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The Spread of the Kingdom in Acts
An excerpt of our FREE online Bible Study
The drama in the Gospels turns on a single question: Is Jesus the long awaited Messiah, the son of David come to restore the everlasting monarchy promised to David? Underlying this drama are centuries of rival interpretations of the Jewish Scriptures and competing expectations of who the Messiah was to be, the signs that would accompany his coming, and the shape of the kingdom he would...
The Love that Covers a Multitude of Sins: A Reflection on Divine Mercy
By +Father Ray Ryland, Ph.D., J.D.
Pope John Paul the Great gave us Divine Mercy Sunday.
Over a period of thirty-five years, from the time when he was archbishop of Krakow, John Paul actively forwarded the process of canonizing Sister Faustina.
On April 30, 2000, the first Sunday after Easter, John Paul canonized Sister Faustina—now SaintFaustina. In his homily of canonization, John Paul joyfully announced that the first Sunday after...
Explore the Many Riches of the Catholic Faith
Now that we’ve made the journey from Lent to Calvary to the empty tomb, the Easter season is a time to revel in the glorious treasures of our faith, purchased for us through Christ’s sacrifice and Resurrection.
What better time than now to explore the many riches of Catholic life?
Whether we are just beginning our spiritual journey or have been walking with the Lord for years there is so much...
The Springtime of Evangelization
As we mark the ten year anniversary of Saint John Paul II’s death, the St. Paul Center is reflecting on the many gifts our Holy Father left to the Church. Among them, his call for a “new springtime of evangelization” resounds even more profoundly today.
The new evangelization is in full swing, and every Christian is called to partake in this mission of renewal through the spreading of the Gospel.
Saint John Paul II, Pray for us!
Today the St. Paul Center honors the memory of Saint John Paul II on the ten year anniversary of his death. Difficult as it is to wrap our minds around the numerous dimensions of his tremendous legacy, arguably one of the most important is his “theology of the body.
”Many scholars have applied this teaching to marriage and human sexuality, but a true theology of the body encompasses much...
Historical Questions about the Resurrection of Jesus: Special Easter Post and Podcast
St. Paul makes it clear that Resurrection is an essential aspect of Christian faith. He states,
“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.” (1 Cor 15:16–19).
The importance of this feast is also reiterated in...
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.
The New Creation: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Lent
1 Peter 3:18-22
Lent bids us to return to the innocence of baptism. As Noah and his family were saved through the waters of the deluge, we were saved through the waters of baptism, Peter reminds us in today’s Epistle.
And God’s covenant with Noah in today’s First Reading marked the start of a new world. But it also...
Our Lenten Reading List
Every Lent, the Church calls all Catholics to grow closer to Christ through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. She also urges us to deepen our love for Christ and the Church through spiritual reading. By setting aside just a few minutes every day to sharpen our understanding and increase our knowledge of God, we flex not only our intellectual muscles, but our spiritual muscles as well. Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving become easier as our love grows, and Lent becomes not...
Fasting on Fridays and the Passion of Jesus the Bridegroom
Have you ever wondered? Why do Catholics fast on Good Friday? Moreover, why is it traditional to fast on the Fridays of Lent?
There are, of course, various historical and liturgical reasons for the custom of fasting. But there’s also a biblical foundation for fasting on Fridays that’s directly tied to the topic of my new book, Jesus the Bridegroom: the Greatest Love Story Ever Told. The connection really hit me when...