This blog post marks 550 articles. As a Patheos writer I’ve seen fellow bloggers in this section of the cyber neighborhood come and go. I’m always on the lookout for what my fellow current Patheos writers are up to. In the last year, 9 new bloggers joined our ranks and several others went to various other places. I took a look at the new kids on the block and their place in our section of the Patheos world to see what they were writing about. This is what I found.
The Bible was written 2,000-4,000 years ago across vastly different time periods by authors from all walks of life. It contains everything from epic poetry and song lyrics to pithy cliches and historical narrative.
To understand the Bible, you need knowledge of the various cultures it records, the literary style of the book as the culture that produced it utilized that style, familiarity with several dialects of the original languages, and the basics of textual criticism. And that’s only a start!
Fortunately, people called pastors and elders have studied all of that stuff. It is therefore the job of the church to teach us sound theology, not the job of the laity to figure it all out on our own. Unless we’re willing to devote a lifetime and an academic career to it, interpreting the Bible shouldn’t be our aim. Understanding God’s truths should be, and that’s what the teaching ministry of the church is there for.
Cory Tucholski Becoming Catholic Again: Step One (JULY 18, 2022) (patheos.com)
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.” (Douay-Rheims Bible, Matthew Chapter 5, Verses 3-4, 2022)
As a young, hard-charging, triple-mohawked, rock and rolling Baptist, I found this verse difficult to comprehend.
Then, as a less-young, hard-charging, high skin faded, 3-kiddo raising former paratrooper Catholic, I found this verse difficult to understand.
And certainly, as an approaching middle-age, hard-charging, hard-parted low skin faded, 8-kiddo raising strength athlete and coach Catholic, I fairly recently found this verse difficult to comprehend. Ben Hartford The Strength To Be Meek (AUGUST 1, 2022) (patheos.com)
The Word of the Lord remains forever.
We believe, as Catholics, that the Catholic Church is the pillar and the buttress of the Truth. Yet, even today, a billion souls are separated from us, a fact which comes back to the remote sixteenth century.
There are, yes, different causes for this: the freedom of man, the mystery of predestination, the corruption of customs, sincerity, ignorance, whatever you want to put here. It will not change the fact: a billion souls are separated from us.
In every 10/31, which it is close, I can only mourn and cry the pain of their separation between us.
St. Dymphna is one of those obscure, nearly forgotten saints who (so far) has never achieved the celebrity status of Catholic heroes such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Teresa of Avila, or St. Pope JPII.
Why St. Dymphna of Ireland is the Patron Saint of Domestic Abuse
(Statue of St. Dymphna/National Shrine of St. Dymphna, Massillon OH)
Yet that doesn’t make her any less inspirational, nor does it make her any less of a powerful intercessor when we call upon her in our needs. And, blessedly, her shift from 7th century obscurity to modern-day acknowledgement is beginning to change—and I’m about to tell you why.
1 Peter 5:13 is indeed a reference to Peter’s having composed his epistle at Rome. That 1 Peter was written by the Apostle from Rome was the view of various Early Church Fathers, beginning with Papias of Hierapolis (c. A.D. 60 – c. 130).
Whether or not one accepts that Scripture is silent on the matter, it has nevertheless been the constant tradition of the Catholic Church that Peter did indeed come to the capital at the end of his life, and suffer martyrdom there; a tradition reflected in the writings of the Early Church Fathers stretching back to the end of the first century, long before the Canon of Scripture was being hammered out in the fourth and fifth centuries.
Nicholas Gulda The Origins of the Denial of Peter’s Roman Sojourn (SEPTEMBER 4, 2022) (patheos.com)