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Randy Hain, journey to heaven

Giving Children the Gift of Our Time

On the Monday between one Christmas and New Year’s Day, I had to work for part of the day to meet a few clients, tie up loose ends for the year, and do some preparation for the New Year. It was challenging to be pulled away from my family over the holidays, especially with my easily bored sons out of school during the break. I felt guilty, but I needed to be a good steward of my business and financial responsibilities and get some of my work done.   ...
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Randy Hain, Journey to Heaven

What Happens When We Put Our Phones Down

I took my family out to dinner one evening after my younger son’s lacrosse practice. As we were catching up on each other’s day and making plans for the coming weekend, I noticed a family had been seated at the table next to us. What struck me as odd was ... Read More
Unrepeatable, Josh Miller, Luke Burgis

What Does It Mean to Know Someone?

Human beings always faced the challenge of getting to know one another deeply. Today the difficulty seems especially great. We’re busy. We’re transient. Wanderlust or the need to move interrupts relationships. Distractions abound. Advances in computer technology enable frequent opportunities to “connect” but often screen out the body language and ... Read More
Unrepeatable, Josh Miller and Luke Burgis

What Is a Vocation?

When God created man in His own image, He gave him a vocation in the same breath: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that ... Read More
apologetics and the christian imagination, holly ordway, Jesus loves you

“Jesus Loves You” Sounds Meaningless to a Skeptic: The Problem of Apologetics

We are awash in data, awash in claims for and against Christianity—and for and against any number of competing ideologies and lifestyles, ranging from Marxism, gender ideology, and radical feminism to health fads and fashion. One lifetime isn’t enough to weigh the merits of each of these; in the meantime, ... Read More
how to sabbath, Michael Naughton, getting work right

8 Habits That Will Give You a Better Sunday

How can Sunday be a special day, a different kind of day? How can we mark it as a day of rest and celebration in the Lord? There is no simple formula for developing the essential Sabbath habits, given the differences in circumstances and state of life in which we ... Read More
Holy rest, michael naughton, getting work right

Holy Rest

We cannot simply achieve our vocation. We need to receive it, and this is why we need Christ, the Church, and, perhaps surprisingly, Sunday—the Sabbath. Sunday is a day of worship, rest, of celebration, of receptivity. It has been said that “More than the Jewish People have kept the Sabbath, ... Read More

An Introduction to the Types of Prayer

All prayer is a raising of the heart to God, but every believer responds to God’s invitation differently, so this raising of the heart can be expressed in many ways. Christian Tradition has particularly recognized three primary expressions of prayer: vocal prayer, meditation, and contemplation (CCC 2699) ... Read More
where did we get the bible

Where Did We Get the Bible?

The Bible is by far the most popular book in history. Bibles are everywhere. There are millions of copies in nearly every language, and the Bible is posted on thousands of websites. Because of the availability of the Scriptures, it’s tempting to take their existence for granted. But it hasn’t ... Read More

Scott Hahn on the Latest Pew Research Center Poll

On a recent episode of The Road to Emmaus, Dr. Hahn spoke with his long-time friend Rob Corzine, Vice President of Programs at the St. Paul Center. Dr. Hahn and Corzine discuss the recent Pew Research Center poll on Catholics’ belief in the Eucharist. Many commenters have focused on the ... Read More
vocation of work, getting work right, catholic at work, michael naughton

The Logic of Gift and the Vocation of Work

I had the opportunity to meet Mother Teresa twice in my life. One of these times was in 1995, when I gave a talk at the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta. My host, who was Hindu, knew I was Catholic and arranged the meeting. Mother Teresa asked us questions ... Read More