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Sunday’s readings contain an interesting illustration of the way that the Bible can use numbers. In the Old Testament reading, Elijah is on the run from the evil queen Jezebel and he goes out into the wilderness and asks God to let him die. Instead, God sends and angel who makes Elijah eat and drink […]

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This Thursday 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- (“across”) and figura (“form, shape”). It thus signifies a […]

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The book of Acts records St. Paul’s conversion in the following terms: Now as he journeyed he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him. And he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” […]

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There is a classic passage in the final chapter of Mark’s Gospel, where we read: And he said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” [Mark 16:15-16]. Christians through […]

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Sometimes people make it sound like the Catholic understanding of how to get to heaven is really complex. It’s not. While you can go into any of Christ’s teachings in a lot of very rich detail, he made sure that this one can be understood even by a child. I can summarize it in two […]

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I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered my commentary and study guides on the Gospel of Mark from Verbum Bible Software. Enough pre-orders have been received that the set is now “under development,” as the label by the green status bar shows. What that means is that they’ve raised enough money […]

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One of my long-term goals has been to write a commentary on the New Testament, and I’m very pleased to announce that this is starting to come to fruition. A while back, the folks at Verbum Bible Software asked me if I would design some courses for one of their online platforms, and so I […]

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Recently I’ve been writing about the way that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke are related to each other. These three are known as the synoptic Gospels, and how they are related is known as the synoptic problem. You can read what I’ve been writing here. Today I would like to talk about the […]

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The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas. What happened on this day? Was Jesus’ resurrection a real, historical event? How does the Church celebrate this day? Is Easter a pagan holiday? Here are 8 things you need to know.   1. What […]

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Everytime we say the creed, we note that Jesus “descended into hell.” Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event. What happened on this day, and how do we celebrate it? Here are 12 things you need to know.   1. What happened on the first Holy Saturday? Here on earth, Jesus’ disciples mourned […]

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