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The Bible employs exalted names for God like king, ruler, warrior and judge, along with other worthy metaphors like rock, fortress, shield, and refuge. more
The temptation of Eve by Satan in the Garden of Eden is virtually the same temptation suggested by Satan to Christ in the Judean wilderness. Eve had all the human resources she could possible desire. more
Marriage in Western Civilization and in virtually every society in the world and certainly within the Judean-Christian tradition has been the indissoluble union of one man and one woman open to the procreation and education of children. more
In its teaching on the universality of salvation in the document Lumen Gentium, the Second Vatican Council is careful to stress both the necessity of the Church for salvation as well the generous scope which participation in the church implies. more
Amalfi is a popular tourist destination along Italy’s Mediterrean coast. Cliffside roads and hairpin turns breathlessly lead to hillside villas and sun-bleached homes which cascade from forested hilltops down to the legendary blue sea. more
The Blessed Mother is highlighted twice in the Gospel according to St. John. The miracle at Cana, to be proclaimed this coming Sunday, places Mary at the very beginning of Christ’s public life and St. John’s narrative of the crucifixion locates the mother of Jesus at the very last moments of Jesus’ public life. more
Mary Kenny, columnist for the Irish Independent, writes of the sex-abuse and cover-up scandals that have devastated the Catholic Church in Ireland. more
The solemnity of Epiphany is to Christmas what the solemnity of Pentecost is to Easter. Christmas and Easter were personal events in the life of the incarnate Son of God. more
The season of Advent sometimes has the Christian world standing on tiptoe looking off to the horizon for the arrival of Jesus Christ who “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.” more
The fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council is certainly an invitation to reflect on how that historic council has influenced both Church life and one’s personal life. more
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