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A Retreat for Priests


Beginning with evening prayer on Friday, November 7, 2014, and ending the next day priests from across the country are invited to join the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and Franciscan University of Steubenville for a special day of prayer, fellowship, and study focused on “The Joy of the Gospel.”
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Out of Africa

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 03.07.11

For St. Perpetua’s day, visit early Christian Africa—in one of the earliest posts on my blog.

Carthage, the cosmopolitan port city of ancient North Africa, had a thriving economy, a lively culture, and no small influence in world affairs. Christianity reached the Roman province of “New Africa” no later than the mid-second century, and possibly much earlier. From that time through the rest of the age...  [Continue Reading]

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Archbishop Gomez's Inspiring Inaugural Homily

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 03.07.11

The new archbishop of Los Angeles delivered a stirring homily today. I just had to mention some of it here:

. . . this is not a future I could have ever imagined for myself [i.e., becoming the archbishop of the largest diocese in America, Los Angeles]. But our God is a God of surprises—un Dios de sorpresas—as well as a God of blessings and tender mercies!
As I mark the start of my ministry today in...  [Continue Reading]

Sirach as Scripture in Judaism?

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 03.01.11

My good friend Dr. Jeff Morrow (Seton Hall) has an excellent post up over at the excellent blog Caritas et Veritas on the formation of the canon of Scripture.

It is astonishing to me the way certain myths persist in scholarship. One example is the traditional narrative about the formation of the canon. I don’t have time to write a long post on this topic. Years ago I covered the development of the...  [Continue Reading]

Jesus as the Davidic Messiah in Matthew (Part 2 of 2)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 03.01.11

Following up from part 1. Am I missing any major piece of the puzzle here that wouldn’t require a lot of explanation?

  1. Jesus’ Davidic Exorcistic and Healing Powers. Jesus’ exorcisms and healings seem especially tied to his role as the Davidide. The blind healed by him address him specifically as “son of David” (cf. Matt 9:27; 20:31). Likewise, accounts of his exorcisms are linked with his role as the...  [Continue Reading]

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