John Hemer, 05/09/2016

If the Law was the thing that enabled a Jew to be at rights with God, in some ways its Christian equivalent is the Holy Spirit. A Jewish boy at the age of twelve makes his bar mitzvah – making him a “son of the commandment” or son of the Law.

John Hemer, 22/08/2016

Who was it said that “an Englishman is someone who, in the lottery of life, has drawn the winning ticket”? The early Paul was like a football fan who managed to secure a seat for the FA cup final. In the meantime, he strikes up a friendship with the manager of Wembley stadium who tells him to just to turn up on the day and meet him at such and such a place for a great spot.

John Hemer, 08/08/2016

I once heard a lapsed Catholic say that one thing he admired about the Catholic Church was that it allowed people “freedom of conscience”—presumably the freedom to judge for themselves what was right or wrong, good or bad.

Bernardita Dianzon, FSP, 25/07/2016

We sometimes hold the mistaken notion that the sequence in which the New Testament books are arranged in our modern-day editions follow the time or chronology of their writing.

John Hemer, 11/07/2016

Is Christianity a set of rules and directives we have to follow, or is it living freely without laws but according to the grace of Christ and the promptings of the Holy Spirit? No one in the history of the world has understood and articulated the problem of Law and religion better than St. Paul, particularly in Romans and Galatians.

Armanda Santos, FSP, 27/06/2016

  Such was our affection for you that we were prepared
to share with you not only God ’s good news
  but even our very selves, so dear had you become to us . . .
[Y]ou also know how, like a father with his own children,
we exhorted you, encouraged you, and urged you
conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of God. ...    1Thes 2:8, 10–12

Bernardita Dianzon, FSP, 13/06/2016

No other writing in the New Testament abounds with so many names of concrete persons—friends, supporters and collaborators in the mission—than the letters of Paul. They are a unique body of writings that break away from contemporary Greco-Roman epistolary conventions by their personal touch and intimate tone,which do not, however, diminish the impact of their writer’s apostolic authority. 

Bernardita Dianzon, FSP, 30/05/2016

The very first narrative of the institution of the Eucharist in the New Testament is offered to us, not by Matthew, Mark, Luke or John, but by the Apostle Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians:For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 

Bernardita Dianzon, FSP, 16/05/2016

We take it for granted that we have only four accounts of the gospel in the New Testament—Matthew, For I received from the Lord what I also handedon to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took a loaf of bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, 

Bernardita Dianzon, FSP, 02/05/2016

Paul's harsh statements about “the law”(shorthand for Jewish observances) in the Letter to the Galatians are a unique response to a very particular situation Paul never meant them to be read and interpreted apart from the controversy in that local Church, much less applied across-the-board as a kind of universal proclamation.

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