Month: February 2019

Mary, Mother of God, the Nativity, The Bible and the Virgin Mary

Christ Became a Child to Show Us How to Be Sons and Daughters of God

The Gospel of Matthew begins with a sentence fragment, perhaps intended as a title: “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (Matt 1:1). You may recognize the genealogy from lectors tripping over names like “Ammin’adab” and “Zerub’babel” during Christmas Eve Mass. But this section is more than a list of funny names: it is the interpretive key for the entire New Testament.

The Holy Family, flight into Egypt, learning from the holy family

Learning from the Holy Family

It’s easy to take a romantic view of the Holy Family, as if they were angels rather than human beings. But even though Mary and Jesus never sinned, that doesn’t mean there were no parental mistakes. And it doesn’t mean Jesus never frustrated His earthly parents.

What to Bake for Bible Study

We’ve been talking a lot about hosting this week and offering hospitality to our guests. One of the best ways to do that is through the gift of food. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant—just putting out coffee or tea is enough.

called to communion, theology of the body, true love

It Is Not Good for Man to Be Alone: Called to Communion

On assuming the Chair of Peter, Pope Saint John Paul II chose to devote his weekly general audiences for some five years (1979– 1984) to a catechesis on the human person, the body, and sexuality that has come to be known as the “Theology of the Body.” Almost every Wednesday (except when he was recovering from an attempted assassination in 1981), he gave an address to a gathering of pilgrims either in Saint Peter’s Square or in an audience hall.

St. Valentine, Catholic for a Reason, eros, agape, Catholic Valentine's Day, true love

Surprised by Love

The topic of Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical, Deus Caritas Est, caught many by surprise. Moral relativism, secularization, abortion, liturgy—these are some of the themes people expected him to address.
But instead, this new pope—known for his intellect, scholarship, and courage to tackle controversial issues—chose to write on a topic quite simple, timeless, and appealing to all: the mystery of love.