Church Fathers, Day 294: St. Jerome advises us to set aside old grudges

St. Jerome was known for his hot temper and for some reason—we don’t know why—had not been on speaking terms with his own aunt for a long time. Here he writes her a letter begging for a reconciliation, remembering that he will be judged if he cannot forgive his old grudges.The Apostle and evangelist John rightly says that “any one who hates his brother is a murderer” (1 John 3:15). For since hate often leads to murder, the one who hates, even if he hasn’t killed his victim yet, has murder in … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Auxiliary Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama

Auxiliary Bishop Luis Zarama

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 Auxiliary Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama of t … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 293: St. Ephrem warns us don’t rejoice when your enemies fall

Don’t rejoice when your enemies fallWhen someone who hates you is in trouble, says St. Ephrem the Syrian, you should be in pain and mourning. Otherwise you fall into secret sin—and there will come a time when all secret sins are laid bare.You must not slander anyone, or that person may call you “Satan.” Do you hate the name? Then do not go near the act. But if you love the act, do not be angry at the name.Count yourself rebuked first of all by the beasts and the birds. See how each … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 292: Asterius of Amasea says try window-shopping instead

Try window-shopping insteadIf you struggle with covetousness, Asterius of Amasea has some surprising but practical advice for you. Instead of accumulating everything, just enjoy the sights in the market without buying. It would be better to get rid of your cov­etousness altogether, but at least a little window-shopping won’t take anything away from anyone else.I beg you, if you are covetous, do not undergo these infinite hardships. For the covetous man who lives in luxury is deserving o … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day 291: St. John Cassian says to destroy covetousness before it destroys you

Destroy covetousness before it destroys youHow dangerous is covetousness? St. John Cassian answers that it was this sin that led Judas to betray the Lord.Would you like to know how dangerously and harmfully covetousness, unless it has been carefully eradicated, will shoot up for the destruction of its owner, and put forth all sorts of branches of different sins?Look at Judas, reckoned among the number of the Apostles, and see how, because he would not bruise the deadly head of this … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway: The Joyful Spirit of Padre Pio


This week publisher Servant Books sponsors the giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Joyful Spirit of Padre Pio: Stories, Letters, and Prayers (you can read my review of the book 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 5/14 with a winner being announced later that day.  a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]