Bonds Loosed: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.26.15 |

Transfiguration Mark 9

Readings:
Genesis 22:1-2, 9-13, 15-18
Psalm 116:10, 15-19
Romans 8:31-34
Mark 9:2-10

The Lenten season continues with another story of testing. Last Sunday, we heard the trial of Jesus in the desert. In this week’s First Reading, we hear of how Abraham was put to the test.

The Church has always read this story as a sign of God’s love for the world in giving His only begotten son.

In today’s Epistle,…  [Continue Reading]

The New Creation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.20.15 |

Jesus Tempted Mark 1:12

Readings:
Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.

And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant…  [Continue Reading]

Fasting on Fridays and the Passion of Jesus the Bridegroom

Posted by Dr. Brant Pitre on 02.16.15 |

Jesus the Bridegroom

Have you ever wondered? Why do Catholics fast on Good Friday? Moreover, why is it traditional to fast on the Fridays of Lent?

There are, of course, various historical and liturgical reasons for the custom of fasting. But there’s also a biblical foundation for fasting on Fridays that’s directly tied to the topic of my new book, Jesus the Bridegroom: the Greatest Love Story Ever Told. The connection…  [Continue Reading]

February 22nd 2015 - First Sunday of Lent

The New Creation

Readings:
Genesis 9:8-15
Psalm 25:4-9
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:12-15


Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.16.15 |

Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.

And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also prefigured a new and greater covenant between God and His creation (see Hosea 2:20; Isaiah 11:1-9).…  [Continue Reading]

Made Clean: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Nate Roberts on 02.12.15 |

Jesus heals the leper

Readings:
Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46
Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11
1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1
Mark 1:40-45

In the Old Testament, leprosy is depicted as punishment for disobedience of God’s commands (see Numbers 12:12-15; 2 Kings 5:27; 15:5).

Considered “unclean” - unfit to worship or live with the Israelites, lepers are considered “stillborn,” the living dead (see Numbers 12:12). Indeed, the requirements imposed…  [Continue Reading]

Lenten Back to Basics

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.06.15 |

Prodigal Son close up

I love Lent.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I take pleasure in fasting. And I don’t enjoy “giving stuff up” any more than the next guy. In my devotional life I can be a typical spoiled American.

But Lent, for me, is always a hopeful time. It’s my annual reminder that change is possible. More than that, I’m reminded that God wants me to change and wills me to change. So he’ll give me the grace I…  [Continue Reading]

Raised to Serve: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.06.15 |

Book of Job

Readings:
Job 7:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 147:1-6
1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23
Mark 1:29-39

In today’s First Reading, Job describes the futility of life before Christ.

His lament reminds us of the curse of toil and death placed upon Adam following his original sin (see Genesis 3:17-19). Men and women are like slaves seeking shade, unable to find rest. Their lives are like the wind that comes and goes.

But, as…  [Continue Reading]

Saint Agatha, Virgin, Martyr

Posted by Mike Aquilina on 02.02.15 |Agatha, Breast Cancer, Martyr, Saint, Virgin

St. Agatha

February 5th is the memorial of St. Agatha, patroness of Sicily, the land of my grandparents, and one of the patrons of my parish.

Because of the tortures she endured in martyrdom, St. Agatha is also patroness of women who live with diseases of the breast. Fr. Paul Zalonski has a deep devotion to the third-century martyr. He sent me a prayer card with the saint’s image on front and the following novena…  [Continue Reading]


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