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Reflection by Benedict XVI on Sts. Peter and Paul

Posted on June 29, 2011

“The aim of the Church’s mission is a humanity that has itself become a living glorification of God, the true worship that God expects: this is the profound meaning of catholicity…

Like Paul, Peter also came to Rome, the city that was the place of convergence of all peoples and which precisely because of this could become the first of all expressions of the universality of the Gospel. Undertaking the journey from Jerusalem...

The Catholic Understanding of the Saints: Isn't Christ the 'One Mediator'?

Posted on June 03, 2011

This is a hugely important question. But, actually, in a certain sense, this question really contains a number of other questions rolled up into one:

Isn’t Christ the “one mediator between God and man” (1 Tim 2:5)? If so, isn’t affirming the ability of the dead to pray for us a violation of that biblical teaching? In light of that, it would seem that there can be no biblical justification for the Catholic belief...

Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 4

Posted on May 31, 2011

To Jerusalem, Solemn Entry


Summer Vocation

Posted on May 26, 2011

For so many people in my part of the world, June is a time to kick back and relax. School’s out. Summer vacation begins. Americans dust off their lawnchairs and string up their hammocks.

For us at the St. Paul Center, June has always been the busiest month of the year — and for good reason. When Catholics find themselves with a little bit of free time, we want to give them ample opportunities to...

Applied Biblical Studies Conference

Posted on May 25, 2011

From Wednesday, July 27 to Friday, July 29, we’ll move chapter by chapter through the book of Matthew, exploring topics such as the Evangelist’s depiction of the Kingdom, authority, the heavenly bridegroom and the end times. Talks include:

“Changing the World is an Inside Job”; “Jesus’ Sacramental Miracles and the New Wine of the Bridegroom”; “Davidic King, Divided Kingdom: Jesus’ Mission of Unity, Then and Now”; “Boats,...

What Are We to Do?: Reflections on the 4th Sunday of Easter

Posted on May 13, 2011

Easter’s empty tomb is a call to conversion.

By this tomb, we should know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah, as Peter preaches in today’s First Reading.

He is the “Lord,” the divine Son that David foresaw at God’s right hand (see Psalms 110:1,3; 132:10-11;Acts 2:34). And He is the Messiah that God had promised to shepherd the scattered flock of...

Emmaus and Us: Reflections on the 3rd Sunday of Easter

Posted on May 06, 2011

We should put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples in today’s Gospel. Downcast and confused they’re making their way down the road, unable to understand all the things that have occurred.

They know what they’ve seen - a prophet mighty in word and deed. They know what they were hoping for - that He would be the redeemer of Israel. But they don’t know what to make of...

Understanding the Book of Acts—Part 3: More Similarities Between Luke and Acts

Posted on April 29, 2011

Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2.

Continuing our walk through the book of Acts, we can note the following similarities between what happened to Jesus in the Gospel of Luke and what happens in the life of the Church in Acts.

A centurion. . .

A centurion, well-spoken of by the Jews, sends servants to Jesus to ask him to come to his house (Luke 7:1–10). 
A centurion, well-spoken...

His Mercy Endures: Reflections for Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted on April 29, 2011

We are children of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. Through this wondrous sign of His great mercy, the Father of Jesus has given us new birth, as we hear in today’s Epistle. /p>

Today’s First Reading sketches the “family life” of our first ancestors in the household of God (see 1 Peter 4:17). We see them doing what we still do - devoting themselves to the Apostles’ teaching, meeting daily...

The Eucharistic Theology of Early Church Fathers

Posted on April 28, 2011

Joel, who speaks of how he is more Eucharistic-centric than many of his Protestant friends, has a great post up on John Paul II and the Eucharist. Of course, I’m pretty Eucharistic-centric too. : )

In fact, at JP Catholic we participate in the Eucharistic celebration every day.

Anyways. . . since Joel brought up the Eucharist, I thought I’d share a bit from the early church fathers.

Irenaeus on the Eucharist