CBB Review: From Humdrum to Holy

Review by Julie AbellWith all the books I have been reading in order to review them for you, you would think I would have the topic of this book down, but From Humdrum to Holy: A Step-by-Step Guide to Living Like a Saint by Fr. Ed Broom had me doing even more thinking…and doing! It seems that no matter how much one learns about being a disciple of Christ the more there is to learn.  The material in this book is a combination of guidance that may be considered typical and guidance that pushes … [Read more...]

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CBB Review – Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy

Review by Julie AbellI hesitated to pick up this book and read it. The cover photo is of a beautiful young woman with a surgical patch over her right eye and with the title Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness to Joy, I assumed it was going to be an incredibly sad story. The authors, Simone Troisi and Cristiana Paccini, friends of Chiara, wrote this story and in the summary on the back cover did not hide the fact that Chiara did die from a tumor at a very young age but only after encountering … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Father Thomas Dailey

Fr. Dailey joined the faculty of DeSales University in 1988 and is a tenured Professor of Theology. Appointed in 2008 as the first Fr. Louis Brisson Chair in Salesian Spirituality, he is the senior ranking faculty member at the university. In 2000, he founded the Salesian Center for Faith and Culture, which he continues to direct. During his sabbatical in 2013-2014, he served as the inaugural John Cardinal Foley Chair in Homiletics & Social Communications at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Live Today Well

Review by Michele CraigFr. Thomas F. Daily, O.S.F.S (Oblate of St. Francis de Sales) has taken St. Francis de Sales’s classic The Devout Life and made it user friendly!  I began reading The Devout Life about two years ago and struggled to apply it to my everyday life, but Fr. Thomas has mastered that task beautifully in Live Today Well: St. Francis de Sales's Simple Approach to Holiness.To live well, Fr. Thomas explains: “...St. Francis de Sales considers the ordinary, everyday expe … [Read more...]

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CBB Review: Discover Your Next Mission From God

Review by Michele Craig“For our entire lives, we’ve been conditioned to make decisions based on what we want,  and it goes against our grain to relinquish control to anyone, even to God.  It seems as if to do so would require us to give up our freedom.  But the opposite is true:  we are most free and most human when we are squarely in God’s will.”“Perhaps we have messed up God’s plan for us.  It could be that God had a certain job in mind for us that would use our abilities and talents to … [Read more...]

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CBB Interview with Leila M. Lawler and David Clayton

Leila M. Lawler is a wife of one, mother of seven, and grandmother of four (and counting), living in central Massachusetts. She is a convert to Catholicism from nothing-ism with a brief, completely uninformed and unconvincing stop as a Moslem (now called Muslim but not when she made that stop, which was sometime in middle school). Leila practices "kitchen-sink philosophy" at “Like Mother, Like Daughter”, a website offering practical and theoretical insight into all aspects of daily lif … [Read more...]

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