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            March 11, 五福彩票6688下载

            COVID-19 threatens U.S. parishes, but liturgically-obsessive personalities put lives at risk in favor of their idolatry. The human-to-human transmitted Wuhan COVID-19 is spreading  throughout the United States. Comparable to the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, COVID-19 is serious. Not the most serious issue faced right now by the globe, definitely not deserving or needing hysteria, but serious enough to take precautions, such as avoiding unnecessary contact (for example, shaking hands at the Sign of Peace). Various diocese are issuing guidelines… Read more

            March 9, 五福彩票6688下载

            Transfiguration of Jesus is but one of five major Altered States of Consciousness experiences in his career. “Transfiguration”—the subject of last Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 17:1-9). But what really happened? Is this a real event from the historical Jesus’ life? Remember, the Gospels are not fact-precise biographies—while all true, they are not all factual. So was the “transfiguration” yet another theological fiction? The “transfiguration” is featured in all three Synoptic Gospels (Mark 9:2-10//Matthew 17:1-9//Luke 9:28-36), and the Matthean version is seasoned… Read more

            March 7, 五福彩票6688下载

            Meaning, whether Biblical or extra-biblical, doesn’t derive from lexica and dictionaries, but from social systems. Meaning found in the Bible, and meaning that God intended to communicate, seems to be the expertise of many an American homilist, preacher, catechist, teacher, and self-proclaimed apologist. But from where does each Scripture derive its meaning? To answer that, first ask—from where do the meanings realized in language originate? Human beings are essentially social beings. Therefore, language must derive its meaning from the social… Read more

            March 5, 五福彩票6688下载

            Personal and individual are terms relating to our American lives that show us why U.S. Christian claims at understanding Scripture are almost always in some ways bogus. Personal Jesus. Is he? Is Jesus your personal savior and Lord? Do you think that the Bible teaches we should think of Jesus in that way, and proclaim him to be that over our lives? Such is the claim belonging to an overwhelming majority of American Christian Bible readers professing to understand what… Read more

            March 3, 五福彩票6688下载

            Trump wins another term or the likelihood of Sanders and Warren joining forces—all this shows how foreign our Bible is! Trump is on a lot of people’s minds this Super Tuesday. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren could achieve much more united than divided. They could shake the establishment by coming together to stop Donald Trump. Either could be the Presidential nominee. The other would be the VP. Together they would be a force. Joe Biden would be finished, and so… Read more

            February 28, 五福彩票6688下载

            Temptation!—Satan faces off against Jesus in a battle often poorly understood by 21st century Western Christians. Temptation given to Jesus in the wilderness by Satan makes for a story about which most Western Christians are only spuriously familiar! Diving into our Lenten journey toward Easter—yet still reeling from recent Catholic abuses of power— this upcoming Sunday’s Gospel tells a Synoptic story that might offer us healing and new direction if we have new eyes with which to read it. It… Read more

            February 25, 五福彩票6688下载

            Bransfield and Vanier show us deep problems in how we enable our Catholic leaders and view holiness. Bransfield, Vanier, and a host of other scandals keep rocking Catholics. This week, the Catholic world reels from learning dark secrets of manipulation and abuse from Jean Vanier. Hailed as “a living saint,” Vanier psychologically and sexually abused at least six women in over fifty years, this all documented in a report commissioned by L’Arche, the very France-based charity organization Vanier founded. Meanwhile,… Read more

            February 24, 五福彩票6688下载

            Popes and Peter relate, as do Apostles and Bishops—but never in oversimplified ways. Popes are counted at 266 in all by very popular Catholic understanding. These Roman popes are considered by Catholics as the heirs of Saint Peter Apostle, bishop of Rome. At least that is how popular imagination has it. That is the language we use about what happened to the illiterate Galilean fisherman Simeon bar Yonah ha kefa ha ṣaddîq. A couple days ago, on February 22, Catholics… Read more

            February 22, 五福彩票6688下载

            Hero and living saint?—no, just a fellow dying inmate in the mental asylum that is the world. Hero. Saint. Mystic. These are the words that roll off the tongue for Canadian Catholic philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian, Jean Vanier. He founded L’Arche meaning “the Ark,” a 五福彩票6688下载 for men with developmental disabilities, in Trosly-Breuil, France. Its work of love spread worldwide. Vanier co-founded Faith and Light, a movement in 86 countries uniting in friendship people with and without intellectual disabilities. Vanier was a… Read more

            February 20, 五福彩票6688下载

            Canon or canon within the Canon?—Why the difference between Mark 8 and Matthew 16 matters! Today’s Gospel reading, dated about 70 CE, offers us Catholics a front-row seat to see how the Gospels evolved. It also helps us to understand better something we take for granted, namely, the biblical canon. This is the official list of sacred documents that make up the library that the Church believes to be inspired (i.e., the Bible). Let’s read today’s Gospel, and then compare it… Read more

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