“That is the Good Friday of the twentieth century”

  In the great Passions of Johann Sebastian Bach, which stir our hearts anew each year during Holy Week, the terrible event of Good Friday is steeped in a transfigured and transfiguring beauty. These Passions do not, it is true, speak of the Resurrection—they end with the burial of Jesus—but in their eminent purity they [Read More...]

Huge St. Thomas Aquinas News from Logos

This could be big. Logos Bible Software is hoping to commission and publish the first complete English translations of St. Thomas Aquinas’ Commentary on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, Commentary on the Prophet Isaiah, and Commentary on the Prophet Jeremiah. All three texts will come with both the Latin original and a new English translation. Logos has [Read More...]

New Catholic Resources From Logos

Andrew Jones, the man spearheading the Logos Bible Software Catholic program, is pushing ahead with some incredible add-ons to the original three base packages. The following are already available: There is a nice selection of texts from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, focusing on different topics in scripture study. These are divided in a New Testament Studies Collection (11 [Read More...]

“Evil talks about tolerance only when it is weak”

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia offers one of the most powerful meditations on modern life I’ve seen in ages. In it, he ties together the descent of our culture into a kind of moral insanity, its eugenicist tendencies, and its profound frivolity. He begins by linking the extermination of unborn children with Down Syndrome and [Read More...]

The Gospel of John and the Catechism

I’m a catechist and a theology student, and from time to time I’ll be posting some longer pieces on these subjects. The following is adapted from something I wrote for a graduate class on the Gospel of John. The Gospel of John is at the heart of the Church’s Christology, and thus forms a vital [Read More...]

Finding Purpose in Suffering

Fulton Sheen

In the three videos embedded below, Servant of God Fulton Sheen, one of the great preachers (and, yes, saints) of the last century explains the mystery of suffering with his usual mix of humor, drama, and philosophy. Catholics always have understood suffering in the context of the cross. Although pain may come, it ends in triumph. St. [Read More...]

The Talmud Finally Gets an Index

From a story at Vatican Insider: For the first time in history, an alphabetical index has been compiled for one of Judaism’s most sacred writings: the Talmud. The index is the work of American immigration lawyer, Daniel Retter, who has created a tool that “allows you to navigate the entire length and breadth of the [Read More...]

Reading John in the Light of the Wisdom Tradition

“Light & Bread: A Sapiential Reading of Two I Am Statements in the Gospel of John” is an essay I wrote for a class on John. I was able to express some of my fascination with the wisdom tradition–the place where Jew and Greek meet in the Old Testament–in this essay, as well as draw [Read More...]


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