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Amoris Laetitia, paragraph 15

“We know that the New Testament speaks of “churches that meet in homes” (cf. 1 Cor 16:19; Rom 16:5; Col 4:15; Philem 2). A family’s living space could turn into a domestic church, a setting for the Eucharist, the presence of Christ seated at its table. We can never forget the image found in the Book of Revelation, where the Lord says: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me” (Rev 3:20).”


Incarnation and Easter

While Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth has lovely angels and songs of praise, Matthew’s is decidedly dark. There are no angels crying “Gloria” for Matthew.

Viewpoint: Scriptural Stations of the Cross Need to Be Promoted

I am not suggesting that every church change its Stations from the traditional to the scriptural overnight—but perhaps over time this could be achieved.


The Saint John’s Bible presented to Library of Congress in Presence of Pope

The gift was made following Pope Francis’s address to a joint meeting of Congress, in acknowledgement of the Pope’s devotion to scripture; his concern for the poor, sick and marginalized and for the dignity of all people; his care for creation; and his commitment to justice for all.

Ars Praedicandi: A Homily on the Fourth Sunday of Lent in the Orthodox Church

When men and women took up the journey to the desert in imitation of Jesus and his fast, they were honoring his love and fidelity to God; they were not looking for our adulation or worship, because only fools bow down before any man or woman who has excelled in emaciating his or her body. They were motivated by love and sought to imitate him.

Viewpoint: If God is Good Why is There So Much Suffering in the World?

Humanity and the world live now in the “in between,” between the original paradise and the new creation of God’s Kingdom. Though evil and suffering continue in the world, they no longer have the ultimate word and are not the final chapter of human history. Human life does not end in the grave, and human history is not a tragedy; it has a glorious ending.


My New Book: Rhodora Beaton; Illuminating Unity: Four Perspectives on Dei Verbum’s “One Table of the Word of God and the Body of Christ”

The Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist should be seen as a united whole.

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On Mark, Papyrus and Mummies

A team of researchers has apparently found what is believed to be the oldest-known copy of a gospel, a section of the Gospel of Mark dating back to about 90 CE, much older than previously discovered texts.


2014 in Review: Viewpoint

Throughout 2014 we were pleased to offer the regular contributions of Monsignor M. Francis Mannion, and his Viewpoint column, distributed by the Catholic News Agency. Here’s a list of those (always interesting and sometimes a bit controversial) entries, from January to December.



The hymn was beautifully played and well sung. My joy was complete until I realized how the text had been altered.