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Fasting on Fridays and the Passion of Jesus the Bridegroom

Posted on March 12, 2014

Have you ever wondered? Why do Catholics fast on Good Friday? Moreover, why is it traditional to fast on the Fridays of Lent?

There are, of course, various historical and liturgical reasons for the custom of fasting. But there’s also a biblical foundation for fasting on Fridays that’s directly tied to the topic of my new book, Jesus the Bridegroom: the Greatest Love Story Ever Told. The connection really hit me when I went to...

The Great Witness of St. Perpetua

Posted on March 07, 2014

. . . with Mike Aquilina & Matthew Leonard


Sts. Perpetua and Felicity

Posted on March 07, 2014

Listen to Mike Aquilina discuss these two very important Early Church Martyrs.


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...