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Introducing our Latest Scripture Study! “The Bible and Prayer”

Part of our Journey Through Scripture program, "The Bible and Prayer" explores the human quest for God, unveiling the true nature of prayer: what it is, how it works, and the bountiful blessings available to those who walk the path of intimacy with God.
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Archbishop Gomez on the Pope's Book as the Model for Scripture Study

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 03.21.11

Archbishop Jose Gomez has a piece in the latest Tidings, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, focusing on Benedict’s new book. This is fantastic stuff! Would that all Catholic bishops would write to their faithful about the need to follow Benedict’s example of Scripture study!

Pope Benedict’s attempt to implement the Catholic biblical renewal envisioned by the Second Vatican Council will...  [Continue Reading]

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]


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