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The Gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Lent commemorates the mysterious event known as the Transfiguration. This event is hard to understand. Why did it happen? What did it mean? Here are 10 things you need to know.   1. What does the word “transfiguration” mean? The word “transfiguration” comes from the Latin roots trans- […]

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Spanking is quite controversial in some quarters. Some people speak of it as if it is tantamount to child abuse. Other say, that they were spanked as children, that it didn’t do any long-term harm, and that it actually did them good. So I was interested to see Pope Francis’s remarks on spanking in a […]

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This Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, and we read about events that occurred at the very beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Following his baptism, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness—his own, personal equivalent of Lent. It was a time of preparation for the beginning of his public preaching in Galilee. Here are 9 […]

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Back when I was a philosophy student, I had a fondness for logical paradoxes. One of the most famous is the Liar’s Paradox, which takes different forms, like: I am lying. This sentence is false. This paradox is particularly useful for talking androids to death in the Star Trek universe, though it has less immediate […]

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In this episode of Catholic Answers Live (1/6/15), Jimmy answers the following questions: I don’t feel that receiving communion in the hand is appropriate. If indeed, this is the Real Presence and every particle is fully Jesus, why was it approved to receive communion in the hand in the first place given the ability to […]

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Scholars are frequently forced to play detective to determine when an ancient book was written. Ancient books did not have copyright dates neatly printed on a page at the front of the book. Frequently, they did not contain any explicit reference to the year in which they were written. As a result, scholars have to […]

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Just a quick note on the reliability of the Gospels. I’ve written before about the fact that the Evangelists did not feel free to simply make stuff up about Jesus. One of the signs of that is the fact that, despite the fact that St. Paul’s letters were extremely influential in the early Church and […]

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A reader writes: Have you responded to 1 John 2:26-27, and Matthew 23 concerning teachers? The passages in question read: I write this to you about those who would deceive you; but the anointing which you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that any one should teach you; as his […]

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St. Luke records that when Jesus was born an angel of the Lord directed a group of shepherds to go find him. Luke introduces this group of shepherds by saying: And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night [Luke 2:8]. This has led to a […]

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Was Jesus really born on December 25th? You’ll find strong opinions on both sides of this question, with some saying definitely yes and some saying definitely no. I don’t have strong feelings on this question. Although the Church today liturgically celebrates the birth of Our Lord on December 25th, whether this is the exact date […]

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