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This Holy Saturday is when, as the liturgy tells us: “There is a great silence on the earth today, a great silence and stillness, the whole earth keeps silence because the king is asleep." Take time, make time, to reflect on what the dawn the day after will bring to light: God/Man, risen from the dead.
What is the alternative for one to embrace? One could, I suppose, side with the secular skeptics who claim what would be the classic of all secular coups among the four Evangelists, namely, that the Gospel narrative is a figment of their imaginations. That doesn’t mesh well with the traditional understanding we hold, that the authors of the four Gospels not only didn’t make a killing for their written testimony, but were "killed" for their respective writings. (While it is true that John apparently died a natural death, he nonetheless is considered a martyr insulated from fame and fortune on the isle of Patmos despite that, or perhaps because, he was the Gospel narrator “whom Jesus loved.”) Still, there unquestionably are those in academia who denigrate the historical accuracy if not the motivation of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John; Catholic and non-Catholic biblical scholars alike – especially, I think, regarding accounts of raising the dead back to life.
On this forthcoming silent, still Saturday of the Easter Triduum, perhaps we should spend a few minutes considering some of the dumbed-down theories challenging the Resurrection accounts.
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October 14-15th, 2016
Meeting of senior representatives of Tobruk and Tripoli takes place at Order of Malta Magistral Villa
Rome 8 October 2015 – A meeting organised by British think tank 'Forward Thinking' and the Sovereign Order of Malta took place this morning in Rome, at the Magistral Villa of the Order of Malta. The meeting was held in the presence of two Libyan delegations respectively representing Tobruk and Tripoli.