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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 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

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.


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.


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).


Hearing the Call: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Ascension of the Lord

Posted on May 08, 2013

Acts 1:1-11
Psalm 47:2-3. 6-9
Hebrews 9:24-28; 10:19-23
Luke 24:46-53

In today’s first reading, St. Luke gives the surprising news that there is more of the story to be told. The story did not end with the empty tomb, or with Jesus’ appearances to the Apostles over the course of forty days. Jesus’ saving work will have a liturgical consummation. He is the great high priest, and he has still...

Council of Jerusalem: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 6th Sunday of Easter

Posted on May 03, 2013

Acts 15:1-2, 22-29
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23
John 14:23-29

The first Church council, the Council of Jerusalem we hear about in today’s First Reading, decided the shape of the Church as we know it.

Some Jewish Christians had wanted Gentile converts to be circumcised and obey all the complex ritual and purity laws of the Jews.

The council called this a heresy, again showing us that...

Pope Benedict’s Wednesday Audience on Philip the Apostle

Posted on May 03, 2013

Saint Peter’s Square
Wednesday, 6 September 2006

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

While we continue to outline the features of the various Apostles, as we have been doing for several weeks, today we meet Philip. He always comes fifth in the lists of the Twelve (cf. Mt 10: 3; Mk 3: 18; Lk 6: 14; Acts 1: 13); hence, he is definitely among the first.

Although Philip was of Jewish origin, his name is Greek, like that of...

St. Athanasius: Mike Aquilina Reflects on this great Church Father

Posted on May 02, 2013

“Athanasius was undoubtedly one of the most important and revered early Church Fathers. But this great Saint was above all the impassioned theologian of the Incarnation of the Logos, the Word of God who - as the Prologue of the fourth Gospel says - “became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1: 14).” ~ Pope Benedict XVI



May Memories

Posted on May 01, 2013

If you were raised Catholic, the month of May probably evokes vivid memories of May crownings, Marian processions, and other seasonal devotions. I’m a little jealous, but not too much.

The Mays of my childhood come back to me as memories of daydreaming. It’s almost summer, and there I am, wondering what I’ll do with my vacation: the months of warm-weather mornings stretching ahead till the next school year.