September 2012

This  version of The Weekly Benedict covers material released in the last week from 29 August 2012 – 16 September 2012  (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): Angelus 23 September 2012 General Audiences 12 September 2012 19 September 2012 Messages 5 September 2012 – Message […]

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Recently Brandon Vogt announced September as Support a Catholic Speaker Month, in which various folks around the Catholic blogosphere would promote awareness of contemporary Catholic speakers. I was one of those chosen, and Joe Wetterling was kind enough to do a profile interview with me via Skype. (Joe’s web sites include Joewetterling.com, HoKaiPaulos.com, and BaptizedImagination.com–be […]

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The multiplication of loaves is the most prominent miracle of Jesus’ earthly ministry. It is the only miracle–other than his Resurrection–mentioned in all four gospels. This even ranks the raising of Lazarus. But despite this, we’re subjected to countless homilies in which the priest seems bent on explaining away this grand miracle, in which Jesus […]

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That’s certainly the impression you would get from some discussing a recent decree issued by the German bishops’ conference. It’s being characterized as a “pay to pray” policy, whereby the Church will deny you the sacraments if you don’t give it money. One news source headlined the story “German Bishops To Catholics: Pay Up Or […]

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  You’d think that the answer would be an easy, “yes,” but a startling number of people–including New Testament scholars–say “no.” I’m always taken aback when I’m reading along and suddenly encounter a statement like, “Of course, the authors of the New Testament didn’t know that they were writing Scripture. Their writings only came to […]

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Since I got a cataract in my left eye some time ago, my eyes have not tracked together properly. In fact, my left eye turned outward, which you can see in some of my YouTube videos, though I’ve been filming them at an angle which somewhat masks the problem. Before my second eye surgery, the […]

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Eye Surgery Update

by Jimmy Akin

in +Religion

Here’s a quick update for folks who may be wondering how my recent eye surgery went. First, thank you for your prayers! They’ve been a huge help! The second eye surgery did not go as well as the first. I could tell, while the surgery was in progress, that the emotional temperature of the room […]

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Of all the many miracles Jesus performed during his earthly ministry (that is, before his passion, death, and Resurrection), there is one that stands out: the feeding of the five thousands. Unlike any other miracle from his ministry, this one is recorded in all four gospels is the feeding of the five thousand. You would […]

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The New York Times is carrying a story of a scholar who has a piece of papyrus which refers to Jesus having a wife. She’s even dubbed it “The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife.” Isn’t that “special.” Does this mean that Dan Brown was right all along? That Jesus was married? To Mary Magdalen even? Are […]

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I just wanted to put up a note letting people know the status of my vision issues. As you may know, I had cataract surgery on my right eye a month ago, and the results were excellent. I went from legally blind to 20/20 vision (i.e., normal vision, not perfect vision) in less than a […]

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