February's Solidarity Campaign has netted 736 gifts so far (goal was 700). Let's set a record by the 28th!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

SILOAM

A water tunnel constructed in the eighth century B.C. at the direction of King Hezekiah (II Chronicles 32:30). It was primarily a defense measure in anticipation of attack by Sennacherib's army, which might cut off the main water supply of Israel (II Kings 18:17). As the water flowed into the southeast corner of the city, it emptied into a reservoir called the Pool of Siloam. It still survives, feeding water into a modern Pool of Siloam built centuries later. During his public ministry, one of Jesus' miracles was curing a blind man by having him wash in the Pool of Siloam (John 9:7).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Ad Imaginem Dei: a gem of a blog on Christian art 15 hours ago
The Complexities of Persecution February 27
Ukraine: A great lesson in thinking like a Catholic. February 27
Notre Dame has lost two contrasting giants February 27
Two good publishers, six new books for Lent February 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis to address Congress in joint session in September CWN - February 5