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Top 10 Catholic Searches

Top 10 Catholic Searches

Verbum is a powerful tool for discovering new and beautiful facets of the Catholic Faith. If you’ve ever used Verbum, you already appreciate that fact. If not, we’ve compiled a helpful infographic to highlight what Catholics are searching for—and what they’re discovering.

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Top 10 Catholic Searches

The highlighted search results came from the following Verbum resources:

10. Faith: Lumen Fidei

9. Compassion: Summa Theologica

8. Scripture: Dei Verbum (Vatican II Documents)

7. Jesus: RSVCE

6. Purgatory: The Council of Trent

5. Marriage: Gaudium et spes (Vatican II Documents)

4. Mercy: Angelus on March 17, 2013 (A Year with Pope Francis)

3. Love: NABRE 

2. Baptism: St. Ambrose, Commentary on Luke (Catena Aurea)

1. Eucharist: Catechism of the Catholic Church 

Most of these resources (and many more!) are available in a Verbum library—find the one that’s right for you!

 

Save on Modern Catholic Authors!

Our new Modern Catholic Authors collection is tremendously diverse. Let’s put it this way: whether you’re interested in theology, Scripture study, Christian literature, apologetics, or contemplative prayer, this 243-volume bundle has something for you! This resource represents very best of Verbum’s catalog, including works by:

  • Hans Urs von Balthasar
  • Joseph Fitzmyer
  • Raymond E Brown
  • Pope Benedict XVI
  • G.K. Chesterton
  • Thomas Merton
  • Scott Hahn
  • And more!

MODERN CATHOLIC AUTHORS

Get special introductory savings of 20% through October 14th only! If you already own part of this collection, you’re eligible for an additional discount. Visit Verbum.com or call 877-542-7664 to find out how much you can save.

Free Commentary on Revelation!

At the end of every liturgical year, the Church returns to the fascinating—and often challenging—book of RevelationDeepen your understanding of St. John’s prophetic book for free this month with Sacra Pagina: Revelation by noted scipture scholar Fr.Wilfrid Harrington, OP. “The message of Revelation is more than a word of encouragement to those suffering tribulation,” Harrington states; “It is a promise of wider hope.”

The Sacra Pagina series represents the finest contemporary Catholic scripture scholarship, as Fr. Daniel Harrington notes in the series introduction:

The goal of Sacra Pagina is to provide sound critical analysis without any loss of sensitivity to religious meaning. This series is therefore catholic in two senses of the word: inclusive in its methods and perspectives, and shaped by the context of the Catholic tradition.

 

REVELATION

 

As an added bonus, you can also download Sacra Pagina: The Gospel of Mark for just $0.99. That’s over $44 worth of renowned biblical commentaries for under one dollar!

These offers are only available until Nov 1, so take advantage today!

 

 

 

Pope Francis is Here!

Pope Francis is now on American soil and your friends at Verbum are following him very closely. This morning, on the lawn of the White House, Pope Francis spoke of his deep concern for marriage and family life:

“I want to celebrate and support the institution of marriage and the family at this critical moment in the history of our civilization.”

The Pope knows that we are facing a cultural and spiritual struggle to understand, appreciate, and celebrate God’s design for marriage and the family. His choice to visit our shores during the 2015 World Meeting of Families testifies to this fact and we should be reassured by his presence with us.

We find ourselves now in a culture and situation which calls on us to become better educated in our faith, so that we can respond to the times in charity, wisdom, and faithfulness. We at Verbum are taking the education of all Catholics, clergy and laity, very seriously.

As you already know, our director Deacon Kevin Bagley is at the World Meeting of Families and we were delighted to host Papal Nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, at our booth yesterday. The Nuncio was very impressed by the software and its ability to quickly navigate the various resources to present the width and breadth of the Catholic faith.

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If you happen to be at the World Meeting of Families, plaese stop by to see Deacon Kevin and the Verbum crew at Booth #1423 for exclusive discounts and prizes.

Interested in expanding your knowledge of Catholic teaching on marriage and family? Be sure to pick up the World Meeting of Families Bundle, which is $80 off until September 30th.

What’s New in Verbum Now 6.6

We just updated Verbum Now with a handful of great features! Take a look at what’s new:

Septuagint Manuscript Explorer

Information about Septuagint manuscripts can be frustratingly difficult to find. But with the Septuagint Manuscript Explorer, we’ve gathered together information about existing Septuagint manuscripts, including their contents, date, language, holding institute, and more. With this interactive, you can discover the earliest Septuagint manuscript evidence for the Minor Prophets, view Codex Sinaiticus online, or see how many manuscripts contain the book of Psalms.

Multiview Resources

Add multiple translations of the Bible or even commentaries in the same panel with the Multiview Resources tool. The resources you bring together will share the same location, visual filters, and search results. Study original-language texts side by side with English translations. Search for a specific word and both texts will filter down to your search results. This tool treats multiple resources as one—and the applications to your study are endless.

Corresponding Words Visual Filter

The new Corresponding Words Visual Filter instantly identifies everywhere repetition occurs within any of your resources. Find all the places “love,” “loves,” and “loved” appears within a commentary or the biblical text simply by hovering over the word you want to investigate. Or find all the places a specific lemma, root, or sense occurs within a biblical text. You can even see how the author of Jonah uses the phrase “go down” to highlight both Jonah’s physical and spiritual descent from the presence of the Lord. By identifying repetition, the Corresponding Words Visual Filter helps you draw out key themes and ideas in a passage.

Old Testament Propositional Outlines update

We’ve added Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Isaiah to the Old Testament Propositional Outlines.

Plus this month’s preview resource

Read Solution of the Great Problem for free until September 30, and access a new preview resource on October 1!

If you haven’t yet subscribed to Verbum Now, there’s no better time to start. Get your first month free at Verbum.com/Now!

Get Free Gifts with Pre-Orders

If you haven’t taken advantage of our Pre-Publication program yet, now’s the time to start. Until July 31, you’ll earn free gifts when you pre-order select resources in addition to your usual pre-order discounts!

To take advantage of this great deal, check out Verbum.com/Pre-Publication!

Which resources qualify?

What are my gifts?

You’ll get promotional codes for $10, $20, or $50 off your next order on Verbum.com. If you pre-order all three qualifying resources, you’ll get all three gifts!

What if I’ve already pre-ordered those resources?

You already qualify for the free gifts! Just sign up for our Pre-Publication email list, and we’ll send you your promotional code(s) once each resource ships.

When do I get my gifts?

We’ll send you your promotional code(s) after each resource has been produced. The faster they gain orders, the faster they’ll be produced!

This deal is only good until July 31take advantage at Verbum.com/Pre-Publication today!

Celebrate Pentecost with Verbum

We at Verbum wish all of our readers and software users a blessed Pentecost!

We also encourage you to enhance your Biblical understanding with the full Old and New Testament commentaries from the University of Navarre.  While individual titles of the Navarre commentary are available, along with the New and Old Testament may be purchased as sets, Verbum Capstone library is the only base package that includes the full commentary.

Take a look at this Sunday’s Gospel, Jn 20:19-23, in the Navarre Bible commentary, including in-depth discussion of each verse, along with pertinent references to Papal writings and other valuable resources from the Tradition.

Jesus’ first appearance to the disciples (20:19–23)

Jn 20:19–20. Jesus appears to the apostles on the evening of the day on which he rose. He presents himself without any need for the doors to be opened, by using the qualities of his glorified body; but in order to dispel any impression that he is only a spirit he shows them his hands and his side: there is no longer any doubt of its being Jesus himself, about his being truly risen from the dead. He greets them twice using the words of greeting customary among the Jews, with the same tenderness as he previously used put into this salutation. These friendly words dispel the fear and shame the apostles must have been feeling at behaving so disloyally during his passion: he has recreated the normal atmosphere of intimacy, and now he will endow them with transcendental powers.

Jn 20:21. Pope Leo XIII explained how Christ transferred his own mission to the apostles: ‘What did he wish in regard to the Church founded, or about to be founded? This: to transmit to it the same mission and the same mandate which he had received from the Father, that they should be perpetuated. This he clearly resolved to do: this he actually did’ [Here the Pope cites Jn 20:21 and Jn 17:18.]. […] When about to ascend into heaven he sends his Apostles in virtue of the same power by which he had been sent from the Father; and he charges them to spread abroad and propagate his teachings (cf. Mt 21:19), so that those obeying the Apostles might be saved, and those disobeying should perish (cf. Mk 16:16). […] Hence he commands that the teaching of the Apostles should be religiously accepted and piously kept as if it were his own: ‘He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me’ (Lk 10:16). Wherefore the Apostles are ambassadors of Christ as he is the ambassador of the Father” (Satis cognitum). In this mission the bishops are the successors of the apostles: “Christ sent the Apostles, as he himself had been sent by the Father, and then through the apostles made their successors, the bishops, sharers in his consecration and mission. The function of the bishops’ ministry was handed over in a subordinate degree to priests so that they might be appointed in the order of the priesthood and be co-workers of the episcopal order for the proper fulfilment of the apostolic mission that had been entrusted to it by Christ” (Vatican II, Presbyterorum ordinis, 2).

Jn 20:22–23. The Church has always understood—and has in fact defined—that Jesus Christ here conferred on the Apostles authority to forgive sins, a power which is exercised in the sacrament of Penance. ‘The Lord then especially instituted the sacrament of Penance when, after being risen from the dead, he breathed upon his disciples and said: ‘Receive the Holy Spirit …’. The consensus of all the Fathers has always acknowledged that by this action so sublime and words so clear the power of forgiving and retaining sins was given to the Apostles and their lawful successors for reconciling the faithful who have fallen after Baptism’ (Council of Trent, De Paenitentia, chap. 1).
The sacrament of Penance is the most sublime expression of God’s mercy, described so vividly in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son (cf. Lk 15:11–32). The Lord always awaits us, with his arms wide open, waiting for us to repent—and then he will forgive us and restore us to the dignity of being his sons.
The popes have consistently recommended Christians to have regular recourse to this sacrament: “For a constant and speedy advancement in the path of virtue we highly recommend the pious practice of frequent confession, introduced by the Church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit; for by this means we grow in a true knowledge of ourselves and in Christian humility, bad habits are uprooted, spiritual negligence and apathy are prevented, the conscience is purified and the will strengthened, salutary spiritual direction is obtained, and grace is increased by the efficacy of the sacrament itself” (Pius XII, Mystici Corporis) (194-5).

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Verbum’s $5 Million Giveaway

Verbum’s $5 million dollar grant to Catholic high schools is well under way and we’ve had amazing success in connecting to great Catholic schools. Today, we want to turn the spotlight onto two of our grant recipients: Benet Academy and Hackett Catholic Preparatory High School.

Founded in 1887 and staffed by the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey, Benet Academy has a long history of academic and spiritual excellence. Freshman theology teacher Kevin Clemens advocated for Benet to apply for the Verbum grant and is looking forward to spearheading the use of our curriculum in the fall. Students will begin to use the Lumen curriculum on iPads, and Mr. Clemens is looking forward to being able to introduce students to the riches of the faith in new and exciting ways:

The ability to move seamlessly within Verbum from the Scriptures to the Catechism to the writings of the popes and Church Fathers has greatly improved my ability to develop dynamic lessons. My hope for using Verbum more widely in the classroom is that my students not just study about Jesus Christ, but rather encounter Him in the living word as we receive it from the Church.

It doesn’t hurt that Benet alumnus, Fr. Robert Barron, is featured throughout the Lumen curriculum in his popular Word on Fire videos. This partnership between Verbum and Benet Academy fits right in to the solidly Catholic ethos of the school.

Another notable grant recipient is Hackett Catholic Prep in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Deacon Kurt Lucas teaches in the Theology department at Hackett and has been an enthusiastic advocate of the Lumen program. Deacon Kurt has been a faithful Verbum user since 2006 and is very excited that Verbum has launched a high school program. He hopes to expand use of the curriculum to the higher grade levels ASAP. We look forward to working with Hackett Prep and all our Verbum grant schools.

It’s not too late for your school to take advantage of our grant program! Visit www.verbum.com/education/5million and contact us today to get your share of $5 million dollars in curriculum software.

Learn more about the Bible!

The Bible is the inspired word of God, and this month, Verbum features one of the most up-to-date and scholarly study Bibles available: The Catholic Study Bible, 2nd edition. Along with essays and notes by world-renowned scholars on the writing, history, and interpretation of Scripture, Verbum’s amazing functionality links you in with commentaries and resources of your choice on each page. You can save even more when you make your purchase part of a new library!

Fr. Daniel Harrington notes that the Catholic mass has included more Scripture since Vatican II:

Since Vatican II the Bible has become prominent not only in Catholic liturgy and education but also in popular piety. The revised prayers for the sacraments and other liturgical actions use biblical language almost entirely. Charismatic groups and base communities have found biblical reflection and prayer to be the source of great spiritual energy. Even traditional Catholic observances like the Rosary are (and always have been) thoroughly biblical. The language of Catholic prayer in almost every instance derives from the Bible.

…Catholic theology since the Council gives far more attention to biblical sources and is likely to express itself more in biblical than in philosophical language. Official church documents on theological matters or current problems almost always begin from Scripture and try to ground their arguments in biblical texts. The Catholic Church today is far more biblical than it was in the mid-1950s (18-9, emphasis added).

Take advantage of the special features of Verbum that enhance your study with the Catholic Study Bible, on sale through the end of the month as part of our Easter Sale.

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Ash Wednesday: The Lenten Journey Begins

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, and thus the start of our Lenten Journey!

As you begin fasting, observing penances, or taking on new spiritual disciplines, consider joining the Verbum Lenten Journey. Hundreds of faithful Catholics are banding together for study, prayer, and discussion.

Learn about this season with weekly “Lenten Moment” emails. Study the Sunday readings with Lent: The Road to Redemption (now 50% off!). Share notes, questions, and responses with other Verbum users. Whatever you’re hoping to get out of Lent, Verbum is here to help.

Learn more and sign up at Verbum.com/Lent!

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