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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. ...


The Anointing: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Baptism of the Lord

Posted on January 11, 2013

Isaiah 42:1-4,6-7
Psalm 29:1-4, 9-10
Acts 10:34-38
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”

Posted on January 10, 2013

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...


New Year, New Book!

Posted on January 07, 2013

I was overjoyed when I got the third volume of Jesus of Nazareth, Pope Benedict’s study of the Gospels. But I must confess I was a little sad at the same time. I knew this would be the third and final volume. I’ve loved these books; and, as I’ve said before to anyone who’ll listen, I believe they are the great legacy of Pope Benedict’s pontificate, just as the...


A King to Behold: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Epiphany of the Lord

Posted on January 04, 2013

Isaiah 60:1-6 
Psalm 72:1-2,7-8,10-13
Ephesians 3:2-3,5-6 
Matthew 2:1-12

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...


The Theologian

Posted on January 03, 2013

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.

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“What’s So ‘Great’ about St. Basil?” with Matthew Leonard and Mike Aquilina.

Posted on January 02, 2013

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.

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Our True Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of the Holy Family

Posted on December 28, 2012

Sirach 3:2-6,12-14 
Psalm 128:1-5
Colossians 3:12-21 
Luke 2:41-52

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

Posted on December 21, 2012

Isaiah 52:7–10
Psalms 98:1–6
Hebrews 1:1–6
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...