The new Catholic translation of the popular Protestant Bible puts Scripture into context that anyone can understand.
The fact that Jesus of Nazareth frequently employed parables while he was teaching tells us a lot about what he was trying to accomplish during his earthly ministry.
Teachers don't use parables when they're just adding to their students' store of knowledge. Parables only come into play when someone is striving to change a person's whole frame of mind, when they're attempting to alter the way people process all the knowledge they receive. Parables are a means of retooling one's brain.
Book review: In Eager to Love, Franciscan Fr. Richard Rohr builds a bridge between the Christian mystical tradition and estranged seekers of every ilk.
Celebration Publications: There are 57 parables in the Gospels. Why were parables so important and what do they reveal about Jesus and his message?
Spiritual Reflections: In this week's readings, we're dealing with parables. The one sure thing is that message is not going to be what we would expect.
Spirituality preview: A year ago, I ran the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun. It's a three-day, three-stage run covering a total distance of 56 miles.
"The snake made me do it," said Eve, "and besides I only took a bite."
Eve and her partner Adam had it all. God gave them everything, including perfect freedom, the freedom to choose. They chose to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, even though God told them there would be awful consequences.
The college experience -- and the Catholic college experience especially -- can influence a young man's decision toward considering a priestly vocation, according to a study issued in early July by Boston College.
Among the factors that have helped sway a man's decision to enter priestly life are access to clergy at the college as well as access to the Mass and other elements of Catholic life.
Spirituality preview: Although my hands have removed hundreds of eyelid cancers and effected thousands of other positive outcomes, the successes do not erase the failures.
In today's first reading and Gospel, the sacred authors give us a glimpse into the missiology God has used to bring about the redemption and salvation of sinful humankind. Deutero-Isaiah describes the missionary efforts of God's powerful and creative word, spoken into time and space to accomplish the end for which God sent it: to gather in all the peoples of the earth.