CBB Interview with Kevin Cotter


PETE: With multiple resources available to pool from, how difficult was it to select the specific subject matter for Through the Year with Pope Francis? KEVIN COTTER: One of the biggest challenges in writing the book was reading through so much material. The good news is that Pope Francis is a very punchy and systematic preacher who is relatable and understandable. This was all very helpful in selecting powerful and memorable quotes for a daily meditation book. As I’ve continued to tell people, … [Read more...]

CBB Interview with Father Donald Kinney


Bishop Patrick Ahern, author of Three Gifts of Thérèse of Lisieux: A Saint for Our Times, passed away on March 19, 2011. He served as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York from 1970 to 1994. He was widely regarded as one of the foremost experts on the spirituality of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Father Donald Kinney who personally knew Bishop Ahern and knows a good bit about Saint Thérèse himself. What follows is our exchange on Thérèse, Bishop A … [Read more...]

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...]