Women in the Bible

Naming the 333 women in the Bible
While some biblical women are nameless and silent figures, others are movers and shakers in their own rights.

By Alice Camille
ARTICLE YOUR FAITH
The Catholic canon of the Bible contains 73 books. Three of them bear women’s names: Ruth, Judith, and Esther. These three texts also make the actions of women their central concern. I consider them Exhibits A, B, and C in the argument against the Bible being a hopelessly sexist document. Why male editors gave the green light to the inclusion of these texts is the real mystery.

Beating Temptations

Beating Temptations
Jesus left the crowd and went into the desert where He was tempted by Satan. Temptation is bad for us only when we give in.
We should not hate or resent times of inner testing, because through them God can strengthen our character and teach us valuable lessons. When you face Satan and must deal with his temptations and the confusion he brings, remember Jesus. Jesus used God’s Word against Satan and won. You can do the same.
To be tempted is not a sin. Tempting others or giving in to temptation is sin.

Blessed Virgin Mary

Why was Mary a virgin?
Mary isn't a virgin for biological reasons, but theological ones.

By Alice Camille

ARTICLE YOUR FAITH

My all-time favorite footnote involves a scholar’s wry gloss on the maps used by Jesus. Commenting on a passage in which Jesus had to cross into Gentile territory on his way to Jerusalem, the footnote reads: “This trip was evidently a theological necessity, not a geographical one. More direct routes were available.”

Your Last Day

Your Last Day
What if you were told this morning that today was to be your last day on earth? How would you spend its passing hours? Whom would you insist on seeing? Would your behavior differ radically from what it usually is?
Someone has wisely said: You should treat every day as if it’s your last one, because one of these days you’re going to be right.”

We need Lent now more than ever

We need Lent now more than ever
Syrian refugees Ahmed Al Kango and his wife, Sahar, help their children learn English Feb. 7 in their home in Elkhorn, Neb. Pictured from left, the children are Mohamad, Ghaith and Abdulrazzaq. (CNS/Joe Ruff, Catholic Voice)
Mike Jordan Laskey | Feb. 23, 2017 Young Voices
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I can't remember a year when our country has needed Lent more.
Consider just a few of the season's themes:

Separation is negative, companionship is essential!

Separation is negative, companionship is essential!
Some people are lazy while others are workaholics. The lazy person, seeing the pointlessness of running here and there for success, idles away his time and hurts both himself and those who depends on him.
The workaholic is often driven by envy, greed, and a constant desire to stay ahead of everyone else. Both extremes are foolish and irresponsible.

Jesus is Greater than Moses

Jesus is Greater than Moses
For Jews the highest human authority was the high priest. For us Christians, the highest human authorities were God’s messengers, the apostles. Jesus, God’s Messenger and High Priest, is the ultimate authority in the church.

Fordham University's Center on Religion and Culture.

Fordham's Department of African and African-American Studies.

NEW YORK The specter of Donald Trump's one-month presidency hung over a Feb. 21 seminar on racism and religious faith here sponsored by Fordham University's Center on Religion and Culture.
"Over the past few months our country has been engaged in a vociferous call and response," said Aimee Meredith Cox, of Fordham's Department of African and African-American Studies.

"I sense the fierce urgency of the now," said keynote speaker Willie James Jennings, a professor at Yale Divinity School.

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