Steven D. Greydanus

The Battle of Prayer: Know Your Opponents!

Some of you may remember that not too long ago we heard the parable about a persistent man pestering his neighbor in the middle of the night to borrow three loaves of bread. Now we have a persistent widow pestering a dishonest judge who ignores...

Real Presence: My Road to Rome, Part 3

My Road to Rome: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 In August a much-discussed Pew Research poll found that a majority of Catholics — 7 out of 10 — consider the Eucharistic elements to be symbolic representations of Jesus’ body and blood, as opposed to...

The Cancer of “Mine”

Anyone who commutes into New York, or has any reason to take mass transit into New York, may be all too aware of the stalled projects to build new rail tunnels and bridges across the Hudson, between New York Penn Station, Newark, and Secaucus...

The Gospel in Sand

I’ve enjoyed sculpting in sand since I was a kid, and for the past 14 years my favorite subject, by far, has been the crucifixion of Jesus. (I blogged about this once before, in 2014.) I love sculpting the crucifixion for many reasons. Just...

Why St. Mary Magdalene Gets a Bad Rap

A reader of my review of Mary Magdalene offers an impassioned defense for the medieval Western view of St. Mary Magdalene as a penitent with a notoriously wanton sexual past, a profligate adulteress or harlot: Mary Magdalene is the sole woman...

Love is Impossible … But Not Too Hard

“Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” (Read the complete readings) “Go and do likewise.” Not “Go and think...

Are Muslims and Jews Our Brothers and Sisters? It’s Complicated.

See also: It’s Complicated: Islam and violence | The problem of evil | The rock God can’t lift |

Loving Your Enemies, Hating Your Family (Or Country)

Yesterday Suzanne and I went to a funeral. Friends of ours buried their father, and among his children was a priest who celebrated the beautiful funeral Mass. To bury the dead is one of the seven corporal works of mercy, and to bury one’s...

Why Is There No Religion In ‘The Lord of the Rings’?

In the comments for my long-form article The Secular Apocalypse: Irreligion, Pop Culture and the End of the World, a reader going by Hunter asks: What do you think of The Lord of the Rings’ approach (not The Silmarillion but the trilogy) to God...

What About the Death Penalty?

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Last week there was celebration among pro-life Alabamians as Gov. Kay Ivey signed one of the nation’s strongest bans on abortion. Similar measures advanced in other states, including Missouri and Tennessee. On Thursday...