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Grande Munus - An Encyclical on Sts. Cyril and Methodius

Posted on February 14, 2013

GRANDE MUNUS
ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII
ON SS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS

To all the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops and
Bishops of the Catholic world who enjoy Favor and
Communion with the Apostolic See.

Venerable Brothers, Greetings and Apostolic Blessing.

Cyril and Methodius, Missionaries to the Slavs

The great duty of spreading the Christian name was entrusted in a special way to Peter, the head of the apostles,...


Into the Deep: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted on February 08, 2013

Isaiah 6:1-8
Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8
1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Luke 5:1-11

Simon Peter, the fisherman, is the first to be called personally by Jesus in Luke’s Gospel.

His calling resembles Isaiah’s commissioning in the First Reading: Confronted with the holiness of the Lord, both Peter and Isaiah are overwhelmed by a sense of their sinfulness and inadequacy. Yet each experiences the Lord’s forgiveness and is sent to preach...


Saint Agatha, Virgin, Martyr

Posted on February 04, 2013

February 5 is the memorial of St. Agatha, patroness of Sicily, the land of my grandparents, and one of the patrons of my parish.

Because of the tortures she endured in martyrdom, St. Agatha is also patroness of women who live with diseases of the breast. Fr. Paul Zalonski has a deep devotion to the third-century martyr. He sent me a prayer card with the saint’s image on front and the following novena on back. Pass it...


Prophet to the Nations: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on February 01, 2013

Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19
Psalm 71: 1-6,15-17
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
Luke 4:21-30

God’s words in today’s First Reading point us beyond Jeremiah to Jesus. Like Jeremiah, Jesus was consecrated in the womb and sent as a “prophet to the nations” (see Luke 1:31-33).

Like the prophets before Him, Jesus too faces hostility. In today’s Gospel, the crowd in His hometown synagogue quickly turns on Him, apparently...


Scott Hahn - Saint Paul: Persecutor to Apostle

Posted on January 25, 2013

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents: 
Scott Hahn on the conversion of Saint Paul.

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New Day Dawns: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Times

Posted on January 25, 2013

Nehemiah 8:2-6,10
Psalms 19:8-10,15
1 Corinthians 12:12-30
Luke 1:1-4, 4:14-21

The meaning of today’s Liturgy is subtle and many-layered.

We need background to understand what’s happening in today’s First Reading.

Babylon having been defeated, King Cyrus of Persia decreed that the exiled Jews could return home to Jerusalem. They rebuilt their ruined temple (see Ezra 6:15-17) and under Nehemiah finished rebuilding the city walls (see...


Romans: The Gospel According to St. Paul

Posted on January 23, 2013

When the St. Paul Center first launched SalvationHistory.com, 10 years ago, our goal was to make it the best portal on the web for Catholics seeking to study the Scriptures in-depth. One of the ways we’ve accomplished that is through the many free online bible studies and audio courses.

From detailed looks at the Gospels to commentaries on the whole of salvation history and the letters of the Apostles, both beginners and more advanced students...


St. Agnes, a lamb for Christ

Posted on January 21, 2013

“Today is the feast of St. Agnes of Rome, virgin and martyr. I have a special devotion to little Agnes. Both my mom and my eldest daughter are named for her. I visit her relics whenever I’m in Rome. ”

~ Mike Aquilina

Listen to Mike Aquilina as he talks with Bruce & Kris McGregor on Spirit Catholic Radio KVSS about one of his favorite saints.
For more, click here to read another post...


In the Wedding: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted on January 18, 2013

Isaiah 62:1-5
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
John 2:1-12

Think of these first weeks after Christmas as a season of “epiphanies.” The Liturgy is showing us Who Jesus is and what He has revealed about our relationship with God.

Last week and the week before, the imagery was royal and filial - Jesus is the newborn king of the Jews who makes us co-heirs of Israel’s promise, beloved...


Leroy Huizenga on Hildegard of Bingen, a New Doctor of the Church

Posted on January 15, 2013

Recently, Pope Benedict XVI made headlines when he added a new name to the official list of figures given the title “Doctor of the Church”: St. Hildegard of Bingen. Who was she? Why did the Holy Father choose to declare her a doctor of the Church at this time?

In this episode of The Sacred Page Podcast I am joined with Leroy Huizenga who has done a good deal of work on St. Hildegard. ...