Year: 2009

A Defining Moment

It seems almost too good to be true—a midsummer night’s dream. But I pinch myself, and I find that it’s really here. After several years of labor—intense collaboration with a team of my colleagues—The Catholic Bible Dictionary is now resting on my desk. It’s never long at rest, though, because I’m actually using it. I …

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Endings and Beginnings

This month, the Church brings the Year of St. Paul to a triumphant close, and I can’t help but feel a twinge of sadness at its passing. For us at the St. Paul Center, it has been a year of graces. If all we had to do was follow the teachings of Pope Benedict on …

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Inspiration and Interpretation

In a recent speech to the Pontifical Biblical Commission, Pope Benedict XVI addressed the importance of the divine authorship and inspiration of Sacred Scripture and how it is to be interpreted. First recalling the contributions of the Encyclicals “Providentissimus Deus” and “Divino Afflante Spiritu”, the Pope focuses primarily on Vatican II’s “Dei Verbum.” God is …

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Paul the Priest

The Church calls us from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18).  So we should not be surprised as the Year of St. Paul comes to a close, that Pope Benedict is preparing us for a “new year.” He has announced a Year of the Priest, which will run from June 19, 2009, to June 19, …

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Palms and Circumstance

Holy Week begins on a triumphal note.  We the disciples shout our hosannas, and we watch as the world praises our beloved Messiah. Everyone is at last giving Him — and His followers — the right kind of attention. This is probably the way most of us would have planned the culmination of Jesus’ ministry, …

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First Bible Study of 2009

In late February, our Bible study training team of Matt Leonard and Rob Corzine headed to the “Sooner State” of Oklahoma to equip folks in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City with Genesis to Jesus, the flagship study of the Center’s Journey Through Scripture series. Now trained and possessing all the materials to take this great …

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