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The Magnificat is a Bold Prayer!

December 22, 2010 0 Comments

I pray you might indulge me a little speculation that cuts against the usual “visuals” surrounding the Magnificat. And , if what I say does not please your sensibilities I ask pardon now, and once again your indulgence. In our western culture we tend to think of Mary in very soft focus, humbly praying, head […]

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The Pope’s View of the Historical-Critical Method of Biblical Interpretation

December 17, 2010 50 Comments
The Pope’s View of the Historical-Critical Method of Biblical Interpretation

I must that I was never all that enamored by the historical critical method of interpreting Scripture. I’ll say more of why in a moment. But some of you may be wondering what the historical critical method is. (If you want to skip my little lesson and some personal reflections of mine and go right […]

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On the Synergy of Sacred Scripture – A Reflection on the Pope’s Teaching in the Post Synodal Exhortation Verbum Domini

December 3, 2010 0 Comments

In the past few days we have reviewed how a humanist group has misused Scripture in an Ad campaign designed to ridicule faith in God. In their human kindness they have chosen the Christmas season to do this. Their misuse of Scripture centers on pulling individual verses from the Bible and posting them out of […]

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On a Strange and Horrible Biblical Story and the Bad Memory of God.

November 28, 2010 62 Comments

One of the most strange and horrifying stories of the Bible is the story of Jephthah  (Pronounced “Jeff-tha” and alternately spelled Jepthe) and his ritual murder of his daughter. It is a tale of faith and piety gone terribly wrong and a teaching of what happens when error and false religion are substituted for the true […]

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The Battle Hymn of the Republic as Bible Hymn of the Republic

November 23, 2010 42 Comments

I was reminded today of one of my favorite hymns as I read the first reading from today’s Mass. In particular these lines stood out: [An] angel came out of the temple, crying out in a loud voice to the one sitting on the cloud [Jesus], “Use your sickle and reap the harvest, for the […]

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Did God Command Genocide?

January 20, 2010 150 Comments

In the readings for Daily Mass this week we are reading from 1 Samuel 15 where Saul comes into disfavor with Samuel and God for refusing to fully obey the “Ban” imposed on the Amalekites by God through Samuel. What was the “Ban?” Most fundamentally it was an command that in taking a city or a […]

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If No one is Pope, Everyone is Pope

October 5, 2009 9 Comments

Some years ago I was privileged to bring a man into the Church who gave me some insight into the question of authority. He approached entering the Catholic Church with some misgivings. He had come from a Protestant tradition of a simpler but dignified liturgy that featured good preaching and hymn singing. As he looked […]

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Insights From Psalm 23 – Are you Smarter than a Sheep??

July 15, 2009 7 Comments

Sometimes a text gets so familiar we lose sight of its meaning. Consider a two thoughts from Psalm 23: The Lord is my Shepherd – Sheep only recognize one shepherd. If another shepherd calls to them they flee in fear because they do not recognize his voice. (see John 10:5) Are you as smart as […]

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