|How is Confidence a virtue? How does confidence in God’s promises increase your own confidence level? Why is confidence in faith so important? Confidence, at its most basic level, is hope in God. It is with confidence and hope in Jesus’ salvific action that we will one day be resurrected at the Second Coming of Christ, as promised in 1 Cor. 15:35-58. It is with confidence and hope in God’s promises that we place our trust in Him. Read more…
How often do you fail to practice diligence because the task is too hard and you just want to give up? How does practicing diligence get you anywhere? Read more…
Sorry that this is ridiculously late…to announce the Big Clicks Awards for September!
Here are the awesome Catholic posts that were linked up to the Monthly Link-Up Blitz…that received the MOST clicks!
1. Joy Alive in our Hearts for the post New Evangelizers: What Are You Waiting For?
2. Campfires and Cleats for the plea for help for Catholic Blogger Mary Lenaburg.
It’s not too late to pray or pay…to help this dear family! Over $10 000 has been raised (Wow!)…but $30 000 is needed as the family supports Courtney in her last days. Thank you to Chris for starting this initiative…and all the Catholic Bloggers who extended the plea on their own Catholic Blogs and social media.
Please continue to help get the word out and support the Lenaburgs with your prayers and donations!
3. Oh…and that’s me: Equipping Catholic Families for the post The Coolest Catechist’s Classroom
Don’t forget to link up your favorite Catholic posts in October!
The Catholic Bloggers Monthly Link-Up Blitz is up and running…albeit a little late, but that gives you the opportunity to get your post up their near the top!
Please click around on the other posts, and comment and promote your favorites! Good blogger etiquette is to promote TWO other blogger’s posts for every post of your own you promote on social media! Help us build up the Catholic Bloggers Network as an excellent venue for Catholic Bloggers!
Hello, everyone! I’m Jennifer from Catholic Inspired. My husband, Jonathan, and I will be interviewing one blogger each month here on CBN! We have decided to do these interviews in the order in which they have been given to us and so today, for our very first post, we are interviewing Pete Socks from “The Catholic Book Blogger”.
Interviewing Pete for our first interview is a bit odd because one of Pete’s weekly posts is an interview with a Catholic author! So we are amateurs compared to him!
Pete’s blog is a gold mine for any one searching for good books to read about the Catholic faith. Pete posts a review every Thursday, a giveaway of the reviewed book on Friday which runs for one week, and an interview with the author of the book the following Monday. In addition to that, he posts The Clergy Speaks columns on Tuesdays. He also posts an excerpt from the book A Year with the Church Fathers each day. This is done through the cooperation of author Mike Aquilina and publisher Saint Benedict Press. When time allows he posts a New and Notables column which features upcoming titles which he feels may be interesting. Additionally, on Mondays, he may feature a CD from Lighthouse Catholic Media through his role as LHCM Account Manager.
Whew! That’s one busy guy and so organized! Let’s start the interview and learn more about Pete, who he is, and what he’s been up to!
|Pete with Mike Aquilina
Be A Man by Father Larry Richards.
Men need this book. I needed this book. This book is the one that changed my
life. Had it not been for a close Deacon friend of mine lending me that book,
The Catholic Book Blogger may never have been. Here is my review of the book. You can also
find my sit down interview with Father Larry here.
One of the first books I reviewed was a short but
powerful book on the early church. Faith of Our Fathers: Why the Early
Christians Still Matter and Always Will by my good friend Mike Aquilina.
This book is a great primer on the early church. If you want to understand the
times we live in, read about the early church. You think we got problems, this
is nothing. Try being faced with a regime that openly killed you for practicing
your faith. Read the review here and interview with Mike here. Keep in mind this
was my first interview so you can see how my style has progressed between that
one and more recent ones.
Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the New
Evangelization by Scott Hahn is MUST read for anyone interested in
knowing what they need to do to be part of the New Evangelization. Scott lays
out what the New Evangelization is (evangelizing the de-christianized) and how
to go about doing it. A short but inspiring read and if you are looking for a new
book to start please start here. My review can be found here and interview
with Scott on this book here.
Not necessarily a book on
the faith but a great book on what someone deeply faithful can accomplish is
the book Camerado: I Give You My Hand. Maura Zagrans writes the story of
Father David Link, a widow who became a priest and has taken up the mission of
prison ministry. This book was an eye opener for me on prison life. Father
David’s story is incredible and what is even more incredible is his work. Read the review here and interview with Maura here.
The Light is On For You: The Life-Changing Power of
Cardinal Donald Wuerl is a much needed book on the sacrament of confession. As
confessional lines diminish in some parishes it is evident a reawakening is
needed. Cardinal Wuerl gives people a refresher on the sacrament in this book.
The book is based around the program of the same name he began in the
Archdiocese of Washington. You can read my review here and the
interview I did with the Cardinal here.
Lastly a few titles to mention that are on my review
pile that I am anxiously awaiting to get to. Seeking First the Kingdom: 30
Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength
by Fr. John Bartunek. When The Church was Young: Voices of the Early Church
Fathers by Marcellino D’Ambrosio. Praying for Priests: Mission for the New Evangelization by
Kathleen Beckman. My Battle Against Hilter by Dietrich Von Hildebrand.
And lastly Saints and Social Justice: A Guide to Changing the World by
Brandon Vogt. These are just a few of the many titles on the pile currently!
Jennifer and Jonathan have been married for 17 years and they have 9 children (ages 16 to 3), who they home-educate in Pennsylvania. Jennifer blogs about the faith and creative ways to share it at home and school at Catholic Inspired.
How can we win the good race without embracing diligence? Diligence is the driver for succeeding in acquiring all other virtues through practice, so that the desired virtues in question can become habits. What requires more perseverance of faith in your life? Read more…
What pivotal role does the overlooked virtue of diligence play in helping us get to Heaven? How is it aligned with the virtue of Faith? Diligence requires perseverance and organization to see a task through to the end. Have you ever tried to do too much, and as a result, nothing gets done well because you spread yourself too thin? Saint Francis de Sales gives us some great guidance in this matter. Read more…
Practicing faithfulness – Do you stand firm in your faith, or do you compromise at the expense of your faith? What is your trust factor in God? Practicing faithfulness, I will say up front, is easier said than done. To be faithful to God and to not give in to self-pride, fears and doubts, one must engage in persistent prayer, always asking for increased faith and trust in God. Read more…
Do you embrace faithfulness? Are you trusting of God? Do you “let go and let God”? Or do you let self-pride, doubts and fears enter your psyche? To embrace Faithfulness and be faithful to God, we need to ask for His guidance in all matters, an increase in faith, an increase in trust, and an unwavering loyalty to Him. Read more…