Archive (10/2011)


The Supper of the Lamb

Posted on October 31, 2011

You probably haven’t yet heard the new translation of the Mass, but I’ll bet you’ve heard plenty about it. The media interest has been astonishing. The Church’s education efforts have been prodigious. The response from Catholic publishers has been just short of epic.

Thanks be to God for this historic moment that returns our focus to the Mass. I know that it will be a difficult adjustment for some,...


Calling the Fathers: Reflections on the 31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted on October 28, 2011

Readings:
Malachi 1:14-2:2, 8-10
Psalm 131:1-3
1 Thessalonians 2:7-9, 13
Matthew 23:1-12

Though they were Moses’ successors, the Pharisees and scribes exalted themselves, made their mastery of the law a badge of social privilege. Worse, they had lorded the law over the people (see Matthew 20:25). Like the priests Malachi condemns in today’s First Reading, they caused many to falter and be closed off from God.

In a word, Israel&rsquo...


Pope Benedict Calls for a Year of Faith

Posted on October 27, 2011

Ever since the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Benedict has spoken of the need to rediscover the journey of faith, to respond to the profound crisis of faith that has affected many people.  With his new Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei, he has announced a Year of Faith when the Church as a whole will reflect on the great treasure of our faith and how we can better profess and share it with the world around us.  It...


Scott Hahn Addresses the New Evangelization

Posted on October 26, 2011

VANCOUVER—Catholics have been given the task of spreading the message, says Dr. Scott Hahn.

They must be trained to evangelize and catechize, and they must be sacramentalized (partake in the sacraments), Hahn said during a recent lecture on mystagogy at Regent College.

Mystagogy, a Greek term meaning “to be guided into the mysteries,” leads believers to a deeper understanding of the Liturgy of the Mass and its Scriptural and historical roots....


The Bible and the Fathers

Posted on October 13, 2011

It was the Bible that made me read the Fathers.
When I was studying for the Presbyterian ministry, I wanted to understand the world where Jesus lived and where the apostles preached. I wanted to defend the New Testament canon against its latest round of challenges, for example — against those who would place the newfound “Gnostic Gospels” on the same footing as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
My research into that world was my...