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Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.21.10 |

Rome Mountain

Here’s an excerpt of a letter I received this week:

My husband is a high altitude mountain climber. In planning for those extended treks, weight is a very serious concern, even to the point where some climbers cut the handle of their toothbrushes down to nubs. They do take books up, however, in anticipation of being bivouacked for multiple days in unwelcomed storms. Before he left for Aconcagua, the…  [Continue Reading]

Holy Land, Happy Landings

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 10.05.10 |

Saint Paul 23

Pilgrimage should be second nature to an institution that’s dedicated to the spirit of St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles. Any book devoted to St. Paul’s ministry is sure to have pages devoted to maps. Our patron was a man on the move. Yet he was not a restless wanderer. He was a pilgrim, and he sojourned with a destination in mind. “For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus … for he was hastening…  [Continue Reading]

Who is the Rich Man of Luke 16?

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.15.10 |Lazarus, Luke 16, Rich Man

Rich Man

Very few of us can be numbered among the rich and the powerful who have the power to exploit the poor. So how are we to apply to our own lives the readings for the 25th and 26th S undays in Ordinary Time (Cycle C), which are so preoccupied with questions of social justice, wealth and poverty?

These readings remind us that the law of love (see John 15:12; Romans 13:8) means that each of us in some…  [Continue Reading]

For Future Reference

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 09.09.10 |

NTV

If you’ve ever traveled in conservative evangelical or fundamentalist circles, you know the Scofield Reference Bible. It’s a hefty tome, and influential. And one could argue that this annotated edition of the Scriptures, first published in 1909, created modern fundamentalism. Its editor, C.I. Scofield, made his own theological opinions seem like the plain sense of the Scripture text. In reality, his…  [Continue Reading]

A Pilgrimage to Our Lady

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 08.02.10 |

Our Lady

The month of August is like a Marian pilgrimage to me. We trek halfway through the sunnier side of the month to reach Our Lady’s feast days, her glorious Assumption on August 15th and her Queenship a week later. Then we return home in the shadier half of the month, as the days get a little shorter and my part of the world heads toward autumn.

We should bring her flowers, you and I—something to show…  [Continue Reading]

Meets Pope

Holy Father

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 07.02.10 |

So I found myself in Rome a second time this year.

The first time I spent my days searching the Scriptures with young priests and future priests, seeding long lifetimes of future preaching and prayer.

This time I was able to spend some time in conversation with an older priest who certainly doesn’t need my advice about his homilies or his prayer life.

So when I met with Pope Benedict XVI on the sunny…  [Continue Reading]

Fathers Forever

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 06.08.10 |

Priest

“You are a priest forever!”

Catholics find joy in that verse, first uttered in the Old Testament and then echoed in the New. In Psalm 110 it refers to the Son of David—specifically to King Solomon, but also to all the men in his line who occupied the throne. They were not only kings, but priests as well. They were mediators between God and man, anointed to offer sacrifice. In the Letter to the Hebrews (7:21)…  [Continue Reading]

Break Dancing

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 05.07.10 |

Spring Break. If you believe the cable networks, it’s the time when college students cut loose and go wild. I haven’t seen the so-called reality shows, but I suspect that they’re as staged as anything on Broadway.

Still, there is a kernel of truth, and it holds true even for professors. I know that I cut loose and went wild over spring break. I cut loose from the earth, boarded a plane, and went to…  [Continue Reading]


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