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Why We Shouldn’t Forget about Pentecost

The line is worth repeating: “This he said about the Spirit, which those who believed in him were to receive.” Jesus issues his invitation to “anyone” who thirsts for salvation. To those who believe he promises salvation through the gift of the Spirit.   ...
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The Importance of Matthias Scheeben to Catholic Scholarship

Most people are familiar with Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, two of the most important Catholic theologians and leaders of the twentieth century. But less well-known is the nineteenth-century theologian who had a profound impact on the work of both these great thinkers: Fr. Matthias ... Read More

Why We Pray for the Dead

The Church encourages us to hope and pray for all those we’ve lost. She asks us not to presume that anyone has gone straight to heaven or hell, but rather to petition God with loving confidence on their behalf.   ... Read More

Death Is Not the End

In death, the divide between hope and fear is unbridgeable. Each of the waiting dead knows what will happen to them at the time of the Final Judgment. They know if their body will be resurrected to death or to life. Those who hope, hope with certainty ... Read More

The Eucharist and the Resurrection of the Body

Well before he walked up the steep road to Calvary, Jesus told his listeners how our resurrection would take place: “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever” (John 6:51).   ... Read More
Hope to Die, Scott Hahn

Our Body is Not a Burden or a Barrier: It’s a Bridge

Catholics often accuse the culture of being too materialistic. But our real problem is that the culture isn’t materialistic enough. We undervalue matter. We undervalue how God works through the physical to affect the spiritual. Most of all, we undervalue the body ... Read More
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What to Do After Lent: Practical Tips from the Church Fathers

What can we do differently or better now that we know the Fathers? What can we learn from them? Here are a few things that I’ve learned and that I try to keep in mind in my own work and witness, with my family, in the neighborhood, and in the Church ... Read More
hope to die, scott hahn

Easter and the Resurrection of the Body

We have come through what may be the strangest Easter in the history of the Church. In the topsy-turviness of that time, ordinary things suddenly stood out for me in striking ways ... Read More

Historical Questions about the Resurrection of Jesus

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. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we ... Read More
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If Christ Defeated Death, Why Do We Die?

Christ truly died on the Cross. It was not faked, and it was not a trick or sleight of hand. His death was the real thing, involving pain, aloneness, and removal from the living. Yet when He bowed His thorn-crowned head and uttered the earth-shaking words, “It is finished” (John ... Read More
Holy Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday

A Holy Week Message: Hope in the Face of Death

We’ve just celebrated what is no doubt one of the strangest Palm Sundays in Church history—and we’re entering a Holy Week that is no less strange. But for many of us, this Holy Week feels more real than ever before ... Read More