Faith, Family, and Fatherhood — Matthew

A Swift Kick from my Guardian Angel

Posted by James Hahn on

A Swift Kick from my Guardian Angel

Wednesday, October 2nd - Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels Matthew 18:1-5, 10 In 1998 I was working for an electrical contractor as an apprentice. We were working on the airport in Columbus, OH., remodeling a large section of the concourse. Since it covered such vast area of the airport the work needed to be done at night when traffic was low. I was not accustomed to working third-shift and it began to take a toll. Every morning, on my hour-long drive back home, I struggled to stay awake. I would roll down the window to feel the cool morning...

Read more →

The Calling of St. Matthew

Posted by James Hahn on

The Calling of St. Matthew

Feast of St. Matthew the Apostle Matthew 9:9-13 Many scholars today try to dismiss Saint Matthew's seemingly instant conversion. They reason, not based on scripture, that Saint Matthew probably knew Jesus for a while beforehand and this was just his way of telling his readers when he left everything to follow Jesus. It sounds good but I'll stick with what I read. Matthew got up and followed him. I know of many people who had instant conversions of this sort ( Fr. Donald Calloway, Zachary King). This doesn't mean that they were instantly saints but rather that they made the choice...

Read more →

Overcoming fear and using God's talents.

Posted by James Hahn on

Overcoming fear and using God's talents.

Saint Catherine of Siena said that, "if you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire."  Today's Gospel is about just that, being what you should be. In Jesus' parable about the talents we quickly realize that everyone is given gifts or talents, to use for God's purposes.  They are, however, on loan, at least to begin with.  I love that the passage says, "[he] entrusted his possessions to them."  It's a good reminder that, as Rush Limbaugh says, our talents are, "on loan from God."  These talents belong to God.  Yet he gives them to...

Read more →

How to not let your lamp run out of oil.

Posted by James Hahn on

How to not let your lamp run out of oil.

To use a Jeff Cavins term, I needed to use a lot of Winne-the Pooh theology on this one - think, think, think. What is meant by this lamp that all of the virgins have? What is meant by the oil that some have and others allow to run out? Why is it that those with lit lamps are allowed into the banquet while the others are not? When I think of a lamp I automatically think of light which is not a bad thing. However, a lamp in the Old Testament most often refers to the presence of God....

Read more →

Woe to you, part two!

Posted by James Hahn on

Woe to you, part two!

Wednesday, August 28th St. Augustine Matthew 23:27-32 By looking at my "blog" picture you wouldn't think that I was at one time a slave to fashion. But long ago, how I looked was all that I cared about. For high school I had to have exactly the right look. Now granted, it wasn't the most popular look or the most in style. I wanted to look like, and act like, Dwight Yoakam (a country singer...please, no snickering). My hair was long, almost to the middle of my back. I wore torn up jeans, that were thread bare at the knees,...

Read more →