The Catholic Church is the one institution in history that upholds the indissolubility of marriage. Where does this teaching come from? What does it mean for todayâ€™s Catholics facing attacks on marriage from every side? Learn the biblical basis for this teaching and why itâ€™s so important for the Church and the world.Â Â
Thereâ€™s no better witness to the Gospel than living it out joyfully, especially in our own families. God particularly uses family to reflect the Divine Family and His Fatherly love for us. On this episode of The Road to Emmaus, Scott Hahn shares practical tips for living out the Gospel in our marriages and families.Â Â
Did you know that on January 1 we actually celebrate three feast days in one? In addition to the well-known Feast of Mary, Mother of God, the Church also commemorates the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus and the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus. On this episode of The Road to Emmaus, Scott Hahn explores how these three feasts capture the heart of the Gospel.Â
Join Kimberly Hahn for a special Christmas episode of The Road to Emmaus! Celebrate the Incarnation with reflections on family traditions, the Holy Family, Nativity scenes, and how to enter more deeply into the Christmas season.Â
Itâ€™s often easier to preach the faith than it is to live itâ€”itâ€™s easier to share the Gospel with strangers than to live it in our families. But we need strong men and women who will step up to the challenge. On this episode of The Road to Emmaus, Scott Hahn shares practical tips on being leaders in the faith, especially for our own families.Â Â
Jesus tells us in John 6Â to â€śbe not afraid.â€ť This saying is difficult to accept when there seems to be so much to fear in raising a family in todayâ€™s world. But Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and we should have confidence that His word can be trusted. On this episode, learn how we can place our trust in the Sacred Heart and consecrate our families to Christ.Â
We tend to glamorize the Nativity by portraying the manger scene with a rosy glow, but contemplating what the Holy Family faced in order to keep the Christ Child safe helps us remember how incredible Christmas truly is. On this episode of The Road to Emmaus, Scott Hahn suggests taking a new look at Christmas in order to enter into Advent more deeply.Â Â
Why canâ€™t non-Catholics receive the Eucharist?Â Why do we call priests â€śfatherâ€ť? Why do we offer Masses and other prayers for the dead?Â On this episode of The Road to Emmaus, Scott Hahn answers these and other common questions on the Mass. Whether you have some of these questions yourself or you want to better answer your non-Catholic friends, listen now to learn more.Â Â
Why did Jesus choose to institute the Eucharist under both bread and wine?Â At the Last Supper, Jesus was preparing the Apostles for His death. By instituting the Eucharist under a separation of bread and wine, He was signifying the separation of His Body and Blood on the Cross. Learn more about the connection between the Last Supper and Good Friday and what it says about the Eucharist.Â Â
Itâ€™s easy to see the role of the priest in the Mass, but what about the role of the laity? How are we called to participate in the liturgy? Understanding the Eucharist as a sacrifice, as the New Passover, reveals the essential role of every person in offering theÂ most pureÂ sacrifice of the Mass. Learn more in this second part of a four-part series.Â Â
What is the structure of the Mass? Why do we even call our liturgy â€śMassâ€ť? As Scott Hahn points out on todayâ€™s episode, the Mass can feel like mindless routine if we donâ€™t grasp the significance of what weâ€™re doing. Listen to this first part of a series on how to get the most out of the Mass.
Confession can be a real stumbling block to so many both outside and inside the Church. But on this episode of The Road to Emmaus, Scott Hahn gives us a new way to think about Confession. He shares his own struggles with the sacrament and how, through the Bible and through personal experience, he came to embrace the need for the healing of Reconciliation.Â Â
What is chastity and how do we live it well? The modern world makes the virtue of chastity out to be unattractive and impossible. But Fr. Carter Griffin reminds us that chastity is really the capacity to love, and to love the way God wants us to love. Learn some practical ways to live out this beautiful virtue even amid difficulty.Â Â
Should married men be ordained priests? Is celibacy still important for the priesthood? The Amazon Synod has made celibacy a hot button topicâ€”but what hasnâ€™t been talked about is how celibacy builds up the Church and why it is a gift, not a burden. Scott Hahn and Fr. Carter Griffin challenge us to rethink celibacyâ€”and fatherhoodâ€”on this episode.Â Â
How should we respond to our own suffering? On this episode of The Road to Emmaus, Scott Hahn walks through the rich biblical background on hardship, looks at Mary as a model for redemptive suffering, and shares his own personal experience. Listen now for personal and practical ways we as believers can face our suffering.
The ancient Israelites never went into battle without the Ark of the Covenantâ€”itÂ heralded Godâ€™s presence among them and promised that God was watching over them. On this episode, Scott Hahn reveals that Catholics are also called to battle. We follow the Ark of the New Covenant and carry our own weaponsâ€”Mary and her Rosary.Â Â
Weâ€™ve all heard the common objections to the Catholic Church. We might even have friends who have fallen away because they werenâ€™t given the tools to defend their faith. On this episode of The Road to Emmaus, Scott Hahn, himself a convert to the faith, helps us understand and answer these objections.
Think of Thomas Aquinas, and the first thing that comes to mind is usually theÂ SummaÂ TheologiaeÂ and dogmatic theology. But Aquinas was actually first and foremost a Scripture scholar.Â Scott Hahn explainsÂ what we can learnÂ from this great scholarÂ about placing the Word of GodÂ at the forefront ofÂ our lives.Â
What does the second coming have to do with the Mass and the Eucharist? For most Protestants today, the Greek wordÂ parousiaÂ in the writings of St. PaulÂ conjuresÂ up an image of the second coming. But when St. Paul usesÂ parousia, meaning â€śpresence,â€ť heâ€™s really referring to Christâ€™s physical presence veiled in the Eucharist. On this episode of The Road to Emmaus, Scott Hahn opens the Scriptures for a fuller understanding of Christâ€™s Real Presence in the Eucharist.Â Â
Weâ€™ve all heard the statistic that only 30 percent of Catholics in America believe in the Real Presence. But one statistic that came out of the recent Pew poll has been largely overlooked: most of the 70 percent of Catholics who believe the Eucharist is merely a symbol also believe that this is what the Church teaches.Â If this is true, weâ€™re not just facing a crisis of faith, but a crisis of catechesis.Â What can we do to make sure more Catholics are taught the truth of what the Church teaches about the Eucharist?Â