Catholicism

Blessed Solanus Casey

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July 30 Capuchin priest, healer and porter Blessed Solanus Casey (1870-1957) – born Bernard Francis Casey – was an American Roman Catholic priest and a professed member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. He was known during his lifetime as a wonderworker, for his great faith, and for his abilities as a spiritual counselor,…

The Genesis serpent and literal Bible interpretation

Does either the Bible or Catholicism require the serpent in Genesis to be taken absolutely literally? The answer is no. The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (Protestant) states in its article, “Serpent”: “Most of the Biblical references to serpents are of a figurative nature, and they usually imply poisonous qualities. The wicked (Psalms 58:4), the persecutor…

Serving good wine before its time

Wedding at Cana

A wedding can be a complicated affair, even in the ancient Middle East. Jesus attended two wedding feasts in Scripture. The first is known to all, the wedding feast of Cana. The second is hidden behind the first. Confused? Let me explain. Mary, Jesus and his disciples were invited to attend a wedding feast in…