The National Catholic Review

The Good Word

A blog on Scripture and preaching.

July 2014

  • Jul 31 2014 - 1:14pm
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    Humans have a hunger, which they do not share with any other creature on earth.  It’s a craving for meaning.  All animals find sustenance in the world, but we alone require something else of it.  We need the world to be purposeful.  That’s at the core of what it means to be human, or, as we like to say, to have a soul: to want something of the world.  We don’t simply consume the world physically.  We do so spiritually as well.  Our completion, our final self, lies somewhere out there, out in...

  • Jul 28 2014 - 6:15pm
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    In the first entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on Galatians, I discussed introductory matters concerning the founding of the churches to the Galatians, the situation when Paul wrote to them, when the letter might have been written and the type of letters which Paul wrote, based on the common Greco-Roman letters of his day.

  • Jul 24 2014 - 4:05pm
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    You must know this about the Pearl of Great Price.  Finding it is not fortuitous.  Indeed, to discover it is to know that, without it, your life couldn’t have been the same, couldn’t have been your life.

  • Jul 24 2014 - 12:25pm
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    Again, the kingdom of God is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full, they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good in buckets. What is bad they throw away. (Matt 13: 47-48)
     
  • Jul 21 2014 - 6:42pm
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    In the first entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on Galatians, I discussed introductory matters concerning the founding of the churches to the Galatians, the situation when Paul wrote to them, when the letter might have been written and the type of letters which Paul wrote, based on the common Greco-Roman letters of his day.

  • Jul 17 2014 - 12:01pm
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    I’d had it! I’d just celebrated yet another wedding without the smallest little envelope, one thanking me in the nicest possible way, with a little cash or check. What was it with this town? Weddings, funerals, baptisms! Nothing. Or Nada, as many of our folk would say. 

  • Jul 11 2014 - 9:50am
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  • Jul 10 2014 - 11:27am
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    Tanti anni fa, as the Italians would say, I was studying Italian at the Dante Alighieri Scuola per Stranieri in Florence, just off the Ponte Vecchio. I had already passed a year in Rome, studying theology, in the Italian language, at the Gregorian University. But I had arrived in the Eternal City, like the other American seminarians in my class, shortly before classes began at the university, with no knowledge of Italian. My first year in that Roman classroom, I...

  • Jul 7 2014 - 12:43am
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    In the first entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on Galatians, I discussed introductory matters concerning the founding of the churches to the Galatians, the situation when Paul wrote to them, when the letter might have been written and the type of letters which Paul wrote, based on the common Greco-Roman letters of his day.

  • Jul 3 2014 - 12:20pm
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    Life is full of burdens. Some we scarcely realize, because we’ve grown accustomed to them. We can’t remember when we didn’t carry them. One burden, shared by all believers, every day of their lives, is trying to determine God’s will.