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Rome Sweet Home

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.03.10 |

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Once upon a time, in a book title, I referred to Rome as “Sweet Home.” It’s a phrase that doesn’t grow old for me. After a quarter-century as a Catholic, I’ve lived here as much as I’ve lived anywhere. It’s home.

When I say “Rome,” of course, I’m talking about this great Church — wherever we may encounter her: in a small town in Nebraska, on the seas off Alaska, or on an improvised altar near the…  [Continue Reading]

You Say You Want a Resolution?

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.04.10 |

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The year turns, and it’s time for us to take stock.

But taking stock is not enough, as you and I well know. Once we’ve sized up the previous year, we need to make resolutions. Once we know what’s working well, we pledge to make it even better. When we see something that needs to be changed, then we make like a linesman at a bowl game – and we plow into the new year with a firm purpose of amendment.…  [Continue Reading]

Signs of Life

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 12.08.09 |

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I’ve been a Catholic for almost a quarter-century, and still I marvel at the richness of the life we share. We’re borne along in this life by a sacred tradition, a primal element of customs of prayer. We pray with our hearts and minds, our souls and bodies. We pray with our posture and gestures, our words and silence, with water and wool, with bread and wine.

I love the Catholic life, and I’ve long…  [Continue Reading]

The Creed: Gateway to Grace

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.19.09 |

The Creed is both a prayer at Catholic Mass, and a basic catechetical instruction. It’s the statement of Catholic beliefs. What is a creed? Why do Catholics and other Christians need a creed? Here’s a look at how the creed developed and how it is crucial for Catholics today.

Singer-songwriter Rich Mullins won lasting fame with a series of contemporary Christian hits in the 1980s and 1990s. In less…  [Continue Reading]

Covenant and Communion

Covenant and Communion

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.29.09 |

In some ways it seems like yesterday I was hailing—in this very column—the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as supreme pontiff of the Church.

I noted that he was the first world-class biblical theologian to be elevated to the papacy. I observed that he was probably the first pope since St. Peter to be so steeped in the doctrine of the ancient rabbis.

It seems like yesterday, but it’s actually…  [Continue Reading]

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Facing the Future

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.24.09 |

When we teach someone to read the Scriptures, we’re pleased. We praise and thank God for the grace and the privilege. “For we”—you and I—“are God’s fellow workers” (1 Corinthians 3:9).

When we teach a teacher, however, we magnify our praise, because we see once again the marvels of God. When we teach a teacher, we reach not only an individual, but hundreds and perhaps thousands of students as well.…  [Continue Reading]

A Defining Moment

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.13.09 |

It seems almost too good to be true—a midsummer night’s dream. But I pinch myself, and I find that it’s really here. After several years of labor—intense collaboration with a team of my colleagues—The Catholic Bible Dictionary is now resting on my desk.

It’s never long at rest, though, because I’m actually using it. I hope you, too, will find it useful.

I know you’ll find it beautiful, inside and…  [Continue Reading]

Endings and Beginnings

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.01.09 |

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This month, the Church brings the Year of St. Paul to a triumphant close, and I can’t help but feel a twinge of sadness at its passing. For us at the St. Paul Center, it has been a year of graces. If all we had to do was follow the teachings of Pope Benedict on the theology of our patron, it would have been exalted enough. But it would not have been nearly “Pauline” enough.

For St. Paul the cross…  [Continue Reading]


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