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Introducing a New Video Series: BookNotes

Posted on June 26, 2013

St. Paul Center presents a new video series called BookNotes. In the first episode, Mike Aquilina interviews Matthew Leonard about his new book Louder Than Words: The Art of Living as a Catholic. More to come…

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He Must Increase: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Birth of John the Baptist

Posted on June 23, 2013

Isaiah 49: 1–6
Psalm 139: 1–2, 13–15
Acts 13:22–26
Luke 1:57–66, 80

The people in today’s Gospel are frightened and amazed by the mysterious events surrounding the birth of John.

Only his mother and father, Elizabeth and Zechariah, know what this child will be.

John the Baptist was fashioned in secret, knit by God in his mother’s womb, as we sing in this Sunday’s Psalm. From the...


Children of the Promise: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on June 21, 2013

Zech 12:10-11; 13:1
Ps 62:2-6. 8-9 r. 2
Gal 3:26-29
Luke 9:18-24

In this Sunday’s readings we hear the voice of the Prophet Zechariah as he delivers difficult oracles from God. The people have returned from exile. Now back in Jerusalem, they face the arduous work of rebuilding the Temple. Zechariah acknowledges their hardships and foresees more obstacles.

But their grief has a purpose. It is a remedy, a penance to heal...


Many Sins, Great Love: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on June 14, 2013

2 Samuel 12: 7–10, 13
Psalm 32: 1–2, 5,7,11
Galatians 2:16, 19–21
Luke 7:36–50

In this Sunday’s readings we are like the fallen king, David, and the woman who weeps at Jesus’ feet.

Like David, the Lord has rescued us from sin and death, anointed us with His Spirit in baptism and in confirmation. He has made us heirs of His promise to the children of Israel.

And like David, and like the...


Restored to Life: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on June 07, 2013

Readings:
1 Kings 17:17-24
Psalms 30: 2,4-6,11-13
Gal 1:11-19
Luke 7:11-17

Jesus in today’s Gospel meets a funeral procession coming out of the gates of the town of Nain.  Unlike when he raised Jairus’ daughter (Mark 5) or Lazarus (John 11), no one requests his assistance.  Moved by compassion for the widow who had lost her only son, Jesus steps forward and, laying his hand on the bier, commands him to...


LIVE online video chat with Scott Hahn!

Posted on June 03, 2013

What did the New Testament and the Eucharist mean to the early Church? What can we still learn from them?

Join Image Books for a live web event as Dr. Scott Hahn takes your questions about his new book Consuming the Word!

Wednesday, June 5th at 8 PM EST, Dr. Scott Hahn will host a live web chat at www.imagecatholicbooks.com/livestream to talk about his new book, Consuming the Word.

In Consuming...


Blessed and Given: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi

Posted on May 31, 2013

Readings:
Genesis 14:18-20
Psalm 110:1-4
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Luke 9:11-17

At the dawn of salvation history, God revealed our future in figures. That’s what’s going on in today’s First Reading: A king and high priest comes from Jerusalem (see Psalm 76:3), offering bread and wine to celebrate the victory of God’s beloved servant, Abram, over his foes.

By his offering, Melchizedek bestows God’s...


Demanding an Apology

Posted on May 31, 2013

Matthew Leonard discusses the great influence of St. Justin Martyr on the early Church.

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Most Rev. José Gomez: 2013 Baccalaureate Mass Homily

Posted on May 22, 2013

Most Reverend José H. Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles and narrator of the St. Paul Center’s Spanish translation of the Sunday Bible Reflections Al Partir el Pan, delivers his homily at Franciscan University of Steubenville’s 2013 Baccalaureate Mass. Archbishop Gomez was awarded an honorary doctorate of Christian Letters by the University.

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A Mighty Wind: Scott Hahn Reflects on Pentecost

Posted on May 17, 2013

Acts 2:1-11 
Psalm 104:1,24,29-31,34
1 Corinthians 12:3-7,12-13 
John 20:19-23

The giving of the Spirit to the new people of God crowns the mighty acts of the Father in salvation history.

The Jewish feast of Pentecost called all devout Jews to Jerusalem to celebrate their birth as God’s chosen people, in the covenant Law given to Moses at Sinai (see Leviticus 23:15-21; Deuteronomy 16:9-11).

In...