Pope Benedict XVI: Theologian of the Bible

The twentieth century was a tumultuous time in the Catholic Church for all concerned with the interpretation of the Bible. For the past few decades, this topic has been a principal concern of one prominent theologian. His interest in the … [Read more...]

Scripture breathes the Holy Spirit

Recently I read a little book on the mystery of God’s word by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M.Cap. (Jesus Began to Preach, Liturgical Press, 2010). The author is the well-known theologian and preacher to the papal household.  He has held … [Read more...]

Praying with the Bible

At the Roman Synod on the Bible in October 2008, which I covered for HPR, the most common topic mentioned was the need to recommend “Lectio Divina” as a pious practice among the faithful. You have probably seen the phrase mentioned in … [Read more...]

The Meaning of Christian Joy

This is a simple but substantive book on the full meaning and rich sources of Christian joy, “the gigantic secret” that G. K. Chesterton discovered as the essence of Christianity. It recovers an aspect of the Church’s teaching that … [Read more...]

Pastoral Interpretation in Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth

Much has been said both in praise and in criticism of Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth. Fergus Kerr, a theologian writing in the The Tablet, calls it Joseph Ratzinger’s best book. Peter Steinfels, a journalist writing in Commonweal, … [Read more...]

A Priest Forever

Since the close of Vatican II in 1965 there have been some strange and disturbing things written about the Catholic priesthood. Many articles and books on the subject have wandered far from Catholic teaching and the tradition of the … [Read more...]

Time Tested Truths

A series of informed reflections, Father Bird’s insightful meditations on the seven beatitudes examine these teachings from the Sermon on the Mount not as abstract principles or theoretical ideas but as practical wisdom and time-tested … [Read more...]

NeverWinter Astral Diamonds