Pope Francis: In the Mass We Enter the Mystery of God

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In the pope’s comments on today’s readings, he spoke about mass as a theophany: an encounter with God. There have been many posts in the past weeks about teaching the faith (Joanne McPortland rounds them up), but teaching the faith is a relatively simple matter for those who practice the faith. Sure, they can use [Read More...]

Leo XIII on the Role of “Amateurs” in Defending the Faith

Every now and then I come across a complaint, like this one urging the Register to fire Mark Shea, about lay Catholics who speak and write about the faith. The idea that this role should be left to the “professionals” is rooted in either clericalism or elitism. It has no roots whatsoever in the life [Read More...]

What Is Your Middle Schooler Being Taught About the Crusades?

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Yesterday, something interesting happened: my daughter asked me to print out her 7th grade Social Studies homework, which was a lesson on the Crusades. Coincidentally, I was teaching the same subject that evening, and what I saw in my daughter’s lessons drove home the absolutely necessity of Catholics telling our own story and teaching our [Read More...]

Peter Teaches: The Apostles of Acts

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Peter first had follow in order to lead: to learn, in order to teach.  What strikes us most in Acts of the Apostles is the way this man emerges from the often-unflattering portrait of the Gospels to become the first leader of God’s universal Church. After Peter heals the man in the beginning of Acts [Read More...]

Peter Follows, And Leads: The Apostles of Acts

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Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away; and when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon [Read More...]

My Wife Replies to “Are You Being Called?”

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My wife decided to reply to my post Are You Being Called?, and I thought it was worth its own post. So, here’s the perspective from my (much) better half. Since Tom kind of called me out in his post, I decided to chime in too. I remember sitting in Mass that morning 10 years [Read More...]

Are You Being Called?

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One Sunday evening, ten years ago, my wife went to a meeting at church. Our parish had a new DRE, and she was attempting to create a real religious education program for the parish’s growing number of children. My wife can speak to her own reasons for going to that meeting, and maybe she will [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...]


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