Archive | May, 2012

A New Wind: Reflections on Pentecost Sunday

Readings: Acts 2:1-11 Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34 1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13 John 20:19-23 The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history. The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God’s chosen people, in the covenant Law given

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First copy of Nehemiah found in unpublished Dead Sea Scrolls!

Exciting news! Anyone familiar with the Dead Sea Scrolls can tell you that portions of nearly every book in the Hebrew Bible are represented in these ancient texts discovered in caves near the Dead Sea. The only exceptions were the Book of Esther and the Book of Nehemiah; scholars assumed the latter had been written

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Hearing the Call: Reflections on the Ascension of the Lord

Readings: Acts 1:1-11 Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 Eph 1:17-23 Mk 16:15-20 In today’s first reading, St. Luke gives the surprising news that there is more of the story to be told. The story did not end with the empty tomb, or with Jesus’ appearances to the Apostles over the course of forty days. Jesus’ saving

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Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization

Honored & humbled to receive the “Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization” here at FUS: STEUBENVILLE, OH—Recognizing him as a singular gift to the Catholic Church, Franciscan University of Steubenville awarded the Father Michael Scanlan, TOR, Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization to world-renowned Scripture scholar, theologian, author,

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The Dead Sea Scrolls

Continuing the series on the text of the Bible: ***  Of great interest to textual scholars are the Dead Sea Scrolls, the remains of an Essene library found in caves at the north-west end of the Dead Sea in the late 1940s at a site called Qumran. The scrolls provide our oldest copies of any

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“To the Ends of the Earth”

Now that the jet-lag is a fading memory and I’m no longer a nocturnal creature haunting the halls of my house, I thought I’d briefly share with you about my recent trip to New Zealand. First of all, I don’t know how anyone can live in a place of such natural beauty and not know

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Bride and Joy

“There was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there” (John 2:1). It’s May, Mary’s month, and the month when I am “giving away” my daughter in marriage. It’s hard for a dad, especially the dad of such a daughter, because I know no one deserves her. But Ben comes

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On the Vine: Reflections on the Fifth Sunday of Easter

Readings: Acts 9:26-31 Psalm 22:26-28, 30-32 1 John 3:18-24 John 15:1-8 In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that He is the true vine that God intended Israel to be—the source of divine life and wisdom for the nations (see Sirach 24:17-24). In baptism, each of us was joined to Him by the Holy Spirit. As

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Father of Orthodoxy, St. Athanasius

Today’s the feast of St. Athanasius, the Father of Orthodoxy, the man who stared the world down when it awoke to find itself Arian. In his own lifetime, Athanasius was known as the Father of Orthodoxy. Get to know this guy, and you’ll always stay on the straight and narrow. Listen Here! Audio File

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