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A Novena Celebrating Our Mother
August brings not one, but two great Marian feasts: the Feast of Mary’s Assumption on August 15 and the Feast of Mary’s Coronation as Queen of Heaven and Earth on August 22. To celebrate Mary, our mother and most faithful intercessor, the St. Paul Center team will mark the time between the two feasts with a special novena to the Queenship of Mary.
We’ll begin this novena on the eve of the...
The Beggar’s Banquet Takes the Prize
This summer, at the 2015 Catholic Press Association Awards, one of Emmaus Road Publishing’s books—The Beggar’s Banquet: A Personal Retreat on Christ, His Mother, the Spiritual Life, and the Saints by Regis Martin—took second place for Best Books on Spirituality.
Based upon a series of private retreats Dr. Martin led for a group of Cistercian monks in Utah, the book meditates on questions of the utmost importance: the mystery...
Micah also sees the coming King as a "shepherd" - another allusion to David, who a shepherd in the countryside around Bethlehem (see 1 Samuel 16:11).
So as soon as Jesus is born, Luke, the master painter, shows us a field full of shepherds.
This, too, may be a reference designed to stir the hopes of Luke’s readers.
The Lord was Israel’s “shepherd” (see Psalm 23:1 and...
On the Road by Scott Hahn
If you know me at all, you know that I draw deep inspiration from the last chapter of Saint Luke’s Gospel. I love the story of the disciples’ walk with Jesus on the road to Emmaus. I imagine those disciples to be you and me. As we walk the road with him, he opens up the Scripture to us — and then he makes himself known to us in the breaking of the bread.
The Apostles’ Church: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul
2 Timothy 4:6–8, 17–18
Today’s celebration of the great apostles Peter and Paul is a celebration of the Church. Peter’s deliverance from jail is compared to the deliverance of Israel from Egypt. Like Israel he is rescued at Passover from “the hand” of his enemy by an “angel of the Lord” after girding himself with belt, sandals,...
John the Baptist: In the Spirit and Power of Elijah by Dr. Michael Barber
This week we celebrate the Solemnity of John the Baptist this article provides an overview of the biblical texts describing his importance.
The First Annunciation
In Luke 1 we actually have two annunciations. Most Catholics are familiar with the second, the announcement of the birth of Jesus. Before that however the angel makes an appearance to the priest Zechariah. The similarities are striking—as well as the one major difference!The angel Gabriel...
Into the Deep! by Scott Hahn
Every year we reach many thousands of people through our events, our books and publications, and our online and video Bible studies. This is a grace of refreshment, and we give thanks for it. Many Christians labor for years but do not live to see the fruits of their prayer and witness. Simon Peter speaks for multitudes when he says: "Master, we toiled all night and took nothing! But at your word I will let down the nets”...
O Sacrum Convivium by Fr. Brian Mullady O.P.
“O Sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is celebrated, the soul is filled with grace and the pledge of future glory is given to us.”
This famous Eucharistic antiphon from the feast of Corpus Christi is attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas, and well summarizes both the faith of the Church and the theology of St. Thomas concerning the mystery of the Holy Eucharist.
The doctrine of transubstantiation...
The Mysteries of May
I love the month of May — and not only because it comes with nicer and more predictable weather where I live. I love it for reasons even better than that. I love it because, in a distinctive way, it traces the mysteries of our redemption. And it does this in a way that’s different from Lent or Advent or any other season.
It’s a Marian pilgrimage, of course, since Christians have for...
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...