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Special thanks to all our friends and attendees for making our first annual St. Paul Center Gala dinner such a success. The dinner took place on the first feast of Saint John Paul II, welcomed benefactors from nine different states, including one priest who drove more than 1,100 miles to be with us.
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Fury of the Idolaters, Beauty of the Faith

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 07.23.12

If all we knew of today’s saint were the monuments left in his honor, we would conclude that he was a very great man indeed. July 23 is the memorial of St. Apollinaris, the first bishop of Ravenna in Italy. And the two sanctuaries dedicated to his memory — Sant’Apollinare in Classe and Sant’Apollinare Nuovo — are among the chief reasons why Ravenna appears on lists of the most beautiful cities on...  [Continue Reading]

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One Flock: Reflections on the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.20.12

As the Twelve return from their first missionary journey in today’s Gospel, our readings continue to reflect on the authority and mission of the Church.

Jeremiah says in the First Reading that Israel’s leaders, through godlessness and fanciful teachings, had mislead and scattered God’s people. He promises God will send a shepherd, a king and son of David, to gather the lost sheep and appoint for them...  [Continue Reading]

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The Heavenly Liturgy in Judaism, the New Testament and the Eucharistic Celebration

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 07.16.12

I’m currently teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses on Liturgical Theology and so I’ve been doing a lot of work in the study of worship. In the most recent podcast of “The Sacred Page” I thought I’d share some thoughts on the topic.

In the first Eucharistic Prayer of the Catholic Mass, the priest makes reference to an altar in heaven: “command that these gifts be borne by the hands of your...  [Continue Reading]

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The Church’s Mission: Reflections on the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.13.12

In commissioning the apostles in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives them, and us, a preview of His Church’s mission after the resurrection.

His instructions to the Twelve echo those of God to the twelve tribes of Israel on the eve of their exodus from Egypt. The Israelites likewise were sent out with no bread and only one set of clothes, wearing sandals and carrying a staff (see Exodus 12:11; Deuteronomy...  [Continue Reading]

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