The Battle Belongs to the Lord, not to the Statistics

This entry is part 15 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

We rightly call ourselves the Church Militant. As long as we live in this world we fight against the devil, world, and sinful nature. So what, right now, does the Church need in order to succeed against these enemies? There’s … Continue reading

Schizochesis

This entry is part 13 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

The word “catechesis” means to “echo back.” It refers to a process of instruction in which the catechist asks questions and the catechumens recite set answers, echoing back the instruction they’ve received. When the catechumen is catechized in a catechism … Continue reading

Back to Judges…

This entry is part 12 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

When we left the Israelites, they were languishing under the hand of Midian. Israel suffered oppression from the enemy because they had forsaken the Lord and gone after other gods. Therefore the Lord had summoned the Midianites, who encamped against … Continue reading

Grain, Wine, Oil, and Reproaches

This entry is part 11 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

Grain, wine, and oil were the food staples of Israel, along with the animals. When the people stopped listening to the Word of the Lord, these – the grain, wine, oil, and livestock – became scarce. This was in fulfillment … Continue reading

The Silence of Shamgar and Deborah

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

The judges in the book of Judges are individually shadows of Christ, and taken together are a more defined shadow. Othniel is a rather vague shadow of the torso; Ehud adds the shadow of a leg; Deborah, the other leg; … Continue reading

Ehud the Left-Handed

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

Other gods always look so appealing. The Israelites were drawn to the Canaanite agricultural religion, perhaps because the wars had settled down and they were now farmers, which was quite different from wandering in the wilderness and subsisting on manna. … Continue reading

The Vice of Forgetfulness

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

As with virtue, remembering takes effort; as with vice, forgetting comes readily. And of all the things that mankind so readily forgets, he forgets nothing so readily as the things of God. Notes 7 And the sons of Israel did … Continue reading

On the Usefulness of Pagans and Heretics

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series The Book of Judges

The pagan world is useful to the Church. Certainly, it doesn’t seem that way most of the time. We often cry out with David in Psalm 3:2, “O Yahweh, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me!” We … Continue reading