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They Saw and Believed: Reflections for Easter Sunday

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.22.11 |

resurrection

Jesus is nowhere visible. Yet today’s Gospel tells us that Peter and John “saw and believed.”

What did they see? Burial shrouds lying on the floor of an empty tomb. Maybe that convinced them that He hadn’t been carted off by grave robbers, who usually stole the expensive burial linens and left the corpses behind.

But notice the repetition of the word “tomb” - seven times in nine verses. They saw…  [Continue Reading]

All Is Fulfilled: Reflections on Passion Sunday

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.15.11 |

Passion

“All this has come to pass that the writings of the prophets may be fulfilled,” Jesus says in today’s Gospel (see Matthew 26:56).

Indeed, we have reached the climax of the liturgical year, the highest peak of salvation history, when all that has been anticipated and promised is to be fulfilled.

By the close of today’s long Gospel, the work of our redemption will have been accomplished, the new covenant…  [Continue Reading]

Our Big Day

LS6 Cover

This is a big moment for us—for you and me and those who share in the work of the St. Paul Center. In a sense, it’s a moment we’ve been waiting for since the very day we launched this apostolate.

This month we mark the release of the sixth volume of our journal, Letter & Spirit. This issue took us much longer than any other, and at 432 pages it’s quite large. It is, without a doubt, the most historically…  [Continue Reading]

At Lazarus’ Tomb: Reflections for the 5th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.03.11 |

Lazarus

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 go back.

When Lazarus is raised, John notices the tombstone being…  [Continue Reading]

Eyesight to the Blind: Reflections on the 4th Sunday of Lent

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.31.11 |

Blind man

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 from the clay of the earth (see Genesis 2:7), Jesus gives the blind man new…  [Continue Reading]

Reasons to Rock

Chair of Peter

It’s twenty-five years since I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. In some ways it seems like an aeon ago. In other ways it seems like yesterday.

It’s a quarter-century now, but I still experience, every February, a certain sense of homecoming. On February 22, the Church celebrates the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle. It’s an ancient feast, originally marking the first…  [Continue Reading]

Word Association

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.05.11 |

domini

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]

A Christmas Invitation

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.07.10 |

Nativity 2

Advent is a profound moment in the Church’s year. As we pray the Mass, as we hear the readings, as we ponder the mysteries, we’re really studying the grand panorama of salvation history. In these few short weeks, we relive the longing and expectation of God’s people as they awaited the Messiah.
It’s also a chance to review our personal history, and to appreciate how God continues to work in our lives.…  [Continue Reading]


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