Friday, January 23, 2009

Papal YouTube Channel

This is the weekend of the big Biblical Studies Conference on St. Paul. I'll be speaking with Dr. Scott Hahn and Dr. Brant Pitre at the Riverside Convention Center. For more information go here.

But before I leave I wanted to make a note of the brand new Vatican YouTube Channel. This is so awesome! I love it that the Pope now has a presence on YouTube, which has quickly become one of the most important places on the internet.
And now it's off to the conference. Hope to see some of you there!

1 comment:

Sister Mary Agnes said...

Thank you for an exciting and inspiring conference. For most of the years of my religious life, I avoided reading St. Paul because I found him too hard to understand. Then, at last year's conference I purchased your bible study on Romans, Dr. Pitre. I have listened to it over and over, and it has really helped me to be able to read Romans.

This conference was a blessing in this year of Saint Paul. I grew up in New Hampshire, which is a very Protestant state. There were only 2 Catholics in my graduating class in high school, and I was one of them. Growing up I often heard Protestants quoting Saint Paul, and so I really did get the idea when I was a child that Saint Paul was a Protestant saint! It was so wonderful to hear all of these talks at the conference showing us how Catholic Saint Paul really is.

The beautiful camaraderie that you both share with Scott Hahn is heartwarming. It reminded me of the friendship of Saints Gregory and Basil. They were such great scholars and loved the pursuit of learning, but there was no rivalry between them. They were always happy at each others' accomplishments and successes (Office of Readings, January 2). What beautiful witnesses the three of you are to the beauty and love of our Catholic faith!

Most people will never have the opportunity (or ability) to study ancient Judaism and the Fathers of the Church like you do. Your work of uncovering the ancient treasures of our Catholic Faith and then making them accessible to ordinary people, so that our faith may become stronger, is truly a precious gift to the Church.  Keep up the good work!