Steven D. Greydanus

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Why Did the Crucifixion Catch the Twelve by Surprise? A Clue from Today’s Gospel

Jesus predicted his passion and death repeatedly — at least three times. Yet Jesus’ arrest, trial, passion and crucifixion seems to have caught the Twelve completely off guard. Why weren’t they expecting it? Hadn’t Jesus told them? Why was Peter...

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Billy Graham, R.I.P.

Although I never saw Billy Graham, he had a profound influence on my life. Both of my parents saw him a number of times in 1957, at Madison Square Garden and other venues, and went forward for his altar calls. My father calls that experience a...

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‘Call Me By Your Name’ Q&A

Last week controversy erupted over my “Reel Faith” video review of the Best Picture–nominated movie Call Me By Your Name, a gay-themed coming-of-age drama about a same-sex relationship between characters played by Timothée Chalamet and Armie...

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Marriage, Singleness and Saving the World

Marriage is good, St. Paul says in the second reading, but being unmarried is better. Today it seems like more and more people agree in practice with Paul’s conclusion, even if their reasons don’t exactly line up with his. People think of...

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‘The 12 Days of Christmas’: Underground Catechism?

If you hang in traditional Catholic circles long enough, sooner or later you’ll hear the story of the Catholic origin of the “12 Days of Christmas.” Here is how Father Hal Stockert, who popularized this story, put it in a short 1982 composition...

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Lifting up the Lowly: Injustice and the Me-Too Moment

Many years ago I read a story about a well-dressed couple with a young boy who were out to eat at a nice restaurant. The waitress took the parents’ orders and then asked the little boy, “What would you like?” He was startled and answered...

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A Hole is to Dig. What Are You For?

This week, the week of November 5–11, is National Vocations Awareness Week. This week is dedicated to prayer and support for vocations, or callings from God, to the priesthood, the diaconate and consecrated life — the life of those in religious...

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What is Purgatory, Really?

What is purgatory? Is it the case, as some spiritual writers suggest, that the least pains in purgatory surpass the greatest earthly suffering? Or, as others propose, that the joys of purgatory surpass the greatest earthly happiness? Is...

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What I Owe to Protestantism

There’s an old joke that all Americans are Protestants, even the Catholics, Jews and atheists. Even as a joke that’s a half-truth, but it’s an important half-truth. For over a quarter of a century I have wholeheartedly embraced the Catholic...

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What Do Unborn Babies Know and When Do They Know It?

Last week Stacy Trasancos wrote a commentary piece for the Register called “The Pain Unborn Children Feel.” In contrast to the dogmatism on this subject often seen on both sides of the abortion debate, Stacy was careful not to claim too much....