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John the Baptist: In the Spirit and Power of Elijah by Dr. Michael Barber

Posted on June 22, 2015

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

Posted on June 01, 2015

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.

Posted on June 01, 2015

“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

Posted on May 04, 2015

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

Posted on April 22, 2015

An excerpt of our FREE online Bible Study

Course Description
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

Posted on April 10, 2015

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

Posted on April 04, 2015

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

Posted on April 03, 2015

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.

But...


Saint John Paul II, Pray for us!

Posted on April 02, 2015

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

Posted on March 30, 2015

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...