Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.

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Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio

Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio writes from Texas. For his resources on parenting and family life or information on his pilgrimages to Rome and the Holy Land, visit www.crossroadsinitiative.com or call 1.800.803.0118.

From a colorful and varied background as a professor of theology, a father of five, business owner, and professional performer Marcellino D’Ambrosio (aka “Dr. Italy”) crafts talks, blog posts, books, and videos that are always fascinating, practical, and easy to understand. He is a TV and radio personality, New York Times best-selling author, speaker, and pilgrimage host who has been leading people on a journey of discovery for over thirty years. For complete bio and video, visit the Dr. Italy page.

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God Revealed as Father

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year A) — Jeremiah 20:10-13; Psalms 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35; Romans 5:12-15; Matthew 10:26-33. The recent celebration of Father’s Day invites us to ask a very important question—what does it mean to call God “Father?” Most of the great religions of the world believe in one God and teach […]

"St. John the Baptist Preaching in the Wilderness" (detail) by Anton Raphael Mengs

The Nativity of John the Baptist

Today, Saturday, June 24, 2017 is the Solemnity of the Birthday of St. John the Baptist. On December 25 we celebrate the big one—the birthday of Jesus, the Word of God made flesh.  The Church actually does not celebrate the birthday of the saints, except that of Jesus’ mother.  Generally, their special day in the calendar is the date of their […]

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Is the Eucharist the Body and Blood of Christ?

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Year A) — Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14-16; Psalms 147:12-13, 14-15, 19-20; First Corinthians 10:16-17; John 6:51-58. The Catholic Church teaches that in the Eucharist, the communion wafer and the altar wine are transformed and really become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  Have you ever met […]

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Why the Doctrine of the Trinity Matters

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Year A) — Exodus 34:4-6, 8-9; Daniel 3:52, 53, 54, 55, 56; Second Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18. Many are ready to give a polite nod of some sort to Jesus of Nazareth. Most honor him as a great moral teacher.  Many even confess him as Savior. But the […]

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The Difference that the Spirit Makes

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of Pentecost (Year ABC) — Acts 2:1-11; Psalms 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34; First Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23. As a teenager, I thought the clergy were supposed to do everything.  We laity were just called to pray, pay, and obey.  Oh yes, and keep the commandments, of course. The original 10 seemed […]

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Sharing the Lord’s Joy

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (Year ABC) — Acts 1:1-11; Psalms 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9; Ephesians 1:17-23; Matthew 28:16-20. The celebration of the Ascension used to leave me a bit flat.  It was clear what Good Friday did for me.  And Easter Sunday’s benefits were indisputable.  But as for the Ascension, what’s […]

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The Paraclete

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter (Year A) — Acts 8:5-8, 14-17; Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; First Peter 3:15-18; John 14:15-21. He wore steel rimmed glasses and had hair to the middle of his back.  The fringe on his buck-skinned jacket bounced as he walked. At least that was the way I was accustomed to […]

Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

I Am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter (Year A) — Acts 6:1-7; Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19; First Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12. “I am the way, the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me”  (John 14:6). How many times have you heard something like this:  “As long as you believe in God and […]

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The Voice of the Good Shepherd

What was the response to Jesus’ preaching, according to the New Testament?  Some who heard him were impressed; others wanted to push him over a cliff (cf. Luke 4:29).  The same was true for Paul and Barnabas during their missionary journeys.  They were hailed by some and run out of town by others.  Jesus summed it up quite clearly: “Do […]

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From Despair to Joy at Emmaus

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday of Easter (Year A) — Acts 2:14, 22-28; Psalms 16:1-2, 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11; First Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24:13-35. What a disappointment! They thought they’d found the Messiah. But he’d been trapped like an animal and executed as a criminal. Up until his very last breath, they had hoped he’d descend from the […]