Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Forty-Two: St. John Chrysostom tells us to train our tongues to serve righteousness

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Train your tongue to serve righteousness What we say can be as important as what we do. St. John Chrysostom reminds us that it’s up to us to decide whether we’ll use our tongues for good or for evil. First of all, we should train our tongues to be ministers of the grace of the Spirit, expelling from our mouths all hostility and ill will, and the habit of us­ing obscenities. We have the power to make each part of our bodies a tool of evil or of righteousness. So listen how some people make t … [Read more...]

CBB Review – Joy to the World

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The advent season is a period of waiting and anticipation. Unfortunately during that anticipation we can often become distracted and wrapped up in the secular meaning of the season. Fortunately there are a number of books we can read to get us back on track. One of those is the latest from Scott Hahn, Joy to the World: How Christ's Coming Changed Everything (and Still Does).Scott takes us on a mini-retreat to discover what the true meaning of Christmas is. He details the many people, places … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Forty-One: St. Ambrose advises us to be Christian in your conversation

Be Christian in your conversation The things we say even in casual conversation can have profound effects on the people we say them to. St. Ambrose advises us always to keep our conversation within the limits of friendly good taste, so that we never give anyone an occa­sion of sin. Speech is divided into two kinds: first, as it is used in friendly conversa­tion, and then in the treatment and discussion of matters of faith and justice. In either case we must take care that there is no i … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Bishop Dominic M. Luong

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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 Bishop Dominic M. Luong. Bishop Luong w … [Read more...]

CBB Featured CD – More Advent talks from Lighthouse

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It's week two of Advent. Take advantage of these great talks by Lighthouse Catholic Media. Here's what I plan on listening to this week ....how about you?Click the cover image above  to purchase this talk  as either a CD or MP3 download. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's books, tapes, homilies, retreats, and television series have inspired countless souls all over the world. This digitally-mastered presentation combines classic recordings of his timeless reflections on the meaning of the I … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Forty: St. Basil wants us to live and talk like a Christian

Live and talk like a Christian In his letter “On the Perfection of the Life of Solitaries,” St. Basil gives advice that applies not just to monks and nuns, but to every Christian. No matter what we do, it should be obvious that we’re Christians and that we take our com­mitment seriously. Inspired Scripture tells us many things that everyone who is eager to please God ought to do. But, for right now, I think I need only remind you of what I’ve learned from Scripture itself to address the quest … [Read more...]


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