Dennis Prager and Catholic Theology

Simple Catholic Snapshots

  • God Created the Universe from Nothing
  • God Has a Purpose for Creation
  • Man was Created, therefore, Man Has a Divine Purpose
  • Man was Created in the Image of God
  • Religion Must Reveal and Highlight Our Divine Purpose

Simple Catholic Truth

Introduction

‘Why was I Created?’
‘What is the Purpose of my Life?’
‘Why am I Here?’

Right after ‘What’s for dinner?’, the first question our earliest caveman ancestors probably asked was one or all of the above. It makes sense actually, because man(kind) is unique in all creation. Mankind is the only creature that as part of his fundamental nature has, among other things, a keen self awareness and asks such questions. Scripture tells us that mankind was the summit and fulfillment of all creation – mankind was created in the image of God (Gn 1:27). Sharing in the likeness of God, we were created with an intellect and a free will that allows us to question, to seek understanding, to know, and ultimately to love.

Throughout history, what we call Religion has served as the cornerstone in the pursuit of these answers. Yes, religion has taken various forms around the globe and across the ages, but fundamentally all religion share the common goal of answering at least those primordial questions. With this in mind, I pay particular attention when any person of faith addresses these questions. I am eager to understand, and to compare and contrast their position with that of my beloved Catholicism. And this led me to a 6 minute video of Dennis Prager recently speaking to a Senate Judiciary Committee on freedom of speech.

Freedom of speech? What does that have to do with the Theology of Creation?

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The Deafening Silence of His Real Presence

INTRODUCTION

I’m not sure why I’m writing this. Some will likely snicker, seeing the entire thing as fantasy or self-promotion or grandstanding. If true, that’s unfortunate because one thing I know for sure is that the event did in fact happen as I’m about to describe. I guess I’m writing because I just needed to tell someone and share both the uneasiness and the joy.

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The Gang Rape of Brett Kavanaugh

INTRODUCTION

This blog, SimpleCatholicTruth (SCT), was founded back in 2016 with one goal in mind, to discover and then explain the Truth in simple terms. As I wrote in the mission statement of SCT (which you can read in its entirety by clicking HERE) – “we should hold back no effort in discovering the Truth, understanding the Truth, and walking in the Light. The Truth is our goal.”

Of course, for me the Truth and the Way is Jesus Christ so blogs here at SCT will always be entirely focused on Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church that He founded. I have intentionally avoided getting mired in subjective social topics, especially politics, that are often nothing but emotional shouting matches. However, the recent events surrounding the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court have forced me to break from the past standard and offer a short commentary. As you will see, it is not really a political commentary per se, but rather a call for clarity and re-dedication to the Truth.

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Good Habits for Training the Body and Soul

Simple Catholic Snapshots

  • We are astonishing and unique – created in His image.
  • Gifts of body, soul and life itself.
  • Take care of the body with three square meals and exercise.
  • Nurture the soul with a diet of humility and gratitude.
  • Dedicate each day to His glory.
  • Make the Time for these Spiritual Habits!!!

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The Virtues of Four Saintly Women

Simple Catholic Snapshots

  • Virtues are new powers or capabilities that God graces our souls.
  • Prudence, Justice, Temperance and Fortitude are the four Cardinal Virtues.
  • The Intellect and Will of our souls are actually changed by the addition of virtues.
  • Virtues lead to a change in mankind – a super elevation of nature towards the divine.
  • Four brilliant women Saints of the 19th and 20th centuries are examples of God’s virtuous graces in action.

 

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Jesus is asking… (How) Do You Love Me?

Simple Catholic Snapshots

  • After the Resurrection, Jesus appeared to seven disciples along the North shore of the Sea of Galilee. (Jn 21)
  • The encounter centers on Jesus questioning Peter three times – each question apparently seeking confirmation of Peter’s love. (Jn 21: 15-17)
  • The questions sound simple enough: ‘Do you love me?’
  • But was Jesus asking… or teaching? 

 

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Silently Teaching the Truth of Catholicism

Simple Catholic Snapshots

  • Last week I attended a Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Barron.
  • Catholic liturgy is filled with history and tradition, Scripture and proper worship.
  • Sometimes in the routine the unexpected is seen… and we are reminded.

 

What was noticed? What did the teacher teach, without saying a word?

 

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Christ was homeless 2000 years ago – Christ is homeless today

Simple Catholic Snapshots

  • 2000 years ago a couple needing shelter was turned away.
  • A baby boy was born, homeless, forced to sleep with the animals.
  • This man lived and loved and died to change the world.
  • He’s still here…on the street, calling us, calling us to change.

 

Who is He?   What gift does he really want or need?   Where do I find him?

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The Immaculate Conception of Mary – What Difference Does It Make Anyway?

Simple Catholic Snapshots

  • Many Protestants question the dogmatic teaching of the Catholic Church regarding the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary.
  • To them, belief in Jesus’ loving redemptive work on the cross is the only item of import for the modern Christian.
  • Catholics celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary on December 8th, not coincidentally during the first week of Advent.
  • Advent prepares us for the birth of Christ, and a fuller understanding of the Incarnation of the Son of God.
  • Without understanding the Incarnate nature of Christ, a Christian really can’t fully understand the Savior or our salvation.

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Making Babies and Salvation – There Really is a Connection

Simple Catholic Snapshots

  • Catholic theology recognizes that salvation is an unearned, undeserved gift from God.
  • Catholic theology also includes the fact that we must “participate” in our own salvation.
  • Non-Catholics theology emphasizes that salvation is the work of God only .
  • Non-Catholics deny a role of mankind in his/her salvation.
  • Babies, those divine miracles of life, is an example useful in resolving tensions between these Catholic and non-Catholic positions.

 

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