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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]

Paul the Priest

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 04.29.09 |

Paul the Priest

The Church calls us from glory to glory (2 Cor 3:18).  So we should not be surprised as the Year of St. Paul comes to a close, that Pope Benedict is preparing us for a “new year.” He has announced a Year of the Priest, which will run from June 19, 2009, to June 19, 2010.

The year marks the 150th anniversary of the death of that very holy parish priest, St. John Marie Vianney, the Cure of Ars. Let…  [Continue Reading]

Palms and Circumstance

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 03.31.09 |

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Holy Week begins on a triumphal note.  We the disciples shout our hosannas, and we watch as the world praises our beloved Messiah. Everyone is at last giving Him — and His followers — the right kind of attention.

This is probably the way most of us would have planned the culmination of Jesus’ ministry, if we’d been given the chance.

It is, however, only the beginning of Holy Week; and we know what’s…  [Continue Reading]

The Acceptable Time

It’s Lent in the Year of St. Paul – and what an opportunity for us to live according to his spirit!

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 02.23.09 |

St. Paul always lived with an intense awareness of the grace of the moment. “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation!” (2 Cor 6: 2). And, like Jesus before him, he was eager to observe the seasons of grace, even if it required a little extra effort (see Acts 20:16).

He recognized, too, that there were appoint times for penance and purification, and he was happy to keep…  [Continue Reading]

Love: A Many-Splendored Mystery

My St. Valentine's Day card.

Posted by Dr. Scott Hahn on 01.26.09 |

The season of “love” is upon us, filling up the airwaves and TV spots with reminders to buy candy, roses, even luxury cars. To marketers, it seems, love is a commodity.

To true lovers, however, it is a mystery.

St. Paul’s doctrine of human love is certainly mysterious — enigmatic, actually — to those for whom love is a commodity. But it’s still more than that. It’s a mystery in the traditional sense…  [Continue Reading]


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