Posts Tagged ‘scripture’

Summer Reading

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Soon summer will be here as schools complete this academic year, and families and individuals set out on vacations. For many, the summer also offers another kind of getaway. Relaxing at the beach, or in the mountains, or beside a lake, or in the woods, or even a “stay-cation” at home, offers a chance to […] [Read more]

Gaining True Wisdom from the Word of God

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

“Whatever you ask I shall give you” (2 Chronicles 1:7; 1 Kings 3:5). If we could have anything, if this was said to us or in making birthday wishes, how would we respond? When God said this to new King Solomon, he asked for “wisdom and knowledge,” and he said, “Give your servant a listening […] [Read more]

The Holy Mass: The Liturgy of the Word

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Jesus began his public ministry with the reading of scripture and teaching in the synagogue (Luke 4:14-30).  In particular, in Nazareth he read a scroll from Isaiah (61:1-2):  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,” he began, and when he finished, he explained the scripture by proclaiming the kingdom of God was at hand. […] [Read more]

‘Ask the Cardinal’: Finding Time to Pray

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

During a recent event at the Newseum sponsored by the John Carroll Society –  a conversation with Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier on the topic, “Catholicism and our Challenging World Today” – I was asked a variation of the following question.  My answer is adapted below. Between my work and family obligations and numerous other […] [Read more]

Saint Mark and Holy Scripture

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Today, we celebrate the feast of Saint Mark the Evangelist, who is symbolically depicted in Christian literature and art by a lion.  Saint Jerome reports that “Mark the disciple and interpreter of Peter wrote a short gospel at the request of the brethren at Rome embodying what he had heard Peter tell.”  In his first […] [Read more]

The Bible as Summer Reading – Praying with Sacred Scripture

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

For many people, part of planning for vacation is heading off to the bookstore or the library or logging on to to purchase books for your reading pleasure. Some people work on a list throughout the year and know exactly what they want to read. Others like to browse and see what captures their […] [Read more]