Gender Roles & St. Paul

St. Paul is without doubt one of the most influential figures of the early Church. His letters constitute the bulk of the New Testament and shape our understanding of Christian anthropology. However, when reading Paul’s letters, one occasionally comes across passages that can — when taken out of context — make it seem like St. Paul is down on women. Given that Paul’s letters are scripture and therefore divinely inspired, are we to believe God wants women “kept in their place?”

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How Did We Get the Bible?

29th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

Where did the Bible come from? How do we know what books belong in the Bible? These are important questions for any Christian to consider. We believe that the Bible contains the inspired and inerrant word of God. But there were many non-Biblical Christian texts circulated in the early Church. Who determined what made the cut? We take look at this issue in this week’s reflection.

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Heart to Heart: Cardinal Newman and Evangelization

We’ve been learning a lot about John Henry Cardinal Newman this past week as we prepare to celebrate his canonization by Pope Francis this coming Sunday, October 13. As I mentioned in my homily last week, Newman is considered to be the patron of Catholic campus ministry because of his advocacy both for faithful Catholic universities and also for a strong Catholic presence on the campuses of secular universities.

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Are You Comfortable Proclaiming the Gospel?

28th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

How comfortable are you talking about the gospel? If someone asked you, “What do Christians believe, and why should I believe it?” would you have an answer? In this week’s video, I look at the succinct way St. Paul encapsulates the essence of the faith and how it can help us be more confidant in proclaiming the good news of Christ.

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Enduring Evil

27th Sunday of Ordinary Time (C)

In this Sunday’s readings, St. Paul speaks of “bearing hardship for the sake of the gospel.” This calls to mind what St. Augustine speaks of as two important aspects of Christian life — doing good and enduring evil. In this week’s reflection, we take a look at what it means to endure evil.

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