Fr. Bryan Recommends
You should check out the website, www.newadvent.org, because they offer a lot of resources, some of which you might find useful and enlightening. They host an online version of the Catholic Encyclopedia, which I’ve been using since I was in seminary to research things and still use sometimes to help prepare homilies and talks. The best part, to me, is that the version they have isn’t the newest publication, but the 1917 version. Although it obviously doesn’t have articles on anything that’s happened since then, like the Second Vatican Council, it does show that the actual teachings of the Catholic Church stay the same even if the culture around her changes. The truth is the truth.
New Advent also offers links to articles from popular Catholic blogs, like Fr. Z and Msgr. Charles Pope, the Summa Theologiaeof St. Thomas Aquinas, biographies and writings of over 60 of the Church Fathers along with other anonymous writings from the early Church, and a library of Church documents from the 19thand 20thcenturies. Finally, they have the Knox Versionof the Bible, which was translated in the 1930s and ‘40s by Catholic priest Msgr. Ronald Knox. It is a very accurate and particularly beautiful translation of the Bible.
We live in a time when, through the internet, we have access to more Catholic resources than regular Catholics have had at any point in history. 50 years ago you probably couldn’t find all of these things collected in one place even if you went to a library, but today you can access them all on one website. If you want to go deeper in your understanding of the Holy Scriptures and Traditions of the Catholic faith, this would be a very good place to start.
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Fr. Bryan was pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes from July 3, 2017 to June 2022.