My Bookshelf: Six Discourses on Natural Calamities, Divine Threats, and the Four Gates of Hell by St. Alphonsus Liguori

Another book read during Adoration. The book is broken into six writings from one of the greatest saints of the Catholic Church. I know I've questioned and wondered why God would allow natural disasters that have people suffer, but St. Alphonsus Liguori breaks down the how and why God does.

It's well worth reading, here's a quick summary...

Saint Alphonsus Liguori, great Doctor of the Church, has written six of the most powerful discourses on how God uses natural calamities such as Floods, Storms, Droughts, Hurricanes, Tornadoes, Earthquakes, etc. to warn people to change their ways, rather than as punishments. He discusses how God threatens to chastise us in order to save us from chastisement; how sinners often refuse to believe in God's Divine Threats until the chastisements come upon them; how God is merciful for a season and then chastises; how external devotions are useless if we do not cleanse our souls from sin; how God chastises us in this life for our good, not for our destruction; and the four principal gates of Hell, which are Hatred, Blasphemy, Theft and Impurity. Included are quotes from Scripture on particular calamities that God uses to warn us to change our ways.

I found "External Devotions are Useless if we do not Cleanse our Souls from Sin" interesting and realized how important it is for us to take care of ourselves first. This is always something I struggle with, and I know I won't be of any use to my family or friends if I don't turn completely towards God. Hearing sermons or attending Mass alone isn't enough, you need to change inside yourself to avoid sin!

Buy the Kindle Edition at Amazon

Read it online at Catholic Tradition

St. Alphonsus Liguori, Pray for Us!

Excerpts from Pope's new book "Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week"

Inside the Vatican reports that three excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI's new book "Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week" have been released ahead of the official worldwide release date.

These are the only three sections of Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance Into Jerusaelm to the Resurrection, the title of the Pope's new book, that have been authorized for pre-release. The official worldwide release of the book will be on March 10 at the Vatican.

Check out the links below from Catholic Lane.

Chapter 3, Section 4: "The Mystery of the Betrayer"

Chapter 5, Section 1: "The Dating of the Last Supper

Chapter 7, Section 3: "Jesus Before Pilate

Late Night Reading: The Devil Knows Latin

Late Night Reading follows the books I read "late at night" since it's really the only time I have a chance to sit down and read! It will be referred to as "LNR" in future postings.

I borrowed this book from one of my friends and had a hard-time putting it down. The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition is written by E. Christian Kopff, a classicist at the University of Colorado. Kopff provides great thought-provoking chapters and strong arguments for bringing back the "classics" to help our children's education.

Here's an excerpt from Booklist...

"Contemporary Chronicles" contains profiles in classical courage drawn from academe and the movies; especially noteworthy are the sketch of classicist and Scottish nationalist Douglas Young and the considerations of The Godfather, the films of Clint Eastwood, and The Lion King as enactments of classical Greek ethical concepts. Kopff concludes with practical proposals for restoring Latin and Greek to elementary and secondary curricula and with guidance for adults who want to learn them. His clean and lively style throughout constitutes a very cogent arguing point for teaching the classical languages again: would that we all wrote this well.

I also enjoyed the story in the introduction explaining the title of the book.

The Devil Knows Latin at

Wow, April flew by!

April was a busy month and I just realized I never got a post in. I have been very busy at work and at home, so haven't had much chance to catch up on any of the extra stuff (like the family photo gallery).

Mary and I did get to see Scott Hahn in Traverse City last Saturday and he didn't disappoint. A great speaker and writer he really fires you up about the Catholic faith. If you get a chance to see him, don't miss it. I recently finished his book called The Lamb's Supper and we are going to try to start his Ignatius Catholic Study Bible series as well.

Uncle Doug celebrated his 52nd birthday on April 28th! He's doing well and loves the kids!

That's it for now, hope everyone is enjoying spring now that it's finally here!