Who Was Theophilus?

Gospel of Luke

Who was Theophilus? And why does the evangelist Luke talk about him so much?Theophilus' name came up last week, in the first reading for the Feast of the Ascension. In the introduction to the Acts of the Apostles, which is read for the Ascension, Luke writes: In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commandment through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. To them he … [Read more...]

The Bible From the Titanic Goes on Display in Tennessee

Bible from the Titanic

16 And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, 17 And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capemaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. 18 And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. 19 So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. 20 But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. 21 Then they willingly received him into the s … [Read more...]

The Pocket Gospel: A Gift from Pope Francis


The faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Sunday Angelus on Sunday, April 6, will receive a special gift from the Holy Father:  a "pocket gospel."Several times in the past, Pope Francis has urged the faithful to carry a pocket-sized book of the Gospels and to read it often, meditating on Jesus' words and deeds.According to the Vatican Information Service, To help put this suggestion into practice, and communicating a clear message, next Sunday during the Angelus in St. Peter's … [Read more...]