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.

November 2014

  • Nov 21 2014 - 11:05am
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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. 

  • Nov 17 2014 - 11:42pm
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    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...

  • Nov 13 2014 - 11:29am
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    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.

  • Nov 10 2014 - 3:37pm
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    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...

  • Nov 6 2014 - 11:34am
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    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...

  • Nov 3 2014 - 3:43pm
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    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...