Inspired by Archbishop Richard Smith’s pastoral letter, Living in the Word of God, I’ve recently been encouraging students and adults alike to spend more time reading their Bibles. I believe we would all benefit by making a commitment to read at least one chapter from the Bible every day, and this post is a resource […]
When I first got started in youth ministry in the mid-nineties, we used to perform a skit called “Weez Chickens.” The basic premise of the skit was that a speaker would begin to talk, only to be interrupted by the rest of the team who would flood the stage acting like chickens. When the annoyed […]
This past January brought big news for the Church in Alberta – Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Bishop Fred Henry (for health reasons) and appointed Bishop William McGrattan (currently Bishop of Peterborough, Ontario) to take his place leading the diocese of Calgary. At the time of this announcement, many articles were written that praised the work Bishop Henry […]
The fourth chapter of Mark’s Gospels focuses a great deal on parables – stories Jesus used to reveal the Kingdom in a gradual but deliberate manner. He uses stories from ordinary life – often relating to work – so that we might also seek holiness in these ordinary places. The first parable in Mark is the […]
At the beginning of Mark 3, Jesus cures a man with a withered hand (3:1-6). This isn’t abnormal, except that He performs this healing on the Sabbath day – infuriating the Pharisees. Jesus, in turn, “…looked around at them with anger; he was grieved at their hardness of heart” (3:5) – and this is the only time […]
This is the second part of an explanation of what the Bible is. Here’s part 1, in which I explain what the Bible is & where it came from. What do Catholics believe about the Bible? A lot, actually.