Jesus and Julia

Great news, everyone: Pope Benedict’s final volume of Jesus of Nazareth on the Infancy narratives is set to come out in time for Christmas! You can bet that I will be posting many times on this work in the Spring after I get the chance to read and digest it. I can’t recommend these books by Benedict enough. The first time I read Volume 1, I thought, “Same old stuff I already knew about Jesus.” However, after re-reading more meditatively and teaching with the books, I have found them to be one of the greatest written gifts given to the Church by Pope Benedict.

In other news, I thought some people might enjoy this video of my toddler daughter Julia singing the Salve Regina. I can never get her doing the whole thing when she knows she is on camera, but I found this video from July on my computer last night and found it pretty good. One of my colleagues told me it should go on Youtube. A student here in Florence also told me that hearing her sing the Salve has shamed him into learning it, so perhaps this will do so for others as well!


Matthew Ramage



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