CBB Interview with Fr. Dwight Longenecker

PETE: Slubgrip Instructs and your previous book Gargoyle Code clearly borrow a page from C.S. Lewis’ renowned classic The Screwtape Letters. How much has C.S. Lewis’ work influenced you in your conversion and your life as Catholic priest since?FR. DWIGHT LONGENECKER: I think C.S.Lewis’ greatest influence on my life is his ability and passion for communicating the faith in a way that is intriguing and entertaining. In so many of his books he is willing to cut through all the intellectual mumbo … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Marcellino D’Ambrosio

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PETE:  In your latest book 40 Days 40 Ways: A New Look at Lent you provide readers with 40 tasks they can do during Lent to make the period a time of spiritual growth. How difficult was it to come up with these forty activities? Did you struggle to get 40 or were you on the other side of the equation, having to pare it down to 40? MARCELLINO D'AMBROSIO:The difficult thing was to keep it to forty!  There are so many ways to pray, fast, and do good to others!  And so many ways to comb … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble

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PETE: The new evangelization is really about evangelizing the de-christianised. With that realization how can your new book The Prodigal You Love: Inviting Loved Ones Back to Church help? SR. THERESA NOBLE: Evangelizing a culture that is bored of Jesus is really difficult. Evangelizing friends and family who are bored of Jesus, or hostile to him, is even more difficult. When I first entered the convent, I worked in the Pauline Books and Media center in St. Louis. I … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Daniel P. Horan

PETE: As a Franciscan friar, a number of your books have an obvious Franciscan theme running through them. When you approached this book on Merton, were you always planning on highlighting the influence of Francis of Assisi on Thomas Merton? DANIEL P. HORAN: Yes, it was my intention to do precisely that – to highlight the Franciscan themes that ground and inform so much of Merton’s thought, writing, and personal life. I had the idea to write this book many years ago, but at the time … [Read more...]

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CBB interview with Kathleen Beckman

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PETE: What has been your inspiration behind the new book Praying for Priests: A Mission for the New Evangelization and apostolate of prayer for clergy and vocations?  KATHLEEN BECKMAN: The Congregation for the Clergy in Rome is the inspiration behind this mission of intercessory prayer for priests and spiritual motherhood. I was first made aware of the Holy See’s initiative in 2007 through Magnificat, A Ministry to Catholic Women. Since 1991, I have served in leadership of Ma … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Lisa Hendey

PETE: Your new book, Grace of Yes, seems to have become a banner holder for a saying yes to God movement. Why is having the grace of yes so important in our lives?LISA HENDEY: Thanks for inviting me into this conversation Pete.The more work that I do around The Grace of Yes, the more I realize that my “Yes” to God is at the heart of my existence. Giving myself fully to God’s will for my life fuels my work, my relationships, my intellectual pursuits and the way I view the world around me. … [Read more...]

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