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Advent 2011: Extraordinary Time

Posted on November 28, 2011

This is no ordinary Advent.

The Holy Father is treating this time as a moment of great historical significance. It’s the time of the new evangelization.

In recent months Pope Benedict has spoken and acted with great urgency about the matter. He established a dicastery in the Vatican to oversee new evangelistic efforts. He summoned a synod of bishops for 2012 to discuss the new evangelization. And he appointed U.S. Cardinal Donald Wuerl ...


Watch For Him: Reflections on the First Sunday of Advent

Posted on November 23, 2011

Readings: 
Isaiah 63:16-17, 19 
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 
1 Corinthians 1:3-9 
Mark 13:33-37

The new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation. “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading.

In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down...


Kinship by Covenant: Reviewed by Pablo Gadenz

Posted on November 21, 2011

Scholars are increasingly interested in studying how the New Testament authors refer to the Old Testament not so much to find isolated prooftexts but as part of an overall rereading of Israel’s story in light of the Christ-event. Individual texts and large sections of the Old Testament thus provide the New Testament authors with a narrative framework in which to understand the unfolding of God’s plan of salvation. Since the framework remains implicit, however, scholars...


When the End Comes: Reflections on the Solemnity of Christ the King

Posted on November 18, 2011

Readings:
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
Matthew 25:31-46

Many saints and Church leaders have seen a connection between Christ’s words in the Gospel for the Solemnity of Christ the King (see Matthew 25:31-43) and His promise to be present in the Eucharist (see Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:15-20).

For instance, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say of her work with the destitute: &ldquo...


Dr. Scott Hahn - Paschal Sacrifice: A Heavenly Banquet for Earthly Beggars

Posted on November 14, 2011
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Settling Accounts: Reflections on the Readings from the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on November 11, 2011

The day of the Lord is coming, Paul warns in today’s Epistle. What matters isn’t the time or the season, but what the Lord finds us doing with the new life, the graces He has given to us.

This is at the heart of Jesus’ parable in today’s Gospel. Jesus is the Master. Having died, risen, and ascended into heaven, He appears to have gone away for a long time.


John Bergsma on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Posted on November 10, 2011

Dr. Michael Barber explores the Dead Sea Scrolls with Dr. John Bergsma, looking specifically at why Catholics should find them interesting.

You can find Dr. Bergsma’s audio series on the Scrolls here.


 

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The Successor of Peter and Biblical Interpretation

Posted on November 10, 2011

ome months ago on this blog, we had a discussion about the role of the Papacy in the Church and specifically with respect to the interpretation of Scripture.

I keep coming back to the Pope’s homily upon assuming the Chair of Peter in St. John Lateran (7 May 2005).

(St. John Lateran is, of course, the Cathedral of Rome—not St. Peter’s in the Vatican.  St. John Lateran is the official...


Great Time at the Shrine

Posted on November 08, 2011

Dr. Hahn and I had the pleasure of visiting and speaking at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, this weekend.  A crowd of 400 came out to make the Marian pilgrimage, and hear talks on Confession and Eucharist, and receive those very sacraments.  The Shrine, built by the people of the Diocese of La Crosse under the leadership of now-Cardinal Raymond Burke, is a hidden treasure of Catholicism in the Midwest.  Extraordinarily...


The Supper of the Lamb

Posted on October 31, 2011

You probably haven’t yet heard the new translation of the Mass, but I’ll bet you’ve heard plenty about it. The media interest has been astonishing. The Church’s education efforts have been prodigious. The response from Catholic publishers has been just short of epic.

Thanks be to God for this historic moment that returns our focus to the Mass. I know that it will be a difficult adjustment for some,...