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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.

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  1. Dear Incharge,
    Greetings in Jesus name,
    It is really privileged for me to write to your ministry and I pray may Lord bless you abundantly. I visit your website and its really wonderful and amazing work which you are doing .I desire that I become the part of your Ministry and your stuff is really very good and kindly start work with us . I am Seraphine Shahbaz from Pakistan. Nine years before I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and I trust in Him as my rock and try to walk in Him, as the Word of God says don’t be lazy in struggle.
    I have studied your web site, and I found it the most wonderful site to get right to the True Word of God. I found that all your material is full of knowledge concerning development of religious faith. Living in Pakistan we Christians is to face many obstacles to get the access to the Word of God.
    Here is all information about my Minstries,
    We started these services for the Glory of our Lord Jesus and the main purpose of this work is to stare the word of God through preaching and through upliftment of Christian who is persecuted church here in Pakistan .
    Pakistan is Islamic country we are living here in minority .We have 2ndnumber citizenship . Christians people are living here tough life not have much resources .Now we discovered the major reason of this miserable situation is the high illiteracy rate and poor living conditions in these areas. After knowing this reality we decided a group should be formed, which would perform its role to improve the lives of the people.

    May God Bless you.

  2. Hello, I was checking your blogs, your work is really good. I’m looking for a commentary about the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6 : 7 – 13, I tried to find it in your blogs but didn’t get a chance, do you know where I can find a commentary that I can use for a bible study, I did some work on my own, but I believe I still need more. Thank you and God bless you

  3. Justin, there is such a need for Priests to write a daily reflection on the readings for mass. There is very few websites that print a reflection on the scriptures for mass each day and most of them are by the laity. Parish priests are just too busy to actually write a reflection and publish it every day in the form of a blog post. Often, they will have You Tubes made of their homilies, but there are no printed homilies available. Even on the USCCB website, the homilies are on videos. I found a couple of priests who do write a blog with a daily reflection on the scriptures, but they stopped after one year.

    I created a little blog to write a reflection on the readings for mass every day, because I really do love to think about them more in depth than a paragraph or two. But, a priest should consider doing this as a ministry of service. There is such a need for it. If you have any inclination to write a daily reflection then I strongly encourage you to do so. You are much more knowledgeable than I am, and have a deeper spirituality than a lot of us.

    A blog post is like a separate webpage and floats around the web indefinitely. People are still reading my reflections from 7 months ago and I suppose they will continue to do so, because the topic is of particular interest to them. I mention this, because each and every reflection lives on long after it is written. About 50 countries visit my blog, about 6,000 visitors a month, but I would give anything to see a priest do what I am currently doing. You should see the terms they search the internet with and how they find my blog. There is such a need to address their issues in a daily reflection. Things like addictions, domestic violence, forgiveness, etc. People come from very remote places all over the world to read my reflections, but I can not help but think how much more so they would enjoy yours. Many of these people are seeking healing, words of comfort and direction for their lives and a priest could really do a great service by addressing their needs.

    I strongly encourage you to consider this online need. If you are unable to do so, perhaps you may encounter another priest some day that might have this calling?

    Thank you for being a priest.

    May God keep you always in his loving care.

    Laura Kazlas

  4. Hello, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    I’m trying to find a commentary about “book of philippians”, do you have anything related to it in your blogs ? It’s one of my favorites and I want to learn more about it.
    thank you

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