No Ordinary Joe

Joseph of Cyprus His name was Joseph, a Levite from the island of Cyprus.  He was very likely one of the thousands who came to Christ during Peter’s speech on the feast of Pentecost (Acts 2).  Joseph was one of the first to sell his property to help the poor (Acts 4:36-37) and is listed first among […]

St. Paul’s Hymn of Glory

  I think Ephesians is my favorite letter of St. Paul.  It is incredibly profound, while at the same time, incredibly accessible. It was widely circulated throughout the early Church because it was such a powerful catechesis on the nature of Christ and the Church (something we looked at last time). Ephesians begins, “Paul, an […]

Ephesus and Ephesians: Windows into what it means to be Church

Recently, I joined over 35 evangelical students and professors on a study pilgrimage tracing out the paths of St. Paul, visiting the seven churches of Revelation, learning at the locations of the first seven ecumenical councils.  While I have been to the Holy Land many times, this was my first time to modern day Turkey, […]

What’s In a Name? The O’ Antiphons

The titles of Christ in the O Antiphons have been invoked by the Church for at least 1,300 years. The Medieval monasteries would ring their largest bell as the choirs of monks intoned Mary’s Magnificat and these Advent antiphons. All seven can be found in the oracles of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, who gives us many memorable images […]

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God is Calling You to a Deeper Relationship with Him  Who were the prophets, what was their message, and what do they have to do with us?If we consider that God is the divine Bridegroom and the Church is his Bride, then the prophets can be seen as “spiritual marriage counselors.” They afflict the comfortable  […]

“Evangelization: Marian Style” Free Webinar

If you missed our free webinar  “Evangelization: Marian-style” on Wednesday, October 22nd at 7 PM EST you can watch the archived version HERE. In his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis proposes a Marian style of evangelization, noting how Our Lady models the life of a missionary disciple for all of us. In this new […]

Meet the Messengers: Ezekiel

A Watchman for God’s People Any student of the prophets knows that they had a tough row to hoe. (Sorry, my Idaho farm boy language sometimes slips in.) Their audiences often rejected them, even tried to kill them. When we reach the prophet Ezekiel, Judah has been exiled to Babylon. Our prophet was among the […]

Meet the Messengers: Jonah

Pride and Prejudice To call Jonah a reluctant prophet would be a gross understatement. He literally runs in the opposite direction of his calling to preach repentance to the Ninevites. At one level, it’s hard to blame him. Nineveh was the capital of Assyria, one of the hated enemies of God’s people. At first glance, […]