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Glory Be to God for Dappled Things (Weekly Poem)

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

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…]

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…]

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…]

Painting of the Week: David with the Head of Goliath

This morbid piece from Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio is called David with the Head of Goliath. It depicts the exact moment in 1 Samuel 17:57 where David presented the Philistine’s head in triumph to Saul. [Read more…]

Broaden Your Verbum Library with These Recent Additions

Sr. Mary Margaret Funk writes on practicing early monasticism, the International Theological Commission provides five decades of theological reflection, and select works from the great Henri de Lubac publish soon—and here’s what else is new and upcoming in Verbum.

You also can guide the future of Verbum resources by placing a bid for Pre-Pub products, such as the Liturgical Press Wisdom Commentary Series (16 vols). [Read more…]

The Full but Neglected Backpack

This is a guest post from author and apologist Steve Ray.

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A Christian can be compared to a man on a journey.

As soon as the traveler crested the hill, he knew he was in dire straits. He was lost and desperately weary from hours of trudging down dusty paths, and his tongue was swollen with thirst. The leather pack his mother had given him grew heavier by the mile. He was nowhere near his destination. [Read more…]

Discover January’s Saint of the Month: St. Thomas Aquinas

Each month in 2019, Verbum will be highlighting one saint’s life, work, theology, and impact on the Church. This month’s saint, Thomas Aquinas, is one of the most influential philosophers and theologians of all time.

Lived: 1225–March 7, 1274
Feast Day: January 28
Patronage: Academics, apologists, philosophers, and theologians [Read more…]

What We Read This Month: Highlights from the Verbum Team

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

Donald Antenen, Verbum Marketing Manager:

This month I used Verbum for research while writing Catholic New Year’s resolutions. That meant a lot of time in the Catechism and related Church documents. I also enjoyed Advent reading from the Daughters of Saint Paul devotional Advent Grace and Pope Benedict XVI’s The Blessing of Christmas.

Pope Benedict is rightly understood as a brilliant theologian and intellectual, but the tenderness and beauty of his writing are often overlooked. They ought not to be. [Read more…]

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