Voices

John W. Martens is an associate professor of theology at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn,where he teaches early Christianity and Judaism. He also directs the Master of Arts in Theology program at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity. He was born in Vancouver, B.C. into a

A painting by Albrecht Durer. (public domain)
Faith The Word
November 03, 2016
“He has rescued us from the power of darkness” (Col 1:13)
Faith The Word
October 27, 2016
“For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us” (2 Thes 3:7)
Faith The Word
October 20, 2016
St. Augustine defined martyrdom in this way: “It is the reason why, not the suffering that constitutes the martyr.”
Faith The Word
October 13, 2016
“For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost” (Lk 19:10)
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Faith The Word
October 06, 2016
The introductory line to Jesus rsquo parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector is as important to understand as is the parable itself The Gospel of Luke the only Gospel in which this parable is found sets the scene Following the parable of the unjust judge and the widow Jesus ldquo also t
Faith The Word
September 28, 2016
To draw sustenance, we must continue to go to the sources that refresh us: friends, prayer, the sacraments, the Mass and Scripture, all of which equip us for the spiritual battle, and to recognize that God is always with us too, truly fighting at our side.
Faith The Word
September 22, 2016
Only the Samaritan turned back to praise God and (literally translated) “fell before his feet” and thanked Jesus.
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The Word
September 15, 2016
“We have done only what we ought to have done” (Lk 17:10)
Faith The Word
September 08, 2016
If we truly believe that God is on watch for the poor, the widow and the orphan, then now is the time to align ourselves with God’s reign, with Lazarus.
The Word
September 01, 2016
The complexity of the parable of the dishonest manager found in Luke rsquo s Gospel alone did not stop the church fathers from cutting to the heart of the matter Jesus commended the dishonest manager for slashing the amount of money the debtors owed to his master and encouraged his listeners to a