Why Have You Brought Us Up?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/fe/044._The_Israelites_Cross_the_Jordan_River.jpg/1278px-044._The_Israelites_Cross_the_Jordan_River.jpg Why Have You Brought Us Up?

“Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert, where there is no food or water? We are disgusted with this wretched food!” (Numbers 21:5). It is safe to say that the Israelites passing through the desert would rather have been anywhere than where they were. In their best moments, they... [Read more...]

Sins of Speech

John McColgan, Elk Bath Sins of Speech

There’s a lot to be said for the old dictum “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” But we’re not merely bones. To a certain extent, we need the respect of others in order to carry on our lives. True, Jesus himself bore a great many insults. But he also took name-calling... [Read more...]

More Eloquent than the Blood of Abel

Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P., Melchizedek Offering Sacrifice More Eloquent than the Blood of Abel

Growing up the third of four boys I have thought long and hard about the story of Cain and Abel. Beside pondering fraternal conflict and the effects of original sin, the story of the brothers intrigues me with regard to sacrifice. The story is familiar, but consider it here with this in mind. “Now... [Read more...]

The Gamaliel Principle

Carlo Saracini, Saint Stephen Mourned by Saints Gamaliel and Nicodemus The Gamaliel Principle

It’s another swelteringly hot day in Jerusalem and many good Jews, on their way into the Temple for worship, stop for a break in the shade of Solomon’s Portico. There they find a group of men (twelve to be exact) working many healing miracles and preaching in the name of Jesus the Nazarene. Wasn’t... [Read more...]

You Too Were Strangers

Rembrandt van Rijn, Flight into Egypt You Too Were Strangers

Having heard a very different speech earlier in the day, my Dominican brothers and I sat down in our chapel a few Fridays ago and heard these words from the Prophet Moses: On your fathers did the Lord set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them… He executes justice... [Read more...]

Opening the Book of Revelation (Part I)

Unknown German master, Vision of St. John the Evangelist Opening the Book of Revelation (Part I)

Editor’s note: This post, originally published on November 28, 2011, is the first in a series on the Book of Revelation. You can read the whole series here. Fr. Leo Checkai was ordained a priest in May 2014 and now teaches at Providence College. We speak a wisdom to those who are mature, but not... [Read more...]

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