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Saint Agatha, Virgin, Martyr
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
Psalm 71: 1-6,15-17
1 Corinthians 12:31-13:13
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
St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology presents:
Scott Hahn on the conversion of Saint Paul.
New Day Dawns: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Times
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
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
“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
Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10
1 Corinthians 12:4-11
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
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. ...
The Anointing: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Baptism of the Lord
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Luke 3:15-16, 21-22
The Liturgy last week revealed the mystery of God’s plan - that in Jesus all peoples, symbolized by the Magi, have been made “co-heirs” to the blessings promised Israel. This week, we’re shown how we claim our inheritance.
Jesus doesn’t submit to John’s baptism as a sinner in need of purification....
Pope Benedict speaks on the “depth of God’s love for us”
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
In this Christmas season, we celebrate the “Incarnation” –the mystery of the Son of God who “became flesh” (cf. Jn 1:14) for our salvation, so that we might become, in him, adoptive sons and daughters of our heavenly Father. In the Child of Bethlehem, God gives us the greatest gift possible, the gift of himself. For our sake, God became one of us, sharing our human existence to the...