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Join us on a Pilgrimage to Italy!


From March 9-19, 2015, the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology invites you to join us on a special pilgrimage to the holy cities and shrines of Italy. Led by the St. Paul Center’s Executive Director—the popular author and speaker Matthew Leonard—this 10-day pilgrimage will take you throughout central Italy to visit some of the holiest spots in Christendom. [READ MORE]

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Franciscan University Presents: “Consuming the Word” on EWTN

Posted by St. Paul Center on 02.27.14

When we use the term “New Testament,” we usually just mean the last twenty-seven books of the Holy Bible, the ones written by the Apostles and their companions in the first century.  But that’s not what the term meant from the beginning.  Long before those books were even written, Jesus used that phrase to refer to the Eucharist.  It was the “New Covenant,” the “New Testament,” in his blood. Christians...  [Continue Reading]

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The Tolerance of Paganism

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 02.26.14

David Bentley Hart, in Atheist Delusions, writes about the kind of religious culture early Christians left behind when they accepted baptism:


“Quite apart from their more revolting ritual observances, however, the religions of the empire were— to a very great degree— contemptible principally for what they did not do, and what in fact they never considered worth doing. Occasional attempts have been...  [Continue Reading]


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Thomas Aquinas on John 6:53 (“the flesh is of no avail”)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 02.26.14

The Bread of Life discourse in John 6 has Jesus emphasize over and over again that it is necessary for believers to “eat his flesh” and “drink his blood”.

Is this passage about the Eucharist?

There are good reasons for thinking so. First, the imagery of “eating” Jesus’ “flesh” and “drinking” his “blood” seems closely linked with the Last Supper, the only other place where such language is clearly...  [Continue Reading]

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Holy as God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.21.14

Leviticus 19:1–2, 17–18
Psalm 103:1–4, 8, 10, 12–13
1 Corinthians 3:16–23
Matthew 5:38–48

We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday.

Yet how is it possible that we can be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect?

Jesus explains that we must be imitators of God as his beloved children (Eph. 5:1–2).

As God does, we must...  [Continue Reading]

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Loving Your Enemies: John Bergsma Examines the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 02.19.14

This Sunday’s Readings include some of the best known—and hardest to practice—passages from the Gospel, including Jesus famous command to “turn the other cheek.” Biblical scholarship can only go so far in elucidating some of Jesus’ challenging commands; beyond that, we need the saints.

  1. Our Readings start off showing the continuity between Jesus’ teachings and the Old Testament, quoting a section from...  [Continue Reading]

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