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 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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A Love Stronger Than Death

As we approach Easter, the Church switches our focus from our Lenten sacrifices to a much more important sacrifice.  It was motivated by a love stronger than death, a choice for fruitfulness over comfort and safety.  Unless a grain of wheat fall to the ground and die, it remains just a grain of wheat.   This post focuses on that […]

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How Can a God of Love Send People to Hell?

If “God so loved the world.” how can he possibly send people to hell?  Is he a loving Father or a stern judge? Jesus helps us reconcile love & grace with hell & judgment in perhaps the most famous worlds in the Bible, John 3:16.   This post centers on John 3:16, hell, judgment and grace. It is a reflection on […]

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An End to Business As Usual

Religion is not supposed to the opposite of spirituality.  But sometimes religion becomes a cold routine, even a business.  The Lord’s cleansing of the Temple spells the end of business as usual.  Our religion must be a matter of living faith, zeal and fidelity to the Ten Commandments. This post is a reflection on the readings for the Third Sunday […]

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The Meaning of Lenten Sacrifice

On the Second Sunday of Lent, the church places together the story of Abraham and Isaac on Mt. Moriah with the story of Jesus and three disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration.  Together, these stories teach us the meaning of Lenten sacrifice. This post focuses on Abraham, Isaac, Moriah and the Transfiguration. It is a reflection on the readings for the Second […]

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Lent, Noah and Baptism

This article on Noah’s Ark, Lent, and baptism is offered as a reflection on the readings for the First Sunday in Lent (Year B) — Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18; Psalms 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19; Romans 8:31-34; Mark 9:2-10. In today’s fuzzy moral landscape, it is quite unpopular to even speak of sin, never mind condemn it. It’s even more politically incorrect to talk […]

Forty Ideas for Your Lent

Lent is supposed to be a season of a successful journey through the desert of penance to a new land and a new, deeper, intimacy with God. But often, we find ourselves going back to the same old Lenten pathways of past years and end up getting nowhere. My aim here is to put into your hands some new Lenten […]

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Lessons on Suffering from the Leper

There is much more to Jesus’ healing of the leper in Mark’s gospel than first meets the eye.  Hidden in the story are lessons on the role of suffering and how to respond to it in our lives and the lives of others. This post focuses on leprosy, the healing of the leper and the role of suffering.  It is […]

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We’re on a Mission from God

It’s not just about being saved — it’s about taking others with us. Sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ is called evangelism or evangelization, and to share in this apostolic mission is a responsibility of all Christians. This post on spiritual warfare and Jesus’s authority over demons or evil spirits is offered as a reflection upon the readings for […]

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Authority over Demons—Spiritual Warfare

Demons.  Satan.  Beelzebub.  Lucifer.  The Devil.  Known by various names, evil spirits are to be found in the Bible, both New and Old Testaments.  Jesus casts them out and has authority over them.  What do we now make of this, living as we do in a scientific age? This post on spiritual warfare and Jesus’s authority over demons or evil […]

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Detachment—The Cost of Discipleship

There is a cost of discipleship — Jesus sometimes calls us to leave behind professions, friends, even family.  Does that mean that work and human relationships are at odds with growing in our relationship with God?  The concept of detachment can help us understand this problem. Reflection on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) […]