Church Fathers, Day Seventy-Nine: Aphrahat advises us to build your faith on the Stone

Build your faith on the Stone A mighty building, says Aphrahat, depends on its foundation stones. If we build the structure of our faith on Christ the true Stone, that structure cannot be shaken. Faith is made up of many things, and by many kinds is it brought to per­fection. It is like a building that is built up of many pieces of workmanship, and so its structure rises to the top. And know, dear friends, that stones are laid in the foundation of the building, and so resting on stones the … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seventy-Eight: Aphrahat wants us feel the power of faith

Feel the power of faith Running at a gallop through salvation history, Aphrahat tells us that all the great things we read about in the Bible were accomplished by faith. Let us draw near then, dear friends, to faith, since its powers are so many. For faith raised Enoch up to the heavens and conquered the Flood. It caused the barren to bring forth. It delivered from the sword. It raised up from the pit. It enriched the poor. It released the captives. It delivered the persecuted. It brought … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Fr. Leo Patalinghug

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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 Father Leo Patalinghug. Fr. Leo Patalin … [Read more...]

CBB Featured CD – Meet Your Mother: An Introduction to Mary

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This week I am featuring this great title by Dr. Mark Miravalle,  Meet Your Mother: An Introduction to Mary.Click the cover image above  to purchase this talk or any other Lighthouse Catholic Media talks as either a CD or MP3 download.This was a great talk on our Blessed Mother. As a convert I found myself learning more than a few things on Catholic teaching on her role as Mother of Our Lord. This is one I recommend for s … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seventy-Seven: Hermas directs us to don’t doubt—just pray

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Don’t doubt—just pray How can I pray to God when I’m such a miserable sinner? Don’t think like that, the visionary Hermas is told. If you get rid of your doubt and just pray, the Lord will answer your prayer. Get rid of all your doubt, and don’t hesitate to ask of the Lord. Don’t say to yourself, “How can I ask of the Lord and receive from him, when I’ve sinned so much against him?” Don’t think that way. With all your heart, turn to the Lord and ask of him without doubting. And then you wil … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Emily Stimpson

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PETE: Your latest work The American Catholic Almanac is packed with 365 daily entries full of inspiring stories. How did you choose what to include and how long did this undoubtedly massive project take? EMILY STIMPSON: Honestly, the whole process was a bit like sausage making: terribly messy on the front end, but well worth it on the back end! Brian and I had a wonderful research assistant, Tom Crowe, who did yeoman’s work establishing the calendar. Tom started by assembling a list of the “ … [Read more...]


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