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December 14 2017, 9PM

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December 7, 6PM

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November 30, 9AM

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November 24, 12 PM

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November 16, 12 PM

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November 9, 8PM

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November 2, 10AM

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October 26, 3PM

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October 17, 8AM

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October 10, 9AM

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October 3, 8AM

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September 26, 8AM

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September 21, 6AM

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September 12, 2PM

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September 7, 11AM

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August 29, 11AM

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August 25, 10AM

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August 24, 7AM

This may be old news to some Gospel scholarship geeks, but I just came across this article this morning: the lost Gospel commentary of Fortunatianus of Aquileia, a mid-fourth century Italian bishop, has been found and translated into English.  De Gruy...

August 16, 11AM

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August 11, 11AM

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August 4, 11AM

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration!  This Feast last fell on a Sunday in 2006, and won’t fall on a Sunday again until 2023. In the first three or “synoptic” Gospels, the Transfiguration marks a pivotal point in the minist...

July 28, 11AM

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July 19, 12 AM

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July 15, 6AM

Lost in the many of the discussions of the post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia has been Pope Francis' clear re-affirmation of the Church's traditional teaching on the openness to life of the sexual act within marriage.  This occurs in paragraph 80 o...

July 11, 2PM

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July 7, 11AM

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June 30, 6AM

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June 24, 8AM

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June 16, 6PM

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June 9, 9AM

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May 31, 6PM

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May 24, 6PM

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May 20, 11AM

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May 12, 7AM

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May 6, 3PM

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April 26, 11AM

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April 20, 5PM

Behind the readings for this Sunday lies a Gospel text which is never read, but whose influence is felt and whose concepts and images serves as a link between the texts that are read.  That passage is John 19:34: John 19:34 But one of the soldiers pie...

April 14, 3PM

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2PM

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April 10, 6AM

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April 6, 3AM

Jeff Morrow, a good friend of the Sacred Page, has just released a book on the resurrection!  Together with Brant Pitre's The Case for Jesus, this would make excellent reading for high school and college courses on the New Testament! Here's the book.

April 5, 3AM

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March 29, 11AM

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March 22, 7AM

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March 20, 6AM

Speakers at the conference, "Paradigm Change in Pentateuchal Research," from left to right: Lina Petersen, Eckart Otto, Benjamin Kilchör, Jan Retso, Fr. Georg Fischer SJ, Richard Averbeck, Carsten Vang, Joshua Berman, Koert van Bekkum, John Ber...

March 16, 2PM

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March 8, 12 PM

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March 1, 12 PM

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February 27, 12 PM

Catholic Productions has just released our set on Acts from the 2017 West Coast Biblical Conference!

February 22, 11AM

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February 13, 6AM

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February 11, 7PM

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February 3, 7AM

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January 27, 11AM

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January 19, 5PM

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January 12, 1PM

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January 11, 12 PM

Ever wonder if the Bible is really history?  Catholic Productions has just rolled out my three-hour overview of this question.  While we can't address every historical claim the Bible makes, I do point out many of the most significant historical and arc...

January 5, 10AM

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December 30 2016, 11AM

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December 21, 3PM

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December 16, 12 PM

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December 8, 8AM

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November 26, 2PM

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November 15, 8AM

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November 8, 6AM

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November 3, 10AM

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October 31, 9AM

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October 25, 6AM

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October 20, 11AM

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October 15, 12 PM

It seems likely that in the immediate and probably indefinite future, faithful Catholics in America, and their institutions (schools, hospitals, parishes) are going to find themselves under a fair amount of social and judicial pressure.  I think we can s...

October 11, 5PM

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October 9, 1PM

I am participating in a conference on paradigm change in Pentateuchal research in Basel, Switzerland, this coming March.  It is good to see a growing movement to overcome some positions in Pentateuchal scholarship that have ossified into rigid dogmas.  ...

October 6, 6PM

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October 2, 6PM

My bibliographic article on the term "covenant" (Heb berith, Gk diatheke) has just appeared in the online publication, Oxford Bibliographies, from Oxford University Press.  The beginning of the article can be accessed here, but the full article...

September 29, 10AM

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September 22, 8AM

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September 15, 5PM

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September 7, 6PM

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September 2, 6AM

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August 24, 11AM

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August 23, 1PM

I'm happy to be doing some continuing ed for the permanent deacons in driving distance of Austin, Texas, this weekend.  It's the South West Institute of Diaconal Studies, 2016: SWIDS for short.  They are great men.  I visited with them in 2014. This ye...

August 19, 8AM

If anyone has been wondering why Brant Pitre and I haven't been writing and doing more than we have for the past four or five years, it's because a lot of our time has been taken up quietly working on a massive project which Ignatius Press has now rolled ...
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July 25, 10AM

There have been at least a dozen times that Pope Francis has urged Catholics to carry a NT with them, and Scepter Press has just helped fulfill that call by producing a high-quality RSVCE translation of the NT in a handy pocket-sized format.  Before this...

July 21, 5AM

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July 7, 11AM

Fred Rogers used to sing at the opening of his classic children’s show:It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood A beautiful day for a neighbor Would you be mine? Could you be mine? …Won't you be my neighbor?Won't you please, won't you please? Please...

June 27, 3PM

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June 23, 5PM

The Readings for this upcoming Sunday continue the strong call to discipleship issued in last Sunday's Readings.  Jesus stresses that following him must be an immediate and complete commitment of one's entire person.  As someone once said, "Jesus d...

June 14, 8AM

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"The word of God is the source of life and spirituality for the family. All pastoral work on behalf of the family must allow people to be interiorly fashioned and formed as members of the domestic church through the Church’s prayerful reading of sa...

May 11, 12 PM

This post picks up from themes discussed in the post below on the Readings for the Vigil of Pentecost.  For that post, scroll down; and below that is Dr. Pitre's excellent video explaining the Pentecost Readings. For Pentecost Sunday, Mass during the Da...

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Ascension Day, unfortunately, is not observed in a uniform manner across the United States.  Catholics in Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New York, and New England will observe it on Thursday, May 5; the rest of the country observes it this Sunday, May 8.  The ...

April 30, 8AM

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October 29, 9AM

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October 28, 9AM

Pope Francis described the Bible as a "dangerous book" in his introduction to the new German edition of the YouCat Bible.  The whole introduction is worth pondering.  I reproduce it here, from the translation provided by Jules Germain at Alete...

October 24, 9PM

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July 30, 12 PM

What does it mean to be a human being?  What are we really? The answer our children are taught in school is that we are just animals, the result of a long process of accidents in which an amoeba became a fish, became a lizard, became a monkey, became us...

July 16, 3PM

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July 9, 8AM

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June 25, 8AM

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June 24, 8AM

Peter Singer, the atheist ethicist who teaches at Princeton, just got disinvited from a philosophy conference in Cologne after this interview with a Swiss newspaper was published: Neue Zuricher Zeitung: You do not consider an infant to be more worthy of...

June 15, 10AM

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June 11, 8AM

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April 24, 10AM

I'm taking a turn speaking at the National Catholic Bible Conference at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa near Philadelphia, June 19 & 20, 2015.   Other TSP contributors have been there in the past.  I'll be giving these talk...

April 13, 6AM

I'm looking forward to visiting the great state of Illinois this weekend and early next week for a wonderful parish mission at St. Mary's Parish in East Dubuque.  A copy of the parish flyer:

April 4, 9AM

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I've been trying to work through Plato's Republic in my "spare time" in an effort to be cultured and well-read like everyone says we ought to be—actually, at the suggestion of Alvin Plantinga, who lists the Republic as one of the three books e...

April 1, 10AM

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March 25, 7AM

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March 3, 12 PM

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February 16, 6AM

This weekend I have the privilege of joining Fr. Leo Patalinghug and Bishop Strickland in Tyler, Texas for a fantastic conference on the meaning of suffering and the beauty of the cross.  Hope you can join us! Click on the image to go to registration.

February 12, 6PM

by John Bergsma via The Sacred Page (#49482)
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January 30, 6AM

Benjamin Wiker, an historian of biblical scholarship (among other accomplishments), observes the passing of Marcus Borg in this online essay.

January 22, 3PM

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December 23 2014, 10AM

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November 18, 7AM

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November 7, 6AM

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October 24, 6AM

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October 21, 12 PM

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October 13, 11PM

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October 10, 12 PM

InterVarsity Press is advertising a new book by the well-known Protestant theologian Thomas C. Oden, who transitioned from 1960's style Protestant liberalism to a kind of Patristic "mere Christianity." Oden offers the following anecdote about th...

October 8, 4AM

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September 26, 12 PM

TSP readers, we'd love to see you in person in Plano, Texas, Saturday October 11!  Michael and I will be speaking at this conference:   Click on the image to read more and go to the online registration!

September 20, 4AM

At 66 chapters, Isaiah is the longest prophet, followed by Jeremiah with 52, and Ezekiel with 48, right? Wrong.  In Hebrew word count, Jeremiah clocks in at almost 30,000 words, followed by Ezekiel's ~26,000 and Isaiah's ~23,000.  Isaiah is the shortes...

September 17, 1PM

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September 5, 10AM

I don’t like personal conflict.  I try to avoid it as much as possible.  Probably most Americans do.  I’m not sure what it’s like in other cultures, although I’ve heard of others where open social confrontation is more common. This Sunday’...

August 30, 10AM

It's been a tough week for Michael and I at our respective Universities, trying to keep up with the start of classes and a press of academic and administrative duties.  So this week I'm posting an unaltered re-run of a commentary on the Readings from thr...

August 20, 5AM

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August 5, 1PM

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July 23, 3PM

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July 17, 7AM

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July 3, 7AM

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June 21, 5AM

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June 11, 3AM

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May 29, 9AM

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May 28, 3AM

In most of the USA, Ascension Day is observed this Sunday, whereas in the ecclesiastical provinces of Boston, Hartford, New York, Newark, Omaha, and Philadelphia, it is observed on its proper day, Thursday May 29, forty days after Easter. 1. Ascension D...

May 13, 3AM

Since the beginning of time, human beings have sought to construct buildings that would bridge the gap between the temporal and eternal, earthly and heavenly planes of existence.  These temples have taken widely differing forms in many cultures.  One of...

April 30, 5PM

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April 19, 7AM

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April 17, 8AM

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April 15, 8AM

As hundreds of thousands of people in the US alone prepare to join the Catholic Church this Easter, a high-profile conversion has been rocking the largely-secular Swedish culture.  Rev. Ulf Ekman, Sweden's most prominent evangelical pastor, leader of the...
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April 2, 5PM

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March 18, 10AM

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March 4, 12 PM

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March 2, 11AM

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February 27, 8AM

An idea for parents, youth ministers, pastors, teachers etc. of teens:

February 24, 5AM

David Bentley Hart, in Atheist Delusions, writes about the kind of religious culture early Christians left behind when they accepted baptism: "Quite apart from their more revolting ritual observances, however, the religions of the empire were— to...

February 19, 9AM

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February 5, 9AM

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February 1, 5PM

 I will be in Saginaw, Michigan, this Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, Feb. 4-5, speaking at 6pm at Holy Family Church.  On Tuesday I'll be giving my talk, "How to Get through the Bible in an Hour!" (complete with stick figures!), and on Wednes...

January 21, 1PM

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January 7, 1PM

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December 31 2013, 11AM

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December 28, 8AM

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December 23, 10AM

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December 17, 10AM

Pope Francis' recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium is vigorous and beautiful reading, full of provocative statements to awaken us from spiritual slumber.  Unfortunately, it is a long document, and many may not read it through carefully.  I tho...

December 11, 12 PM

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November 27, 2PM

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November 21, 9PM

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November 12, 1AM

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November 5, 5PM

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October 31, 8AM

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October 24, 10PM

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October 15, 12 PM

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October 8, 2PM

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September 24, 5PM

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September 17, 7AM

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September 10, 7PM

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September 5, 6AM

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September 2, 8AM

I have to give a plug for a great new book released by Catholic Answers called "The Truth is Out There".  It's a graphic novel that follows the adventures of two eccentric characters, Brendan and Erc, as they travel space while debating fundame...

August 27, 5PM

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August 21, 8PM

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August 13, 4PM

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August 12, 3PM

Last week I went on vacation with my wife and eight kids to Pennsylvania's "Dark Area," a remote region in north central PA noted for excellent star-gazing due to lack of light pollution.  Knowing that I would be without internet access for the...

August 6, 12 AM

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July 30, 5PM

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July 26, 1PM

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July 19, 6AM

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July 18, 12 PM

The Israel Antiquities Authority is reporting the finding of a palace probably built by and for King David in the hill country of Judah, in a location known as Khirbet Qeiyafah, identified as the biblical city Sha'arayim.  One of the articles announcing ...

July 11, 12 PM

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July 6, 8AM

  In the Readings for this Sunday, Jesus continues his final journey, his fateful "death march" toward Jerusalem (Luke 9–19, the "Travel Narrative") that began formally in Luke 9:51.  The past several Sundays have foreshadowed Jesu...

June 26, 5PM

The Readings for this upcoming Sunday continue the strong call to discipleship issued in last Sunday's Readings.  Jesus stresses that following him must be an immediate and complete commitment of one's entire person.  As someone once said, "Jesus d...

June 22, 4PM

Dr. Hahn, Michael Barber, and I will be leading a weekend conference on the New Evangelization in Buda, TX (near Austin) next month.  If you are in driving distance of Austin, fill your van with friends and family and come on out!  Info and registration...

June 21, 11AM

As the Church reads through the Gospel of Luke this year, we reach a transition point in this Sunday's text (Luke 9:18-24) where the focus of the Gospel begins to shift toward Christ's coming passion and death.  Sorrowful though his suffering will be, ir...

June 12, 10AM

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June 11, 11AM

(1) If a biblical book presents a clear structure and literary elegance (e.g. Ruth): "This composition is obviously the product of a long history of redaction during which original traditional material was shaped into the elegant structure we know ob...

June 10, 12 PM

A friend sent me this link to a video of Fr. Robert Spitzer, whose masterpiece New Proofs for the Existence of God (Ignatius Press) I have been reading for the past month.  I think Spitzer is excellent and want to share his insights.  His talk really st...

June 9, 8AM

I didn't finish my commentary on this Sunday's readings because I'm still recovering/catching up from a week long trip to Haiti, where I spoke at the first Eucharistic Congress of the Diocese of Anse-a-Veau et Miragoane, and at various parishes and missio...

May 31, 5PM

I'm blogging to you from Miragaone, Haiti, this weekend, where I'm participating in the diocesan Eucharistic Congress.  Say a prayer for us!  Now to the readings: I love the early summer liturgical "trifecta" of Pentecost, Trinity, and Corpu...

May 23, 8PM

I can't write a Readings commentary this week because I'm on a silent retreat without Internet. Sorry to all our faithful readers. I'll be back on it next week. Say a prayer for me.

May 16, 1PM

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May 15, 7PM

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May 9, 2PM

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May 3, 7AM

"Transmitting this requires us to be courageous: the courage of transmitting the faith. A sometimes simple courage. I remember—excuse me—a personal story: as a child every Good Friday my grandmother took us to the Procession of Candles and a...

May 2, 11AM

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April 30, 10AM

"Holy Scripture must be understood in the light of what Christ and the saints have actually practiced.  Christ did not offer His other cheek, nor Paul either.  Thus to interpret the injunction of the Sermon on the Mount literally is to misunderstan...

April 28, 11AM

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April 18, 11AM

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April 11, 12 PM

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April 4, 11AM

This coming Sunday is the Second Sunday of the Octave of Easter, also known as “Divine Mercy Sunday.”  The theme of God’s mercy runs through the readings. 1. In the First Reading, we see an outpouring of God’s mercy through the hands of the...

March 30, 1PM

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March 29, 6AM

Every year on Good Friday, we read St. John’s account of the Passion from John 18-19. One of the themes that runs through this reading is the Priesthood of Christ.  In this post, I would like to trace that theme. There is priestly language already in...