International bestselling author Scott Hahn guides readers through the Catholic Churchs rites, customs and traditional prayers. The book is divided into forty reflections each examining a traditional Catholic devotion or custom, including the Rosary, holy water, sign of the cross, guardian angels.The chapters are not simply a definition or explanation, but the authors reflections, borrowed from saints and popes and combined in his own inimitable style into a lucid and enlightening examination of each custom and its grounding in scripture and tradition.
Dr. Scott W. Hahn, holds the Fr. Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has taught since 1990, and is the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology. In 2005, he was appointed as the Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Liturgical Proclamation at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Dr. Hahn is also the bestselling author of numerous books including The Lamb’s Supper and Reasons to Believe and Signs of Life. He lives in Steubenville, Ohio.
In Signs of Life Scott Hahn, provides us with a small jewel-case in which he displays and examines some traditional Catholic customs, ranging from the familiar Sign of the Cross to sacred images, relics, ... Drawing on his wide scriptural expertise , Hahn examines and reflects upon the deep biblical and historical roots of each custom. At the end of each chapter is a Ponder section: quotations from spiritual writers, both ancient and modern, ranging from the Sacramentary of the St Serapion of Egypt (4th cent) to Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa. Hahns chapter on Bible Study, as might be expected, is particularly well worth reading. On a very topical note, he also writes about Advent. Advent is a season we must recover, even if it takes a heroic effort . . . its difficult for us to experience the joy unless we first undergo the longing . . The apostles fasted to prepare for worship in the Lords presence. We should, too. That empty feeling should serve as a sensible sign of our spiritual need. It is good for us, at least once a year, to recall the pain and poverty of a world without Christ] Every page a stopping-place for prayer.
- Tim Matthews, Editor, CF NEWS
In Signs of Life, Scott Hahn, the bestselling author of The Lambs Supper and Reasons to Believe, guides readers through familiar Catholic customs, clearing up common misconceptions and revealing how beliefs and practices that other Christians have difficulty with are in fact rooted in the Bible and in the lives of the earliest followers of Jesus.
Scott Hahn illuminates the roots and significance of all things. Catholic, and is filled with insights and practices that will change the way you live your life and celebrate your faith.
Scott Hahns purpose is both devotional and apologetic. In showing how Catholic popular piety is scripturally grounded, he explains practices that shape Catholic life and help us grow in grace. Signs of Life will be helpful to individuals and to the Church as a whole.
- Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago