The National Catholic Review

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  • Soldiers often possess a strong spirituality, one marked by a clear and vivid sense of mission. That’s certainly true of Thomas J. Jackson, the Professor of Natural and Experimental Philosophy, and Instructor of Artillery, at the Virginia Military Institute. You can hear it in this letter of 1851, sent to his sister Laura. 

  • This is the fifth entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. The first entrycovered some of the major critical, technical and background issues that will concern us as we read through and comment on the Acts. The second post, found here, considered the prologue to the Acts of the...

  • Photographic images helped to end the war in Vietnam: a Vietcong prisoner, shot point-blank in his temple; a screaming young girl, running naked after a napalm attack; a Buddhist monk, transformed into a human torch in protest of the war. Since then, American troops go to war under Pentagon-imposed, tightly controlled access to visual images. We know that an image can compel conscience in ways words cannot.

  • This is the fourth entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. The first entrycovered some of the major critical, technical and background issues that will concern us as we read through and comment on the Acts. The second post, found here, considered the prologue to the Acts of the...

  • The Italians have an indispensible saying. Se non è vero, è ben trovato. “If it’s not true, it’s well found.” That’s how they suggest that it’s possible to miss the thrust of a truth by fretting excessively about its historical foundation. Put another way, some stories are too good not to be true, and, since we can never fully prove their veracity, we might as well learn from them what we can. That’s how I’d introduce this spooky story about the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in...

  • This is the third entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. The first entrycovered some of the major critical, technical and background issues that will concern us as we read through and comment on the Acts. The second post, found here, considered the prologue to the Acts of the...

  • As Jennifer Lawrence put in it, in her November Vanity Fair interview, speaking of the stolen, intimate photos of her that had been posted on websites such as 4Chan, Reddit, Twitter and Tumblr, “It’s not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation.” Sadly, Jennifer Lawrence has become the literal embodiment of a new and relentless affliction: the past living on, eternally in the interstices of the Internet. 

  • This is the second entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. The first entry covered some of the major critical, technical and background issues that will concern us as we read through and comment on the Acts. In this, the second post, we start to consider the text of Acts.

     

    3.  Contents:

    A) Prolog and Account of Jesus Ascension (1:1-11):

  • Here’s how young Pip learned that he had great expectations. One day the lawyer, Mr. Jaggers, showed up at the forge, where young Pip lived and worked, and said to Joe the blacksmith, Pip’s adult brother-in-law,

  • One had to wonder, what wasn’t there to like? For half a century, because it had gained its capital in Rome by seizing the Papal States, the Catholic Church had refused to recognize the new state of Italy. In official church teaching, one couldn’t be a good Catholic and a good Italian. Popes, who occupied the Chair of Peter, had lived as virtual prisoners of the Vatican. Once elected, they never left its walls, didn’t even appear at its windows. And so, to church leaders, Benito Mussolini,...