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A King to Behold: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Epiphany of the Lord
An “epiphany” is an appearance. In today’s readings, with their rising stars, splendorous lights and mysteries revealed, the face of the child born on Christmas day appears.
Herod, in today’s Gospel, asks the chief priests and scribes where the Messiah is to be born. The answer Matthew puts on their lips says much...
Besides John the Evangelist, Gregory of Nazianzus is the only person the Early Church called “The Theologian.” His is the brilliant mind who sharpened our language and understanding of doctrines all Christians believe about the person of Jesus Christ. According to tradition in the East, he is the only theologian who never wrote a single sentence which erred theologically....
“What’s So ‘Great’ about St. Basil?” with Matthew Leonard and Mike Aquilina.
Ever wonder how the Catholic Church became the greatest charitable organization in the world? What was the relationship between the early Church and the State? Join Matthew Leonard and Fathers of the Church expert Mike Aquilina as they discuss the rich history surrounding St. Basil the Great, 4th century Father and Doctor of the Church....
Our True Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family
Why did Jesus choose to become a baby born of a mother and father and to spend all but His last years living in an ordinary human family? In part, to reveal God’s plan to make all people live as one “holy family” in His Church (see 2 Corinthians 6:16-18).
In the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary...
New Song: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Readings for Christmas Day
John 1:1–5, 9–14
The Church’s liturgy rings in Christmas with a joyful noise. We hear today of uplifted voices, trumpets and horns, and melodies of praise.
In the First Reading, Isaiah fortells Israel’s liberation from captivity and exile in Babylon. He envisions a triumphant homecoming to Zion marked by joyful singing.
The new song in today’s...
A Mother’s Greeting: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 4th Sunday in Advent
On this last Sunday before Christmas, the Church’s Liturgy reveals the true identity of our Redeemer:
He is, as today’s First Reading says, the “ruler…whose origin is from…ancient times.” He will come from Bethlehem, where David was born of Jesse the Ephrathite and anointed king (see Ruth 4:11-17; 1 Samuel 16:1-13; 17:1; Matthew 2:6).
God promised that an heir of David would reign on...
The New ‘Ark’
The Church in her liturgy and tradition has long praised Mary as “the Ark of the New Covenant.” We see biblical roots for this in the readings for the Fourth Sunday in Advent (Cycle C).
Compare Mary’s visitation to Elizabeth with the story of David returning the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem and you’ll hear interesting echoes.
As Mary “set out” for the hill country of...
What Do We Do? Scott Hahn Reflects on the 3rd Sunday in Advent
The people in today’s Gospel are “filled with expectation.” They believe John the Baptist might be the Messiah they’ve been waiting for. Three times we hear their question: “What then should we do?”
The Messiah’s coming requires every man and woman to choose - to “repent” or not. That&rsquo...
Spirit of Advent
It is no easy task in our modern world to keep Advent well while the culture around us is screaming Merry X-Mas. This will help; it is a lovely biblical mediation on the reason for the season, the Meaning of Advent. Most of us CANNOT go out into the desert to prepare the way of the Lord. And we SHOULDN’T go around being pious killjoys at other people’s parties. But we CAN do...
The Dark Night Rises
St. John of the Cross is about as hard-core as they come. He leaves no wiggle room when it comes to seeking sanctity. In fact, this 16th century Spanish saint is called the “Mystical Doctor” because of the heights of holiness he achieved. His one goal was union with God.
For a long time my only real knowledge of John was in reference to his mysterious description of the “dark night of the soul...