Amen

Amen, Amen: James, Peter and Rock-Solid Faith

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The word amen is familiar to all.  But few know its origins and its true meaning, which actually strikes at the very essence of what it means to believe and have rock-solid faith. The readings for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) are — Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalms 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35. Pentecostal preachers shout it. Monks chant it. Most […]

And All God’s People Say…

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Pentecostal preachers shout it.  Monks chant it.  Most Christians end every prayer with it. But what does “Amen” really mean?  Is it just a pious way to “log off” our dialogue with God? Actually, most of us have never heard the origins of this word that we use so glibly.  But we need to examine it now, since its significance […]

“Amen” – Its Meaning is not What You Think

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Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) –  Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalms 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35. This series usually appears each Wednesday. Pentecostal preachers shout it. Monks chant it. Most Christians end every prayer with it. But what does “Amen” really mean? Is it just a pious way to […]