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Understanding the Scriptures: Reflections on the Third Sunday of Easter

Posted on April 20, 2012

Readings: 
Acts 3:13-15, 17-19 
Psalms 4:2, 4, 7-9 
1 John 2:1-5 
Luke 24:35-48

Jesus in today’s Gospel, teaches His apostles how to interpret the Scriptures.

He tells them that all the Scriptures of what we now call the Old Testament refer to Him. He says that all the promises found in the Old Testament have been fulfilled in His passion, death, and resurrection. And He...


Paul's Strange Mention of Co-Senders: What It Might Mean

Posted on April 20, 2012

This quarter I am teaching a graduate course on the Pauline Epistles. Today we began working through 1 Corinthians. Here I wanted to touch upon something we examined in class today: Paul’s co-workers.

Paul begins 1 Corinthians by doing something he often does in his epistles: he mentions a co-worker.

“Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God which...


EWTN Live - Benedict XVI and Verbum Domini - Fr Mitch Pacwa, SJ with Dr. Scott Hahn - 03-02-2011

Posted on April 19, 2012

Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ annd Dr. Scott Hahn discuss Benedict XVI and Verbum Domini from March 2011.

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The Splendor of Eschatology: Highlights from Matthew Levering’s Jesus and the Demise of Death

Posted on April 13, 2012

(This post is part of the Patheos roundtable discussion of Matthew Levering’s latest book from Baylor University Press.)

What happened to Jesus when he died? And what will happen to me when I die?

These two perennial Christian questions are the foci of Matthew’ Levering’s new book, Jesus and the Demise of Death: Resurrection, Afterlife, and the Fate of the Christian(Baylor University Press, 2012).

In...


The Day the Lord Made: Reflections for Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted on April 13, 2012

Readings: 
Acts 4:32-35 
Psalms 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24 
1 John 5:1-6 
John 20:19-31

Three times in today’s Psalm we cry out a victory shout: “His mercy endures forever.”

Truly we’ve known the everlasting love of God, who has come to us as our Savior. By the blood and water that flowed from Jesus’ pierced side (see John 19:34), we&rsquo...


Catholic Exegesis: A Streamlined Overview

Posted on April 12, 2012

This is part of a continued series of posts on fundamental issues in Catholic doctrine of Scripture. Building on previous discussions of Catholic inspiration and interpretation, we propose here a six-step streamlined overview of the process of Catholic exegesis.  Comments are welcome below.

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The points made above about the interpretation of the literal and spiritual senses of Scripture may be integrated into a six-step process representing an idealized picture of the method of Catholic...


Aquinas' Five Reasons Christ Rose from the Dead

Posted on April 10, 2012

Aquinas pores over the New Testament and comes up with five reasons it was fitting for Christ to rise from the dead (ST IIIa, q. 53, art. 1). Here they are.

1. It reveals God’s justice.

Because Christ humbled himself and died on the cross out of love and obedience to the Father, God lifted him up by a glorious resurrection.

2. It was necessary for the confirmation of our faith in Christ.


Eighth Day Dawning

Posted on April 05, 2012

April began with Palm Sunday this year, and Easter Sunday falls on the eighth day. In so many ways, this brings us Christians back to our roots.

The early Church Fathers marked every Sunday as the “eighth day.” Creation was complete in six days, and God rested on the Sabbath—but at the Resurrection He began something new

The first-century Epistle of Barnabas presents the matter in a prophetic oracle. With the...


Catholic Interpretation of Scripture

Posted on April 03, 2012

This is part of an on-going series discussing the fundamentals of Catholic doctrine of Scripture.  The topic for this post is interpretation.  Click here to read the previous post.

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Self-conscious reflection on the proper methods of interpretation of Scripture began already with the early Church Fathers. One of the most definitive patristic statements on interpretation is St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana, “On Christian Doctrine.” While its title might lead the modern reader to...


No Place Like Rome

Posted on April 02, 2012

Teaching is like fatherhood. In fact, in the ancient world, it was considered a form of fatherhood. In the Oath of Hippocrates, medical students promised to take care of their aging teachers who had “fathered” them in the healing arts. In early Judaism, the rabbis were considered “fathers” to their disciples. And, of course, the Church came to look upon its first teachers as “the Fathers.”

A teacher gives away a part of himself to his students,...