The National Catholic Review

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  • This is the thirteenth 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 River Thames froze in January of 1649.  The King asked Thomas Herbert, the Parliamentarian official attending him, to dress him in two shirts, lest the rabble, watching him die, think that he shivered from cowardice. Charles insisted, “I fear not death. Death is not terrible to me, bless my God, I am prepared.”

  • Can nature be more rarified than in a rainbow? Earth donates water droplets. Sunlight supplies the rest. A rainbow is the most ethereal element of God’s creation. Small wonder it was chosen to be the sign of God’s covenant. In the presence of water, light is reflected, refracted, dispersed. Water is transfigured into something radiant.

    The rainbow becomes an Old Testament sacrament: God’s providence and promise imprinted upon the material world. God will never again rise against...

  • This is the twelfth 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...

  • In his jeremiad against the practice, Vanity Fair culture columnist James Wolcott offers the following stupid examples of the electronic form of self-exposure known as the “selfie."

  • Life doesn’t come with lines. We draw those ourselves. Of course, without them, the world would be so blurred as to lack definition, though the danger is drawing lines that divide without purpose. Whatever their original intention, they can leave us detached from others, who then appear as aliens, as threats, like the leper whom Jesus heals. Lepers were quarantined. They weren’t simply contagious. They were thought morally accursed.

  • This is the eleventh 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. The second post, found here, considered the prologue to the Acts of...

  • The poem doesn’t require explanation, though some might be surprised to hear such a somber sound from Robert Frost.

  • This is the tenth 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. The second post, found here, considered the prologue to the Acts of the...

  • The children’s rhyme insists that “sticks and stone may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Yet anyone who has comforted a teased child knows the emptiness of the adage. Words do have power. Our world is woven of words.