St. Paul’s Example

What do the Scriptures tell us about St. Paul’s personality and temperament? A lot more than I realized–and it’s not all pretty. Over at The Catholic Thing, Pete Brown (who worked in CUF’s Catholic Responses department a few years back) gets us started with a bang: Paul called the Galatians “stupid,” (Gal 3:1) and then […]

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The Floods Came

I came across the following scriptural meditation by Rev. Herbert Madinger while searching through the Lay Witness archives. It seemed a fitting mid-Lent exhortation–Lent surely being a component of the “rigorous training in advance” of which he speaks–as well as a commentary on our own times. “Every one then who hears these words of mine […]

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Other Gospels?

A couple Catholic school teachers recently asked me how much weight we should give, if any, to the “other gospels” out there, such as the Gospel of Thomas or the Gospel of Mary Magdalene. Usually when I’m asked about “apocryphal” works, it’s in connection with defending the authenticity of the so-called “deuterocanonical” books of the […]

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Teaching the Teachers

I want to apologize to our readers for the lack of new material on the CUF blog this week. On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week I was teaching an intensive introductory course on Scripture to some Catholic school teachers here in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, so I just didn’t have the […]

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God’s Life Savings

“O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you” (1 Tim. 6:20). This sort of language is a recurring theme of St. Paul as he instructs his successor Timothy. In fact, St. Paul tells Timothy that “what you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach […]

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Pilate Light

In St. John’s account of the Passion, proclaimed every Good Friday, we hear the dramatic exchange between Our Lord and Pontius Pilate in which Jesus makes this remarkable statement: “For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth” (Jn. 18:37). Just one day–or four chapters–earlier, Jesus […]

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Food for Thought

I don’t know about you, but I have found the daily Mass readings for the second week of the Easter season to be overflowing with food for meditative prayer and daily Christian living. I thought I would share ten verses that have been especially meaningful to me this week, realizing of course that I’m only […]

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