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About Fr. James Swetnam, SJ

Fr. James Swetnam, SJ, entered the Society of Jesus in 1945. He was ordained in 1958 and spent 50 years in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute. During his Jesuit training, he acquired licentiate degrees in philosophy, theology, and Scripture, and a doctorate in biblical studies from the University of Oxford. He maintains a website, www.jamesswetnamsclosereadings.com, and is now in residence at Jesuit Hall in St. Louis, Missouri.

Mary, Daughter of Zion

Christ on the Cross with the Virgin, Mary Magdalene, St. John, and St. Francis of Paola, detail, by Nicholas Tournier (1590-1639).

In the ancient Near East, a woman, often evoked as a virgin, was frequently used to symbolize a city or a country. For example, at Isaiah 47:1, the city of Babylon is called a “virgin daughter”: “Step down! Sit in the dust, virgin … [Read more...]

God and Caesar

Swetnam photos 11-16-13

In the Catholic view, the religious sphere is based on the virtue of faith. This faith is a gift of God ... In contrast, according to this Catholic view, the civil sphere is based on experience illumined by faith. That is to say, it is … [Read more...]

Some Thoughts on the Resurrection of Jesus

Peter and John racing to the tomb by Burnard

  This  article is intended to be a radically different approach to the empty-tomb narratives in Mark and John. John and Peter racing to the tomb on Easter morning -By Burnard Introduction In a recent issue of Homiletic and … [Read more...]

NeverWinter Astral Diamonds