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The Covenant of Incarnation: A Novena Reflection

I have given Thee to be the light of the Gentiles, that Thou mayest be My salvation
even to the farthest part of the earth. — Isaiah 49:6.

Consider that the Eternal Father addressed these words to the Infant Jesus at the instant of his conception: I have given Thee to be the light of the Gentiles, that Thou mayest be My salvation. My Son, I have given Thee to the world for the light and life of all people, in order that Thou mightest procure for them their salvation, which I have as much at heart as if it were my own. Thou must therefore employ Thyself entirely for the well-being of men: “Wholly given to man, Thou must be wholly spent in his service.” [Read more…]

Who Was St. Nicholas, and Did He Bring Children Gifts?

Is it even Christmas if someone doesn’t pause to ask, “Wait, who was St. Nick?”

As is common, legends outweigh historically known facts. Here’s what we do know about St. Nicholas and why some of our Christmas traditions are tied to his name.

About St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas has always been one of the more popular saints of the Church. Nonetheless, the only certain fact we know of his life is that he was Bishop of Myra in ancient Lycia (now modern Dembre in Turkey), during the first half of the fourth century.

Tradition has it that he was born in Patara in Lycia, in about 270, and that he died on December 6, between 345 and 352. Justinian I (emperor 526–65) built a church in his honor during the early sixth century. In 1087, Italian soldiers stole the saint’s body from Myra and transported it by sea to Bari, and the saint’s cult then spread quickly throughout Italy and the rest of Europe.

Numerous legends arose about his liberality, the most famous being his secretly providing dowries for three poor girls. Thus, he is often depicted with three bags of gold. Because of this legend, St. Nicholas became, in Europe, the secret bringer of presents to children on the eve of his feast. In English-speaking countries, his name has become corrupted into Santa Claus, the bringer of gifts to children on Christmas Eve.1

Patron saint of sailors, children, and Russia

St. Nicholas is regarded as the patron saint of sailors, and churches under his dedication are often built so that they can be seen off the coast as landmarks. He is also the patron saint of children, bringing them gifts on December 6 (whence “Santa Claus,” an American corruption of “Sante Klaas,” the Dutch for “Saint Nicholas”). He is also the patron saint of Russia. His Feast day is December 6.2

St. Nicholas in art

Fra Angelico did a marvelous series of paintings based on his life:

 

 

Verbum Black Friday: Here’s What’s on Sale

This year, Black Friday lasts more than one day.

In fact, we’ve made it seven.

Browse the deals and save all week long, through Sunday, November 25.

You’ll enjoy up to 75% off on almost two-dozen Verbum resources including these collections: [Read more…]

Henri de Lubac on Paradox and Tradition

Henri de Lubac was a French Jesuit priest who eventually became the oldest living cardinal before his death in 1991. He was instrumental in shaping the Second Vatican Council and composed many valuable theological works, including Paradoxes of Faith and The Splendor of the Church.

Here are three quotations from those books, which are included in a five-volume collection on sale for a short time. [Read more…]

Should I Choose a Feature Upgrade or Complete Upgrade?

There are several ways to get your hands on Verbum 8, the newest version of Verbum, but which one is right for you?

If you already own Verbum and are looking to upgrade to 8, read on. In this post, I explain differences between a feature upgrade and a complete upgrade—and why you might prefer one over the other. [Read more…]

How to Get a Great Deal on All the Features of Verbum 8

Verbum 8 launched last week and with it awesome features like Workflows, Canvas, the Theology Guide, and more.

While many Verbum users have already chosen to get a complete upgrade (new features and new books), another popular option is the feature upgrade.

With a feature upgrade, you upgrade your software with new features without adding new books to your library, and you get a custom price that ensures you only pay for what’s new to you.

Learn about all feature upgrade options, and keep reading to learn if this option is best for you. [Read more…]

Everything You Need to Know about Notes in Verbum 8

Notes is where you store your insights. It’s how you capture that important observation, powerful quote, or memorable illustration in Verbum so you can return to it later.

Verbum 8 brings new and powerful changes to Notes, making it easier than ever to capture, organize, find, and share your insights.

As power user Mark Barnes said, “The new notes tool in Verbum 8 makes all my existing notes and highlighting immensely more useful, as I can now find and read my old notes—on any subject—in a matter of seconds.[Read more…]

Introducing Workflows, a Brand-New Verbum Feature

Fresh with the arrival of Verbum 8 is Workflows, a powerful new Verbum feature that takes you step by step through Bible study and prayer.

We were really excited about this one as a company, and we’re thrilled to see that our customers love it, too.

We particularly like what one of our customers, Cynthia, had to say: [Read more…]

We’ve Got This Month’s Free Book Ready for You

Dive into the Church’s teachings on important topics like holiness, purgatory, and the last things with this month’s great Verbum sales.

November’s free book

Start off by getting your Free Book of the Month, Eschatology, or the Catholic Doctrine of the Last Things: A Dogmatic Treatise, by Joseph Pohle. In this work, Pohle dissects Catholic teaching on death, heaven and hell, purgatory, and resurrection, while drawing from the wisdom of the early Church. [Read more…]

How to Get Verbum 8: All Your Options Clearly Explained

The new version of Verbum is here. It’s redesigned in a big way to be faster and easier to use than ever.

Whether you’ve never owned Verbum or have been with us from the start, here are all your options for how to get Verbum 8, clearly explained. I’ll also explain why some customers choose one option over another.

You can also call us at 888-875-9491 to get more personalized help choosing the right option for you. [Read more…]

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