Tag Archives: Matthew Leonard

The Bible and the Virgin Mary

Matthew Leonard, Scott Hahn
Run time: 5 hours
Available now on DVD
Lighthouse Catholic Media

While Catholics know Mary is important, many never fully grasp how essential she really is. This new five-DVD set, based on Scott Hahn’s bestselling book Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God, is a real treasure for anyone who wants to understand Our Lady’s role in salvation history — and the role she plays in the Church today.

Produced by Lannette Turicchi, a member of Legatus’ Ventura/LA North Chapter, the series unveils the mystery of Our Lady woven into the fabric of Sacred Scripture. Turicchi’s Falling Upwards Productions teamed with Hahn’s St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology to develop the 12-part catechetical series, which was mainly filmed at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif.

Speaker and author Matthew Leonard is the host and executive director of the set, which is part of the St. Paul Center’s Journey Through Scripture study series. A convert to Catholicism and former missionary to Latin America, Leonard is a frequent guest on radio and television programs and hosts a podcast on iTunes titled The Art of Catholic.

The Bible and the Virgin Mary discusses the scriptural roots of the Church’s teachings about Our Lady, an examination of the 10 Vatican-approved Marian apparitions, and stunning videography — shot almost entirely in and around TAC’s Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel. Lessons explore everything from Mary’s Immaculate Conception to her Assumption and coronation as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

The publisher offers various packages for individual and parish study, including workbooks and the Scott Hahn book that inspired the video series. Designed to help ordinary Catholics gain greater insight into God’s word and deepen other aspects of their faith, these videos might just be tailor-made to help Legatus members take their faith to a whole new level.

PATRICK NOVECOSKY is Legatus magazine’s editor-in-chief.

Visit the St. Paul Center website for more information

Louder than Words

Matthew Leonard combines stories of the saints with his own humorous anecdotes . . .

LeonardLouder than Words
Matthew Leonard
Our Sunday Visitor, 2013
160 pages, $14.95 paperback

Author, lecturer and Catholic convert Matthew Leonard combines the stories of the saints with his own personal anecdotes (and wry humor) to give a fresh take on the art of being truly Catholic in a contemporary world.

Jesus called his followers to strive for perfection, but is that possible in such an imperfect world? Absolutely, Leonard writes, but Catholics have lost sight of who they are. More than a billion strong, Catholics are often indistinguishable from the rest of humanity. However, Catholics can humanize their faith, making it authentic, powerful and contagious — attractive to even the most cynical.

Order: Amazon, Barnes & Noble