How to Read Scripture: Wisdom from St. Augustine

How many times have you sat down to read a passage of Scripture only to scratch your head and puzzle about what’s going on? Or, have you ever come across a troubling passage of Scripture and wondered how it could be inspired by a good and loving God? We’ve all had bad encounters with Scripture where it doesn’t make sense…

The Chosen TV Drama: A Bingeworthy Show on the Life of Jesus

Stop binge-watching Tiger King and start watching The Chosen! While it is the largest-ever crowdfunded TV show and free on YouTube or through the app, it is still flying under the radar for most Christians since the first season’s release last year. That’s a shame. It is a masterful, transfixing, faithful yet not low budget or corny new TV drama…

‘Who Do You Say I Am?’: Jesus in Matthew 16:15

As Jesus’ conflict with the Pharisees was intensifying and as he was preparing his apostles to understand his crucifixion, he asked them: Who do you say I am? The context further reveals that he was trying to discern whether or not, after his departure, his apostles would feed his people the Word of God or become like the Pharisees who…

God’s Pentecost Promise: ‘I Will Put My Spirit Within You’

“And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to observe my ordinances.” Ezekiel 36:27 The Feast of Pentecost occurs fifty days after Easter. It celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles and the Blessed Mother in the Upper Room in Jerusalem and is often regarded as…

Maundy Thursday: A Mandate, a Meal, and a Ministry

Imagine being the apostles during this week. On Palm Sunday, the moment they had been waiting, nay, preparing for had arrived. Their rabbi was finally being recognized as king in the Holy City. And it was all happening around one of the holiest times of the year, Passover. Surely it felt surreal.   I’m sure they were chuffed being in the…

Palm Sunday and the Kingship of Christ 

Holy Week commences with Palm Sunday, a commemoration of both Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem and his passion. It is a celebration that even Protestants typically unaccustomed to the liturgical practices of the Church still mark in some way.  It’s easy to see why all Christians would want to continue this tradition. With its palm procession and solemn singing or…

How to Worship at Home with Your Family

Wouldn’t it be great if the Church came out of this pandemic stronger? Wouldn’t it be a true blessing if Catholics found themselves more committed to attending Mass? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if parishes and dioceses were not financially crippled, as they lose out on the weekly collection (Reminder: Please keep giving to your parish!) but able to assist those…

Remaining Spiritually Engaged in Your Own Home

It looks like many of us will be spending more time at home for a few weeks, whether for self-quarantine, lockdown, or social distancing. What can we do to keep ourselves spiritually engaged and even grow during this time, rather than stagnate or fall away from our spiritual disciplines? Here are a few suggestions.  1. Why Has God Given You…

A Primer for the Season of Lent

On Wednesday, a priest will dip his thumb into a dish containing the ashes from burnt palm leaves from last year’s Palm Sunday Mass, look you in the eye while tracing an ashen cross on your forehead, remind you that you will die, and call you to repent. Although it is not a holy day of obligation, Ash Wednesday is…

12 Great Lenten Reads from Dr. Sri to Dante

Lent is a great time to do some reading and spiritual reflection. But what should we read? Here’s a list of possibilities that I hope and pray will supercharge your Lent. I have tried to provide a list of uncommon recommendations and to give a number of books so there’s something for everyone. The list is divided into brief devotional…

Differences between the Nicene and Apostles’ Creeds

In “The Need for a Creed,” we discussed how Christianity uniquely prioritizes creeds. Christianity is a religion of the Word, the Word that created the world and the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. Fidelity to God’s Word consists in part of echoing this Word in our confession of faith. Indeed, Christian faith is first a gift or…

The Need for a Creed

When historians explore the rise of Christianity, they often point out that Christianity is unique among world religions in its prioritization of a creed or creedal belief. Take, for example, the words of Frances Young: “Christianity is the only major religion to set such store by creeds and doctrines” (Making of the Creeds, p. 1). It is important to point…
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