“The Bible and the Virgin Mary” Giveaway

'The Madonna' by Giovanni Battista Salvi, called Sassoferrato

+JMJ+ (Note: Form is working now.) A short post tonight as I’m fighting off a cold and all I want to do is drink anotha cuppa and curl up with Miss Lucy Dawg under my trusty warm blanket with dawggies on it. Dawggies in Christmas sweaters and other wintery attire, I should say. (Everything’s better with dawggies, don’t ya know, even colds.) Today is the last Monday in May and my last post about the Blessed Virgin Mary for May, too. So I wanted to do something special. And here it is:

I’m going to give away my DVD set of the St. Paul Center’s The Bible and the Virgin Mary. It’s an open box and I already ripped it to an external drive, so it’s been in the optical drive of my Mac mini once and is in excellent condition, both the DVDs and the box they’re in are like new. Below is a video sample of lesson one to give you an idea of what the series is like. 

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Verbum Catechism Collection Giveaway

When I discovered the Church (as a new ager and Buddhist), many things drew me to her. The Church Fathers, the saints and great spiritual writers. The Rosary and the Mass. The teachings. The answers that made sense, the deep questions that the Church expected inquirers (and members) to ask, and that we are expected to go on to seek answers, true answers, not merely to express doubt and toss off a skeptical doubt disguised as a question (from a doubter disguised as a seeker). What I would have given to have had then what I have now and have been using since 2014 in my studies. (Note: I am not in any way affiliated with Verbum. I just like it. A lot.)

I’m talking about Verbum Catholic Study Software and Libraries, which I highly recommend and part of which I also happen to be giving away as part of my Triple Anniversary Celebration. I’m giving away a nine volume collection containing what you’ll need to study the teachings of the Church and the Scriptures in a deeper way. (See the other giveaways and enter to win.)

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The Bible and the Church Fathers Launches Feb 19

A quick note to tell you about something I just saw: The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents The Bible & the Church Fathers, launching this Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 pm Eastern with free streaming video. But wait! There’s more!

Enter to win a signed study bundle (the complete package of the Church Fathers study for parishes plus John Bergsma’s book, Bible Basics for Catholics). Link below. But wait! There’s even more!

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The Bible and the Church Fathers for Lent

Have to share this with you: During Lent this year the St. Paul Center is offering free viewing of their new series, The Bible and the Church Fathers, with the purchase of a workbook, leader guide, DVD set, or kit. Get to know your Church family and learn how they read the Bible. (Links at the end of this post.)

This Lent, get free streaming of The Bible and the Church Fathers! For a limited time, you can get free access to our premiere video study when you buy a workbook, leader guide, DVDs, or kit.”

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Some news about the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible

I have some guardedly* good news about the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible to share with you. I was watching a Scott Hahn video (see below) the other night, and in the opening minutes he mentioned that the ICSB Old Testament would be finished the next week (the video was dated September 2019 on YouTube), and sent off to the publisher. Publication would depend on the speed of the editorial process, but probably late 2020 or sometime in 2021. Well, I’ve heard various dates given before but this is the first time I’ve heard Dr. Hahn himself give such an update and the first time he’s said “It is finished,” regarding that series that has taken a legendarily long time to complete.

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Have a blessed and happy Father’s Day

In honor of Father’s Day, coming up on Sunday, I’m watching and sharing a video by Scott Hahn, Understanding the Our Father, from the Coming Home Network’s conference series, Deep in History, based on his book by the same name. (I’ve had this book in my Verbum library for at least a couple of years and I’ve only just now begun to read it. I don’t know how long it was there before I realized it. Correction: I did start reading this a while back but life intervened and I didn’t finish it. Story of my life.) Video below, links at the end of this post.

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About those “extra” books in Catholic Bibles

How many times has some well-intentioned but woefully misinformed person said this to you: “The catholic church* added books to the Bible.” (There are links at the end of the post.)

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Pentecost, the undoing of Babel

Pentecost, by Anthony van Dyck. From Wikimedia, public domain.

I couldn’t stand it. I’ve been eyeing that  book, A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: Old Testament, by John Bergsma and Brant Pitre, and I finally bought the Kindle version. (Yes, I did want the Verbum edition, but I have no idea when that will be out or even if it will be. And patience is not my strong suit.)

One of the first things I did when I started reading this one was run a search for Pentecost. One of the search results, a passage worth quoting at length, was about Pentecost as the undoing of the Tower of Babel. (Links at the end of this post.)

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What is all this stuff? The Bible

A post in the What is all this stuff? series

When I was either in seventh or eighth grade (could have been freshman year in high school) I picked up the Bible I’d gotten at the Methodist church my family attended, and I read it from cover to cover. It was an RSV. I still have it, though the red dye on the edges of the pages got damp in the trunk of my car (accidentally left it there) and bled onto some of the pages. That was careless and I regret that it happened. I treasured that little book. But did I understand what I read all those years ago? Nope. Not most of it. But I was convinced that someday somehow I would find a way to understand it. 

And one day I did. (Links at the end of this post.)

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Paul, a New Covenant Jew, by Brant Pitre, due August 2019

Dr. Brant Pitre kicks off my new series, Books I Want Right Now. Dr. Pitre has become one of my favorite Catholic author-speaker-teachers and his new book is due out in August 2019,* Paul, a New Covenant Jew: Rethinking Pauline Theology. (Links at the end of this post.)

Protestants have tended to think of Paul as a proto-Protestant, because he rebuked Peter once, though they tend to ignore the fact that he submitted to Peter before he set out to preach. He allowed himself to be sent, in other words, by the Church which, yes, was already in existence before he was sent to preach and before he began to write probably the earliest of the New Testament writings. And because they misinterpret things he wrote about faith, grace and works. Paul was (and, as he is a saint and alive in Christ, is) Catholic and as far from being a Protestant as it is possible to be.**

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Queen Mother, Mary and Rachel

Contrary to what many non-Catholic Christians charge, we do not honor Mary at the expense of Jesus. We do not give her too much honor thereby taking away from the honor due her Son, as if it were some zero sum game with only so much honor to go around. “Oh, no, I’ve given too much honor to Mary, now I don’t have enough left to give Jesus, oh, no!”

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Cooperation, Eve in our downfall, Mary in our redemption

As Eve played an essential role in our downfall, Mary played an essential role in our redemption. And she still does. How, you ask? Consider these parallels. First, concerning Eve, then Mary as the New Eve, some points from the second chapter of Brant Pitre’s book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary.

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