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.

18 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…

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