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Painting of the Week: Joseph Accused by Potiphar’s Wife

The story of Joseph fascinated Rembrandt, who crafted numerous drawings, prints, and paintings of this Old Testament figure.

Having failed to seduce Joseph, Potiphar’s wife is seen here falsely accusing him of trying to violate her. Speaking to Potiphar, the wife gestures to the red robe at the foot of the bed that Joseph left behind, intentionally darkened to emphasize the wickedness in her accusation. [Read more…]

And the Verbum Feud of the Fathers Winner Is . . .

You’ve researched, you’ve voted, and now, the time has come! Your Verbum Feud of the Fathers winner is . . . St. Augustine! [Read more…]

What St. Joseph Rendered to God, Others, and Himself

In honor of Verbum’s Saint of the Month, we present this excerpt that reveals the depth of Joseph’s character in relation to God, to others, and to himself. [Read more…]

Verbum’s Feud of the Fathers Is Hotter Than the Council of Nicaea

We’re already to the final round in Verbum’s Feud of the Fathers!

We’ve seen some upsets, like St. Gregory of Nyssa defeating St. Gregory Nazianzen or St. Athanasius rising above Origen. We’ve seen some powerhouses cruise through the first two rounds, like St. Augustine and St. Jerome. [Read more…]

Spring and Fall: a Poem on Aging (Weekly Poem)

Today’s poem invites us to consider the beauty and agony of aging and uses seasonal imagery to trace the passing of time.

Spring and Fall

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

to a young child [Read more…]

Which Fathers Go to Round 3? You Decide.

Round 1 is a wrap, and eight Church Fathers are still standing in Round 2. Who will remain when the dust settles?

This year’s bracket lists western Church Doctors and Fathers on the left side and eastern Church Doctors and Fathers on the right. While we love them all, there can only be one winner in this contest. [Read more…]

How Do You Know if an Action Is Good or Not? Not Easily.

The short answer is, it’s very difficult.

Catholics today wrestle with the same ethical questions they did centuries ago.

In Good & Evil Actions: A Journey through Saint Thomas Aquinas, Steven J. Jenson examines Aquinas’ view on one such topic: how to discern if an action is good or evil. [Read more…]

Drumroll, Please: Verbum March Matchups Are Here

It’s time for an East vs. West throwdown that racks up savings on books you love!

Verbum’s March Matchups are here, which means you get to vote for your favorite Church Father—and ramp up discounts while you’re at it.

Here’s how it works:

Over the next two weeks, you get to vote for your favorite Church Father across four rounds of competition. The further a Church Father goes in the contest, the more you save on his works.

This year’s bracket lists western Church Doctors and Fathers on the left side and eastern Church Doctors and Fathers on the right. While we love them all, there can only be one winner in this contest.

The first round of voting is open now and closes March 4 at noon. Once the votes are in, you’ll save 20% on works of Fathers eliminated in that round.

The rest of the rounds are as follows:

  • Round 2: March 4–7. When the round ends, works from the eliminated Fathers become 25% off.
  • Round 3: March 7–11. Eliminated Fathers’ works become 30% off.
  • Round 4, the championships: March 11–14. You’ll save 35% on works from the runner-up, and 40% on works from the bracket winner.

Who are you choosing in Round 1? Vote now!

Want to see your favorite Church Father win? Invite your social media friends to play along!

Round 1:

Who’s your pick?

Western Church Doctors and Fathers

St. Augustine vs. Cyprian of Carthage
St. Gregory the Great vs. St. Irenaeus and St. Justin Martyr
St. Ambrose vs. Roman Fathers: Clement, Leo, and Hypolitus
St. Jerome vs. Western Monastic Fathers

Eastern Church Doctors and Fathers

St. John Chrysostom vs. Eastern Monastic Fathers
St. Athanasius vs. Origen of Alexandria
St. Gregory Nazianzen vs. St. Gregory of Nyssa
St. Basil the Great vs. St. Maximus the Confessor

Painting of the Week: The Woman Taken in Adultery

In The Woman Taken in Adultery, Rembrandt beautifully portrays the well-known story of Jesus defending an accused adulterer and teaching a lesson on compassion and hypocrisy.

Jesus’ stature is exaggerated to make him seem taller (and thus morally superior) to those trying to trick him. He is brightly lit with a compassionate expression, emphasizing the central theme of the narrative. [Read more…]

That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire (Weekly Poem)

Today’s poem, featuring healthy doses of alliteration and a quick meter, reflects on the groaning of creation in light of coming resurrection. [Read more…]

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