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Christ sides with the lowly

Paul, writing to the Church in Corinth, expresses his wonder at the prospect that the all-powerful God who hurled the universe into existence should reveal

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Dive into the Sheavings

At the Core of Reality is Joy

George Weigel once remarked that it seemed to him Pope John Paul II was the most fearless person he’d ever met. And it seemed to him that John Paul was fearless, not because he’d been through this or that experience, but because he had somehow managed to internalize the reality

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Coming to our Senses: The Allegorical Sense

We noted last time that one of the principal problems of trying to treat Scripture as a purely human book is that, though God can supernaturalize nature, we cannot naturalize the supernatural. God can assume a human nature and join it to his divinity. But we cannot take a supernatural

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Confirmation: Signed

There are two traditions—East and West—when it comes to the sacrament of Confirmation, and they show how doctrine can develop and unfold within the Church much as the branches on the mustard plant can develop from the seed in ways which, while different for different branches, retain the mustardiness of

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About Mark Shea

Greetings! I’m Mark P. Shea, a Catholic author and blogger who’s also done a spot of podcasting and even acting here and there, as well as radio and TV work. My latest book, The Church’s Best-Kept Secret: A Primer on Catholic Social Teaching was published in September 2020 by New City Press. Other works include By What Authority?: An Evangelical Discovers Catholic Tradition (Ignatius), Mary, Mother of the SonThis is My Body: An Evangelical Discovers the Real Presence (Christendom), and Making Senses Out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did (Basilica), Salt and Light:  The Commandments, the Beatitudes, and a Joyful Life (Servant), The Heart of Catholic Prayer: Rediscovering the Our Father and the Hail Mary (Our Sunday Visitor) and The Work of Mercy:  Being the Hands and Heart of Christ (Servant).

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