Month: February 2019

Genesis to Jesus, Lent 2019, Ash Wednesday 2019, what to do for Lent

Six Things to Do Before Lent

Lent is less than a month away, and this year, we’re preparing our hearts to enter into the greatest story ever told. It’s a whirlwind of emotions, going from Genesis to Jesus in Sacred Scripture. We know how the story ends, but are we prepared for the long road to get there?

Genesis to Jesus, creation, seventh day, salvation history, matthew leonard

The Seventh Day: Created for Sonship

The first two verses of Genesis tell us that God brought the entire world into existence at the dawn of history. But he not only creates the world, he forges a covenant with the world. We hear of this in later passages such as Jeremiah 33:25, where the prophet speaks of the Lord’s “covenant with day and night.” God did not create the human family because he was lonely. God himself, being Father, Son, and Spirit, is already a family. He created us in order to draw us into his divine family.

It’s Not Too Early to Think about Easter

This Lent at the St. Paul Center, we’re going back to the foundations of what it means to be Catholic, of what it means to be an adopted son or daughter of God. And we’re doing it using the tools God has given us—Sacred Scripture and Tradition.

Genesis to Jesus, free streaming, genesis to jesus participant workbook, leader guide

Salvation History: the Plot of the Bible

Understanding the Bible requires an understanding of its “plot.” And the Bible’s plot is the story of salvation history. It is the story of human salvation unfolding in history according to God’s plan. You and I need to read the Bible from the heart of the Church if we are to make sense of the Scriptures and apply them to our lives as Catholics. This includes an understanding of why we should read them and how we should read them.

Holly Ordway, apologetics and the Christian imagination

What Happens When Words Have No Meaning

Materialism has so thoroughly invaded our culture that the fate of one’s eternal soul is no longer a pressing issue for most non-believers. A ‘spiritual but not religious’ person may have a vague sense that all will be well, and so the question is not worth bothering with; the materialist believes that there is no such thing as a soul, and after death, there will be no part of ‘you’ to be anywhere at all.

Regis Martin, What Is the Church, Silence, Prayer

The Power of Silence

Prayer must seem such a quaint notion to folks moving briskly along the information superhighway. Armed with headsets and cell phones, have they really got time to punch in God’s number? Have they even got time to be quiet?