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Eighth Day Dawning

April began with Palm Sunday this year, and Easter Sunday falls on the eighth day. In so many ways, this brings us Christians back to our roots. The early Church Fathers marked every Sunday as the “eighth day.” Creation was complete in six days, and God rested on the Sabbath—but at the Resurrection He began something new The first-century Epistle of Barnabas presents the matter in a prophetic oracle. With the Sabbath — with Saturday — the epistle tells us, God “set all things at rest.” With the new dawn, however, he will “usher in the Eighth Day, the beginning ...
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Thomas Aquinas

Why Faith Is Reasonable

In the Summa Theologiae, Thomas Aquinas includes five arguments answering the question of whether we can know if God exists. In his five ways, Aquinas uses human reason to conclude what faith has already revealed to us. Aquinas drew on the philosophy of Aristotle in his theology, using both faith and ... Read More

Aquinas: The Universal Doctor

“Among the Scholastic Doctors, the chief and master of all towers Thomas Aquinas . . . he is rightly and deservedly esteemed the special bulwark and glory of the Catholic faith.” —Pope Leo XIII, Aeterni Patris We’ve all heard the name Thomas Aquinas, but who really was this great saint? ... Read More

Novena to St. Paul

Every year, the St. Paul Center prays a novena for the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, January 25. We pray to our patron for the conversion of our families and friends, as well as for our own deepened conversion. Join us for the next nine days as we ... Read More

Slaughtering the Fatted Calf: The Gift of Hospitality

This post is an excerpt from The Catholic Table: Finding Joy Where Food and Faith Meet by Emily Stimpson Chapman. Get your copy of The Catholic Table today for 30% off this Advent. A few years after I moved to Steubenville, I bought a house of my own: a 1915 ... Read More

15 Year Anniversary

15th Anniversary Gala Highlights

Dr. Scott & Kimberly Hahn with Mike Aquilina View from LeMont Restaurant Dr. Hahn gives the pre-event toast Attendees browsing Silent Auction items Executive Director Andrew Jones Co-Founder Kimberly Hahn Chaplain Fr. Jay Donahue offers opening prayer Ben Astono and Miranda Turalakey receive the inagural Fr. Henry Hilderbrandt Award, traveling ... Read More

St. Teresa of Avila on False Humility

This post is an excerpt from 30 Days with Teresa of Avila by Anthony Lilles and Dan Burke. I am not surprised at your imperfections as I find many in myself, although I have had much more spare time here than I have enjoyed for a long while, which has ... Read More

An Introduction: Living the Mystery of Merciful Love

This post is excerpted from Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux by Anthony Lilles and Dan Burke. You have in your hands a thirty-day retreat that can—and will—change your life. We don’t propose that you spend thirty days off in a cave somewhere. That would be ... Read More

The Love of St.Thérèse of Lisieux

This post is an excerpt from Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux by Anthony Lilles and Dan Burke. “And then she said to her divine guide: “You know where I want to go, You know for whom I want to climb the mountain, for ... Read More

Follow the Path of the Saints

In Ralph Martin’s modern classic, The Fulfillment of All Desire: A Guidebook for the Journey to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints, the three stages of spiritual growth are defined as the purgative, illuminative, and unitive. The purgative stage includes the initial phases of the spiritual life—conversion, turning ... Read More