Jimmy Akin

48879
8 Things You Need to Know About Easter Sunday

Note: This article originally appeared on March 30, 2013.   The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas. What happened on this day? Was Jesus' resurrection a...

60304
“Three Days and Three Nights?”

In Matthew 12:40, Jesus says: Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. This has widely—and correctly—been understood as a reference...

48875
12 Things You Need to Know About Holy Saturday

Note: This article originally appeared at the Register on March 29, 2013.   Everytime we say the creed, we note that Jesus "descended into hell." Holy Saturday is the day that commemorates this event. What happened on this day, and how do we...

48865
9 Things You Need to Know About Good Friday

Note: This article originally appeared at the Register on March 28, 2013.   Good Friday is the most somber day of the Christian year. It is the day our Savior died for us. It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death of...

48849
10 Things You Need to Know About Holy Thursday

This article originally appeared on March 27, 2013.   Every single Mass, we hear the words "on the night he was betrayed." That night was Holy Thursday, and it is one of the most important nights in all of history. Here are 10 things you need...

48808
Palm Sunday: 9 Things to Know and Share!

Palm Sunday — or is it Passion Sunday? — marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day commemorates not one but two very significant events in the life of Christ. Here are 9 things you need to know.   1. What is this day called? The day is...

58796
God Under Another Name?

A reader writes: Old Testament scholars like Knauf and Romer make a case for YHWH being a storm god related to Qos and Edomite religion, based on a linguistic case. If their theory was plausible and you had to accept it, how would you...

59000
A 10-Point Primer on the Lord’s Prayer Kerfuffle

Several newspapers are reporting that Pope Francis is likely to approve a change in the Italian translation of the Lord’s Prayer. This is causing concern in some quarters. What’s the real story, and what does it mean for us? Let’s take a look...

58795
Would It Matter If We’re Living in a Simulation?

A reader writes: My good sir, a baptized Catholic who is away from the Faith asked me at work this week: “How do we know we are not living in a computer simulation? What is wrong with Elon Musk’s simulation hypothesis?” What do I say in...

58794
Possibly Lying in Confession? Help for the Scrupulous

A reader (who will remain anonymous per my usual policy) writes: The other day I went to confession and confessed my sins some of which were of a sexual nature. I honestly confessed these sins. However, after my confession Father began to give...