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Introduction to the Beatitudes
Over the past couple of weeks, we took a good long look at one of the legs of Catholic moral teaching: the Ten Commandments. Some
Ten Commandments: The Tenth Commandment
As we noted last week, the Catholic tradition of catechesis has tended to break up Exodus 20:17 into two commandments. The Ninth Commandment bids us
Ten Commandments: The Ninth Commandment
As we come to the Ninth Commandment we again arrive in disputed territory. As you will recall, the Ten Commandments can be and have been
Dive into the Sheavings
I struggle now and then with doubt and am amazed at folk who tell me—truly for all I can tell—that they never have doubts. Throughout my Christian life I have been assailed with doubts about all sorts of things, up to and including the existence and goodness of God. It’s
The Works of Mercy: Counsel the Doubtful
Doubt can be the emotional equivalent of anything from a brief spring rain to a Galveston-destroying hurricane. People can feel doubt over whether to place two bucks on the Mariners to win (don’t) or about whether or not the God in whom they have believed all their life is a
The Pope as Flag
When Benedict was elected Pope, a new word was instantly coined on the Internet by Catholics delighted over his election: Ratzenfreude. I must confess I indulged in a bit of Ratzenfreude myself. It was hard not to as the Usual Suspects in the Media shrieked that he was a Nazi and
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 Son, This 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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