Archive | September, 2010

Becoming little in order to be truly wise

Mass Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10 Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 Luke 10:21-24 Last December, Pope Benedict XVI offered Mass in Rome for Catholic theologians from around the world gathered for the meeting of the International Theological Commission.  His homily is one that all students of Sacred Scripture should take to heart, especially those of us who

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Behold, I make all things Newman!

Cardinal Newman has been raised to the altars! He was a brilliant patrologist. He served the Fathers as translator, historian, compiler, controversialist, poet, and even journalist. Reading in the Fathers of the Church, he came to desire the Church of the Fathers. May we all follow him in that, and more. Certain of his books

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Who is the Rich Man of Luke 16?

Very few of us can be numbered among the rich and the powerful who have the power to exploit the poor. So how are we to apply to our own lives the readings for the 25th and 26th S undays in Ordinary Time (Cycle C), which are so preoccupied with questions of social justice, wealth

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For Future Reference

If you’ve ever traveled in conservative evangelical or fundamentalist circles, you know the Scofield Reference Bible. It’s a hefty tome, and influential. And one could argue that this annotated edition of the Scriptures, first published in 1909, created modern fundamentalism. Its editor, C.I. Scofield, made his own theological opinions seem like the plain sense of

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Is Peter the Rock? (Part 3: Some Reasons I Think He Is)

As I explained in the last post in this series, Gundry has made the case that Jesus’ use of petros / petra was intended to highlight the fact that Peter was not the foundation but that the church would be built upon Jesus’ own words. While this reading may at first seem possible, a number

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Matthias Scheeben on the Mysteries of Christianity (Part 3)

“The fascination of mystery is so strong that almost all religious and social organizations that exercise or have exercised an inspiring and lasting influence on mankind have wrapped themselves up in the obscurity of mystery, and have even gloried in the mysteries which they were aware of, although they disdained Christianity because of its mysteries.

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