Into the mystic with John: An interview with Demetrius Dumm, O.S.B.

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Article Scripture and Theology

You've taught scripture for virtually all of your adult life. What led you to devote your life to it?

When I was growing up, the Bible was not an honored book in our household. We kept it in the attic. My mother was convinced that reading the Bible had caused her uncle Gus to leave the church, so that was the end of that. Nothing in my early life moved me toward studying the Bible. I was chosen to study scripture when I made my vows in the monastery in 1943, and I was delighted.


Matthew, Mark, Luke, and . . . Thomas

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Article Scripture and Theology

What is the Gospel of Thomas?
Most Catholics only know of the four gospels of the New Testament. Like most people, I thought there were only four gospels. But when I went to graduate school, I learned there were all these secret gospels-the Gospel of Thomas, the Gospel of Phillip, the Gospel of Mary, the Gospel of Peter, not to mention the Secret Book of John, the Secret Book of Paul, the Apocalypse of Paul, the Letter of Peter to Paul, the Prayer of the Apostle Paul.


Out of Africa -- The Editors Interview Father James Chukwuma Okoye, C.S.Sp.

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We hear that the church is growing fast in Africa. What's behind that growth?

In parts of Africa it is not growing. But where it is, I think we have to consider the grace of God. Because God's grace is mediated through culture, many also think it is because traditional African religion is close to Catholicism. The traditional religion is sacramental, with sacred words, places, and events.


Putting faith in the universe -- The Editors Interview Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

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Article Faith and Science Scripture and Theology

How did you end up being both an astronomer and a Jesuit brother?
I was a Sputnik kid. I started school the year Sputnik went up, and I was in high school the year people landed on the moon. How could I not be in love with space? Since I went to a Jesuit high school in Detroit, I came to admire the Jesuits. I chose Boston College because it was a Jesuit school and I figured, "Maybe I'll be a Jesuit."


Putting faith in the universe -- The Editors Interview Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J.

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Article Faith and Science Scripture and Theology

How did you end up being both an astronomer and a Jesuit brother?
I was a Sputnik kid. I started school the year Sputnik went up, and I was in high school the year people landed on the moon. How could I not be in love with space? Since I went to a Jesuit high school in Detroit, I came to admire the Jesuits. I chose Boston College because it was a Jesuit school and I figured, "Maybe I'll be a Jesuit."


Timeline of Black Catholic history

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Article Scripture and Theology

1565-1899: St. Augustine, Florida
Blacks, both slave and free, help to found this oldest town in the United States. In 1693 Spain offers freedom in Florida to slaves who convert to Catholicism.

Until 1763, these freed slaves live in a community northeast of St. Augustine. Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose, established in 1738, thus becomes the first free black town in the United States.


Who's following orders?

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Article Scripture and Theology Women

In a classroom at Mt. St. Vincent's College in the Bronx, New York, Professor Rob Jacklowsky guides his class of sophomore and junior English majors through the intricacies of John Keats' "Ode on a Grecian Urn." Although this poem from the Romantic age of English literature may seem far removed from the day-to-day concerns of this ethnically diverse group of college students, Jacklowsky does everything but turn cartwheels to bring the piece alive for his students.


Why get to know the historical Jesus?

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When it comes to figuring out what the Jesus of Christian faith has to do with the anthropological Jesus studied by historians, Catholics are lucky: They have lots of options. "For a Catholic," John P. Meier has written, "the full reality of Jesus Christ is mediated through many channels. . . . My faith in Christ does not rise or fall with my attempt to state what I can or cannot know about Jesus of Nazareth by means of modern historical research."


Why get to know the historical Jesus?

By John P. Meier| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Scripture and Theology

When it comes to figuring out what the Jesus of Christian faith has to do with the anthropological Jesus studied by historians, Catholics are lucky: They have lots of options. "For a Catholic," John P. Meier has written, "the full reality of Jesus Christ is mediated through many channels. . . . My faith in Christ does not rise or fall with my attempt to state what I can or cannot know about Jesus of Nazareth by means of modern historical research."


Is there life after death?

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In 1975 the unthinkable happened: Paula D'Arcy lost her husband, Roy, and 21-month-old daughter, Sarah, after a drunk driver hit their car. Pregnant at the time, Paula survived-only to be plunged into excruciating grief over her loss.

As painful as it was, D'Arcy now recognizes that grieving was the best thing that has ever happened to her. Learning to let go and recognizing that all of life is fragile led to a radical spiritual transformation that enabled her to see her Catholic faith in a new light.


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