• Different world, same Word

    PAPUA NEW GUINEA—Flanked by a mass of bodies singing in Kasua, “God’s book has come,” four men shouldered boxes of the first New Testaments in their language toward the Musula village center in remote Papua New Guinea. In front, three women adorned with paint and cassowary feathers... Read more
  • Lent and the Great Paradox

    As eighteenth century English writer Samuel Johnson might have put it, “Nothing concentrates the mind like knowing that I am dust, and to dust I shall return.” And nothing is a more bracing reminder of that reality than the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. Placed on the forehead in the... Read more
  • Seven Meditations on Christ’s Seven Last Words

    Now we turn to some of the lessons Christ poured out for us while He drained that cup of suffering for our sakes. St. Augustine brilliantly observed: “The tree upon which were fixed the members of Him dying was even the chair of the Master teaching.” St. Thomas Aquinas admirably provides... Read more
  • Amazing Parallels Between Mary and the Ark of the Covenant

    The Church fathers loved to delve into Holy Scripture and find deep meanings and parallels; or types and shadows. One of the titles they gave to the Blessed Virgin Mary was New Eve or Second Eve: because the first Eve said “no” to God and brought about original sin and the fall of... Read more
  • Appeal to St. Joseph to Fight the Devil

    “The devil also exists in the twenty-first century, and we need to learn from the Gospel how to battle against him,” Pope Francis preached in a homily on April 11, 2014. Many are the weapons in our struggle against evil. In Ephesians, St. Paul urges us to put on the whole armor of God,... Read more
  • No Doubt About It: Jesus Was a Miracle Worker, and Everyone Knew It

    Despite their disagreements, both believing and skeptical Bible scholars can agree on certain things about the life of Jesus. One of these is that, during his day, Jesus had a reputation as a miracle-worker. Accounts of his healings, exorcisms, and other miracles are found throughout the... Read more
  • Newly Found 1500-Year-Old Pool May be Site of New Testament Baptism

    Archaeologists recently announced the discovery of a 1,500-year-old pool that may have been the site of the Ethiopian eunuch’s baptism. Unearthed between 2012 and 2016, the pool was part of a system of pools on the site of an ancient church near Jerusalem. It’s now part of at Ein Hanniya... Read more
  • Legal Rationalizations for the Slaughter of Holy Innocents

    “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you.” (Jeremiah 1:5) “Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 22:5) Last week fourteen Catholic senators joined those who voted against the proposed... Read more
  • A Dramatic Biblical Moment That Nearly Everyone Missed

    The moment of the Presentation of Jesus was one of the most dramatic in biblical history, yet almost no one noticed. The first part of this post is review for those of you who read my blog regularly. To skip to the newer insights, skip down to the sentence in red. Joseph and Mary have... Read more
  • From persecutor to Christian: The conversion of St. Paul

    St. Paul’s conversion began when, with a flash of light, he fell from his horse. Shutterstock One feast day that often slips by without notice is the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. This miraculous event, which has been part of the Church calendar for more than 1,500 years, is an... Read more