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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
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
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
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
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
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11,16
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
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
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
Isaiah 63:16-17, 19
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
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...
When the End Comes: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Feast of Christ the King
Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17
Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6
1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28
The Church year ends this week with a vision of the end of time. The scene in the Gospel is stark and resounds with Old Testament echoes.
The Son of Man is enthroned over all nations and peoples of every language (see Daniel 7:13-14). The nations have been gathered to see His glory and receive His judgment (see Isaiah 66:18;...