Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith and be so open about your story and struggles?EVE TUSHNET: I didn't really have a choice. I'd tried several times to write a version of this book, but I always stalled out, I think largely because I was still drinking and wasn't able to be honest about my alcoholism. I didn't want to write about that, but the book rang very false to me without it--it was shallow and coy. … [Read more...]