• Dr. Scott Hahn: Servant of All

    Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Readings:Wisdom 2:12,17-20Psalm 54:3-8James 3:16-4:3Mark 9:30-37 In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests, and scribes—who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33–34). […]

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  • Walking with Jesus

    This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Barbara Crooker.                                                                                                                 Walking with Jesus in the Blue Ridge Mountains, eating corn fritters and okra, passing the black-eyed peas. He […]

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  • The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25) But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are […]

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  • In life and in death, O Lord, abide with me

    “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent” (Luke 24:29). Just yesterday we remembered the victims of September 11, 2001 in our prayers as we marked the twentieth anniversary of that tragic day. That is a day that I pray we never forget. However, our present year, 2021, is one of the darkest […]

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Into the Deep

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 16:24-25) But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are […]

In life and in death, O Lord, abide with me

“Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent” (Luke 24:29). Just yesterday we remembered the victims of September 11, 2001 in our prayers as we marked the twentieth anniversary of that tragic day. That is a day that I pray we never forget. However, our present year, 2021, is one of the darkest […]

Religion that is True, Good and Beautiful

Pontius Pilate infamously asked Jesus, “What is truth?” A number of years ago, Sister Regina Marie OCD, a Carmelite Sister of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, spoke at the Atlanta Catholic Business Conference. She asked the audience a question, “What is the greatest of truths?” The answer she gave was simply, “God is.” I remember one of the […]

Surrender & Strength

The Heavy Burdens We Carry

I have been thinking a great deal about my experience at Reconciliation this past Saturday morning. 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 […]

A Checklist for Catholic Dads

I have had numerous conversations over the years with other Catholic dads about the challenges of raising kids in today’s world. The discussions usually center on the bad cultural influences affecting our children, our hectic schedules and our well-intentioned desire to be better fathers. We mean well, but how do we move from conversation to action? The stakes are high, […]

Between the Sundays

The Active Work of Meditation

“Prayer involves our mind, heart, and will. It involves our intellect, memory, imagination, and emotions.” Last week, we looked at the importance of making a plan if we are going to cultivate a prayer life. Cultivating an active, healthy prayer life is difficult – not because it is against our nature, but because we are fallen human beings. We know […]

Plan to Pray

“Cultivating a prayer life requires building habits. And we do not build habits without a plan.” When I read Paul’s lament in Romans about consistently doing the thing we don’t want to do – even though we know what we should do (For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the […]

Monica, Augustine, and the Power of Prayer

“If our loved one is indeed in purgatory, they would much rather have our prayers than our praise.” The end of August brings us back-to-back feast days of two great saints, Monica and Augustine. There are few saint stories as legendary as this one: the mother who prays for decades for the conversion of her son, who is very intelligent but […]

Sunday Scripture Reflections

Dr. Scott Hahn: Servant of All

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Readings:Wisdom 2:12,17-20Psalm 54:3-8James 3:16-4:3Mark 9:30-37 In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests, and scribes—who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33–34). […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: All Things Well

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Readings:Isaiah 35:4–7Psalm 146:7–10James 2:1–5Mark 7:31–37 The incident in today’s Gospel is recorded only by Mark. The key line is what the crowd says at the end: “He has done all things well.” In the Greek, this echoes the creation story, recalling that God […]

Dr. Scott Hahn: One Flock

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Readings:Jeremiah 23:1–16Psalms 23:1–6Ephesians 2:13–18Mark 6:30–34 As the Twelve return from their first missionary journey in today’s Gospel, our readings continue to reflect on the authority and mission of the Church. Jeremiah says in the First Reading that Israel’s leaders, through godlessness and fanciful […]

In the Spotlight

Walking with Jesus

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Barbara Crooker.                                                                                                                 Walking with Jesus in the Blue Ridge Mountains, eating corn fritters and okra, passing the black-eyed peas. He […]

The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had

Ideas are more precious than diamonds. The three most precious ideas I have ever discovered all concern the love of God. None of them is original. But every one is revolutionary. None of them came from me. But all of them came to me with sudden force and fire: the “aha!” experience, the “eureka!” experience. They were all realizations, not […]

Cana

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by Jeffrey Essmann.                                                                                                                                 Cana When Mary said to Jesus, “There’s no wine. They have no wine,” she told him, “This is […]

Ner Tamid

This week’s poem in the Catholic Poetry Room is by P.C. Scheponik.                                                                                                                   Ner Tamid I used to love entering the empty church, to be alone with the whispers of the tall wooden timbers, the random creaking of the pews, the giant crucifix hanging in the center of the altar wall– Golgotha in marble on wood, suspended in mid air– a […]

Daily Extras

Daily Catholic Quote — Saint John Paul II

A Daily Quote to Inspire Your Catholic Faith “It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle […]

Your Daily Bible Verses — Psalm 51:1-2

Encountering the Word — Your Daily Bible Verses Have mercy on me, O God, according to thy steadfast love; according to thy abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin! (Psalm 51:1-2) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry

Daily Catholic Quote — St. Ignatius of Loyola

A Daily Quote to Inspire Your Catholic Faith “Out of gratitude and love for him we should desire to be reckoned fools.” (St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest) The Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest (1491 – 1556) is July 31. Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry

Your Daily Bible Verses — Isaiah 40:11

Encountering the Word — Your Daily Bible Verses He will feed his flock like a shepherd, he will gather the lambs in his arms, he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. (Isaiah 40:11) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry