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Journey to Ephesus
Lori Erickson

Home to one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, this city is also steeped in Christian history.

Joplin, Missouri: One Year Later
Jeannette Cooperman

A tornado-ravaged city is being resurrected with the help of college students from across the country.

A Few Minutes With the Willitses
Interview by Judy Zarick

Reaching out to the 'digital sheep'

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The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living

The Catholics Next Door/New Evangelizers web site

A New Look at the Creed
Greg Friedman, OFM

What are we proclaiming at Mass each Sunday?

What's a Parent to Do?
Susan Vogt

Watching your adult child choose a mate and plan a wedding is rife with potential arguments. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Questions for reflection

Adventures in Tithing
Marilynn Judd

Surprising things happen when God is in charge.

The Many Lives of Chris Padgett
Christopher Heffron

Husband, father, convert, musician and youth minister, this Renaissance man is a rising figure in the Catholic world.

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Chris Padgett on Mary, the Mother of God

Chris Padgett's website






to St. Anthony Messenger Print Edition




Mark: Most of what we know about Mark comes directly from the New Testament. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts 12:12. (When Peter escaped from prison, he went to the home of Mark's mother.) 
<p>Paul and Barnabas took him along on the first missionary journey, but for some reason Mark returned alone to Jerusalem. It is evident, from Paul's refusal to let Mark accompany him on the second journey despite Barnabas's insistence, that Mark had displeased Paul. Because Paul later asks Mark to visit him in prison, we may assume the trouble did not last long. </p><p>The oldest and the shortest of the four Gospels, the Gospel of Mark emphasizes Jesus' rejection by humanity while being God's triumphant envoy. Probably written for Gentile converts in Rome—after the death of Peter and Paul sometime between A.D. 60 and 70—Mark's Gospel is the gradual manifestation of a "scandal": a crucified Messiah. </p><p>Evidently a friend of Mark (Peter called him "my son"), Peter is only one of the Gospel sources, others being the Church in Jerusalem (Jewish roots) and the Church at Antioch (largely Gentile). </p><p>Like one other Gospel writer, Luke, Mark was not one of the 12 apostles. We cannot be certain whether he knew Jesus personally. Some scholars feel that the evangelist is speaking of himself when describing the arrest of Jesus in Gethsemane: "Now a young man followed him wearing nothing but a linen cloth about his body. They seized him, but he left the cloth behind and ran off naked" (Mark 14:51-52). </p><p>Others hold Mark to be the first bishop of Alexandria, Egypt. Venice, famous for the Piazza San Marco, claims Mark as its patron saint; the large basilica there is believed to contain his remains. </p><p>A winged lion is Mark's symbol. The lion derives from Mark's description of John the Baptist as a "voice of one crying out in the desert" (Mark 1:3), which artists compared to a roaring lion. The wings come from the application of Ezekiel's vision of four winged creatures (Ezekiel, chapter one) to the evangelists.</p> American Catholic Blog Our Father’s love can be summed up in one word: Jesus! Throughout history, God has reached out to His people with unconditional love. This love reached its climax when He sent His Son to become our redeemer.


 
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