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… Continue reading Dr. Scott Hahn: Servant of All

The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had

"Creation of Adam" (detail) by Michelangelo [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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.… Continue reading The Three Most Profound Ideas I Have Ever Had

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… Continue reading Dr. Scott Hahn: All Things Well

The Winning Strategy

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Editor’s Note: Dr. Kreeft’s classic essay on successfully winning the culture wars is timeless. For more information, see his book, How to Win the Culture War. To win any war, the three most necessary things to know are: (1) that you are at war, (2) who your enemy is, and (3) what weapons or strategies… Continue reading The Winning Strategy

Eucharistic Faith

Mission Dolores Altar (San Francisco) Photograph © by Andy Coan

Four Sundays ago, I mentioned here that the liturgical calendar of the Church was taking a short break from the Gospel of Mark, which we had been hearing this year at Sunday Mass. Next Sunday, we will return to Mark’s Gospel. We have spent this time hearing from the sixth chapter of John’s Gospel. Its… Continue reading Eucharistic Faith

O Sweet Heart of Mary, I Love You!

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Does God ever lead you by questions? He does me. In fact, this happened to me just the other day. I had a question in my mind and after bringing it trustingly to the Lord in prayer for several months, He showed me something new. I had been pondering over our Lady of Fatima’s words… Continue reading O Sweet Heart of Mary, I Love You!

Mary is Perfected in Christ

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On August 15th of each liturgical year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the United States, the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation unless it  falls on a Saturday or Monday, in which case the precept to attend Mass is abrogated: “Whenever January 1, the solemnity of Mary, Mother… Continue reading Mary is Perfected in Christ

Elijah and the Lord Jesus

"The Prophet Elias" (detail) by Daniele da Volterra

Here’s a quick test for you!  You didn’t know there was going to be a pop quiz, did you?  I thought one might be in order to celebrate the start of the coming school year. Yes?  No? Seriously!  Here’s the question… “Who was the famous prophet in today’s first reading?” The prophet is none other than… Continue reading Elijah and the Lord Jesus

What are the Obstacles Between Catholic Men and Christ?

Man at Prayer

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.… Continue reading What are the Obstacles Between Catholic Men and Christ?

The Food that Endures for Eternal Life

"Mulitplication of the Loaves and Fishes" (detail) by Très Riches Heures

Today’s Gospel is taken from St. John and continues our short five-week break from Mark’s Gospel that we’ve been hearing during this liturgical year. The focus of the passages during these five weeks is the Eucharist and the Lord’s abundant love for each of us. So much power and promise are contained in the sixth… Continue reading The Food that Endures for Eternal Life