archive-com.com » COM » C » CATHOLICEXCHANGE.COM

Total: 452

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • The Biblical Roots of the Mass with Tom Nash
    Theology Advisor for EWTN and author of The Biblical Roots of the Mass We discuss the Old Testament roots of the Mass to get at the heart of those questions we ve all had such as Where is this in the Bible Are we really sacrificing Tom brings his great knowledge of the Bible to shine a new light on the Liturgy and the Eucharist and you will be able to glean so much more after hearing some of his wisdom Thomas J Nash Resources You can pick up The Biblical Roots of the Mass through Sophia Institute Press It s available in paperback and ebook You can listen to Tom s past broadcasts through our friends at Catholic Answers Tom also appears on EWTN with Fr Wade L J Menezes for their production The Biblical Story of the Mass You can also find Tom s writing in Catholic for a Reason III Scripture and the Mystery of the Mass Connect CE Podcast Art as Theology A Conversation with Timothy P Schmalz 2 weeks ago Moving From Grief to Grace with Jeannie Ewing 4 weeks ago Holy Week Among the Byzantine Catholics with Thomas Moses 1 month ago See previous

    Original URL path: http://catholicexchange.com/biblical-roots-of-the-mass-tom-nash (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Manna and the Mountain-Devouring Cloud of Fire
    bread that has come down from heaven in other words the Eucharist But do Catholics go too far in believing that Christ s divinity body and soul are present to us in the Eucharist John 6 of course seems pretty clear about how this new bread is His own very flesh Many Protestants however remain unconvinced Certainly there are also some Catholics who have had moments of doubt as well Anyone who still questions the Real Presence should take another look at the exodus story It is certainly striking that the glory of the Lord that is the divine presence is there associated with simple rolls of bread It suggests that the typological identification of the old bread with the new has to do with more than just the fact both are bread that came down from heaven The story of the manna suggests that the typological connection goes deeper both forms of bread manifest albeit in different ways and contexts the presence of God This story also has much to say to Catholics who already have a lively faith in the Real Presence It reminds us just how awesome it is that in such simple food we enter into the presence of God Himself Think about it that fire cloud that devoured a mountain top is in a sense contained in a substantial way in the Eucharist received at Mass Put another way the fire that once consumed the mountain is now consumed by us Technically it s still the other way around in eating the Eucharist it is God who consumes us who permits us participation in the divine life This image of fire of the divine spark consumed by the believer is itself a biblical image Such a scene is vividly described in Isaiah 6 where the prophet has a vision of the heavenly temple where angels unendingly sing of the glory of God that will be poured out on earth When Isaiah sees all this he is naturally petrified and exclaims Woe is me I am doomed For I am a man of unclean lips living among a people of unclean lips and my eyes have seen the King the Lord of hosts verse 5 What happens next One of those angels takes a pair of tongs approaches the altar and lifts up an ember The angel then touched it to Isaiah s mouth See the angel said now that this has touched your lips your wickedness is removed your sin purged verse 7 What happens at Mass is more incredible than this We not only touch our lips to the burning ember but swallow it And in the Eucharist it is the fullness of the divinity the soul and body of God Incarnate that is made present to us anew The cloud of fire at Sinai not only reminds us of this mind bending reality but also helps us to better understand how it can be so Like the cloud covering the fire the Eucharist

    Original URL path: http://catholicexchange.com/manna-and-the-mountain-devouring-cloud-of-fire (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive

  • The Mystery of the "Woman" at Cana
    Just take the first verse of the first chapter In the beginning Sound familiar The Church has always recognized in this a Trinitarian retelling of the creation account in Genesis 1 The next few verses continue with the creation theme all things were made through the Word and the Word was the life that illuminated the human race verse 4 Language about light and darkness also recalls the first moment of creation although in John the divine Word is light whereas in Genesis it is something created by God The parallels continue in the very structure of the first two chapters In fact scholars have noted that there are seven days hidden in the beginning of John echoing the seven days of creation Day 1 is marked off with the first verse The second day begins in John 1 29 The next day Incidentally this is when we meet John the Baptist and in Genesis the second day was when the waters were separated from the sky The third and fourth days are denoted in John 1 35 and 1 43 in similar fashion Then the Cana story begins with this chronological note On the third day there was a wedding Let s do some quick math Four days have already passed Three more brings us to the seventh day the day of God s rest Sunday How fitting that a wedding feast with water turned into wine the Eucharistic feast is recounted on this day The Gospel of John is sounding more and more like Genesis Suddenly it doesn t seem so surprising that we encounter a new Eve along with the new Adam Christ Far from being an embarrassment for Catholics the wedding at Cana turns out to be one of the strongest biblical texts in support of what the Church teaches about Mary With this renewed understanding of the story in mind let us listen again to Mary as she speaks to us of her Son Do whatever he tells you image steve estvanik Shutterstock com Tagged as apologetics Best of Week John Paul II Marian theology Mary Wedding at Cana By Stephen Beale Stephen Beale is a freelance writer based in Providence Rhode Island Raised as an evangelical Protestant he is a convert to Catholicism He is a former news editor at GoLocalProv com and was a correspondent for the New Hampshire Union Leader where he covered the 2008 presidential primary He has appeared on Fox News C SPAN and the Today Show and his writing has been published in the Washington Times Providence Journal the National Catholic Register and on MSNBC com and ABCNews com A native of Topsfield Massachusetts he graduated from Brown University in 2004 with a degree in classics and history His areas of interest include Eastern Christianity Marian and Eucharistic theology medieval history and the saints He welcomes tips suggestions and any other feedback at bealenews at gmail dot com Follow him on Twitter at https twitter com StephenBeale1 Subscribe to

    Original URL path: http://catholicexchange.com/the-mystery-of-the-woman-at-cana (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Lunatics, Liars, or Witnesses to the Risen Lord?
    is translated as apparition In the Greek itself the word is phantasma on obvious precursor to our English word phantasm Whichever word is best one thing is certain the disciples did not really think they were seeing Jesus Christ in the flesh and blood What convinced them otherwise The Gospel of Matthew which has a longer version of this than Mark offers some insight First that seeming ghost speaks to them Take courage it is I Do not be afraid Then a conversation ensues between Jesus and Peter Well people hear voices all the time But then something happens to Peter something much more real and objective than hearing a voice and seeing a ghost like image Peter himself is able to walk on the water after expressing faith in Jesus If any of the disciplines remained unconvinced that this was really Jesus what happened next must have clinched it once Peter s faith begins to falter he sinks and cries out to Jesus who stretches out his hand and catches Peter Now there are people who claim to have heard and seen ghosts but how many say that a ghost reached out and physically grabbed them Another episode that prepared the way for the resurrection was the transfiguration Here s how it s described in Matthew 17 And he was transfigured before them his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light Note there is no underlying cause for the disciples to be hallucinating at this point Christ has not yet died so the naturalistic explanation that Ehrman uses to explain the resurrection appearances that their grief stricken minds were playing tricks on them does not work here Now what exactly were the disciples witnessing According to Aquinas it was the glory of Christ s deity and of His soul shining through the body He even seems to suggest that this sudden burst of glory might appear to an observer to be similar to what Christ might have looked like in His glorified body The difference is that this was temporary and was miraculous because Christ s body at this point had not been glorified In the gospel accounts the transfiguration sticks out More to the point it seems out of place It doesn t really fit in with other miracles performed by Jesus nor is it connected to any parable sermon or other teaching Notably in the Gospel of Matthew it occurs soon after Peter s confession of Christ s identity But the significance of that confession and of the transfiguration itself cannot be fully grasped until after the resurrection This explains why Christ tells the three disciples to disclose to no one what they had seen until after He had been raised from the dead These pre resurrection experiences led the disciples to be open to the possibility that Jesus Christ had really risen from the dead that they were dealing with a new reality something for which previous categories of experience could

    Original URL path: http://catholicexchange.com/lunatics-liars-witnesses-risen-lord (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Homeless Jesus, Year of Mercy, & the New Evangelization
    nails into a piece of wood Those who perceive in themselves this kind of divine spark which is the artistic vocation as poet writer sculptor architect musician actor and so on feel at the same time the obligation not to waste this talent but to develop it in order to put it at the service of their neighbour and of humanity as a whole Homeless Jesus is starting to appear in cities across the world This is Christian art that is both as profound as it is proving popular as strangely solemn as it is à la mode But whereas in recent decades many modern artists have taken a perverse pleasure often one applauded by secular prizes in mocking and deriding traditional Christian iconography this is an artistic installation that is respectful of that tradition refreshingly so One such statute is now placed on the approach to St Peters in Rome One suspects that the current Holy Father approves He seemed to when he blessed an earlier temporary representation of the same statute Regardless of that this art is definitely of the Christian moment that is right now There is another statute that is equally timely though And as I write it is making its way from Schmalz s studio in Canada to Italy This artwork will eventually reside at San Giovanni Rotondo the former home of Padre Pio It s fitting that it should be exhibited there as it features the former friar now saint I Absolve You It is called I Absolve You Look at the picture alongside One sees the saint sat at the Confessional something he did day in day out for years but there is something else something unexpected if one looks closer Look at the grill and one notices a hand one that is pierced It is if you like the hand of He who is beneath the blanket of the aforementioned Homeless Jesus statue Here we have a veritable catechesis on the Sacrament of Reconciliation reminding all who care to look that it is to Christ that we confess our sins Like all great art in a single scene it speaks of much indeed much more than perhaps first we imagined Each year millions visit the shrine dedicated to the stigmatic saint Many will come for Confession many will come to beg for the saint s intercession there are others however who will not know why they have come But one suspects that when they do they will see this structure and that in turn will provoke a reaction as if the saint himself sat once more at the confessional As we live this Holy Year of Mercy it is an artistic reminder of the unceasing invitation to forgiveness that calls to each human heart This is the New Evangelisation set in clay Given some of the themes of the current Pontificate the poor and Divine Mercy these two works of art seem to be timely curiously so but then everything has its

    Original URL path: http://catholicexchange.com/the-homeless-jesus-statue-the-year-of-mercy-and-the-new-evangelisation (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Christianity and Stoicism?
    contemporaries of the Lord Jesus we even read of Seneca s brother Gallio in Acts 18 12 27 Unless you are already steeped in the Stoics I have no doubt that like me you will be amazedat what you discover in this book Allow me to follow Dr Vost s lead and begin with Musonius Rufus The man was a first century pro life activist Not only did he publicly protest the gladiatorial games in Athens but he also extolled the ancient laws prohibiting abortion and contraception He taught that marriage was the natural union of one man and one woman entered into for the beauty of life long companionship and the welcoming of new lives hopefully many new lives into the world Parents and not an amorphous state bore the responsibility for educating their children and that applied equally to sons and daughters since both possessed the same powers of reason Dr Vost then presents us with pride of the Stoics Epictetus the slave his very name means acquired who gained his freedom and rose to prominence as a professional philosopher Epictetus taught that happiness no matter one s state in life lay in interior freedom It is what we say to ourselves and not our circumstances that determine our emotions and actions and it is our moral purpose that distinguishes us from animals He addressed practical means of growing in virtue and combating what we Christians would come to call the seven deadly sins Is it any wonder that his Handbook was adapted for use in Christian monasteries Further Epictetus insights served as the basis for psychotherapists Albert Ellis s rational emotive therapy and Aaron Beck s cognitive therapy I realize that I have two Stoics yet to discuss Of Seneca let me simply note that his maxims were especially loved by the early Dominicans and that St Thomas Aquinas made copious use of them when extolling the virtues in his Summa Theologica Is there a stronger endorsement Dr Vost s chapters covering Marcus Aurelius are truly inspirational a Roman emporer who embraced simplicity sexual purity and was convinced that all human beings no matter their station in life possessed dignity Listen to him for yourself M y philosophy means keeping that vital spark within you free from damage and degradation using it to transcend pain and pleasure doing everything with a purpose avoiding lies and hypocrisy not relying on another person s actions or failings To accept everything that comes and everything that is given as coming from the same spiritual source Meditations II 17 It is the grace of Christ that makes it possible for us to do just that The Stoics had their short comings but Christians have always recognized them as powerful cultural allies in explicating a morality rooted in the natural law and the inculcation of virtue Dr Kevin Vost s The Porch and the Cross Ancient Stoic Wisdom for Modern Christian Living Angelico Press 2016 is a much needed reminder that Christianity

    Original URL path: http://catholicexchange.com/christianity-and-stoicism (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Getting to Know St. Bernadette
    us they could not accommodate us at the earlier time and later would be best As a result we made a quick detour to Nevers It was there where I fell in love with St Bernadette and knew she was chosen as my patron for the year My love for Bernadette grew even more as I walked in her footsteps in the city of Lourdes And at a conference I recently attended an artist had a beautiful print of St Bernadette which I proudly hang in my office Since my pilgrimage I have read some of the words of Bernadette that I acquired while abroad I have been touched by her deep humility and her holiness This humble unschooled young girl who saw the Immaculata can teach us so much about so many things including suffering If you want to get to know St Bernadette I encourage you to consider reading one of the many books which will help you get to know her and then to fall in love with the little girl from Lourdes The Song of Bernadette by Franz Werfel Not only is there a movie by the same title but before the movie was the novel written by Franz Werfel a Jewish believer who wrote the book after hiding in the city of Lourdes He fell in love with St Bernadette while in Lourdes and beautifully captures the essence of Bernadette s story or in this case her song Saint Bernadette Soubirous by Francis Trochu For some the name Monsignor Trochu might be familiar He is the noted biographer of the Cure de Ars Deeply committed to transmitting the facts of Bernadette s life his book no doubt is one of the definitive works on Saint Bernadette Trochu traces the life of St Bernadette from her infancy and familial struggles to the apparitions and her departure from Nevers The reader will walk away knowing the story of St Bernadette Bernadette Speaks A Life of Saint Bernadette Soubirous in Her Own Words by Rene Laurentin Fr Rene Laurentin is one of the noted Mariologists of the 20 th century The book described as being novel like relays the story of St Bernadette compiled from her own writings hence the book s title In this book you the life of Bernadette will unfold before your very eyes A Holy Life St Bernadette of Lourdes by Patricia A McEachern Patricia McEachern takes the reader on a journey through the notes journals and private writings of St Bernadette known as the most secret of all the saints The writings one will be exposed to within the text will open one s eyes to Bernadette s humility and the grandeur of her holiness Bernadette of Lourdes by Rene Laurentin This work of Laurentin preceded the work mentioned earlier and like the others takes the reader through the events of Bernadette s life Bernadette Her Story by Francoise Bouchard This simple 76 page book recounts the story of Bernadette and provides insight

    Original URL path: http://catholicexchange.com/getting-to-know-st-bernadette (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Food as a Defender of Culture
    every church so is it fitting to couple excellence in meal making to the 500 year old tradition of those defenders of the head of Catholic culture who live where the Church makes her home the Pontifical Swiss Guards These superior soldiers these elite sons of Switzerland are a serious force when it comes to security loyalty and as it turns out to culinary appreciation They would otherwise be poor protectors of any authentic culture The Vatican Cookbook from Sophia Institute Press seamlessly unites two seemingly disparate entities in a single and beautiful vision that truly nourishes the concept and the taste for the vitality of Catholicism and the catholic as in universal appreciation for fine and filling foods Presented by the Swiss Guards themselves this book is far more than a cookbook Food as Pope Francis has said is a basic human right and this book commemorating the tables of the Roman pontiffs while honoring the popes of Rome that presided over them gets right down to basics that are both beautiful and beneficial The Vatican Cookbook is alive with gorgeous and grand photography capturing both the world of the Vatican and the dishes that are associated with its magnificent history As pleasing to the eye alone these pages are significant let alone the pleasures they can also afford to the belly As a guide to the gastronome the 70 recipes attractively presented in this book are not overly complicated in their execution using a reasonable amount of easily acquired ingredients and offering gourmet results that are elegant and excellent From holiday feasts to homely fare these dishes are given as a clear means to bolster and inspire a rejuvenation and restoration of the fineries of Catholic culture The Vatican Cookbook also offers in glorious fashion a passage through the marvels of Vatican City as told by the Swiss Guards These men of discipline and virtue who sacrifice much to offer the Vicar of Christ and his residence safety have wonderful stories that any Catholic cook and by that title is meant any Catholic with a kitchen would enjoy and be edified by as they wait for the pasta bubbling on the stove The challenge of every Catholic is to partake in the life of the Mystical Body of Christ The source and center of this life is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass the perfect prayer and the enactment of the Mystery of Faith and it is designed around a meal Gatherings of Catholic families and friends is a reflection of the Catholic Church where as in the parish church an atmosphere of truth and friendship is fostered assisted by art and ritual and ordered intrinsically to the worship and service of God Members of a church gather at a table for a meal for Communion just as a family and friends gather at a table for a meal for communion The power and potency of the meal is a sign and source of wellbeing in Christ There

    Original URL path: http://catholicexchange.com/the-vatican-cookbook-food-and-culture (2016-05-01)
    Open archived version from archive



  •