I like to think the somber title of this reflection is inspired by pious meditation on the Sunday Scriptures.
In chapters 17-18 of Revelation St John uses several ancient rhetorical techniques.
Chapter 14 of Revelation opens as a counter point to the worship of the beast described in Chapter 13.
One common difference between our modern notion of Bible interpretation and the ancient one we see in the Bible itself,
Last Lent Pope Francis captured media attention again by doing something utterly unexpected:
God has given us a great gift!
As we have already seen, Revelation was primarily written for the encouragement and consolation of those experiencing suffering and persecutions.
Last spring, on April 25, my wife and I experienced one of the saddest moments of our lives together.
As mentioned previously, the book of Revelation can be organized around successive images of Jesus Christ:
A jaded critic of Catholicism might dismiss the solemnity of Christ the King as an archaic liturgy celebrated by an obsolescent institution.