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How to Read the Acts of the Apostles

The evangelist Luke wrote both the Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles. This means more than the fact that both books share the same literary style, vocabulary, and perspective. They share the same plot. Indeed, Luke begins his sequel to his Gospel by noting how the second work is a continuation of the first, because the life of Jesus is recapitulated in the life of the Church. “In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach” (Acts 1:1). Note the key verb “began,” which underscores that the story of ...
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Is Celibacy Biblical?

Curtis Mitch, St. Paul Center Fellow and co-author of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, discusses the Old Testament origins of the practice of celibacy in the Catholic Church today ... Read More

The Lost Tribes of Israel and the Book of Revelation

“O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” one of my favorite songs, contains the line: “Ransom captive Israel.” This line surely refers to slavery to sin. We shall see that there is something very profound in all of this: God’s actions throughout salvation history often reflect a deeper spiritual reality. In the ... Read More

What Is Virtue?

What is virtue? Go ahead and try to come up with a definition—and don’t cheat by looking at the rest of this article! I am willing to bet this was a difficult task for most—I can’t remember the last time I heard a meaningful definition of a virtue given in ... Read More

Is Mary’s Assumption in the Bible?

Traditionally, Catholics have seen the woman in Revelation 12 as Mary. Of course, just as other passages in Revelation have multiple meanings, Catholics affirm that the woman doesn’t only represent Mary. As we shall see, the “woman” must also be understood as “Daughter Zion,” depicted in Isaiah. What reasons are ... Read More

Reading with Love: Tips for Sharing Spiritual Books with Children

In 1945, my mother received a picture book called Jesus and I in honor of her First Communion. She kept the book among her beloved treasures for over 60 years, until the day she gave it to her granddaughter—my daughter, Grace ... Read More

Why Catholics Need Eucharistic Adoration

Since Christ is truly present in the Eucharist in His sacred humanity hypostatically united with the divine nature, the Eucharist should receive the adoration of latria that is given exclusively to God. Adoration of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament is a natural consequence of the Church’s faith in the real ... Read More

Scripture Study and Eucharistic Amazement

Scripture study has played a huge part in my faith. It was a Bible study on the Eucharist that really transformed my faith. I remember hearing great things about the study and so I decided to check it out, but I couldn’t have anticipated what it would be like to ... Read More
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The Sacraments: Chisels in the Hands of Christ

The Word became flesh so that His humanity would be the instrument for the salvation of all men of all times. However, since Jesus lived as a man on this earth for a short time in a tiny part of the world, He desired some way to make Himself present ... Read More

Why the Eucharist Gives Us the Grace to Avoid Sin

Eucharistic Prayers, in the epiclesis for the sanctification of the faithful, frequently mention the forgiveness of sins as a primary effect of Communion. This is interpreted by Innocent III to mean that devout reception of the Eucharist “blots out venial sins and wards off mortal sins.” Both effects are made ... Read More

How God Acts in Our Lives

When we read the Bible, we easily notice all the great miracles and mighty deeds of the past, and wonder why God does not act in our lives. But that is where the sacraments and the liturgy come in. Christianity is not a “religion of the book,” in that we ... Read More
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