Catholic Word of the Day: Kecharitomene

At this point, I’ve given a few talks on the subject of the Blessed Mother (e.g. Mary and the Early Church). However, I’ve never had a chance to speak about one of the more interesting aspects of the Annunciation, the words used in greeting by the Angel Gabriel.

Gabriel greets Mary with “Hail, full of grace!”. The Greek word used here is Kecharitomene (κεχαριτωμένη) and its significance should not be underestimated. Here’s Renee from RebornPure to explain…

Catholic Answers Summer Series starts this week…

Hey everyone, I know I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, but I just wanted to remind everyone that the Catholic Answers Summer Series starts this week. If you’re in San Diego, you can see the the apologists at Our Lady of Mount Carmel and Santa Sophia, but if you live elsewhere, you will be able to catch these talks online:

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Back when Patrick “swam the Tiber”

Every now and then I like to watch old episodes of The Journey Home. On the show, Marcus Grodi typically interviews converts to the Catholic Faith, but in this episode everyone’s favourite mustachioed apologist, Patrick Madrid, talks about growing-up in the Catholic Church.

Mary and the Early Church (MP3)



Yesterday, I visited St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Los Angeles. The St. Ignatius Women’s Group invited me to give a presentation on the Blessed Virgin and the Early Church. This was a a longer version of a talk I had previously given at St. Brigid’s here in San Diego.

Over the course of forty-five minutes, I told the story of my initial struggles concerning Mary and the Catholic Marian doctrines, explaining how I eventually came to see the truth and beauty in the Catholic Church’s teaching concerning the Blessed Virgin. The audio and the handout are both available for download.

Mary and the Early Church (Download)

I was invited to speak to the group at St. Ignatius by a long-time reader of this blog. If you’re also interested in having me speak to a group at your parish or at a Diocesan Theology On Tap, please see my Speaking page for examples of other recorded talks. Just send me an email and we can work out the details! 🙂

Mobile Catena

I’ve written before about the Catena Aurea, but I wanted to highlight a new phone app which I came across recently. The (admittedly rather unimaginatively titled) “Catena” app allows you to access Biblical commentary from the Apostolic Fathers.

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There are a few bits of the interface which I find a bit clunky, but it’s a small gripe when compared to having Patristic commentary in your pocket for not just the Gospels, but for the entirety of the New Testament!

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