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The Old Testament Figures Hidden Behind the Annunciation

The Old Testament Figures Hidden Behind the AnnunciationBehind the Annunciation stand several familiar Old Testament figures like Eve, Sarah, and Hannah. But there is another set of hidden figures who foreshadow Mary’s encounter with the angel. They include a warrior judge, an assassin widow, and a runaway slave. ‘The Lord is with you’ The first thing the angel tells Mary is, “The […]

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When God’s Providence Doesn’t Make Sense

When God’s Providence Doesn’t Make SenseFor St. Irenaeus, an early Church Father, Providence—God’s plan for all creation in time—was a work of epic beauty. Beauty always has a certain harmony and coherence to it. But sometimes, from our perspective, God’s plans do not make sense to us. It’s not simply that things haven’t been working out or maybe didn’t work […]

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Hagar & the Angel Show How God’s Loving Gaze Liberates Us

Hagar & the Angel Show How God’s Loving Gaze Liberates UsYou are now pregnant and shall bear a son;you shall name him Ishmael,For the LORD has heeded your affliction.He shall be a wild ass of a man,his hand against everyone,and everyone’s hand against him;Alongside all his kindredshall he encamp. (Genesis 16:11-12) For the LORD has heeded your affliction.He shall be a wild ass of a […]

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Virtually Every Ancient Civilization Has a Great Flood Story

Virtually Every Ancient Civilization on Earth Has a Great Flood StoryThe great flood story from Genesis 6-8 has been widely debated among theologians with regards to accuracy and authenticity. The Catholic Church neither requires or prohibits a worldwide flood to be interpreted from Sacred Scripture. Rather, the Church understands these accounts to be translated with “simple and metaphorical language adapted to the mentality of a […]

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