Hello. My name is Justin Bianchi. I live in Central California, and I am an ordained Roman Catholic priest, having completed an STB in Theology and an MAPM in pastoral ministry (that’s in addition to my MBA and my undergrad degrees in philosophy and business). This blog is an opportunity for me to express my thoughts on Scripture after studying theology at the graduate level for four years. I’ve been blogging since 2009, and the blog has evolved from a rather general blog on Scripture and the faith into a commentary on the four Gospels.
I follow the Lectionary readings used by the Roman Catholic Church. The Revised Common Lectionary has a generally similar cycle of readings for the Gospels. My blog posts are not sermons. They are commentary, or more properly, theological background notes on the Gospel readings. When it is relevant, I may borrow or alternately critique the commentary of well-known scholars.
This blog is named for Roland of Roncesvaux, a ninth-century governor of the Breton Marches (Brittany), and a senior officer in Charlemagne’s Court. He is memorialized in the The Song of Roland – a twelfth century work which is the oldest surviving example of literature from the French medieval era. As an heroic epic, Roland’s story shares some similarities with Beowulf (the oldest surviving piece of literature in Old English) and the legend of Arthur. However, Roland is a very historic figure. He was a member of Charlemagne’s privy council – he advised the king. Roland’s Feast Day is August 15, the same date in which the Church commemorates the Assumption of Mary.