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...]

Church Fathers, Day One Twenty-Five: St. Basil says give your leisure to the Lord

Give your leisure to the Lord Making a humorous but still pointed apology for a long sermon, St. Basil tells his congregation that the longer he keeps them there, the longer they stay out of trouble. Unless your leisure is also filled with love of the Lord, it’s easy to fall into the pit of vice. I’m ashamed to see that my sermon has gone on longer than usual. If I consider the abundance of matters on which I have just discoursed to you, I feel that I am getting carried away; but when I ref … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twenty-Four: St. Basil wants us to learn the lesson of the bees

Learn the lesson of the bees St. Basil points to the bees as an example to all Christians. They work indus­triously with no complaints, their queen leads them by mildness (St. Basil calls it a king, but most of the rest of his entomology is surprisingly accurate), and if they sting they die. Some of these unreasoning creatures even have a government, if the feature of government is to make the activity of all the individuals serve one common end. This may be observed in bees. They have a … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twenty-Three: Tatian says be happy with enough, and you’ll get what you want

Be happy with enough, and you’ll get what you want The rich have many problems, says Tatian, and the poor have few. Be satisfied with a little, and you’ll find it much easier to get what you want. I don’t want to be a king. I’m not anxious to be rich. I decline military command. I detest fornication. No insatiable greed makes me go to sea. I don’t strive for chaplets; I have no mad thirst for fame. I despise death; I’m above every kind of disease. Grief does not consume my soul. If I’m a slav … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – Gay and Catholic


This week publisher Ave Maria Press sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith  (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 Friday 11/28 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Twenty-Two: St. Ambrose wants us to be satisfied with enough

Be satisfied with enough It’s easy to have more than enough to get by, says St. Ambrose. But lust and greed always want more. Control them, and you’ll find that you live in abundance. If you want to be rich, you must be poor. Then you will be rich in every­thing, if you are poor in spirit. It isn’t property that makes you rich, but the spirit. There are those who humble themselves in the midst of abundant riches, and they act rightly and prudently. For the law of nature is rich enough for e … [Read more...]