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Easter with Flannery O’Connor Print E-mail
The Catholic Difference
Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

This coming August 3 will mark the golden anniversary of Flannery O'Connor's "Passover," to adopt the biblical image John Paul II used to describe the Christian journey through death to eternal life.

In the 50 years since lupus erythematosus claimed her at age 39, O'Connor's literary genius has been widely celebrated.

Why Jesus is God: Debunking skeptics Print E-mail
Word on Fire
Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

It's Easter time, and that means that the mainstream media and publishing houses can be counted upon to issue debunking attacks on orthodox Christianity.

The best-publicized of these is Bart Ehrman's book, How Jesus Became God. Once a devout Bible-believing evangelical Christian, trained at Wheaton College, the alma mater of Billy Graham, Ehrman "saw the light" and became an agnostic scholar and is on a mission to undermine the fundamental assumptions of Christianity.

Jesus just an 'itinerant preacher'

In this most recent tome, Ehrman lays out what is actually a very old thesis, going back at least to the 18th century and repeated ad nauseam in skeptical circles ever since, namely, that Jesus was a simple itinerant preacher who never claimed to be divine and whose "resurrection" was in fact an invention of his disciples who experienced hallucinations of their master after his death.

Ehrman, like so many of his skeptical colleagues across the centuries, presents this thesis as though he has made a brilliant discovery. But basically, it's the same old story.

God subtly gets his point across Print E-mail
Grand Mom
Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014 -- 12:00 AM

Throughout my life I have many times been reminded of Sister Gregory, my favorite teacher's comment that God has a sense of humor.

She claimed he must have created popcorn chuckling, "Wait 'til they see what happens when this stuff gets near the fire."

He works in His way

I recognized that sense of humor again recently when He broke my toe with an oxygen tank to demonstrate my careless use of medicine, thanks to my pride. Here's what happened:

It was January of 2013, and in addition to my three eye drops and two hearing aids, I was using two medical lozenges and three inhalers. (And that was just for my head.)