The Divine Lamp

The unfolding of thy words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple…Make thy face shine upon thy servant, and teach me thy statutes


Hello, and welcome to my blog.  No doubt you clicked on this link to find out something about me, but I’d just as soon not bore you with the mundane details.

26 Responses to “About”

  1. Phil Steinacker said

    Well, actually, no – I didn’t come looking for anything about you personally. Rather, I came to learn the unifying theme or purpose top your blog – that which ties all the disparate elements together. Apologia? Liturgy? Conversion?

    • Dim Bulb said

      The ruling principle of this blog is a half-baked eclecticism fueled by a decided lack of detail. I hope that clears things up.

  2. Paul Ben said

    Where is the link to the second book in Catholicism after the Bible?

    Your choice.

    Excellent work!

  3. Paul Ben said

    Stay anonymous.

    3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

    5 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.”

    Matthew, Chapter 5 (NAB)

  4. Glen said

    Hello Father, Thank you for all the work you do on this website. It is truly remarkable. I attend both forms of the Latin Rite and especially appreciate the information you pass along on the Extraordinary Form. May God bless you,

    • Dim Bulb said

      Thanks for your kind words, but I’m not a member of the clergy. I’m glad you enjoy the site. It takes a lot of time and study. I do find it easier than preparing and teaching formal studies for people at my parish, which I’ve done a couple of times in the past (on Mark, Amos, John’s Passion Narrative).

  5. Claudia said

    Thank you for posting so many wonderful Catholic resources.

  6. Jotham said

    Hi. Thanks for your posts on St. Cyril of Alexandria.
    I´m a first year Theology student at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome.
    Could you please tell me the source of the post on St. Cyril´s Commentary on John?

  7. I just couldn’t give you a lovely blog award nomination. You need more pictures for that. But I have nominated you for an illuminating blog award.

    You must be a pack rat at home.

    Nomination here:

    • Dim Bulb said

      “You must be a pack rat at home.”
      I prefer the term “slovenly book rat”. My floors aren’t covered with carpet, but with dust jackets.
      Thank you for the nomination.

  8. Nov. Patrick said

    Awesome website. Full of good resources. A quick question about your sources: is the Father Boylan you reference and republish the deceased Msgr. Patrick Boylan from Ireland?

    Many thanks!

  9. Mark said


    In a post from June 7, 2007 you wrote ” We know that in Jesus’ day the readings used in the synagogue liturgy near Passover were Genesis chapters 1-8″. I’d be really grateful if you could point me to the literature on this.


    • Dim Bulb said

      The reference was to Aileen Guilding’s book THE FOURTH GOSPEL AND JEWISH WORSHIP, A STUDY OF THE RELATION OF ST JOHN’S GOSPEL TO THE ANCIENT JEWISH LECTIONARY SYSTEM. The work has been influential, but also heavily criticized.

  10. kevinaldrich2013 said

    Thanks for including Doctrinal Homily Outlines!

  11. Chinois said

    Amazing blog I wish I had found out about this erlierwhen I was still eager to do Bible studies. Thanks I’m rediscovering my interest…

  12. Esther Adam said

    I would like to listen to the audio commentaries on the Epistle to the Romans…..but I get an error message when I click on the links. I tried ITunes with no luck. Any suggestions? hanks, Esther

    • Dim Bulb said

      See here

      • Esther Adam said

        Oh my gosh! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
        Our parish will do an intro o sorts to Romans…was hoping to build on it.

        I don’t suppose you ever reveal who the Dim Bulb is……anyway, you have a wonderful website!
        I’m guessing you are in Upstate NY….

        Thank you, Esther

      • Dim Bulb said

        I updated the post by embedding the video. The original links were to audio. You can find the update here:
        In addition, I have three complete written commentaries on Romans available here:

      • Esther Adam said

        So very kind of you…for all those updates. I can’t wait to read St. John C’s commentaries.

        Through the help of a friend, I found out about the Ordinariate of St. Peter (not the full name I know)…now I am doubly interested in those
        talks. I started the first one, sensed something different. Well now I know. I feel so grateful for the chance to hear that priest.

        I have a special connection to him … grandfather was an Anglican priest….as a child I remember being scandalized when he referred to himself as Catholic….what’s a third grader to know about such things!

        His daughter, my Mother, converted to the RC church is her twenties…..converts are a different breed. She eventually brought her mom and dad into the Church. If my grandfather was alive today, he could be part of that Ordinariate……how happy my Mom would be!

        So grateful for your contribution to our coming to do Christ through the Scriptures. (I’d give anything to be a parishioner in
        that parish….we are dying up here!)


    This is a wonderful site that contains many useful links to great Catholic thinkers. Truly a blessing.

  14. Dave Cook said

    This is an extraordinary collection of resources. Thank you for posting them on the web!

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