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The Supper of the Lamb

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.31.11 |

Passover Lamb

You probably haven’t yet heard the new translation of the Mass, but I’ll bet you’ve heard plenty about it. The media interest has been astonishing. The Church’s education efforts have been prodigious. The response from Catholic publishers has been just short of epic.

Thanks be to God for this historic moment that returns our focus to the Mass. I know that it will be a difficult adjustment for some,…  [Continue Reading]

Calling the Fathers: Reflections on the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.28.11 |

Prodigal Son

Readings:
Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10
Psalm 131:1-3
1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13
Matthew 23:1-12

Though they were Moses’ successors, the Pharisees and scribes exalted themselves, made their mastery of the law a badge of social privilege. Worse, they had lorded the law over the people (see Matthew 20:25). Like the priests Malachi condemns in today’s First Reading, they caused many to falter and be closed…  [Continue Reading]

The Bible and the Fathers

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.13.11 |

Polycarp
Icon of St. Polycarp

It was the Bible that made me read the Fathers.
When I was studying for the Presbyterian ministry, I wanted to understand the world where Jesus lived and where the apostles preached. I wanted to defend the New Testament canon against its latest round of challenges, for example — against those who would place the newfound “Gnostic Gospels” on the same footing as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
My research…  [Continue Reading]

In the School of Pope Benedict

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.30.11 |

Pope Teaches

The new semester’s starting up. We’re heading back to school. I’m readying my lesson plans. My students are shopping for the best buys on their textbooks.

Maybe your school days are long over. But isn’t it good that we have these seasonal nudges—perennial reminders that we should never be finished with our learning? Maybe the school bus doesn’t stop for us any more, but we should still feel an eagerness…  [Continue Reading]

Summer Vocation

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 05.26.11 |

PDS 09

For so many people in my part of the world, June is a time to kick back and relax. School’s out. Summer vacation begins. Americans dust off their lawnchairs and string up their hammocks.

For us at the St. Paul Center, June has always been the busiest month of the year — and for good reason. When Catholics find themselves with a little bit of free time, we want to give them ample opportunities to…  [Continue Reading]

What Are We to Do?: Reflections on the 4th Sunday of Easter

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 05.13.11 |

Good Shepherd

Easter’s empty tomb is a call to conversion.

By this tomb, we should know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah, as Peter preaches in today’s First Reading.

He is the “Lord,” the divine Son that David foresaw at God’s right hand (see Psalms 110:1,3; 132:10-11; Acts 2:34). And He is the Messiah that God had promised to shepherd the scattered flock of the house of Israel (see Ezekiel…  [Continue Reading]

Emmaus and Us: Reflections on the 3rd Sunday of Easter

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 05.06.11 |

Emmaus

We should put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples in today’s Gospel. Downcast and confused they’re making their way down the road, unable to understand all the things that have occurred.

They know what they’ve seen - a prophet mighty in word and deed. They know what they were hoping for - that He would be the redeemer of Israel. But they don’t know what to make of His violent death at the hands…  [Continue Reading]

His Mercy Endures: Reflections for Divine Mercy Sunday

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.29.11 |

Divine Mercy

We are children of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead. Through this wondrous sign of His great mercy, the Father of Jesus has given us new birth, as we hear in today’s Epistle.

Today’s First Reading sketches the “family life” of our first ancestors in the household of God (see 1 Peter 4:17). We see them doing what we still do - devoting themselves to the Apostles’ teaching, meeting daily to pray and…  [Continue Reading]


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