• These Are the Five Faces of Christ

      [caption id="attachment_90218" align="aligncenter" width="682"] Giuseppe Craffonara, “Portrait of Christ”, ca. 1825-1830[/caption] These five ways are not only taught in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, but in the Gospel itself. Last May I led a parish pilgrimage to Italy... Read more
  • “Mother!” And the God of the Bible

    Darren Aronofsky's latest film Mother!  has certainly stirred up a storm, and no wonder. It features murder, point-blank executions, incinerations, and the killing and devouring of a child. I know: pleasant evening at the movies. Mother!  will seem just deeply weird unless you see it as a... Read more
  • The Marian Path to Christ-Like Attitude

    [caption id="attachment_90114" align="aligncenter" width="660"] Madonna Golden Statue Perfect Bronze Replica in Milan, Italy[/caption] I pulled out my Rosary beads to pray during a plane flight some years ago.  The passenger next to me asked me that all too familiar question, “Why do you still... Read more
  • Protestantism’s biggest problem: on whose authority do we interpret the scriptures?

    [caption id="attachment_90111" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Image: Pexels[/caption] In the end, private interpretation isn't enough On Saturday I joined a group of Anglican and Methodists in our village to walk around its familiar landmarks offering prayers. We started at the... Read more
  • Four Questions About the Bible You Should Ask Your Protestant Friends

    I believe in the following Christian principle: everything the Bible tells us is true. I do not, however, believe that everything the Bible tells us is clear.  Along with Protestants and Catholics I stand with Saint Paul who wrote that the Holy Scriptures are inspired by God.  They are... Read more
  • The Sorrows of Jesus

    September is the month traditionally dedicated to the Sorrows of Mary. But the life and ministry of Jesus is also punctuated with sorrows, including His final agony on the cross. So let us take the sorrows of Mary as an opportunity to also consider those of Jesus. No place to lay His... Read more
  • Searching for Christian Heroines from History? Look to the Early Church

    I, Amy, am often asked why I became a historical theologian of early Christianity—what it was that gripped my imagination and pricked my desire to contribute to the 2,000-year-old conversation by Christians speaking about God. For me it was sitting in an undergraduate class and hearing about the... Read more
  • Atheist Group Demands Marco Rubio Stop Tweeting Bible Verses

    The nation's largest atheist organization is demanding that Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., stop tweeting Bible verses from his Twitter account, telling him that doing so is a violation of the United States Constitution. The Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, which advocates for... Read more
  • Peter & the Keys

    “More Catholic than the Pope.”  There is nothing more quintessentially Catholic than the Papacy.  When we think “Catholic,” we think Rome, the Vatican, the dome of St. Peters. But the roots of the papacy actually go back to Jerusalem and the messiah-kings who ruled there. Like... Read more
  • The Blessed Virgin Mary: Sinless by grace, saved by grace, assumed by grace

    On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX defined the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, the doctrine that God the Father chose and prepared a Mother for his only-begotten Son who was “ever absolutely free of all stain of sin, all fair and perfect” and who “would possess that fullness of holy... Read more