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The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe (Weekly Poem)

Welcome to Verbum’s new series on sacred poetry. Each week for the next several months, we’re featuring entries from respected poets on divine subjects.

Today’s poem is “The Blessed Virgin compared to the Air we Breathe.” It’s a longer poem, but a beautiful reflection on Mary the mother of Jesus, one that rewards in the reading.   [Read more…]

Painting of the Week: Christ on the Cross

Rembrandt’s painting of the Crucifixion emphasizes the divine drama in this pivotal moment of our Faith.

In Rembrandt’s representation, Christ’s body is stretched out on the cross. The background appears empty, underscoring his abandonment by the disciples and his being forsaken by the Father. The sign above his head reads, “This is the King of the Jews” (Luke 23:38), which Roman soldiers intended to humiliate him. [Read more…]

What Was Original before Original Sin?

Suppose we are asked to complete this phrase: “Original ——.” What do we answer? My guess is that we, and most people who have received adequate Christian education, would respond: “Original Sin.”

With St. Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body, the response is radically different. The response becomes: [Read more…]

Snag Your Free Book, Plus Save on Books about the Holy Family

Do you know the Church’s long-standing teaching on the body, sexuality, and family?

Get wisdom from February’s free book and other discounted titles. [Read more…]

What We Read This Month: Highlights from the Verbum Team

Every month members of the Verbum team share what they read and watched in Verbum and around the web.

Angela Lott, Verbum and Logos Library Specialist:

As part of my New Year’s resolution, I’m doing a study on the kingdom of God. Currently I am working through Scott Hahn’s The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles. I enjoy the way Hahn makes complicated concepts easy to understand. He gives a wealth of insight into the worldview of the author of Chronicles, which assists us in better understanding biblical covenants and New Testament concepts. [Read more…]

Why Christianity Has Truths in Common with Heathenism

Now, the phenomenon, admitted on all hands, is this:—that great portion of what is generally received as Christian truth is in its rudiments or in its separate parts to be found in heathen philosophies and religions. [Read more…]

Painting of the Week: Samson and Delilah

This work by Rembrandt, Samson and Delilah, is characteristic of the artist’s ability to capture the narrative behind his paintings.

When Samson tells Delilah the secret to his superhuman strength, that he doesn’t cut his hair to uphold his vow to God, Delilah deceives him. [Read more…]

Writer, Theologian, and Doctor of the Church: St. Peter Damian

Each month in 2019, Verbum will be highlighting one saint’s life, work, theology, and impact on the Church. This month’s saint, St. Peter Damian, was a Benedictine monk and Doctor of the Church known for his eloquent preaching and voluminous writing. [Read more…]

The Windhover, by Gerard Manley Hopkins (Verbum Sacred Poem of the Week)

Welcome to Verbum’s new series on sacred poetry. Each week for the next several months we’re featuring entries from respected poets on divine subjects.

Today’s poem is “The Windhover.” All poetry is meant to be read aloud, and this poem especially benefits from it, due to the density of alliteration and unique rhyme scheme. [Read more…]

What’s New in Verbum 8 Libraries?

Verbum 8 was released to the world at the end of October, and in addition to packing Verbum with brand-new features, we also gave the various base package libraries a significant overhaul—from Starter all the way up to Portfolio.

And I was the one to build them.

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