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Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Holy Land

Was Jesus from Bethlehem?: A Biblical Look at Jesus’ Hometown

Nazareth has a slightly enigmatic history within the Bible. We read about Nazareth in the Gospels but nowhere else in all of Scripture. Furthermore, the picture of Nazareth that the Gospels paint is not entirely clear. Mark simply states that Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee (1:9) ...
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Looking at a Masterpiece, Madeleine Stebbins, Adoration of the Shepherds

The Adoration of the Shepherds

Domenico Ghirlandaio, one of the great Renaissance artists, painted this masterpiece for the Sassetti Chapel in the Basilica of Santa Trinità in Florence. Later the young Michelangelo became his apprentice. Ghirlandaio’s painting was probably inspired by the Flemish artist Hugo van der Goes’ Portinari Altarpiece in its attention to detail ... Read More
Son of David, Edward Sri, the genealogy of Jesus, Mystery of the Kingdom

Son of David: What the Genealogy of Jesus Tells Us

For most readers of the Bible, reading a genealogy is about as exciting as reading a telephone book. Yet this is exactly how the entire New Testament begins in chapter one of Saint Matthew’s Gospel: The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of ... Read More
Advent, Christmas, Readings for Advent, John the Baptist and Jesus, Loosing the Lion, Leroy Huizenga

Why Is John the Baptist Important During Advent?

In Advent, thoughts naturally turn to the birth of little baby Jesus and his Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. And yet, the lectionary readings for the first and second weeks of Advent feature quite a few stories about John the Baptist, either with John himself as the protagonist or with ... Read More

Giving Back to Our Priests

For over a decade, the St. Paul Center has invited priests from around the country and the world to come together for fellowship, spiritual renewal, and the latest theological scholarship. When we first began, we saw the hunger for this type of formation and the spiritual renewal that came with ... Read More

Three Things to Ask Ourselves As We Prepare for Christmas

Do you remember Christmas when you were a child? I recall the excitement that the approach of the holiday created in me. During the month of December, Christmas was never far from my thoughts. What gifts would I receive? With little resources, what present could I give to my mom ... Read More
Mary, Mother of God, the Nativity, The Bible and the Virgin Mary

Why Do We Call Mary the Mother of God?

The image of Mary as Queen Mother is directly related to the first official Marian dogma defined by the Church: Mary’s status as Mother of God. The Greek word for the title is Theotokos, which literally means “God-bearer.” That title is one of the oldest and most commonly used titles ... Read More
Advent, Scott Hahn, The Nativity

The Coming of Advent

"The Coming of Advent," a talk by Scott Hahn ... Read More
The Catholic Table, family dinner, shepherdess pie, emily stimpson chapman

Recipe: Beer and Bourbon Shepherdess Pie

What you can’t seen in the above picture are 16 hungry guests, patiently waiting to pray (and eat!), while I took that picture. They really deserve a round of applause. Regardless, although the pictures of the Shepherd’s Pie (renamed “Shepherdess Pie” by my friends) may not be anything to write ... Read More

5 Things to Do with Your Catholic Child(ren) Every Day

“So everything that goes on in your home has a good or bad effect on your children. Try to help them with your own good example. Try not to hide your piety from them.” -St. Josemaria Escriva Here are 5 things you can do with your kids every day to ... Read More
Feast Days, The Catholic Table, Emily Stimpson Chapman

How to Feast and Fast with the Church

The Church’s call to feast and the Church’s command to fast are, at least in my world, two of her greatest gifts. When done rightly and done well, feasting and fasting bring the whole person—body and soul—into the liturgical rhythms of the Church. They make the liturgical seasons incarnate in ... Read More