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Win the Catholic Bible Dictionary
Posted by Ian on 14 July 2014 06:19 AM
The Catholic Bible Dictionary
The Catholic Bible Dictionary

The Catholic Bible Dictionary


The Catholic Book Blogger is giving away a copy! If you don’t win it, you can order the Catholic Bible Dictionary from Aquinas and More.

Here’s some information about it:

A monumental new work from Dr. Scott Hahn and a “must have” for every Catholic home or parish library.

 Dr. Scott Hahn, the internationally renowned Scripture scholar and theologian, has inspired millions with his astute insight into the Catholic faith. Now he brings us this very important reference guide, written specifically for Catholics, which contains more than 5,000 clear and accessible entries and covers a wide range of topics, including:

•The Catholic Canons of the Old and New Testaments in their entirety

•Every significant person in the Bible, historical places, and events

•Civilizations that influenced the events recorded in the Bible, including the ancient cultures of Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia, Persia, Greece, and Rome

•The social conventions, everyday life, and traditions of ancient Israel; encompassing such topics as music, money, food, and more

•The language and imagery of the Bible

•Key archaeological sites and finds

•Documents and teachings of the Church that specifically relate to understanding and interpreting the Bible, from the sacraments to biblical inspiration

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Nice Compliments About Maite Roche’s Children’s Books
Posted by Ian on 11 July 2014 01:18 PM

I have to agree with Simcha on this. The artwork is so much better than just about everything else being offered to Catholic kids these days.

Maite Roche’s simple style is beautiful and yet draws you in to the images.


My First Pictures of Christmas

My First Pictures of Christmas


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It's time for the Aquinas and More Summer Clearance
Posted by Ian on 09 June 2014 01:05 PM

Save 30% during our summer clearance


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Win a free copy of He Leadeth Me
Posted by Ian on 05 June 2014 10:25 AM

He Leadeth Me is now out of print from Ignatius Press but I have two copies to give away!

Just like AND leave a comment on Facebook to enter. I'll choose a winner on Saturday.

He Leadeth Me Facebook Giveaway

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Easter Vigil Mass 2014
Posted by Ian on 22 April 2014 04:25 PM

This year, for the first time in about ten years, I attended the Easter Vigil. I went to Immaculate Conception in Colorado Springs for an Extraordinary Form solemn Mass with four of our kids. Three made it all the way through awake.

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At the beginning of the year I started on a Bible reading plan using the Verbum phone app. I haven't been keeping up like I should so I'm only 15% of the way through the Bible. Still, since I've never read the whole thing, I'll claim it as a win. A couple of weeks ago I read this passage:

“The priest who is chief among his brethren, upon whose head the anointing oil is poured, and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not let the hair of his head hang loose, nor rend his clothes..." Lev 21:10

Last night while we were watching The Passion of the Christ I noticed that the high priest tore his garment when Jesus told him who He was:

And Jesus said, “I am; and you will see the Son of man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” 63 And the high priest tore his garments, and said, “Why do we still need witnesses?" Mk 14:62-63

Caiaphas questions Christ

Having read the Old Testament law concerning the high priest so recently, I was struck by the significance of this act, something that I hadn't ever given thought to before so I went looking for commentary about the action.

I found one commentary on a Protestant site that claimed that the prohibition only applied to funerals so it wasn't anything strange in this case. After reading the whole chapter, I don't see that this prohibition is linked to funerals at all.

I also found another commentary that said the Church Fathers saw the rending of the high priest's garment as the end of the Jewish priesthood. From St. Bede:

"the drama of Caiaphas tearing his vestments signifies the termination of the Old Covenant priesthood. In contrast, the seamless vestment of Jesus is not torn but remains intact (Jn 19:23-24), signifying that the new priesthood of Christ will endure forever (Heb 7:23-24)."

This seems like a reasonable interpretation to me. The high priest asks Christ who He is and Jesus tells him directly that "I AM". Not only does the high priest reject the Messiah, he violates the law of God specific to the high priest in order to do it. I also did find commentary that said that Caiaphas didn't violate the law because it referred only to his temple vestments which he probably wasn't wearing at the time of Christ's trial.

I've also heard that the Jewish priesthood ended with the destruction of the temple forty years after Christ's death. What do you think? It doesn't seem like there is a definitive statement from the Church one way or the other.

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