Deep in Scripture September 22, 2010
Today's Topic: Genesis 3:15-16; Revelation 11:19-12:1-6; Luke 1:39-56 and 2 Samuel 6
Special Guest: Robert Stackpole
"An American by birth, Robert Stackpole earned a B.A. in History from Williams College in Massachusetts, and a Masters degree in Theology from Oxford University in England. Robert was an ordained Anglican pastor before becoming a Catholic in 1994. After his conversion, he married a Catholic Canadian, and they went to Rome together, where Robert obtained a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum). Upon returning to North America, in 1997 he began work as the Research Director, and later Director, of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy based in Stockbridge Massachusetts, a position that he still holds. In that capacity, he has been a speaker at many conferences, and the author of numerous journal articles and books on the Divine Mercy message and devotion, including JESUS, MERCY INCARNATE (Marian Press, 2000) and DIVINE MERCY, A GUIDE FROM GENESIS TO BENEDICT XVI (Marian Press, 2008), as well as ST. PETER LIVES IN ROME (Marian Press, 2005), as well as the editor of PILLARS OF FIRE IN MY SOUL : THE SPIRITUALITY OF ST. FAUSTINA (Marian Press, 2003). At present he is the author of the "Divine Mercy Q&A" course that regularly appears on the principal divine Mercy website every Wednesday at www.thedivinemercy.org.
Dr. Stackpole's principal academic interests now involve an ever deepening study of the Catholic perspective on ecumenism, and on the life and writings of C.S. Lewis, two subjects he also gets to teach at Redeemer Pacific College. He lives just outside of Vancouver with his wife Katherine and their daughter Christina, who loves RPC so much that she already wants to sign up for the 2014-2015 academic year!" - From http://www.rpcollege.bc.ca/index.php?page=dr-robert-stackpole-std
Genesis 3: 15-16
 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”
 To the woman he said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”
Revelation 11:19 – 12:1-6
 Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, voices, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.
 And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;
 she was with child and she cried out in her pangs of birth, in anguish for delivery.
 And another portent appeared in heaven; behold, a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads.
 His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, that he might devour her child when she brought it forth;
 she brought forth a male child, one who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron, but her child was caught up to God and to his throne,
 and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, in which to be nourished for one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
Luke 1: 39-56
 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah,
 and she entered the house of Zechari’ah and greeted Elizabeth.
 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
 And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.
 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”
 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
 And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation.
 He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
 he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree;
 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away.
 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy,
 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.”
 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.
2 Samuel 6