Deacon Paul Carlson

Deacon Paul was the first lay catechist in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis teaching Scripture classes in 132 different parishes. He taught Old Testament to deacons in formation beginning in 1979, was the first in his class of deacons in 1976, and served on the Marriage Tribunal. Deacon Paul passed away in 2011 at the age of 94.

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What are the Gospels?

Until recently the Gospels were thought to be biographies of Jesus. However scholars now agree that they are catechisms of teachings concerning the risen Lord written to increase the faith of the readers. Each writer chose special material for different audiences in different decades which account for some of their variances. Who wrote the Gospels? They were […]

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John, A Gospel Apart

Editor’s note: All Scripture references are from the Gospel of John unless otherwise noted. The Gospel of John was written after the followers of Jesus had been expelled from the synagogues (AD 85) and continued to be persecuted by the Jewish authorities (Pharisees and scribes). Hence the hostility toward “the Jews.” This gospel is very different

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The Real Presence

In the Church the Eucharist occupies a unique place as the “Sacrament of sacraments.” All the other sacraments are ordered to it as their end. The word eucharist is derived from the Greek word which means thanksgiving. Jesus himself gave thanks at the Last Supper. The term Mass is derived from the Latin word Missa which

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