Easter

The Gifts and Charisms of the Holy Spirit

Photography © by Andy Coan

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: 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, […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: What are We to Do?

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Acts 2:14, 36–41Psalm 23:1–61 Peter 2:20–25John 10:1–10 Easter’s empty tomb is a call to conversion. By this tomb, we should know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah, as Peter preaches in today’s First Reading. He is the “Lord,” the divine Son that […]

Daily Catholic Quote — St. John Chrysostom

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 […]

Emmaus and Us

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Third Sunday of Easter. Readings:Acts 2:14, 22–28Psalm 16:1–2, 5, 7–111 Peter 1:17–21Luke 24:13–35 We should put ourselves in the shoes of the disciples in today’s Gospel. Downcast and confused, they’re making their way down the road, unable to understand all the things that have occurred. They know what they’ve seen—a prophet mighty in […]

Give Your Life to Jesus and His Divine Mercy

Vilnius Image of Divine Mercy (detail) by Kazimierowski

Jesus is waiting for you right here, right now. He is all holy and He desires you to be in communion with Him. For that, you do not in this life need to be perfect; you need to be forgiven, to be healed and to be contrite and desire holiness. Give your life to Jesus today. Make that committment. Christ […]

Lessons from Emmaus Road for the Anxious and Discouraged

"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio

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.  […]

New Life in Christ

"The Resurrection of Christ" (detail) by Bloch

Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen! What more fitting conclusion to a week of drama wrought by sin could there be than the triumph of Life over death! There is so much about Easter to help us live our lives in our day. Surely we can more fully embrace all that the Resurrection of Jesus Christ means for us today if we go […]

They Saw and Believed

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection. Readings:Acts 10:34, 37–43Psalm 118:1–2, 16–17, 22–23Colossians 3:1–4John 20:1–9 Jesus is nowhere visible. Yet today’s Gospel tells us that Peter and John “saw and believed.” What did they see? Burial shrouds lying on the floor of an empty tomb. Maybe that convinced them that He hadn’t been carted […]

Crossing the Threshold of Holy Week

"The First Eucharist" by Juan de Juanes

It caught me by surprise that the Carmelite Sisters keep a complete and prayerful silence during the Holy Triduum of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday, not speaking until the conclusion of the evening Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday. I remember when I was the “new kid on the block,” a recently-arrived postulant who was learning more and […]