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Forty Days

Posted on March 05, 2014

This Lent, let us prepare our hearts for the revelation of Mercy that comes to us in the Paschal Mystery.


Overcoming Temptation: 1st Sunday of Lent

Posted on March 05, 2014

The readings for today’s Mass are exceptionally rich and could be the subject of several week’s worth of lectures, so we will have to limit ourselves today to a few central themes.


The Greatness of Lent by Scott Hahn

Posted on March 03, 2014

We enter the season of Mercy — the season that Eastern Christians call “Great Lent.” We in the West are fond of brevity, and so we call it simply “Lent.”

But we should not forget its greatness. For believing Catholics, it is a defining moment in the year. It gives a distinctive and necessary contour to their personal lives. The Church marks the time with laws and rites that make a deep impression...

Do Not Be Anxious: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on February 28, 2014

Isaiah 49:14–15
Psalm 62:2–3, 6–9
1 Corinthians 4:1–5
Matthew 6:24–24

We are by nature prone to be anxious and troubled about many things.

In Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus confronts us with our most common fears. We are anxious mostly about how we will meet our material needs—for food and drink; for clothing; for security for tomorrow.

Yet in seeking security and comfort, we may unwittingly be...

Franciscan University Presents: “Consuming the Word” on EWTN

Posted on February 27, 2014

When we use the term “New Testament,” we usually just mean the last twenty-seven books of the Holy Bible, the ones written by the Apostles and their companions in the first century.  But that’s not what the term meant from the beginning.  Long before those books were even written, Jesus used that phrase to refer to the Eucharist.  It was the “New Covenant,” the “New Testament,” in his...

Thomas Aquinas on John 6:53 (“the flesh is of no avail”)

Posted on February 26, 2014

The Bread of Life discourse in John 6 has Jesus emphasize over and over again that it is necessary for believers to “eat his flesh” and “drink his blood”.

Is this passage about the Eucharist?

There are good reasons for thinking so. First, the imagery of “eating” Jesus’ “flesh” and “drinking” his “blood” seems closely linked with the Last Supper, the only other...

The Tolerance of Paganism

Posted on February 26, 2014

David Bentley Hart, in Atheist Delusions, writes about the kind of religious culture early Christians left behind when they accepted baptism:


“Quite apart from their more revolting ritual observances, however, the religions of the empire were— to a very great degree— contemptible principally for what they did not do, and what in fact they never considered worth doing. Occasional attempts have been made by scholars in recent years to suggest...

Holy as God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on February 21, 2014

Leviticus 19:1–2, 17–18
Psalm 103:1–4, 8, 10, 12–13
1 Corinthians 3:16–23
Matthew 5:38–48

We are called to the holiness of God. That is the extraordinary claim made in both the First Reading and Gospel this Sunday.

Yet how is it possible that we can be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect?

Jesus explains that we must be imitators of God as his beloved children (Eph. 5:1–2).


Loving Your Enemies: John Bergsma Examines the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on February 19, 2014

This Sunday’s Readings include some of the best known—and hardest to practice—passages from the Gospel, including Jesus famous command to “turn the other cheek.” Biblical scholarship can only go so far in elucidating some of Jesus’ challenging commands; beyond that, we need the saints.

Our Readings start off showing the continuity between Jesus’ teachings and the Old Testament, quoting a section from Leviticus (19:1-2, 17-18):

The LORD...

Affair of the Heart: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on February 14, 2014

Sirach 15:15–20
Psalm 119:1–2, 4–5, 17–18, 33–34
1 Corinthians 2:6–10
Matthew 5:17–37

Jesus tells us in the Gospel this week that he has come not to abolish but to “fulfill” the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets.

His Gospel reveals the deeper meaning and purpose of the Ten Commandments and the moral Law of the Old Testament. But his Gospel also transcends the Law. He demands...