Persons of Scripture: Hosea

The Book of Hosea recorded the oracles of a prophet named Hosea in the land of Israel just before Israel is conquered and crushed by the Assyrian armies. In the early chapters we find that Hosea proclaims his message not just by speaking, but through a prophetic action.God tells Hosea to marry a prostitute, and he does. Her name is Gomer.This becomes the backdrop for the messages that are recorded in the book. Hosea seeks out Gomer and tries to keep her from going out and sleeping with other … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving After Childbirth!

I am a father! My wife just gave birth to our son. I am so excited and don't have a lot of energy to write tonight. I thought I would post the prayer I prayed just after he was born:O God, Creator of life, You have again revealed Yourself in the beautiful mystery of birth;thank you for alleviating my wife's pain and holding Your protecting hand over her durring delivery. Thank You for Your mercy; it was Your power that persevered here, Your goodness that delivered her, Your hand that supported … [Read more...]

Saint of the Week: Teresa of Ávila

This weeks Saint is one beloved by much of the Western church. This week we remember Teresa of Ávila. She is known as one of the greatest mystics in the churches history. As a little girl she fell in love with reading the lives of the saints and ran away from home to search for Martyrdom with her brother. This attempt was foiled by their uncle who brought them home. When she grew older she became a Carmelite nun. In the convent she was frequently ill, but would experience moment of … [Read more...]

Can an Insult heal your soul?

This week's quote was brought to my attention by one of our new readers: Steve. He has a great Podcast which is where I head it. Thanks Steve! make sure you check out his blog Pithless Thoughts This quote will rock your world:“A person who suffers bitterly when slighted or insulted should recognize from this that he still harbors the ancient serpent in his breast. If he quietly endures the insult or responds with great humility, he weakens the serpent and lessens its hold. But if he replies … [Read more...]

5 ways do turn YouTube into an Effective Ministry tool

A few days ago we looked at Fr. Barron's arguments you God that he presents in YouTube videos. Talking about YouTube videos on this webpage is acutally somthing we do quite a great deal. Just look at our "videos" page and you can see just a few of the videos we've discussed here. The reason I do this is because I see a great deal of value in what YouTube CAN be used for... The problem is often is is NOT used.In an article for America Magazine Fr. Barron discusses his YouTube forays as a … [Read more...]

Scripture Remixed: The Theology of Allegorizing

Throughout most of Church history the study of scriptures was not undertaken using the historical critical method that is employed by most of the Biblical scholars today. Today most scholars seek to arrive at an understanding of what the author originally intended. However, in the ancient and medieval Church scripture was read for meaning at a basic level, looking for what the text seems to say on the surface, but than also read with the assumption that the text could be used to show meaning in … [Read more...]

He’s Got the Whole world in His Hands: The Story of Daniel

In ancient times there was a commonly held belief by many peoples that gods only had power over certain lands. There might be a god who had power over Chicago, but if you went to Detroit you would have to offer sacrifices to another god. This was certainly the case in the ancient near east, the lands in which the stories of the Bible find their home.In fact one could argue that many near eastern people believed it was easier for a god to be with them in death (Psalm 139:8) then in a foreign … [Read more...]

Robert Barron: Why we believe in God

I recently took a look at a few of Robert Barron's videos dealing with his basic arguments for believing in God:"Why do we believe in God?"The three answering Christopher HitchensHis response to Bill Maher’s film “Religulous" his book by the same name If you don't know who Robert Barron is you can find out more about him and his ministry at http://www.wordonfire.org/. Robert is a prominent theologian in the catholic church. He is the Francis Cardinal George Chair of Faith and Culture at Uni … [Read more...]

Does your wealth and superabundance indicate a lack of charity?

Recently the writings of St. Basil the Great have been coming up in my life. There are few christian writers who cut to the heart of the Christian's relationship with money and possessions.This commentary on Matt. 19:16-22 cuts deep. Remember this is the story where someone came to Jesus and said “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him … “If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments” … the young man said to … [Read more...]