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St. Ignatius, "God-Carrier"
Today is the memorial of St. Ignatius, bishop of Antioch at the end of the first century. In this interview, Patristics scholar and St. Paul Center vice president, Mike Aquilina, discusses the life and legacy of this important early witness to the faith of the Apostles.
Returning Thanks: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Kings 5:14-17
2 Timothy 2:8-13
A foreign leper is cleansed and in thanksgiving returns to offer homage to the God of Israel. We hear this same story in both the First Reading and Gospel today.
There were many lepers in Israel in Elisha’s time, but only Naaman the Syrian trusted in God’s Word and was cleansed (see Luke 5:12-14). Today’s Gospel...
The Bible and the Rosary: How to Hear the Word of God in Prayer
In honor of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, we’d like to share this talk by St. Paul Center Fellow Dr. Michael Barber, “The Bible and the Rosary: How to Hear the Word of God in Prayer.” As Pope Francis said, “the Rosary is a school of prayer; the Rosary is a school of faith!” But so many people don’t get all that they can out of...
Life By Faith: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 Timothy 1:6-8,13-14
Because of his faith, the just man shall live. We hear in today’s First Reading the original prophetic line made so central by St. Paul (see Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38).
We are to live by faith in Christ who loved us and gave himself on the Cross for us (see Galatians 2:20).
The world, though, can seem to us...
Record High in Florida!
I’ve always liked Florida. I’ve been going there off and on for vacation since I was a kid and have done business there, too. And while I have always enjoyed myself in the “Sunshine State,” September 14, 2013, was of particular note. Why? First of all, because I only spent about 5 minutes at the beach, which is unusual. More importantly, because it was the largest Journey Through Scripture training event we’ve ever held....
A Radical Sabbatical
The word sabbatical comes from the biblical Sabbath — the seventh day of creation, when God rested from his labors. The Sabbath was, ever afterward, the weekly holy day when Israel imitated God by refraining from work.
Last month I began a sabbatical year, a break from my ordinary labors at the university. But it’s not a vacation. It is, rather, a year of freedom to do work that is usually difficult if not impossible...
St. Jerome - Changing the World from a Cave
Join Matthew Leonard and Bible scholar Curtis Mitch as they discuss the great (though somewhat ill-tempered) St. Jerome. Learn how he transformed scripture study, his zero tolerance for dissent from the Church, how he lived out his famous maxim—“Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ”...and more....
A Great Chasm: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Amos 6:1, 4-7
1 Timothy 6:11-16
The rich and powerful are visited with woe and exile in today’s Liturgy - not for their wealth but for their refusal to share it; not for their power but for their indifference to the suffering at their door.
The complacent leaders in today’s First Reading feast on fine foods and wines, reveling while the house of Joseph, the kingdom...
Prudent Stewards: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Psalm 113:1-2, 4-6, 7-8
1 Timothy 2:1-8
The steward in today’s Gospel confronts the reality that he can’t go on living the way he has been. He is under judgment, must give account for what he has done.
The exploiters of the poor in today’s First Reading are also about to be pulled down, thrust from their stations (see Isaiah 22:19). Servants of mammon...
Seeking the Lost: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19
1 Timothy 1:12-17
The episode in today’s First Reading has been called “Israel’s original sin.” Freed from bondage, born as a people of God in the covenant at Sinai, Israel turned aside from His ways, fell to worshipping a golden calf.
Moses implores God’s mercy, as Jesus will later intercede for the whole human race, as He...