National Catholic Register, Thomas L. McDonald; In October the Jordan Tourism Board took a group of Christian journalists and bloggers on a pilgrimage to the holy and historical sites of their country. It was a life changing experience for everyone … Continue reading
Category: Holy Scripture
Holy Scripture: the War Between the Flesh and the Spirit
Msgr. Charles Pope, Community in Mission: In the first reading at Mass today (Wednesday of the 28th Week), St. Paul enumerates the sins that proceed from the flesh. There are many references to “the flesh” in the New Testament, especially in … Continue reading
What Happened to the Tribe of Dan Absent from the List of 12 in the Apocalypse?
Of the tribe of Manasses, twelve thousand signed (Apoc. 7:6) Reading the Book of the Apocalypse the other day, I was surprised not to see Jacob’s son Dan listed with the twelve patriarchs in the enumeration of the 144,000 signed … Continue reading
The Temptations of Christ in the Desert
The Three Temptations of Christ in the Desert After forty days of fasting and prayers Our Lord is tired and hungry. He has not yet begun His public life. Saint John the Baptist has given testimony that Jesus is the … Continue reading
Was God Mean in the Old Testament? YouTube Video.
The YouTube video below is the entirety of Reconquest 19: “KILL THEM ALL! (on the ‘Dark Passages’ of the Bible). Guest: Dr. Nathan Schmiedickie”. I also wrote an Ad Rem on the same subject. Not every episode will make its … Continue reading
‘Immediately’: Characteristically St. Mark
The four evangelists used the adverb “immediatley” (euthus, in Greek) an amazing number of times. Saint Matthew used it twelve times, Luke fourteen times, and John only six times. Mark however, whose feast day was yesterday, used the word twenty-eight … Continue reading
What is a ‘Type’?
Every once in a while, I refer to a “type” or “typology” is something I write or speak on. What follows is a brief explanation of what that is, excerpted from a longer piece I wrote. A very important device in … Continue reading
More Old-Testament Violence, and Bluegrass
My Ad Rem on the subject of the “dark passages” of the Bible went a bit long. This piece represents a small coda with further thoughts on the issue, being a collection of “odds and ends” presented in no special order. … Continue reading
Apostle to the Gerasenes
A most unlikely apostle indeed. It was the possessed lunatic, who dwelt among the graves, out from whom were cast many devils. The devil’s voice claimed that their name was Legion” and legion means a thousand. Demons like to flaunt … Continue reading
Lenten Considerations: Sin, Death, and the Resurrection
And if Christ be not risen again, your faith is vain, for you are yet in your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:14). Cardinal Kung emphasized the resurrection in one of his sermons just before his arrest in 1955: If we renounce … Continue reading
Cana and Being About His Father’s Business
Sunday we celebrated the feast of the marriage at Cana. Saint John tells us that “the mother of Jesus was there” and that Jesus and His disciples were invited as well. Despite the varying opinions of several fathers, I think … Continue reading
What are Swaddling Clothes and What is Their Significance?
And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn (Luke 2:7). What are swaddling clothes and what is their … Continue reading