Church Fathers, Day Eighteen: St. Basil says everything is made for a reason

Remember that everything is made for a reason If creation is good, why are there poisonous plants? St. Basil reminds us not to suppose that our stomachs are the measure of everything. What is poisonous to eat may also be a vital medicine—which is as true now as it was then. In the rich treasures of creation, it is hard to select what is most pre­cious; the loss of what is omitted is too severe. “Let the earth bring forth grass;” and instantly, with useful plants, appear noxious plants; with c … [Read more...]

Weekly Giveaway – The Love That Made Mother Teresa


This week Sophia Institute Press sponsors the CBB giveaway. One lucky winner will receive one copy of The Love That Made Mother Teresa by David Scott (you can read the 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 8/15 with a winner being announced later that day. Good Luck!a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Seventeen: St. Basil and the beauty of light


Praise God for the beauty of light Light was God’s first creation, and God saw that it was good. This goodness, says St. Basil, is a kind of absolute beauty—not the beauty of harmonious proportions, but the beauty of pure joy, much like the beauty of God. “And God saw that the light was good” (Genesis 1:4). How can we praise light enough, after the Creator himself has given testi­mony to its goodness? Even among us, the word “good” or “beautiful” (the words are the same in Greek) refers to … [Read more...]

CBB Review – The Love That Made Mother Teresa


In his book The Love That Made Mother Teresa: How Her Secret Visions and Dark Nights Can Help You Conquer the Slums of Your Heart, David Scott looks at the life of this Blessed in light of Scripture. By referencing Scripture passages such as Matthew Chapter 25 he shows how Mother Teresa's work brought the plight of the poor into public awareness. David also shares a few little known stories about her that paint a more complete picture of the struggles and thought of this modern day saint. In … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day Sixteen: Origen and use of reason


Believe, then use your reason The pagan philosopher Celsus wrote a tract accusing the Christians of hating reason. Not at all, says Origen (himself a careful and logical thinker). But not everyone can be a philosopher. That simple people should be saved is the most important thing, but Christian philosophers investigate their faith thoroughly. He goes on to tell us that, in taking up opinions, we should follow logic and a logical system, since people who assent to opinions without following … [Read more...]

The Clergy Speaks – Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades

Welcome to what I call “The Clergy Speaks”, a new 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.The first installment is from Bishop Kevin C. … [Read more...]