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Praying in the New Year

As we do every January, the St. Paul Center will give thanks for the old year and ring in the New Year with our annual novena to Saint Paul. We will begin the novena on Saturday, January 17 and ask our great patron for the support we need to continue our work. The novena will conclude on January 25, the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.
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Agnes Day

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 01.21.11

Today’s saint, Agnes of Rome, is long overdue for a revival. Why? She was probably the most revered female martyr of the early Church — outstanding in a field that included Blandina and Perpetua, among others. St. Jerome was not a man easily impressed, but of today’s saint, his near-contemporary, he wrote: “Every people, whatever their tongue, praise the name of Saint Agnes.” Prudentius wrote a long...  [Continue Reading]

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Fantastic New Commentary on Matthew's Gospel!

Posted by Dr. Brant Pitre on 01.20.11

With the coming the New Year, a number of blogs gave recommended readings for the upcoming year. I’d like to do the same, and recommend two books to read carefully over the course of the coming year.

1. First, since for those of us following the Catholic lectionary, it is Year A, it’s a great opportunity to reread closely and carefully the Gospel of Matthew. Over a hundred years ago, the French author...  [Continue Reading]

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Word Association

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.05.11

Christmas came early for me in 2010. My biggest present arrived, date-stamped from the Vatican, in my email in mid-November. It was Pope Benedict’s new missive, the apostolic exhortation Verbum Domini (“The Word of the Lord”) — the most important magisterial document on Sacred Scripture in nearly half a century.

(Click Here for a pdf version of Verbum Domini)

The Word of God is Pope Benedict’s highest...  [Continue Reading]

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Catholic Saint on the Importance of Scripture

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 12.20.10

The Pope’s recent apostolic exhortation, Verbum Domini, (through which I am reading, albeit slowly), reminds me of how frequently the popes, the fathers, the doctors, and the saints have urged us Catholics to read and reflect on Scripture—and how sluggish our response has been!

I know the stereotype is that Catholics aren’t interested in Scripture. In many places and at many times the stereotype holds...  [Continue Reading]

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