Grace

Emelie Parker

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Love It!

PopeBene

After the previous post, here’s a little slice of unalloyed joy from the Vatican Radio’s Facebook page. Sorry kid: we’re fresh out of St. Nicholas, but we do have Peter. [Read more...]

The Broken Places

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There is a darkness in the world. It’s always been there, since we made our first wrong step and chose ourselves over God. Most of the time, the darkness is just a shadow on our souls where sin more readily grows. Sometimes, it erupts in spasms of violence or disease and knocks us back on [Read More...]

“The Winter It Is Past”

As I was shutting down for the night after the horrors of the day, this song returned to me, as it often does in times of sorrow. It was written by Rabbie Burns, and is sung by the incomparable Jean Redpath. For many of us, but most especially for the families of Newtown, the winter’s [Read More...]

“It’s not real: it’s Twitter”

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Yet another tempest in tweetcup exploded on Twitter yesterday after conservative columnist Michelle Malkin called out brain-dead fake-thug rapper “The Game” for his offensive album cover. The artwork depicts Jesus as a black gangsta type, mixing imagery of the Sacred Heart with typical thug-life iconography. It was offensive, and calculated to be so. It’s pure [Read More...]

Dickens on Hope and Despair: “The Chimes”

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Charles Dickens’ deep Christian faith rings in all of his works, and especially so in his Christmas books. After the success of “A Christmas Carol,” Dickens published similar titles in the same format: novellas with supernatural elements and a clear Christian message. All of them were successes in their day, but none had the afterlife [Read More...]

The Tweeting Pope

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It just sounds strange, doesn’t it? Like the bishop of Rome is outside my window, tweeting along with the birds. But it’s not the sound of birds: it’s the voice of Peter, echoing down the millennia, and finding a new wineskin for the new wine of the gospel. The news is all over the net today, [Read More...]

A More Efficient Torture?

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One for the “Technology Outpaces Our Humanity” files: Patent Bolt is reporting on a new pair of handcuffs that not only restrain, but shock or deliver drugs or irritants. Basically, they’re taser cuffs. Oh joy. I bet that will never be abused. Read and wonder: While the new system focuses on handcuffs, the inventors clarified [Read More...]

The Sexual Excesses of Modern Civilization

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Okay, so that title is total click-bait, but there’s a real story behind it. If you want some good inadvertent comedy (and tragedy as well), check out this article in Atlantic Magazine, and marvel at the Stan Laurel-style head-scratching of a liberal academic elite trying to make sense of facts that demolish their carefully manufactured [Read More...]

Wine in the Gospel of John

Gerard David, "The Marriage at Cana"

The discussion of wine in the Old Testament provides the background for the Wedding at Cana in John 2, which is rich in OT imagery made new in Christ. The Evangelist tells us that Jesus has come to a wedding: a time of joy and celebration where wine would play a crucial role. But the [Read More...]

The Magnificat Year of Faith Companion eBook UPDATE

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The sold-out “Year of Faith” Companion from Magnificat is now available in the Kindle store, although I’m not seeing it in the nook or App Store yet. Here’s a preview, and here’s the link. And don’t forget the Advent Companion! UPDATED: The Magnificat folks say this was submitted to the nook store, but hasn’t appeared [Read More...]

Wine in the Old Testament

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Bread was the ordinary food of the people, but wine was for celebration. It was a symbol of joy. It was considered so important in the ritual life of the Jews that people had the responsibility to provide wine for the poor during the feasts if the poor could not provide it for themselves. The [Read More...]

Bread in the Gospel of John

Giovanni Lanfranco, "Multiplication of the Loaves"

Yesterday, we saw the centrality to bread in the life of Jews. This is the context in which Jesus multiplies loves and preaches about the  Bread of Life. In John 6, Jesus takes five barley loaves and two fish and uses them to feed five thousand people. By producing food in a place where people [Read More...]

#ThingsPopeWontTweet

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Courtesy of Marcel LeJeune on Twitter. Go add your own #ThingsPopeWontTweet. My contribution: [Read more...]

Bread in the Old Testament

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Bread was a staple food in ancient Palestine, made daily in every household. It was such a commonplace item that we don’t get details of types, production, and consumption in the Biblical texts. If we look to the wider documents of the Ancient Near East (ANE), we find the same constant reference to “bread,” but [Read More...]


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