+JMJ+ Welcome to our Catholic Book of the Month series for April 2021, featuring Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, by Dr. John Bergsma. This week we’ve got two videos by Dr. Bergsma, one with a PDF handout, and a bonus video of a short talk by Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, filmed on location at Qumran.Continue reading “Book of the Month, April 2021 – Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls – Part 3 “
+JMJ+ Welcome to part 2 of our Catholic Book of the Month series, featuring Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls, by Dr. John Bergsma. I’ve got some more videos by Dr. Bergsma to share tonight, and an announcement for those who may have missed it on Twitter: I’ll be posting the Live Rosary Threads on Fridays only beginning this week in my continuing effort to spare my eyes and wrists from the computer screens and typing, but still being able to write for the blog, the books I’m working on, and other projects. All of these videos are by Dr. John Bergsma. Some are quite brief, I think the longest is just under twenty minutes. So let’s get to it. Here goes!Continue reading “Book of the Month, April 2021 – Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls – Part 2”
+JMJ+ Greetings! The Story of Salvation series will be back after the Easter season. This will be a brief post tonight. I want to share a video I found while doing some research on a couple of writing projects (and, yes, the ebooks are coming along, too, slowly, more about that later). With some regularity I am confronted by people who reject Catholicism for one reason or another so when I stumble across a video that pertains to their questions (or accusations), I save them. And since I find them to be helpful in answering non-Catholic objections but also in fostering my own understanding, I think somebody else out there might find them helpful, too.Continue reading “Priesthood in the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls”
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.Continue reading “Cooperation, Eve in our downfall, Mary in our redemption”
Taking a break from collecting some thoughts for writing, watching this wonderful talk by Dr. Brant Pitre: Jesus & the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist. This is a good video to watch during Lent, preparing for Passover. Will also be watching The Passion of the Christ with the study guide this time, a first for me.
Thank you for stopping by. Lent continues and I’m staying off of social media except for posting here at the blog and answering necessary emails. May this season of preparation bring you closer to our Lord. God bless you! Peace be with you.
PS: Hey, see that tabernacle? It’s empty during Dr. Pitre’s talk. Would that more parishes would take care to do this when holding non-liturgical events in the worship space, if no more suitable space is available, such as a parish hall.
The St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology has added another free online audio course: Feasts of Faith. Here’s the description from the site:
When God became man what became of the feasts of His people, the Israelites? What became of the Passover, Pentecost, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of the Tabernacles, the Lord’s Day, and other special days in the Jewish calendar? Did they lose all significance and meaning after the coming of Christ? Or, like the Old Covenant itself, were they fulfilled in the New?
Join Dr. Scott Hahn and St. Paul Center fellows Dr. Brant Pitre and Dr. Michael Barber, as they tackle those questions and more in Feasts of Faith: The Old Testament Feasts and Their Fulfillment in Christ. Over the course of this study, speakers will trace the evolution and fulfillment of the ancient Jewish Holy Days, exploring the many ways the life and liturgy of the Catholic Church are connected to the life and liturgy of the ancient Israelites. They’ll also help Catholics understand more clearly the Jewish roots of the daily practices of our faith.
Please note that they do ask you to register once at the site, but only once. You can come back and download or listen to or read the material offered as many times as you like. I haven’t listened to this one yet but all the other ones have been excellent and I expect this one is, too.