Archive | February, 2014

Franciscan University Presents: “Consuming the Word” on EWTN

When we use the term “New Testament,” we usually just mean the last twenty-seven books of the Holy Bible, the ones written by the Apostles and their companions in the first century.  But that’s not what the term meant from the beginning.  Long before those books were even written, Jesus used that phrase to refer

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Thomas Aquinas on John 6:53 (“the flesh is of no avail”)

The Bread of Life discourse in John 6 has Jesus emphasize over and over again that it is necessary for believers to “eat his flesh” and “drink his blood”. Is this passage about the Eucharist? There are good reasons for thinking so. First, the imagery of “eating” Jesus’ “flesh” and “drinking” his “blood” seems closely

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The Tolerance of Paganism

David Bentley Hart, in Atheist Delusions, writes about the kind of religious culture early Christians left behind when they accepted baptism:   “Quite apart from their more revolting ritual observances, however, the religions of the empire were— to a very great degree— contemptible principally for what they did not do, and what in fact they never

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Loving Your Enemies: John Bergsma Examines the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Sunday’s Readings include some of the best known—and hardest to practice—passages from the Gospel, including Jesus famous command to “turn the other cheek.” Biblical scholarship can only go so far in elucidating some of Jesus’ challenging commands; beyond that, we need the saints. Our Readings start off showing the continuity between Jesus’ teachings and

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