The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order

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Everyone seems to agree that Western Civilization is in trouble. The problem is that no one agrees on what has gone wrong or what to do about it. Some think we have too much government, some not enough; some think we have too much capitalism, some not enough; some think we have too much sexual freedom, some not enough.

But what if the problem is much more fundamental? What if the problem goes to the very foundations of who we are as human beings in relationship with God?

In The First Society: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Restoration of the Social Order, Scott Hahn makes the startling claim that our society’s ills and its cures are rooted in whether we reject or accept the divine graces made available through the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

Man, he argues, is social in his very nature. We were created for community. As it was in the beginning, so it remains today. The family, formed through the Sacrament of Matrimony, is the most basic building block of every society—whether we like it or not. We’ve corrupted marriage, and so we have a corrupt society. If we get marriage right, our society, through God’s grace, will flourish.

This is so because Matrimony, like all the sacraments, heals and elevates human nature. Without marriage, our ambitions toward a just social order will remain forever foolhardy. With it, the seemingly impossible, a truly peaceful and humane civilization, becomes possible.

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The Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross

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“It is finished.” These words spoken by Jesus in his final moments on the cross have perplexed scholars for hundreds of years. What was finished and how does “it” relate to the Eucharist, the Passover meal, Christ’s Passion, and our own suffering as Christians?

In this highly anticipated book that mixes memoir, scriptural investigation, and theological detective work, Dr. Hahn goes back to his early years as a young husband, new father, recently ordained Presbyterian minister, and neophyte scholar to present his hunt for answers to those questions. The clue, he contends, rest in the mysterious fourth cup that culminates the Jewish Passover meal.

Drawing symbolic parallels to the Last Supper, Christ’s death on Calvary, and our own journey to the cross, The Fourth Cup: Unveiling the Mystery of the Last Supper and the Cross presents scholarly insights and important biblical connections that will make the Mass and our Catholic faith come alive in new and exciting ways.

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Beloved and Blessed: Biblical Wisdom for Family Life

The third in a series of Bible studies based on Proverbs 31, Beloved and Blessed offers tools to help you strengthen your marriage and raise your children, creating a civilization of love in your home. Applying Sacred Scripture, Church teaching and pastoral wisdom, Kimberly Hahn helps you explore: marital intimacy, responsible parenthood, facing the financial future without fear, strategies for disciplining and instructing children, trusting God when parenting hurts.

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Catholic for a Reason Box Set

The Catholic for a Reason series presents the biblical foundation of Church teaching through the wisdom and experience of today’s best apologists and scholars. Essential matters of faith—God’s plan of salvation, the Church, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mass, the Sacrament of Matrimony, and Catholic identity—are examined through the lens of Scripture to provide fresh insight and understanding for today’s Catholics.

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Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage

The first volume in the Life-Nurturing Love series of Bible studies based on Proverbs 31, Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage offers tools to help you build your marriage on the firm foundation of faith.  Applying sacred Scripture, Church teaching and pastoral wisdom, Kimberly Hahn helps you to explore a variety of topics such as conflict resolution in your marriage, communication skills with your spouse, setting goals, and much, much more!

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Consuming the Word: The New Testament and The Eucharist in the Early Church

Long before the New Testament was a document, it was a sacrament. Jesus called the Eucharist by the name Christians subsequently gave to the latter books of the Holy Bible. It was the "New Covenant," the "New Testament," in his blood. Christians later extended the phrase to cover the books produced by the apostles and their companions; but they did so because these were the books that could be read at Mass.

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