ACCIDENTAL APPROPRIATENESS

Today’s Feast of the Baptism of the Lord happens to supersede what would be the normal (optional) memorial of St Hilary of Poitiers.  It’s a very appropriate overlap. In the Gospel for this Mass, we hear proclaimed the words of the voice from heaven:  “This is my...

RESOLUTIONS

Traditionally, the beginning of the new year marks not only celebrations (as though turning over a calendar page would somehow automatically and actually be a new and fresh beginning), but also the making of resolutions.  And in fact, were we to make good resolutions...

ENDS, AND A BEGINNING

This past week marked a string of post-Christmas feasts, and the first four especially are sad, in their own way. The day after Christmas we mark the death of the Deacon Stephen, the “proto-martyr.”   In a scene related in Acts 6-7, Stephen (whose name, in Greek,...

BIBLE BASICS, PART VII

If you come to Mass on Christmas morning, the opening words of the Gospel will be “In the beginning was the Word…”  And for this reason my “Bible Basics” series, which began with thoughts on God’s words, ends with THE Word:  with the Eternal Word, with Jesus Christ....

BIBLE BASICS, PART VI

The Vatican II Constitution on Divine Revelation Dei Verbum, among many other things, recommended Bible reading to Catholics.   Thanks to this document and the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, Catholics now can enter into the Scriptures in a...

BIBLE BASICS, PART V

How do we make sense of the differences between Catholic and Protestant versions of the Bible?  I touched briefly on this earlier; it’s time for a more detailed analysis. Because Jews were scattered all over what ultimately became the Roman Empire, thanks to conquests...