Suicide is Rising

About 30 years ago, I read a fascinating article predicting a rise of suicide rates in the United States that would begin near the end of the millennium. This social scientist posited that as the baby boomers reached retirement age, they would struggle to find real purpose in life and, as result, they would begin exercising the option of suicide. The premise behind this theory was that these baby boomers had fashioned their entire life’s meaning around the materialistic acquisition of wealth, and when retirement removed that reason to live, there was nothing left to fall back on.

Two days ago I ran across a recent article [U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High, Sabrina Tavernise, N.Y. Times, 22 April 2016] that also touched on the issue of suicide in our modern society. Recalling the original article, this new one immediately caught my attention. It turns out that the original predictions of increased suicide rates did come true…

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but entirely for the wrong reasons.

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

  • Suicide in the United States has Surged to the Highest Levels in Nearly 30 Years
  • The Reasons are Complex and Controversial
  • Many Blame the Economy, Government, Guns or Divorce 
  • But Few See the Recent Trend Away From Religion as Significant
  • Could it Be That Not Having Faith and Trust in God is a Contributing Factor?
  • We are Called as Christians to Extend Ourselves With Understanding and Compassion to All of God’s Children

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The Eucharist – From the Church Fathers

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

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  • The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist is Mysterious – Even for the Average Catholic
  • Some Doubters Say The Eucharist is Only A Symbol
  • Catholics Believe The Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ
  • The Bible is Often Used to Defend Both Positions, Thus Adding to the Confusion
  • We Find that the early Church Fathers Believed in the Real Presence

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Transubstantiation – It’s No Accident

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

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    • The Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist is Mysterious – Even for the Average Catholic
    • Our Eyes Still See Bread and Wine
    • Our God Has Told Us “This is My Body”
    • Substance: What Something Is.
    • Accidents: How Something is Sensed (Sight, Smell etc)
    • We Have to Break Our Automatic Linking of Accidents to Substance
    • The All-Powerful God Can Easily Make His Body and Blood Appear Like Bread and Wine

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No Joke – Save the Date!

This is not an April Fool’s Joke.

Get out your calendar right now and save the date.

St. Martin de Porres is truly blessed to be able to host Trent Horn as a featured speaker on Monday, May 2nd 2016 at 7:15 p.m. Michele and I heard Trent speak at the National Conference on Marriage last month and he is simply outstanding. Continue reading “No Joke – Save the Date!”

The Triduum

Well, in the better late than never category I offer this post. I was hoping to publish this early last week but was delayed slightly in securing permissions from the original authors. My bad for getting a late start.

ITriduum particularly like this presentation because 1) it is very graphical, intuitive and easy to understand and 2) that for each of the three days, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday the information is presented in three categories: What happened that day, What you’ll see at Church, and Live the Day.

 

 

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RCIA – Did you know?

Holy Week is a most incredible time of the liturgical year. Palm Sunday and the triumphant entry into Jerusalem followed by the stark contrast of the Passion of our Lord and His glorious Resurrection.  But as we walk thru our ‘routine’ of Holy Thursday, and Good Friday and Easter its easy to forget another great victory. At Easter Vigil the Body of Christ will grow as our Catechumens receive the Sacraments of Christian Initiation and the Candidates are received into Full Communion with His Holy Church. As a cradle Catholic, I realized that I really didn’t know much about the RCIA process that brings people to Christ so I thought I’d share a quick summary of what I found.

 

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

  • RCIA is short for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults
  • RCIA is a process where adults (and non-infant children) are brought into the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church
  • Inquiry, Catechumenate, Purification and Preparation, and Mystagogy are the four phases of the RCIA program.
  • These four RCIA phases are a good model of basic faith development so understanding them can help us in our Life in Christ.

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Calling all Mackerel Snappers

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

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  • “Mackerel Snapper” was a Derogatory 19th Century Reference to Catholics who Practiced Penitential Abstinence from Eating Meat on Friday 
  • Penance is a voluntary Self-Punishment Assumed as an Outward Expression of Repentance for Having Sinned
  • Abstaining from Meat on Fridays is a Form of Penance
  • Lent is the Season of Personal Preparation for Easter
  • Yearlong Friday Abstinence Helps to Continually Unify Us With the Passion of Christ
  • Let’s All be “Mackerel Snappers”; Let’s Make it a Positive Reference to Modern Catholics Who Love the Lord

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