CBB Interview with Father Scott Hurd


PETE: What was the inspiration behind your book When Faith Feels Fragile: Help for the Wary, Weak, and Wandering?FATHER SCOTT HURD: Faith can be a struggle. It has been a struggle for me at times, and many friends and parishioners have shared their own struggles with me. My hope when writing When Faith Feels Fragile was to identify these struggles, encourage those who have them, and offer practical (even fun!) ways to work through them. Doubts and faith struggles aren’t necessarily bad t … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Vinny Flynn


PETE: In your book 21 Ways to Worship: A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration, you lay out some great tips for Eucharistic Adoration. What inspired you to write about this particular topic?VINNY FLYNN: Actually, it’s a pretty funny story. 21 Ways was a “surprise from the Lord,” a reminder to me that He’s in charge, and that His agenda doesn’t always coincide with mine. I had no intention of writing this book. It wasn’t even on my radar screen. I was busy trying to finish the second book in my 7 Sec … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Thomas Craughwell


PETE: What prompted you to write about perhaps the most contested relics in Church history, St. Peter's bones?THOMAS CRAUGHWELL: I became especially interested in the story of the rediscovery of St. Peter’s relics after a 2006 visit to Rome when I toured the Scavi, the excavations below St. Peter’s Basilica, where the tomb of St. Peter was found in 1942. Through a glass door, I could see inside the tomb and see his bones—it was an unforgettable experience and, led me to write this book. … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Msgr. Peter Vaghi


PETE: A very important facit of the New Evangelization is the evangelization of the person themselves. How important do you think that is?MSGR. PETER VAGHI: In an increasingly digital age, an age defined by the social media, it is so easy to forget that being a Christian is an “encounter” with a person, an encounter which continually changes our lives. That Person has a name. It is Jesus. He is risen and lives within us. A true evangelizer is one who shares the rich and beautiful life of Jes … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Michael Novak


PETE: In your latest book Writing from Left to Right you detail your personal experiences with some of the most important people and events in the past few decades. What thoughts came to mind as you wrote this book and pondered this?MICHAEL NOVAK: My daughter Jana, the writer, urged me some years back, as my 80th birthday lay not too far ahead, that I should begin writing down a lot of the things that only I knew, about the episodes and adventures of my life. She even promised me that she … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Paul Thigpen


PETE: How difficult is it to compile 365 entries for a devotional book like A Year With the Saints? This would include the saints you chose and the topics for the meditations themselves.PAUL THIGPEN: My field of scholarship is historical theology, so nearly all the texts from which the readings were selected were in my private library. The great challenge, then, wasn’t how to find the sources; the great challenge was how to decide which sources couldn’t be included!My final choice of the … [Read more...]