The “Billy Graham of Scandinavia” Announces His Conversion to Catholicism

Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 04.15.14 |

ekman

As hundreds of thousands of people in the US alone prepare to join the Catholic Church this Easter, a high-profile conversion has been rocking the largely-secular Swedish culture.  Rev. Ulf Ekman, Sweden’s most prominent evangelical pastor, leader of the nation’s largest mega-church, announced a few weeks ago that he has decided to become Catholic.  A full interview with a Swedish newspaper is available here.…  [Continue Reading]

Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Jesus Washing Feet

So we are soon to begin the Triduum, this profound reflection on three earth-shaking events which form the pillars of our salvation: Eucharist, Crucifixion, Resurrection.  The Readings for the Holy Thursday Mass focus on the continuity between the ancient Jewish Passover and the institution of the Eucharist. As the Passover was the meal that marked the transition from slavery to Egypt to the freedom…  [Continue Reading]

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry, the Descent into Hell, and the Coming of the Messiah (Palm Sunday, Year A)

Posted by Dr. Brant Pitre on 04.10.14 |

entry into jerusalem

On this coming Sunday, the Church will bring us to what may be one of my favorite Masses and my favorite sets of Scripture readings in the entire liturgical year: Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, popularly known simply as ‘Palm Sunday’.

With the Palm Sunday readings, the Church ushers us into the climax of the liturgical year in the celebration of Holy Week. This is the last Sunday feast before…  [Continue Reading]

Mercy’s Month by Scott Hahn

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.09.14 |

Divine Mercy

I can think of no better month to serve as a summary of Christian life. Lent runs late this year, so it feels like God’s taking a little bit longer to work with me. The Prophets Isaiah and Jeremiah saw God as a patient potter, purposeful as he molds his creations.

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

Lent is the time…  [Continue Reading]

At Lazarus’ Tomb: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.04.14 |

Lazarus Tomb

Readings:
Ezekiel 37:12-14
Psalm 130:1-8
Romans 8:8-11
John 11:1-45

As we draw near to the end of Lent, today’s Gospel clearly has Jesus’ passion and death in view.

That’s why John gives us the detail about Lazarus’ sister, Mary - that she is the one who anointed the Lord for burial (see John 12:3,7). His disciples warn against returning to Judea; Thomas even predicts they will “die with Him” if they…  [Continue Reading]

“I’m Back!”: The Raising of Lazarus, 5th Sunday of Lent

Lazarus

Unlike the other Gospels, John recounts only a limited number of miracles of Jesus, which he designates as “signs,” a rare term in the other Gospels.  Although John tells us of only a few miracles, he describes them in much greater depth than the other gospel writers do.  This is quite evident in this weekend’s Gospel reading, in which we get a very lengthy description of all the events surrounding…  [Continue Reading]

Beer, Chocolate and Embracing Lent

Need something sweet to get you through Lent? Of course you do! So check out this quick video by our Executive Director Matthew Leonard.

Eyesight to the Blind: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.28.14 |

Blind Man 2

Readings:
1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13
Psalm 23:1-6
Ephesians 5:8-14
John 9:1-41

God’s ways of seeing are not our ways, we hear in today’s First Reading. Jesus illustrates this in the Gospel - as the blind man comes to see and the Pharisees are made blind.

The blind man stands for all humanity. “Born totally in sin” he is made a new creation by the saving power of Christ.

As God fashioned the first man…  [Continue Reading]


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