Year: 2013

“A Virgin Shall Conceive”: The Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Senior Fellow Michael Barber has made a close and careful reading of the Scriptures that the Church has chosen for this coming Sunday.  He unpacks the Emmanuel Prophecy in Isaiah 7 showing how it was read at the time and how the rabbis understood it before Matthew’s Gospel applied it to the virgin birth of …

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St. Ignatius, “God-Carrier”

Today is the memorial of St. Ignatius, bishop of Antioch at the end of the first century.  In this interview, Patristics scholar and St. Paul Center vice president, Mike Aquilina, discusses the life and legacy of this important early witness to the faith of the Apostles.  

A Radical Sabbatical

The word sabbatical comes from the biblical Sabbath — the seventh day of creation, when God rested from his labors. The Sabbath was, ever afterward, the weekly holy day when Israel imitated God by refraining from work. Last month I began a sabbatical year, a break from my ordinary labors at the university. But it’s …

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St. Jerome – Changing the World from a Cave

Join Matthew Leonard and Bible scholar Curtis Mitch as they discuss the great (though somewhat ill-tempered) St. Jerome. Learn how he transformed scripture study, his zero tolerance for dissent from the Church, how he lived out his famous maxim—“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”…and more.

My Summer Vocation

God made me for this purpose. That same thought occurs to me every year after the St. Paul Center’s exhausting, exhilarating Letter & Spirit Summer Institute. We just wrapped up our sixth annual gathering of doctoral candidates. It’s five intense days of fellowship, study, prayer, and discussion. But it’s become so much more than that. …

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