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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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Ruth and Advent

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 12.17.10

The Book of Ruth is rarely mentioned during Advent, but it makes for good Advent meditation.

There are obvious connections between Ruth and the Christmas story. Both Bo’az and Ruth are mentioned in Jesus’ genealogy in Matthew 1. Outside of Matthew and Luke, only in Ruth do we have a story about a pious young Jewish couple having their firstborn son in Bethlehem.

When we read Ruth in light of all the...  [Continue Reading]

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A Christmas Invitation

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.07.10

Advent is a profound moment in the Church’s year. As we pray the Mass, as we hear the readings, as we ponder the mysteries, we’re really studying the grand panorama of salvation history. In these few short weeks, we relive the longing and expectation of God’s people as they awaited the Messiah.
It’s also a chance to review our personal history, and to appreciate how God continues to work in our lives....  [Continue Reading]

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Was Joseph Really Suspicious of Mary's Pregnancy?

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 12.07.10

During this Advent/Christmas season we will turn again and again to introductory chapters of Matthew and Luke. Here I’d like to look at one passage in particular.

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; 19 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling...  [Continue Reading]

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The Great St. Ambrose

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 12.07.10

Today is the memorial of the great St. Ambrose. Bishop of Milan, friend of Augustine and Monica, great teacher of the Milanese clergy, and great mystagogue for the laity, Ambrose is one of my favorite figures from the era of the Fathers. From the first post on this blog, I’ve returned to him again and again (sometimes in friendly disagreement with Adrian Murdoch, esteemed fellow of the Royal Historical...  [Continue Reading]

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