Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Eight: St. Augustine tells us to make the right use of our worries


Make the right use of your worries We worry all the time, and with reason. Who can predict what will happen tomorrow? But we should remember our eternal destination, says St. Augustine. Everything we do in this life should ultimately be done with that in mind. Not even the saints and the faithful worshipers of the one true and most high God are safe from the many temptations and lies of the demons. But in this abode of weakness, and in these wicked days, this state of anxiety also has its … [Read more...]

CBB Review: The Ignatius Pew Missal


Lighthouse Catholic Media and Ignatius Press have teamed up to bring us The Ignatius Pew Missal. The Missal is produced a complete annual volume coming in at 525 pages. You might be asking yourself, Why do we need another missal? I will let the publisher answer that question before I get into the rest of my review: Its purpose is simple: to provide worshipers with a liturgical resource that is consistent with the directives of the Church and accessible to the average parishioner, especially in … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Seven: St. John Chrysostom advises us to let difficulties be our teachers


Let difficulties be your teachers The expulsion from Paradise was a bad thing. Yet look what good came of it, says St. John Chrysostom. The troubles of life after the Fall turned Eve’s mind back to God. Learn from the mother of Cain what a good result came from the expulsion from Paradise. Compare what Eve was before that to what she became afterward. Before the expulsion, she thought that the lying devil, that wicked demon, was more worth believing than the commandments of God. At the m … [Read more...]

Church Fathers, Day One Hundred Six: St. John Cassian wants us to cultivate patience and be at peace


Cultivate patience and be at peace If you cultivate patience, says St. John Cassian, you will be at peace not only with other people, but also with animals and even the inanimate objects that used to frustrate you. God, the creator of all things, considers the amendment of his own work above everything else. Because the roots and causes of our falls are found not in others, but in ourselves, he commands that we should not give up intercourse with our brethren, nor avoid those who we think … [Read more...]

The Laity Speaks – Raymond Arroyo


Welcome back to “The Laity Speaks”, a 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. T … [Read more...]

CBB Featured CD – More Recommended Titles for Fall


Here are some more wonderful talks from Lighthouse Catholic Media. Click the cover image above to purchase this talk as either a CD or MP3.Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI considered Moral Relativism to be the most dangerous dictatorship existing in the world today. in this presentation, Chris Stefanick debunks the powerful and epidemic myth of relativism with honesty, relevance, humor, and logical validity, offering a much-needed perspective on the current status quo of morality.Click the … [Read more...]