CBB Interview with Mark Hart

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PETE:  You lead your book Behold the Mystery off with a general synopsis of its contents. In effect it was written to bring those bored by the Mass to a deeper understanding of what they are witnessing at Mass. This seems to be a problem that many people suffer from. What do you feel leads people to the state of boredom and dryness when it comes to the Mass?MARK HART: We live in a screen-based culture saturated with noise and images. All of us, regardless of age, are constantly bombarded … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Jimmy Akin

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PETE: I have asked this of other Patristic experts, most notably Mike Aquilina, so I would like your take on this one. What makes the Church Fathers so relevant today? JIMMY AKIN: They are the hinge that connects our age to the apostolic age. They are an indispensable link in the transmission of the Faith from the first century to today. They also provide key context needed to understand some of the material in Scripture. PETE: Your book The Fathers Know Best: Your Essential Guide to the … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Scott Hahn

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PETE: You are a prolific writer with a multitude of books published. This is a two part question. How do you decide on what you will write about and what led you to the topic of your latest book Angels and Saints?SCOTT HAHN: My problem is that I’m a compulsive reader about things that interest me — and I’m interested in so many things. Reading books makes me want to write books. I like to respond to what other authors are saying. I like to try different approaches to familiar topics. And I ha … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Ralph Martin

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PETE: The title of your book “The Urgency of the New Evangelization”, certainly puts a stake in the ground. For those who have yet to read the book, why the urgency?RALPH MARTIN: While we have been very good at emphasizing the mercy and love of God for many years now a certain indifference, even presumption, has crept into many minds and hearts, to the effect: since virtually everyone will be saved there is no real urgency to evangelize. Of course, this isn’t what Jesus or the Apostles teach … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Shane Kapler

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PETE: Your book Through, With and In Him: The Prayer Life of Jesus and How to Make It Our Own, brings into focus an often overlooked point, that Jesus was a practicing Jew. How does this influence us as Catholics?SHANE KAPLER: I don’t think it’s possible to overstate its influence. So much of our liturgy flows directly from the synagogue and Temple liturgy participated in by Jesus and the Apostles.  Jesus was adamant that He did not come to abolish the Law (which mandated the sacrifices that … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Father James Martin, SJ

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PETE: Your new book Jesus: A Pilgrimage for lack of better words is massive. How much time went into writing this book?FATHER JAMES MARTIN: In a sense, I’ve been working on it for 25 years—ever since I entered the Jesuit novitiate in 1988. It was then that I started to study and pray about Jesus in earnest. But the book itself took me about five years from start to finish. But every day I worked on it was a joy—truly!PETE: What research is required for a work of this magnitude?F … [Read more...]


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