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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!

 

3 Biggest Discounts during Easter

Verbum Easter Sale

We’ve hand-picked 12 of our most popular resources to discount during the Easter Sale. Check out the 3 best deals below, and visit Verbum.com/Easter to see everything that’s on sale.


1. 52% off
The Works of St. Thomas Aquinas (18 vols.)

St. Thomas Aquinas is perhaps the most influential theologian of the last 800 years. His prolific writings and personal sanctity earned him the title of “the Angelic Doctor,” and his works are consistently cited by prominent philosophers and theologians (Pope Francis cited St. Thomas 19 times in his recent Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitita). The Works of St. Thomas Aquinas (18 vols.) comprises all of Aquinas’ most famous works, including the Summa Theologica, the Summa contra Gentiles, the Catena Aurea, and a variety of insightful commentaries and homilies. This collection was a bargain at its regular price of $629.99, but it’s currently on sale for just $299.99—that’s 52% off!

 


2. 29% off
The Way of the Lord Jesus (3 vols.)

First published in 1983, Germain Grisez’s masterful series on moral theology is widely referenced by seminarians, scholars, and studious Catholics. Much like the Summa Theologica, The Way of the Lord Jesus takes an analytic approach to moral theology, offering detailed, relevant answers to common questions and concerns. In print form, this series would take up significant shelf space and cost upwards of $100. During the Verbum Easter Sale, you can get a superior electronic edition for just $59.99!

 


3. 28% off the
Catholic Mariology Collection (13 vols.)

Drawing from authors such as Pope St. John Paul II, St. Louis de Montfort, Scott Hahn, and others, this collection offers a solid foundation for studying Mary’s role in the Church. Whether you’re looking to deepen your devotion to the Blessed Virgin or simply understand the doctrines surrounding her, the Catholic Mariology Collection (13 vols.) is a valuable resource—all the more so with a $40 Easter discount!

 

To see the full list of discounted resources, visit Verbum.com/Easter today!

 

 

We’ve Moved . . .

If you were wondering why there’s a new URL at the top of this page, it’s because the Verbum Blog now lives at blog.verbum.com (imagine that!). You can still find our blog at the old URL (scripturestudysoftware.com/blog), but we recommend that you update any bookmarks or feed links you may be using.

Stay tuned for more blog-related surprises . . .

Easter Is Here!

The Easter season is finally here, and you know what that means… Yes, Jesus has conquered death, but there’s something else… No, we’re already done with the cheap chocolates and colored eggs… Alright, I’ll just tell you: The Verbum Easter Sale is going on now!

Verbum Easter Sale

Visit Verbum.com/Easter for some of the best deals you’ll see all year, including:

  • Custom discounts (10% or more!) on every Verbum library
  • 52% off the Works of St. Thomas Aquinas (18 vols.)
  • 28% off the Fathers of the Church Series (127 vols.)
  • 17% off the Ancient Christian Writers Bundle (66 vols.)
  • And more!

These deals are only good during the Easter season—be sure to visit Verbum.com/Easter before May 15!

 

What’s New in Verbum Now 6.10?

If you’re subscribed to Verbum Now, you just got access to a bunch of new features! Take a look at what we’ve added:

Miracles of the Bible Interactive

The miracles in the Bible are surrounded by a lot of narrative text. That makes comparing and contrasting them difficult. The Miracles of the Bible interactive allows you to sort the miracles of the Bible into categories like type (healing, provision, resurrection, etc.), people involved, location, and book of the Bible. Find all the miracles done by Moses, the miracles involving a piece of clothing, or the miracles done in Galilee. Or combine any of these categories—for example, find all the miracles the Israelites experienced involving provision.

Speaking to God Interactive

The Speaking to God interactive displays every conversation with God in the Bible. You can then sort them by type (a dialogue or monologue), the persons involved, and the content (petition, praise, complaint, confession, intercession, etc.). If you want to find every intercessory prayer made by Moses on behalf of the Isralites, the Speaking to God interactive allows you to find them in two clicks.

Link a Lexicon to a Bible

With this feature, jump from an English translation to Greek and Hebrew lexicons with one click. Build a layout you’ll come back to over and over again by linking your favorite lexicons to your English Bible. Move seamlessly from the Bible you’re reading to discussions of the Greek or Hebrew words behind the English translation.

Lexham SGNT Syntactic Force Dataset

Identifying the syntactic force, or use, of a Greek word is a task that many Greek students find difficult and often view as subjective. For instance, the Greek genitive, often translated with “of” in English, can carry a large range of meaning. When Paul states that the “love of Christ controls us,” does he mean that our love for Christ controls us? Or that Christ’s love for us controls us? Or that the love that controls us has a Christ-like quality? These are difficult questions that aren’t easily answered. With this dataset, you can search any interlinear version of the Bible for the syntactic force of a word. Looking for places other than Matthew 28:20 where the word “teach” is considered an instrumental participle? With the Lexham SGNT Syntactic Force Dataset, you can easily find them.

New Preview Resources

Gain free access to The St. Joseph Collection (3 vols.) during the month of March!

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!

 

15 Best Books of 2015

2015 in Review

You, our valued Verbum users, have spoken! We pored over last year’s data and discovered the 15 best-selling books on Verbum.com. If you don’t already own these resources, you may want to give them a second look—they come recommended by fellow Verbum users, after all!

1. Verbum 360 Training

An indispensable addition to every Verbum library, this training was created by two power-user priests. With over 4 hours of video content, you’ll learn to master all Verbum’s powerful features.

 

2. Verbum Now – Annual Subscription

Verbum Now subscriptions grant you immediate access to new features, datasets, and media resources as soon as they’re developed. Why wait for major software releases when you can get everything now?

 

3. Ignatius Catholic Study Bible: New Testament, Genesis, Exodus, and the RSV2CE

This collection combines a popular Catholic biblical translation (the RSV2CE) with extensive commentary on the New Testament, Genesis, and Exodus. The Verbum version is cheaper than the physical books and easier to use, making it an obvious choice for any serious student of Scripture.

 

4. The New Jerusalem Bible: Reader’s Edition (NJB)

This classic Catholic Bible was translated directly from the original Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic texts. Reading it side-by-side with the NABRE or RSVCE delivers fresh insight into the meaning of every passage.

 

5. Jimmy Akin’s Studies on Mark (3 vols.)

Jimmy Akin wrote a commentary set exclusively for Verbum. It’s no wonder that this product was funded in a matter of days!

 

 

6. The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium

Pope Francis’ 2013 apostolic exhortation, like all Church Documents, is a perfect fit for Verbum. With 217 footnotes and 225 references to Scripture, it’d be tedious to study it in any other format.

 

7. Fulfilled in Christ: The Sacraments. A Guide to Symbols and Types in the Bible and Tradition

Fr. Devin Roza (one of the priests who recorded the Verbum 360 Training series) created this comprehensive guide to biblical typology. This work is such a boon to typological study that Scott Hahn endorsed it as “an indispensable tool for the New Evangelization.”

8. The Watchers in Jewish and Christian Traditions

When Darren Aronofsky’s Noah hit theaters in 2014, it sparked widespread fascination with “The Watchers”—the rarely-mentioned “Nephilim” of the Bible. This volume explores these intriguing characters in light of both Jewish and early Christian literature.

 

9. Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture (11 vols.)

This series is one of the most relevant, approachable, and distinctly-Catholic commentaries currently available. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput went so far as to say that it “should be on the shelf of every committed Catholic believer”—though it’s better in a Verbum library than on a bookshelf!

10. Sacra Pagina New Testament Commentary Series (18 vols.)

If you’re hungry for a more academic commentary, Verbum users love the Sacra Pagina (along with the Berit Olam, its Old Testament counterpart). This series is read and respected by Catholic and non-Catholic scholars alike.

 

11. New American Bible, rev. ed. (NABRE)

The NABRE is, arguably, the most popular contemporary Catholic biblical translation. Aside from the original NAB, this version is the most similar to the text used in the Lectionary for Mass.

 

 

12. Catechism of the Catholic Church

Promulgated by Pope St. John Paul II in 1992, this monumental work is a “sure and authentic reference text for teaching Catholic doctrine.” Despite being included in every Verbum library, the book itself is frequently purchased by new users and non-Catholics who are curious about Church teaching.

 

13. Exploring Catholic Theology: Essays on God, Liturgy, and Evangelization

Released shortly before Fr. Robert Barron was appointed auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, this book features a collection of essays on contemporary Catholic theology. Bishop Barron is known for his masterful synthesis of pop culture and orthodox exposition, making this volume particularly relevant in this era of the “New Evangelization.”

14. Fathers of the Church Series (127 vols.)

This series from the Catholic University of America is, simply put, the pinnacle of modern patristic scholarship. Comprising nearly 50,000 pages of comprehensively-tagged content, the Verbum version is the most affordable and efficient way to study the Fathers of the Church.

15. Catholic Study Bible, 2nd ed.

Intended for use with the New American Bible, rev. ed., this supplemental volume includes detailed commentary, reading guides, maps, and other aids to help the reader comprehend Scripture in its entirety. It’s been available in Verbum for a number of years, but it remains a bestseller to this day.

 

To add 2015’s best books to your library, visit Verbum.com/2015!

 

Pope Benedict XVI on Ash Wednesday

In the spirit of Lent, it seems fitting to defer to His Holiness, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, for our Ash Wednesday reflection. The following homily was originally delivered on March 9, 2011 at the Basilica of St Sabina in Rome.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today we begin the liturgical Season of Lent with the evocative rite of the imposition of ashes through which we wish to commit ourselves to converting our hearts to the horizons of Grace. People generally associate this Season with the sadness and dreariness of life. On the contrary, it is a precious gift of God, a strong time full of meaning on the Church’s path, it is the journey that leads to the Passover of the Lord.

The biblical Readings of today’s celebration give us instructions for living this spiritual experience to the full. “Return to me with all your heart” (Joel 2:12). In the First Reading from the Book of the Prophet Joel we heard these words with which God invites the Jewish people to sincere and unostentatious repentance. This is not a superficial and transitory conversion; but a spiritual itinerary that deeply concerns the attitude of the conscience and implies sincere determination to reform.

The Prophet draws inspiration from the plague of locusts that descended on the people, destroying their crops, to ask them for inner repentance and to rend their hearts rather than their clothing (cf. Jl 2:13).

In other words, it is in practice a question of adopting an attitude of authentic conversion to God—of returning to him—recognizing his holiness, his power, his majesty.

And this conversion is possible because God is rich in mercy and great in love. His is a regenerating mercy that creates within us a pure heart, renews in our depths a firm spirit, restoring the joy of salvation (cf. Ps 51:14). God, in fact—as the Prophet says—does not want the the sinner to die but to convert and live (cf. Eze 33:11).

The Prophet Joel orders in the Lord’s name the creation of a favourable penitential environment: the trumpet must be blown to convoke the gathering and reawaken consciences. The Lenten Season proposes to us this liturgical and penitential environment: a journey of 40 days in which to experience God’s merciful love effectively.

Today the appeal: “Return to me with all your heart”, resounds for us. Today it is we who are called to convert our hearts to God, in the constant awareness that we cannot achieve conversion on our own, with our own efforts, because it is God who converts us. Furthermore, he offers us his forgiveness, asking us to return to him, to give us a new heart cleansed of the evil that clogs it, to enable us to share in his joy. Our world needs to be converted by God, it needs his forgiveness, his love, it needs a new heart.

“Be reconciled to God” (2 Cor 5:20). In the Second Reading St Paul offers us another element on our journey of conversion. The Apostle invites us to remove our gaze from him and to pay attention instead to the One who sent him and to the content of the message he bears: “So we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We therefore beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (ibid.).

An ambassador repeats what he has heard his Lord say and speaks with the authority and within the limits that he has been given. Anyone who serves in the office of ambassador must not draw attention to himself but must put himself at the service of the message to be transmitted and of the one who has sent it.

This is how St Paul acted in exercising his ministry as a preacher of the word of God and an Apostle of Jesus Christ. He does not shrink from the duty he has received, but carries it out with total dedication, asking us to open ourselves to Grace, to let God convert us. He writes: “Working together with him, then, we entreat you not to accept the grace of God in vain” (2 Cor 6:1).

“Christ’s call to conversion”, the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “continues to resound in the lives of Christians … [it] is an uninterrupted task for the whole Church” which, “clasping sinners to her bosom”, and “ ‘at once holy and always in need of purification … follows constantly the path of penance and renewal”. “This endeavour of conversion is not just a human work. It is the movement of a ‘contrite heart’ (Ps 51:17), drawn and moved by grace to respond to the merciful love of God who loved us first” (n. 1428).

St Paul was speaking to the Christians of Corinth but through them he intended to address all people. Indeed, all people have always needed God’s grace which illuminates minds and hearts. And the Apostle immediately insists “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor 6:2). All can open themselves to God’s action, to his love; with our evangelical witness we Christians must be a living message; indeed in many cases we are the only Gospel that men and women of today still read.

This is our responsibility, following in St Paul’s footsteps, a further reason for living Lent fully: in order to bear a witness of faith lived to a world in difficulty in need of returning to God, in need of conversion.

“Beware of practising your piety before men in order to be seen by them” (Mt 6:1). In today’s Gospel Jesus reinterprets the three fundamental pious practices prescribed by Mosaic law. Almsgiving, prayer and fasting characterize the Jew who observes the law. In the course of time these prescriptions were corroded by the rust of external formalism or even transformed into a sign of superiority.

In these three practices Jesus highlights a common temptation. Doing a good deed almost instinctively gives rise to the desire to be esteemed and admired for the good action, in other words to gain a reward. And on the one hand this closes us in on ourselves and on the other, it brings us out of ourselves because we live oriented to what others think of us or admire in us.

In proposing these prescriptions anew the Lord Jesus does not ask for formal respect of a law that is alien to the human being, imposed by a severe legislator as a heavy burden, but invites us to rediscover these three pious practices by living them more deeply, not out of self-love but out of love of God, as a means on the journey of conversion to him. Alms-giving, prayer and fasting: these are the path of the divine pedagogy that accompanies us not only in Lent, towards the encounter with the Risen Lord; a course to take without ostentation, in the certainty that the heavenly Father can read and also see into our heart in secret.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us set out confidently and joyfully on the Lenten journey. Forty days separate us from Easter; this “strong” season of the liturgical year is a favourable time which is granted to us so that we may attend more closely to our conversion, listen more intensely to the word of God and intensify our prayer and penance. We thereby open our hearts to docile acceptance of the divine will for a more generous practice of mortification thanks to which we can go more generously to the aid of our needy neighbour: a spiritual journey that prepares us to relive the Paschal Mystery.

May Mary, our guide on the Lenten journey, lead us to ever deeper knowledge of the dead and Risen Christ, help us in the spiritual combat against sin, and sustain us as we pray with conviction: “Converte nos, Deus salutaris noster”—“Convert us to you, O God, our salvation”. Amen!

This homily—along with 300+ others from Benedict XVI—is available for deeper study in a Verbum Master library.

 

What’s New in Verbum Now 6.9?

If you’re subscribed to Verbum Now, you just got access to a bunch of new features! Take a look at what we’ve added:

Biblical Theology Guide Section

Understand how biblical theologians have interpreted the passage you’re studying and how it relates to redemptive history. Open Genesis 1:1 in your Passage Guide and find everywhere that text appears in the context of discussions about Theology Proper, Bibliology, Christology, and more. Your resources are further categorized by type such as Old Testament, New Testament, Whole Bible, Pauline Epistles, and more.

Hebrew Bible Manuscript Explorer

Understand the textual transmission of the Old Testament with the Hebrew Bible Manuscript Explorer. In a glance, see all the extant Hebrew manuscripts and filter by date, contents, holding institute, and more. You can even click through to see high resolution photographs of the manuscripts online.

Custom Home Page Layouts

Customizing your Verbum workspace is essential for efficient study. Now you can save your favorite workspace as a layout to be launched right from the homepage. Do you want to read the RSVCE alongside the Greek New Testament as part of your daily reading plan? Save it as a layout and start your study with a click. You can also create custom layouts to launch from the Go Box, Lectionary Reading, and more. Customize your layouts with any combination of tools and resources.

Systematic Theologies Interactive

Systematic theologians bring the entire biblical testimony to bear on specific, interrelated theological topics. The Systematic Theologies interactive curates data on both systematic theology resources and their authors, helping you become more informed about the content of the systematic theologies and how the backgrounds of the theologians shaped their works. Sort and filter by author, denomination, era, and type.

Proverbs Explorer, Volume 2

Volume 2 of this popular interactive and dataset expands the scope of the Proverbs Explorer to proverbs throughout the Old and New Testaments—not just the book of Proverbs. It even covers proverbial statements from Deuterocanonical literature.

Names of God Interactive: Deuterocanon

Volume 2 of the Names of God interactive adds all the references to God from the Deuterocanon. See how the surrounding literature of the Bible refers to and addresses God.

Update to Narrative Character Maps, Volume 2

Narrative Character Maps present the Bible’s familiar story arcs with a new visual perspective that makes sense of complex interweaving narratives. Color coded character lines elegantly present the geographic location of key players through time. This exclusive addition to Narrative Character Maps covers the time during Jesus’ public ministry.

New Preview Resource

Read A Manual of Catholic Theology for free during the month of February!

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!

What’s New in Verbum Now 6.8?

If you’re subscribed to Verbum Now, you just got access to a bunch of new features! Take a look at what we’ve added:

New Testament Use of the Old Testament

This new interactive lets you explore how New Testament authors cite, quote, allude to, or echo Old Testament texts. Display both Old Testament and New Testament passages in multiple versions for quick comparison—including the Hebrew or Greek Old Testament and the Greek New Testament. Find the passage you’re looking for using faceted search options such as speaker, themes, events, places, or things.

Lemma in Passage Guide Section

The Lemma in Passage section of the Passage Guide scours your library for every occurrence of the original language lemma in the passage you want to investigate. Results are categorized according to the dictionary form of the word, and organized by resource. The Lemma in Passage guide identifies everywhere a word appears in your library. For instance, the Greek word “logos” appears in the context of a discussion about John 1:1—even in resources not explicitly about the Gospel of John.

Reader’s Edition Interlinear

Reading ancient texts in their original languages can be both difficult and stressful, especially if you don’t know all the vocabulary. That’s why Greek and Hebrew Readers are popular tools for assisting students in their acquisition of a new language. Our new Reader’s Edition Interlinear lets you customize any original-language interlinear text according to your needs. Hide words according to frequency, leaving only the words you haven’t learned. Use the Reader’s Edition Interlinear in your language study and adapt it to your ever-changing educational needs.

Personal Letters Section

Personal letters are valuable resources that illuminate the context in which an author lived and wrote. The Personal Letters section in the Factbook now provides convenient access to these texts.

Corresponding Notes and Highlights

With Corresponding Notes, you can now see all the notes you’ve attached to biblical texts with reverse interlinears. Take a note on the Greek word Εὐχαριστοῦμεν (eucharistoumen) in your Greek New Testament, and with the Corresponding Notes feature, you’ll see that same note attached to the equivalent translation in your favorite biblical translations.

Old Testament Propositional Outlines update

The latest update to the OT Propositional Outlines Visual Filter adds Daniel and the Twelve Prophets. This update will complete the OT Propositional Outlines feature!

Two New Preview Resources

Read The Preparation of the Incarnation and Jesus Christ the Word Incarnate: Considerations Gathered from the Works of the Angelic Doctor St. Thomas Aquinas for free until December 31!

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!

 

Deacon Kevin’s Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent

This guest post is by Deacon Kevin Bagley, DMin, Director of Verbum.

“Prepare the way of the Lord.” These were John’s words as he proclaimed a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The season of Advent is the time of year when we prepare ourselves to welcome the newborn Christ child into our lives.

As citizens of the modern world, we are bombarded with advertising urging us to purchase the right gifts, try the newest electronic gadget, and prepare ourselves for the gift giving season. As Catholics, we should be focused on receiving the greatest gift of all: the Savior of the World. The things we buy today may be broken or lost tomorrow. Developing a loving relationship with God will not only last a lifetime, but forever.

As we prepare to give gifts, host gatherings, and celebrate, we must also make room in our homes and hearts for the coming of the infant Jesus. Get rid of the clutter and debris of resentment and shortcomings, plan to be reconciled, be open to receive and provide forgiveness, and make way for the Christ child.

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