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St. Agnes, a lamb for Christ

Posted on January 19, 2015

“Wednesday 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.
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Posted on January 05, 2015

Just as there is a Catholic way of praying, eating, and living in community, there is a Catholic way of understanding history. Catholics don’t look at the world and see man trapped in a fatalistic, never-ending cycle of birth and death as the ancient pagans did. Nor do we see history progressing as a triumphant march, with the future always besting the past, as most modern secularists do.

Rather, Catholics see God’s hand...

Joy without Borders

Posted on January 05, 2015

The apologist C.S. Lewis imagined an unredeemed world as a place where it was always winter, but never Christmas.

This winter I find myself in a different place from Lewis’s imagining. It’s always Christmas, it seems — and that is as it should be.

My book about Christmas, Joy to the World, appeared shortly before Advent last year; and the reviews and press coverage were the stuff of an...

Children of God: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Posted on December 31, 2014

Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:16-21

Today we give thanks to Mary, the Mother of God. Her response to the angel, born of a humble heart, brought us life and salvation in the Child conceived in her womb.

From before all ages, God had destined her for this decisive role in salvation history. She was to be the woman who in the fullness of time would bear...

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

Posted on December 26, 2014

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 and...

New Song: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Readings for Christmas Day

Posted on December 23, 2014

Isaiah 52:7–10  
Psalms 98:1–6
Hebrews 1:1–6  
John 1:1–18

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 foretells 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...

The Mystery Kept Secret: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday in Advent

Posted on December 17, 2014

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11,16
Psalm 89:2-5,27,29
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

What is announced to Mary in today’s Gospel is the revelation of all that the prophets had spoken. It is, as Paul declares in today’s Epistle, the mystery kept secret since before the foundation of the world (see Ephesians 1:9; 3:3-9).

Mary is the virgin prophesied to bear a son of the house of David (see Isaiah 7:13-14)....

There’s an App for That

Posted on December 15, 2014

Are you tired of misplacing your copy of Breaking the Bread and not being able to find Dr. Hahn’s reflections on the Sunday readings, right when you want them most? Or do you wish there were a better way to share what you’re learning about the day’s Gospel with your whole family?

Now, there is. Thanks to the St. Paul Center’s new mobile app, you’ll never...

God in the Details

Posted on December 08, 2014

Joy is what we sing about at Christmas, but it’s not often what we have in our hearts. We get so distracted by work and worries that we hardly notice the season; and then, when we do notice, the logistics of the celebration can lead to more worry still.

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the details of Christmas preparation. As we prepare, we need to remember that God is in the details.

Watch For Him: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Advent

Posted on November 25, 2014

Isaiah 63:16-17, 19
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37

The new Church year begins with a plea for God’s visitation. “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down,” the prophet Isaiah cries in today’s First Reading.

In today’s Psalm, too, we hear the anguished voice of Israel, imploring God to look down from His heavenly throne - to save...