Church Fathers, Day Ninety-One: St. Augustine tells us to let love lead your mind back to God

Let love lead your mind back to GodThe mind that strays from God is miserable, says St. Augustine. Only love can lead the mind back to God, and to a real understanding of man’s place as a created being.The further the mind goes from God—not in space, but in affection and lust after things below him—the more it is filled with foolishness and misery. So by love it returns to God—a love that places it not beside God, but under him. And the more ardor and eagerness there is in this return, … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Brian Kennelly


PETE: What inspired you to wrIte your novel about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati?BRIAN KENNELLY: I hate to admit I actually didn’t know a thing about Pier Giorgio. My publisher, who did my first novel, Two Statues, called me and said they were thinking of doing a series of novels on modern saints. They asked if I wanted to write on Pier Giorgio.   I wasn’t familiar with him so I ordered about 5 books and got to reading. I read about 10 pages of the first book on him and called them back and sa … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Ninety: St. Cyril of Jerusalem compares thoughts to sin

Thoughts of sin are seeds of sinA little weed, says St. Cyril of Jerusalem, can eventually break a rock apart with its roots. If you let in thoughts of sin, the sins themselves will follow.Now, someone might say, “What can sin be? Is it a living thing? An an­gel? A demon? What is this thing working inside us?”It is not an enemy that attacks you from outside, but an evil shoot growing up from inside yourself. “Let your eyes look directly forward” (Proverbs 4:25), and there is no lust … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Eighty-Nine: St. John Cassian tell us to learn how to control your thoughts

Learn how to control your thoughts St. John Cassian recalls the wise words of an Egyptian abbot named Moses. You can’t always help it when evil thoughts pop up in your mind, Moses said, but you always have the power to accept or reject them. It is impossible for the mind not to be approached by thoughts, but it is in the power of everyone who is earnest either to admit them or to reject them. Even though their rising up does not entirely depend on ourselves, rejecting or admitting them lies i … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Eighty-Eight: Pseudo-Dionysius says the errors of others don’t make you right


The errors of others don’t make you right So you’ve proved that someone else’s opinion is wrong. Well, that doesn’t mean you’re right, says our author (writing under the name of Dionysius, a character in the New Testament). You could both be wrong. There are many falsehoods but only one truth. Do not imagine that it is a victory, holy Sopatros, to have denounced a devotion, or an opinion, that apparently is not good. Even if you have denounced it accurately, that does not mean that the teachi … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – To The Heights


This week publisher Saint Benedict Press sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of To The Heights: A Novel Based on the Life of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati by Brian Kennelly (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 10/24 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]