Church Fathers, Day Ninety-Four: St. Augustine tell us to seek understanding with love

Seek understanding with love Writing to convert Manichean heretics, St. Augustine admits that he can’t make them understand Catholic truth. But if they seek the truth with real love, they’ll find it. In your case, we must try, not to make you understand divine things (which is impossible), but to make you want to understand. This is the work of the pure and artless love of God, which is seen mainly in what we do, and of which we have already said much. This love, inspired by the Holy Spirit, … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Seeking First the Kingdom


In today's hectic, secular world our relationship with God often takes a backseat. Likely there comes a point in everyone's spiritual journey Where they realize this relationship needs attention. Father John Bartunek has provided us with a book to aid in this relationship. That book is his latest, Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength.As Father Bartunek states part way through the book "Loving God with all your heart means … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Ninety-Three: St. Augustine tells us to drink from the fountain of love


Drink from the fountain of loveLike the Israelites, we are wandering in the desert as a training for the Promised Land. To keep us from dying of thirst, says St. Augustine, God has given us the fountain of love to drink from.To all the faithful who are seeking their own country, this world is as the desert was to the people of Israel. They were certainly wandering and seeking their own country, but with God as their guide they could not wander astray. Their way was God’s bidding.As … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Ninety-Two: St. Augustine tells us to find all the virtues in love

Find all the virtues in loveVirtue, says St. Augustine, is simply love in action. All the named virtues are different aspects of love, and perfect love for God produces perfect virtue.As far as virtue leading us to a happy life is concerned, I believe that virtue is nothing other than perfect love of God. I regard the fourfold division of virtue as taken from the four forms of love. I wish all felt the influence of those four virtues in their minds as much as they have their names in … [Read more...]

The Laity Speaks – Lisa Hendey


Welcome to “The Laity Speaks”, a new recurring feature here at The Catholic Book Blogger. This feature is the companion to “The Clergy Speaks” and takes us to the other side of the pulpit to hear prominent lay people's answer to the same question. 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 … [Read more...]

CBB Featured CD – More New Releases from Lighthouse

journey through advent

Lighthouse Catholic Media has just released three more brand new talks to CD and MP3 that I am featuring this week.Click the cover image above  to purchase this talk  as either a CD or MP3 download.Get the most out of Advent by following along with Fr. Robert Barron's homilies as he unpacks these profound scripture readings. The homilies presented on this CD will correspond to the Scriptures for Sunday Masses throughout Advent and Christmas 2014:Advent Week 1: Isaiah 63: 16-64:7, 1 C … [Read more...]