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The psalm at Mass tonight was Psalm 23, and we sang a paraphrased setting of it by Marty Haugen. I’ve sung it dozens of times before, but this time the refrain took my imagination somewhere new. Shepherd me, O God … Continue reading
I read a commentary on church reform by Hans Küng last week, that lingered in my mind as an example of “doing it wrong,” at least from the perspective of mimetic ecclesiology. In this commentary, the substantive issues of church … Continue reading
Brad Rothrock certainly has some finely crafted phrases in his latest response to the discussion sparked by America’s policy on labeling Catholics. I particularly admired this discussion (emphasis mine) involving the practice of the faith: Is faith belief that then … Continue reading
If laying down one’s life for one’s friends is the greatest proof of love (cf. Jn 15:13), Jesus offered his own life for all, even for his enemies, to transform their hearts. — Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei 16, emphasis mine. … Continue reading
This letter was written as a circulating letter to the churches of Galatia, which is not a city but a larger area, a province. The occasion for its writing was that the area was being evangelized by missionaries who were … Continue reading
So the first letter I’m reading for my independent study this summer is Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, which is probably the earliest surviving Christian text that we have: scholars date it to 50 or 51 CE. (Which in … Continue reading
A nice article by Mark Randall James on What the Bible Clearly Teaches unpacks some of the epistemological assumptions underlying both strict Biblical inerrancy and the anti-intellectualism prevalent among some Bible-waving politicians these days: If the Bible delivers a clear … Continue reading