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 Practice of Lectio Divina

“We hear the Scriptures at Mass, and perhaps we read them for knowledge – but are we praying the Scriptures?” Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at some practical aspects of cultivating a prayer life. It is important to remember that prayer is conversation. So often, my prayer time is filled with… Continue reading The Practice of Lectio Divina

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

Religion that is True, Good and Beautiful

“The School of Athens” (detail showing Aristotle with the elder Plato) by Raphael

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.”… Continue reading Religion that is True, Good and Beautiful

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

What is Your Greatest Hope

"The Cardinal and Theological Virtues" (detail) by Raphael [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

What would you say is your greatest hope? What is the one thing you would identify if you were pressed to offer only one answer to this question: What is your greatest hope? Scripture actually has a great deal to say about this virtue of hope, not the least of which: “For whatever was written… Continue reading What is Your Greatest Hope

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… Continue reading Dr. Scott Hahn: One Flock

Dr. Scott Hahn: The Church’s Mission

Dr. Scott Hahn reflects on the Mass readings for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Year B) Readings:Amos 7:12–15Psalms 85:9–14Ephesians 1:3–14Mark 6:7–13 In commissioning the Apostles in today’s Gospel, Jesus gives them, and us, a preview of His Church’s mission after the Resurrection. His instructions to the Twelve echo those of God to the twelve… Continue reading Dr. Scott Hahn: The Church’s Mission

What Difference Does Heaven Make?

Photography © by Randy Hain

Heaven’s Difference If a thing makes no difference, it is a waste of time to think about it. We should begin, then, with the question, “What difference does Heaven make to earth, to now, to our lives?” The answer to the question is only the difference between hope and despair in the end, between two… Continue reading What Difference Does Heaven Make?

The Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity

"The Holy Trinity" (detail) by Antonio de Pereda

We are able to know certain eternal truths without the light of faith. According the Church for example, the greatest truth of all—God exists—is knowable from the light of human reason and the works of creation alone. But there exist truths that we cannot discover until God reveals them to us. The doctrine of God as a… Continue reading The Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity