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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...
A Season of Mary
Last Night Archbishop Gomez, the voice of our Al Partir el Pan, celebrated the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe with midnight mass. Click here to read his column about Mary in this Advent season and Our Lady of Guadalupe in particular. Also, here is a link to this Sunday’s Al Partir el Pan reflection....
The Angel and Mary: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
In the Gospel for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the angel Gabriel greets Mary in an unusual way: “Hail, favored one” (see Luke 1:28).
Kecharitomene, the Greek word translated as “favored one,” is very rare, used in only one other place in the New Testament. It comes from charis, the Greek word...
The Road Home: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 2nd Sunday in Advent
Today’s Psalm paints a dream-like scene - a road filled with liberated captives heading home to Zion (Jerusalem), mouths filled with laughter, tongues rejoicing.
It’s a glorious picture from Israel’s past, a “new exodus,” the deliverance from exile in Babylon. It’s being recalled in a moment of...
Do You Believe in Magi?
‘Tis the season. In December even the advertisements point insistently toward the day the Messiah comes — the day of the Christ’s Mass: Christmas.
It is always a much-heralded birth. It was foretold by prophets, announced by angels, celebrated by shepherds and wise men. Christ came into the world in a stable. He lay in a manger. But he came as King.
Advent prepares us for a day of strange beauty. It...
Heads Up: Scott Hahn reflects on the 1st Sunday in Advent
1 Thessalonians 3:12-4:2
Luke 21:25-28, 34-36
Every Advent, the Liturgy of the Word gives our sense of time a reorientation. There’s a deliberate tension in the next four weeks’ readings - between promise and fulfillment, expectation and deliverance, between looking forward and looking back.
In today’s First Reading, the prophet Jeremiah focuses our gaze on the...
Christmas Comes Early!
Scott Hahn discusses the Pope’s new book “Jesus of Nazareth: The Infancy Narratives” and what a perfect book it is for Advent....
A Royal Truth: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Christ the King
What’s the truth Jesus comes to bear witness to in this last Gospel of the Church’s year?
It’s the truth that in Jesus, God keeps the promise He made to David - of an everlasting kingdom, of an heir who would be His Son, “the first born, highest of the kings of the earth” ...
A True Thanksgiving
The turkey is thawing. Cars are being packed. Houses are being cleaned. I guess I’ve finally grown up because everybody’s on their way to my house this year. For the first time the Leonard family is hosting Thanksgiving. So while I don’t have to drive hours on end to distant lands in a van full of restless children, all juice spills and unidentified food items must be removed from the floors and walls...