A couple of weekends ago, I was privileged to attend the Scott Hahn event on the New Evangelization hosted by Serviam Ministries (formerly Catholic Chapter House). It was amazing. The hall was packed with over 1,300 people and everyone was buzzing with excitement — excitement for our Faith!
Before Scott Hahn spoke, we prayed a group rosary. You know you’re at a Catholic conference when… !
I thought I’d share with you some of my notes:
1. There is a divine poetry evident in the Scriptures. As Mark Twain put it, “History doesn’t repeat itself but it does rhyme!” Dr. Hahn showed us throughout his talk that Scripture only makes full sense from a Catholic perspective. For example, the only way to illuminate Calvary is to go back to the Last Supper. How is that? Because without the Last Supper, the Crucifixion was just another gruesome Roman execution. If you’d been a by-stander, that is all you would have seen. In Jewish tradition, a sacrifice could only be made on an altar by a priest. Thus, in order to make sense of the Crucifixion, Dr. Hahn argued, you must see it as linked with the Last Supper. And there is no question that Christ’s crucifixion was intended as a sacrifice; just look at 1 Cor. 5:7 and you will find St. Paul speaking of Him as the Passover Lamb.
2. Sometimes, as Catholics, we forget how biblical we are. But even if we don’t study the Bible as much as we should, we live it every time we participate in the liturgy. Our lives are steeped in Scripture. As Dr. Hahn explained, it’s like Scripture is the neighbourhood we’ve grown up in and we know all the ins and outs and how to get around and who our neighbours are, although we may not know the street names and numbers. He compared Protestants to the postal workers of a neighbourhood, for they know the street names and numbers but they don’t know the neighbourhood!
3. “Evangelical Catholic is not an oxymoron; it is a virtual redundancy.” From the beginning, we were given the Good News to share it with others. To be fully Catholic, we must evangelize in whatever small way we can, bringing Christ to those we meet in words as well as deeds.
There were so many more things he shared with us, but these were some highlights. As a result, my friends and I have decided that although we “know the neighbourhood,” perhaps we should get to know the street addresses as well! So we’re going to bring Scott Hahn into our living rooms by way of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible he edited and equip ourselves to evangelize the nations!