“The Arrest of Jesus”, a fresco painted between 1304 and 1306) by Giotto, in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua. (Image in the Wikimedia Commons public domain) *** But first, some Witnesses new: Some will be interested to know that the whole Witnesses film is illegally available online on a site which, for obvious reasons, I …

Biblical passages Some claim that the doctrine of the Eucharist is not found in the Scriptures, but this perspective is an indication of reading the biblical text through a confessional lens. The Last Supper accounts all describe Jesus as saying “this is my body, this is my blood” in Matthew 26: 17-30, Mark 14: 12-25, …

This material is from my 2013 book, Revelation! 1001 biblical answers to theological topics; except that here the passages of the Bible will be RSV. In the book, they are mainly KJV, for copyright reasons. The book was designed to answer 1001 theological questions solely from the scriptures. I have also included selected parts of …

In one of my books (Apocalypse! : 1001 biblical answers to theological questions), I used a question-and-answer format, where the answer to each question was a passage from the Bible. Here are the sections on worship: Veneration of saints and imitation of saints Does Saint Paul teach us to imitate him? Philippians 4: 8-9 (RSV) …

Mary “remained a virgin by conceiving her Son, virgin in giving birth, virgin in carrying him, virgin in nourishing him with her breast, always virgin” (CCC 510) Once upon a time, almost no Christian denied that Mary the mother of Jesus was a perpetually virgin: Protestants included. Among the early leaders of this movement, virtually …

Catholics believe in Jesus Christ and his all-sufficient saving work on the cross (ours to be received by grace alone), just as Protestants do. We only deny an extreme position of Faith Alone. Saint Paul contrasts grace and / or faith with the works of Scripture, only in one particular sense: the “works” of Jewish …

God became man (Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior). The incarnation was the event in salvation history that raised matter to heights never before unknown. All created matter was “good” from the start (Gn 1,25), but was “glorified” by the incarnation. Ritual and “physicality” were not abolished by the coming of Christ. Quite the contrary: …

By analogy, the biblical accounts of “apparitions” or of visions or dreams of deceased persons are of the same essential nature as a Marian apparition. Angels (i.e. also creatures like men) could also be included in such a survey, but the stories of angels are relatively well known, and for the sake of analogy and …

Confirmation (1712), by Giuseppe Crespi (1665-1747) [public domain / Wikimedia Commons] *** (5-6-08) *** [all passages: RSV] *** THE DESCENT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT ON PEOPLE Wisdom 9:17 Who has learned your counsel, unless you have given wisdom and sent your holy Spirit from on high? Matthew 3:16 And when Jesus was baptized, he immediately …

The Ebla clay tablets provided researchers with a wealth of information on cultural practices and myths, court affairs, ancient languages, foreign and domestic affairs and policies of the ancient city of Ebla between 2500 BC and the destruction of the site in 2250 BC. In addition, these clay tablets provide key evidence of controversial Bible …