The National Catholic Review

The Good Word

A blog on Scripture and preaching from John W. Martens, America's Word columnist, and the Rev. Terrance W. Klein, the author of Vanity Faith.

June 2015

  • Jun 26 2015 - 12:42pm
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    We called them “Lightning Bugs,” though I think we might also have said “Fireflies.” Hard to remember. It’s been half a century since I went hunting for them. They’d appear this time of the year, flickering above the grass of the lawn, as the last light of a long, summer eve faded. I thought them nothing less than miraculous, sparkling and darting about. Had someone told me that they were cousins of Tinker Bell, I would have believed it.

  • Jun 19 2015 - 1:35pm
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    This is the nineteenth entry in the Bible Junkies Online Commentary on the Acts of the Apostles. This entry begins Stephen’s speech before the council.

    For previous entries, please now go to the Complete Acts of the Apostle Commentary, where you can find links to each of the entries updated after each new blog post....

  • Jun 19 2015 - 10:35am
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    Ireland in the 1980s, a young Father Odran Yates can’t contain the respect, which his clerical collar garners. Boarding a train, walking through all of its cars, he resigns himself to standing near the door.

  • Jun 12 2015 - 12:23pm
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    Two hundred years ago, this week, the Duke of Wellington’s dispatch was terse, not triumphal.

  • Jun 4 2015 - 4:16pm
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    At the order, “Let the execution begin,” a syringe full of midazolam was injected into Clayton Lockett’s groin, but the IV dislodged, and the sedative was pumped into the prisoner’s tissue instead of his vein. Lockett remained alert. He licked his lips and blinked. The executioners waited five minutes, then two minutes more, before the doctor pronounced the patient unconscious.