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A Retreat for Priests


Beginning with evening prayer on Friday, November 7, 2014, and ending the next day priests from across the country are invited to join the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and Franciscan University of Steubenville for a special day of prayer, fellowship, and study focused on “The Joy of the Gospel.”
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Seven Upward

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.03.12

If you’ve read any of my books, you know about the biblical significance of the number seven. God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.  The seventh day would forever stand as a sign of the covenant (see Exodus 31:16-17).  He invited mankind to enter into His rest—to enter into a covenant relationship with Him, a family relation. Indeed, to swear a covenant in ancient Israel was...  [Continue Reading]

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The Early Church. . . Mothers? Mike Aquilina's Fascinating New Book (w/ Podcast!)

Posted by Dr. Michael Barber on 07.02.12

Most people have heard of the Early Church Fathers, but the Mothers of the Church. . . there’s a category of saints we hear less often.

In part, that is due to the fact that not many of the early Christian women wrote. Yet that should not obscure the important contribution women made to the early Church.

In fact, as a number of sociologists and Church historians have demonstrated, Christianity involved...  [Continue Reading]

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Arise!: Reflections for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.29.12

God, who formed us in His imperishable image, did not intend for us to die, we hear in today’s First Reading. Death entered the world through the devil’s envy and Adam and Eve’s sin; as a result, we are all bound to die.

But in the moving story in today’s Gospel, we see Jesus liberate a little girl from the possession of death.

On one level, Mark is recounting an event that led the disciples to...  [Continue Reading]

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The Church’s First Theologian

Posted by St. Paul Center on 06.28.12

Today is the feast of St. Irenaeus, bishop of Lyon (d. 202 AD),arguably the first systematic theologian in the Church.  In his youth, he learned from St. Polycarp who was a student of the Apostle John.  Irenaeus’ teaching is still very important in the Church more than 1800 years later; he is explicitly cited 24 times in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  His work is surprisingly relevant for us today since he faced in second century France many of the heresies that are current in our own 21st century world.  Take a few minutes to listen to Mike Aquilina discuss the life and writings of this giant of the Catholic Faith with Kris and Bruce McGregor.

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