Revelation Scripture Study Sources

Our Wednesday Night CCM Scripture Study (Wednesdays, 7:30pm) is on The Book of Revelation, and while the text itself is a treasure laden mine, it is helpful to have a good study Bible and a commentary, or two (or more) on hand when taking on this mystical, symbolic, densely poetic apocalyptic work. Here are the sources David’s been using to prepare each evening’s exploration The Apocalypse of Jesus Christ.

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Unlocking the Strange Images of The Apocalypse

While reading up for our next Scripture Study session, I found a really nice summation of an idea we’ve been talking about when looking at the vivid and often bizarre imagery found in the Book of Revelation. “Rather than concealing meaning, the images [in the Apocalypse] reveal meaning by evoking associations in the minds of the readers.” (Craig R. Koester. Revelation and the End of All Things. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B Eerdmans Publishing, 2001. pg 78).

detail from Hans Memling’s Altarpiece of St John the Baptist, right panel (and all following images)
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Prayers for Exams

It’s exam week. G.K. Chesterton said:

“You say grace before meals. All right. But I say grace before the concert and the opera, and grace before the play and pantomime, and grace before I open a book, and grace before sketching, painting, swimming, fencing, boxing, walking, playing, dancing and grace before I dip the pen in the ink.”

― G. K. Chesterton

So here are some ways to say Grace before exams and ask the blessing and aid of Divine Wisdom before you “dip the pen in the ink” and put the pen to the test … or cursor to the document, as you will.

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The Book of Revelation in the Lectionary

Our Wednesday Night CCM Scripture Study (Wednesdays, 7:30pm) is on The Book of Revelation, which is a rare text to be a part of the Lectionary for the Mass. But it is read under some circumstances and here are some of the notable moments and feasts when that happens.

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April 29: Peter the Martyr

In addition to St Catherine of Siena, today (April 29) is the memorial of St Peter the Martyr, O.P. (+1252), who received his habit from St Dominic Guzman himself. St Peter was a Dominican inquisitor and wonderworker who preached against the Albigensians and Cathars and is traditionally held to be the first Dominican martyr, hence THE martyr.

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Consecration to Mary with CCM: Day 1

To mark the month of May, traditionally dedicated to Our Lady, and as a transition from the school year to the summer months, united as a community of faith on campus, we make and renew our Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary (a.ka. Consecration to Mary). We invite you to learn more about the spiritual practice and join us (everything you need is below)!

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April 27: St Zita

Today (April 27) is the memorial of St Zita (sometimes Sitha; +AD 1272) a domestic worker in Lucca, Italy whose heroic piety and miraculous intercession after death made her a popular saint in the area until her cult spread. She is one of the “incorruptibles” a saint whose body has known little or no decay. You can learn more about this saint and her incorruptible body here:

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Was Shakespeare Catholic?

Happy Birthday to William Shakespeare, as today, April 23, is the day when the birthday of the Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon is recognized and celebrated (we don’t know for sure, but Shakespeare’s baptism is recorded in the Parish Register at Holy Trinity Church, Stratford-upon-Avon on April 26, 1564). Shakespeare, the oft lauded greatest writer of the English language, in some ways like Jesus, often becomes a blank canvas upon which many theorists end up painting a self-portrait. But is there any credence to the idea that Shakespeare might have been secretly Catholic in an age of Catholic persecution in England?

The Vatican Post Office celebrated the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare with a stamp featuring art work by Czech artist Marina Richterova. (Source: Vatican Philatelic and Numismatic Office)
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