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Today’s saint, Agnes of Rome, is long overdue for a revival. Why? She was probably the most revered female martyr of the early Church — outstanding in a field that included Blandina and Perpetua, among others. St. Jerome was not a man easily impressed, but of today’s saint, his near-contemporary, he wrote: “Every people, whatever their tongue, praise the name of Saint Agnes.” Prudentius wrote a long poem and a hymn...
Perfect Offering: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Jesus speaks through the prophet Isaiah in today’s First Reading.
He tells us of the mission given to Him by the Father from the womb: “‘You are My servant,’ He said to Me.”
Servant and Son, our Lord was sent to lead a new exodus - to raise up the exiled tribes of Israel,...
Feast of St. Anthony of the Desert
“I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, “What can get through from such snares?” Then I heard a voice saying to me, “Humility.”~ St. Anthony of the Desert
Mike Aquilina talks with Bruce & Kris McGregor on Spirit Catholic Radio KVSS about St. Anthony of the Desert…one of the great Fathers of the Church!...
Anointed Ones: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Baptism of the Lord
Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Jesus presents himself for John’s baptism in today’s Gospel, not because He is a sinner, but to fulfill the word of God proclaimed by His prophets. He must be baptized to reveal that He is the Christ (“anointed one”) - the Spirit-endowed Servant promised by Isaiah in today’s First Reading.
A King to Behold: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of Epiphany
Psalm 72:-12,7-8, 10-13
An “epiphany” is an appearance. In today’s readings, with their rising stars, splendorous lights and mysteries revealed, the face of the child born on Christmas day appears.
Herod, in today’s Gospel, asks the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah is to be born. The answer Matthew puts on their lips says much...
Saving Family: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family
Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5
Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23
Underlying the wisdom offered in today’s Liturgy is the mystery of the family in God’s divine plan.
The Lord has set father in honor over his children and mother in authority over her sons, we hear in today’s First Reading. As we sing in today’s Psalm, the blessings of the family...
God Is With Us: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Advent
The mystery kept secret for long ages, promised through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, is today revealed (see Romans 16:25-26).
This is the “Gospel of God” that Paul celebrates in today’s Epistle - the good news that “God is with us” in Jesus Christ. The sign promised to the House of David in today&rsquo...
Pope Francis and Biblical Interpretation
Pope Francis’ recent Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium is vigorous and beautiful reading, full of provocative statements to awaken us from spiritual slumber. Unfortunately, it is a long document, and many may not read it through carefully. I thought it would be helpful to clip out some of the most striking comments the Pope makes on the interpretation of Scripture. Although he has in mind the priest-homilist, the principles he lays out also apply, mutatis mutandis,...
“A Virgin Shall Conceive”: The Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Senior Fellow Michael Barber has made a close and careful reading of the Scriptures that the Church has chosen for this coming Sunday. He unpacks the Emmanuel Prophecy in Isaiah 7 showing how it was read at the time and how the rabbis understood it before Matthew’s Gospel applied it to the virgin birth of Our Lord. Click Here to Read More…...
Here is Your God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Third Sunday of Advent
John questions Jesus from prison in today’s Gospel - for his disciples’ sake and for ours.
He knows that Jesus is doing “the works of the Messiah,” foretold in today’s First Reading and Psalm. But John wants his disciples - and us - to know that the Judge is at the gate, that in Jesus...