• Dr. Scott Hahn on Trinity Sunday: How God Loves

    Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Readings:Exodus 34:4–6, 8–9Daniel 3:52–562 Corinthians 13:11–13John 3:16–18 We often begin Mass with the prayer from today’s Epistle: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” We praise the God […]

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  • Will they come back?

    “The situation surrounding coronavirus didn’t cause this. It may have accelerated it.” While parishes are busy sanitizing and taping off every other pew, I find myself wondering… will they come back? It is not a question I raise because people fear the virus. I’m not referring to whether people may be weighing whether next month is safer to return. I […]

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  • What are the Obstacles Between Catholic Men and Christ?

    “As long as we live in the world our life is a constant struggle between love for Christ or giving into lukewarmness, to our passions, or to comfort seeking, which destroys love. Faithfulness to Christ is forged each day by struggling against what separates us from him, and by an effort to make progress in virtue. Then they will be […]

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  • Sighs

    This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann.                                                                                               Sighs […]

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Into the Deep

Pentecost—God’s Love Ablaze

“Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:3). “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counselor […]

The Ascension of the Lord and Our Mission

Years before that first Ascension Thursday, God entered into His own creation as the God-man, Jesus. He came as a humble babe, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. His birth took place in a stable that housed livestock. Little is recorded of His early years; He was a thirty-year-old when He began His public ministry. […]

Joy and Hope During A Pandemic

The world has been on lockdown and edge for nearly two months as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Lives have been disrupted in significant ways. Although this is not unheard of in a human history that is marked with war, disease and natural disasters, it is new to many people alive today. And such disruptions are a severe blow […]

Surrender & Strength

Lessons from Emmaus Road for the Anxious and Discouraged

We are all likely familiar with the “walk to Emmaus” (Luke 24:13-35) by two of Christ’s disciples the evening of the Resurrection in Luke’s Gospel.  These two men, overcome with hopelessness and discouragement, were talking about the incredible events they had witnessed over the previous few days as they were walking to their home village of Emmaus outside of Jerusalem.  […]

Powerful Lessons from St. Joseph

As the father of a 22-year-old son with high-functioning autism, I am sometimes challenged to give my oldest child the focus and patience he needs from me.  I frequently feel inadequate when I advise and guide my 19-year-old son through the minefields of today’s culture.  My loving wife should expect my best efforts as a husband, yet I often feel […]

The Heavy Burdens We Carry

I have been thinking a great deal about my experience at Reconciliation this past Saturday. I felt an intense and unexplainable urge to go and confess my sins when I woke up that morning. I try to go every six weeks or so, but this was no routine visit to the priest for me. I needed to unburden myself of […]

Between the Sundays

Will they come back?

“The situation surrounding coronavirus didn’t cause this. It may have accelerated it.” While parishes are busy sanitizing and taping off every other pew, I find myself wondering… will they come back? It is not a question I raise because people fear the virus. I’m not referring to whether people may be weighing whether next month is safer to return. I […]

The Holy Spirit and the Old Testament

“The readings at the Vigil introduce us to the Holy Spirit and His mission through Old Testament typology and prophecy.” The Extended Vigil for Pentecost Many years ago while studying in Rome, I was able to attend an extended Vigil Mass for Pentecost. While not many parishes take advantage of the option, the current Roman Missal has brought back an extended option […]

Life After the Ascension

“God does not call us to a mission without giving us what we need to accomplish it.” Right before the Ascension in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says something intriguing before leaving:  I am with you always. An interesting way to say goodbye. I am with you always. Seems a big contradictory, doesn’t it? Jesus has spent three years with these men, […]

Cultivating Gratitude – Even Now

“Everything I have at this moment is a complete gift from God.” There have been several studies on the way gratitude changes our attitude and even rewires our brain. It can relieve stress and anxiety and even increase dopamine production. Doesn’t this sound exactly what we need right now? And yet, precisely when we need it, the crosses and sufferings […]

Sunday Scripture Reflections

Dr. Scott Hahn on Trinity Sunday: How God Loves

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Readings:Exodus 34:4–6, 8–9Daniel 3:52–562 Corinthians 13:11–13John 3:16–18 We often begin Mass with the prayer from today’s Epistle: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” We praise the God […]

The Gifts and Charisms of the Holy Spirit

Without Pentecost, the Gospel is not truly Good News.  For the seven gifts and Pentecostal charisms given by the Holy Spirit on this birthday celebration of the Church Catholic are essential for the success of our mission and indispensable for a joyful, victorious Christian life. This essay on the seven gifts and Pentecostal charisms of the Holy Spirit is a reflection […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: The Good News of the Ascension

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Readings:Acts 1:1–11Psalm 47:2–3, 6–7, 8–9Ephesians 1:17–23Matthew 28:16–20 (In dioceses where Ascension is celebrated on Thursday, see also the reflection for the Seventh Sunday of Easter.) In today’s First Reading from the Acts of the Apostles, St. Luke gives the surprising news that there is more of the story to […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: Building His House

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter. Readings:Acts 6:1–7Psalm 33:1–2, 4–5, 18–191 Peter 2:4–9John 14:1–12 By His death, Resurrection and Ascension, Jesus has gone ahead to prepare a place for us in His Father’s house. His Father’s house is no longer a temple made by human hands. It is the spiritual house of the Church, […]

In the Spotlight

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Sighs

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann.                                                                                               Sighs […]

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Lent

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Maria Grace De Lallo.                                                                                           Lent […]

“Laudato Si” Athwart Modernity

Pope Francis takes positions that annoy both standard-issue liberals and standard-issue conservatives. This is because his overarching opponent is the philosophy of modernity, which in fact has produced both the “conservatism” and the “liberalism” that we know today. In preparation for my participation in a USCCB sponsored symposium for the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si, I reread […]

Daily Extras

Daily Quote — from J. R. R. Tolkien

“War must be, while we defend our lives against a destroyer who would devour all; but I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend.” (J. R. R. Tolkien, Faramir in The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers) […]

Daily Catholic Quote — St. Ignatius Loyola

A Daily Quote to Inspire Your Catholic Faith “God’s love calls us to move beyond fear. We ask God for the courage to abandon ourselves unreservedly, so that we might be molded by God’s grace, even as we cannot see where that path may lead us.” (St. Ignatius Loyola) The Memorial of St. Ignatius Loyola, Priest (1491 – 1556) is July 31. […]

Daily Catholic Quote — St. John Chrysostom

A Daily Quote to Inspire Your Catholic Faith “They ignored the danger of death … they forgot how few they were; they never noticed how many were against them or the power or strength or wisdom of their enemies. Their power was greater than all that: theirs was the power of him who had died on the Cross and risen […]

Daily Catholic Quote — St. Vincent de Paul

A Daily Quote to Inspire Your Catholic Faith “Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?” (St. Vincent de Paul) The Memorial of St. Vincent de Paul, Priest (1581 – 1660), is September 27. Please […]