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A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

March 24, 2017 0 Comments
A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

In preparation for today’s Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives), by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner. I must say […]

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How Did People Tell Time in Jesus’ Day?

March 23, 2017 0 Comments
How Did People Tell Time in Jesus’ Day?

N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did. The modern person, especially in the West, thinks of time in a very mechanistic way. […]

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What Was the Climate Like at the Time of Jesus?

March 22, 2017 2 Comments
What Was the Climate Like at the Time of Jesus?

N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did. The climate in Palestine, both today and at the time of Jesus, has two distinct […]

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What Is the Geography of the Holy Land Like?

March 21, 2017 0 Comments
What Is the Geography of the Holy Land Like?

N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did. Nomenclature – The land today called Israel or the Holy Land, was known to the […]

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What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus?

March 21, 2017 3 Comments
What Were Houses Like at the Time of Jesus?

N.B.: I am in the Holy Land at this time. As my travel schedule is heavy, I am republishing some articles about life in Jesus’ day. I hope you will enjoy reading (or re-reading) them as much as I did. The smallest homes of the very poor might be little better than a square, stone […]

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St. Joseph and Manhood

March 19, 2017 4 Comments
St. Joseph and Manhood

I remember once being amused to hear that a 19th century Franciscan theologian (whose name I cannot recall) wrote a six-volume set called “The Life of St. Joseph.” How could one possibly get enough material to fill six volumes? We know so little about Joseph from Scripture. He seems to have been the strong, silent […]

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Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

March 17, 2017 1 Comment
Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important ones in the process. The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain […]

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Learning the Lessons of Lazarus and the Rich Man

March 15, 2017 8 Comments
Learning the Lessons of Lazarus and the Rich Man

The well-known story of Lazarus and the rich man was read at Mass this morning (Thursday of the Second Week of Lent). On one level the message of the story seems plain enough: neglecting the poor is a damnable sin. However, there are other important teachings: about death, judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Those teachings are […]

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