CBB Interview with David Scott


PETE: What drew you to writing about Mother Teresa in your book The Love that Made Mother Teresa? DAVID SCOTT: To be honest, Mother Teresa never impressed me that much. I never paid much attention to her. If I did, I dismissed her as a kind a pious do-gooder. Like a lot of people, I “read” my way back to the Church. And the figure who brought me back was Dorothy Day. She had that radical conversion story, that deep interest in culture and this powerful vision of how to live our Catholic faith i … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Twenty: St. John Chrysostom and thanking God


Thank God for the wicked Why doesn’t God just get rid of the wicked now and let the righteous live in peace? Because, says St. John Chrysostom, the wicked are doing you a favor. By keeping you in spiritual shape, they do you a lot of good. And you can do them a lot of good, too. This is why God has left the wicked in the world: so that the good may shine the brighter. Do you see how great the gain is? But the gain is not owing to the wicked, but to the courage of the good. Trees tossed about … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Nineteen: St. John Chrysostom and mercy after the fall


Appreciate God’s mercy after the Fall Our sin is entirely our own fault, says St. John Chrysostom. But God loves us so much that he turns our disaster into an even greater good than before. Man threw away everything he had—his right to speak freely, his com­munion with God, his time in Paradise, his unclouded life—and went out naked, like a survivor from a shipwreck. But God received him and immediately clothed him, and taking him by the hand gradually led him to heaven. And yet the shipw … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Eighteen: St. Basil says everything is made for a reason

Remember that everything is made for a reason If creation is good, why are there poisonous plants? St. Basil reminds us not to suppose that our stomachs are the measure of everything. What is poisonous to eat may also be a vital medicine—which is as true now as it was then. In the rich treasures of creation, it is hard to select what is most pre­cious; the loss of what is omitted is too severe. “Let the earth bring forth grass;” and instantly, with useful plants, appear noxious plants; with c … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – The Love That Made Mother Teresa


This week Sophia Institute Press sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Love That Made Mother Teresa by David Scott (you can read the 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 8/15 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seventeen: St. Basil and the beauty of light


Praise God for the beauty of light Light was God’s first creation, and God saw that it was good. This goodness, says St. Basil, is a kind of absolute beauty—not the beauty of harmonious proportions, but the beauty of pure joy, much like the beauty of God. “And God saw that the light was good” (Genesis 1:4). How can we praise light enough, after the Creator himself has given testi­mony to its goodness? Even among us, the word “good” or “beautiful” (the words are the same in Greek) refers to … [Read more...]