Etymology: Quinquagesima

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.”Anthony J. D'Angelo It always amazes me the things that I don't know. I hope that amazement and discovery never ends. I recently became aware of a rather old word: Quinquagesima. I am actually surprised that I hadn't heard of it before …

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The Face of Christ: Part 3 – The History of Christian Art

In the previous installments of this series, we addressed the foundation for this discussion, the ethnicity of Jesus, and the Gospel message. As always, there is a necessity to understand history, and that is what we will discuss in the following. The last section began that discussion by speaking a little on Jesus' earthly ethnic history concerning …

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How St. Nick became the Patron Saint of Christmas

Saint Nicholas, or Nikolaos, was born around 280 in Patara, Lycia (in modern-day Turkey) to Christian parents who raised him in the faith. When he was still young, he lost his parents and was sent to live with his uncle, a Bishop, who continued his education in the Church. Eventually, Nicholas was ordained as a …

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Why Greek in a Latin Mass?

If one were to read through the Bible, one would find the phrase "have mercy on" quite frequently, especially in the Psalms and Gospels. Possibly the most recognizable verse is from Psalm 51, the psalm in which David repents of his sins of adultery and murder. David says, Have mercy on me, O God, according …

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Threading Through Labyrinths

"But when you have killed him, how will you find your way out of the labyrinth?" "I know not, neither do I care: but it must be a strange road, if I do not find it out before I have eaten up the monster's carcass." "... I will give you a sword, and with that …

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