Recent Blog Posts


Jesus and the Last Supper

Posted on January 06, 2016

For decades, biblical theologians have used the tools of historical criticism to drive a wedge between the Jesus of history and the Jesus of faith. Now, thanks to the work of St. Paul Center Fellow Dr. Brant Pitre, those same tools are being used to demonstrate that no such wedge ever truly existed. There has always been only one Jesus, the Jesus of history and faith. 

In his newest book, Jesus and the Last Supper, Pitre...


New Song by Scott Hahn

Posted on December 21, 2015

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 fortells Israel’s liberation from captivity and exile in Babylon. He envisions a triumphant homecoming to Zion marked by joyful singing.


The New ‘Ark’

Posted on December 14, 2015

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...


The Angel and Mary: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Posted on December 07, 2015

Readings:
Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Psalm 98:1-4
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Luke 1:26-38

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 for "grace" and basically means "made full of...


Celebrating Ten Years of Journey Through Scripture

Posted on October 12, 2015

2015 marks the tenth anniversary of the St. Paul Center’s Journey Through Scripture Bible Study Program in Catholic parishes. Over the past decade, the Program has grown to become one of the most popular of its kind in the country, with each of the six studies helping Catholics discover the connections between the Old and New Testaments, the Bible and the Liturgy, and the sacraments and everyday life. 

Across the country, we&rsquo...


Mom by Scott Hahn

Posted on September 28, 2015

I wonder if even the greatest saints ever outgrow the desire to please their moms—or the pleasure when they succeed at doing so.

Not long ago I discovered that I had outgrown neither the wish nor the feeling of satisfaction.

My mother was proud enough of my accomplishments. I knew that. And I heard, every now and then, secondhand and thirdhand, of her bragging about my latest book or TV show.


Defenders of the Family:  JPII & Gianna

Posted on September 23, 2015

Saints John Paul II and Gianna Beretta Molla are the official patron saints of the World Meeting of Families—two defenders of the family par excellence.

Both Saints John Paul II and Gianna Beretta Molla defended the dignity of the family and each presented in a unique way an image of total, self-giving love.
 
Like a good father, John Paul II approached his pastoral duties with a “big picture...


5 Ways to Strengthen Your Family Today

Posted on September 22, 2015

This afternoon, the World Meeting of Families Congress kicked off in Philadelphia. Faithful and clergy from all around the world are gathered to pray, study, and celebrate as the struggles and triumphs of the family are brought front and center.
 
For those who aren’t able to attend the gathering in Philadelphia, there are still plenty of ways to participate in the celebration: namely, by praying, studying, and celebrating wherever you...


Pray for us!

Posted on September 21, 2015

Tomorrow marks the beginning of the World Meeting of Families Congress in Philadelphia. Catholics from all over the globe will come to celebrate the theme, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” 
 
I’m pleased to have been asked to present at this year’s Congress. I’ll be speaking on God’s covenant with humankind and the divine institution of marriage.
 
Scripture begins with...


Typing Tutor by Scott Hahn

Posted on September 02, 2015

Long before I considered becoming Catholic—during the time, in fact, when I considered myself to be anti-Catholic—I found myself drawn to the study of biblical typology.

Typology describes a certain approach to the reading the Bible. When Christians read typologically, they discern in the Old Testament “types” that prefigure a fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Isaiah spoke of a man of sorrows, and all Christians since the first generation have seen his...