...the evangelist, author, and lecturer, spoke to a packed church at Farm Street on Friday night. This was the Annual Lecture sponsored by the Catholic Truth Society and it was sold out. Deservedly so. It was an absolutely terrific lecture, immensely interesting. Taking as his theme the New Testament's description of the encounter on the road to Emmaus, he spoke about how the disciples had experienced their "hearts burning within them" when the stranger they encountered on the road explained the Scriptures to them, and then how they finally recognised Him "in the breaking of bread". Hahn showed how this is also the pattern of the Mass: the preparation in the Scriptures and then the reality of Christ in "breaking of bread". He set this in the background of his own journey to the Catholic Church beginning with a teenage involvement in a Bible study group, and then the massive influence of discovering the Church Fathers and the way they opened up the Scriptures for him...then the discovery of the Mass and the way it brings the Scriptures alive.
It was both inspiring and intellectually stimulating, and during his talk you could have heard a pin drop, the listening was so intense.