Baptism, Babies and Limbo

This past weekend we stayed after Mass to share in the celebration as a new baby was being baptized. baby baptismNot being directly involved as a parent or grand parent allowed me to sit back and reflect on the Sacrament of Baptism. This new life was being regenerated and filled with the Spirit of the Holy Trinity. Original Sin was being washed away and this child was adopted into the family of God. It was a joyful moment but it made me think – what about those little ones that die before being baptized…

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

  • God is Perfect Love and Desires All His Children to Heaven
  • The Bible tells us that Baptism is Necessary for Eternal Life
  • Theologians have Struggled with the Paradox of God’s Love vs. the Death of Unbaptized Innocents
  • Limbo is a concept that was once considered a solution but has now been discarded.
  • God has not Revealed His Plan for the Unbaptized Innocents so we must Simply Trust in His Perfect Mercy

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Become Like Children of God

In my last post, I shared a few pictures of Tim playing ‘catch’ with his son Aaron.  Trust the FatherThat post was a reminder of the total trust we must have in God our Father. Sounds simple enough, but I began to wonder what the Bible had to say about such perfect faith. Once again, it turns out that pride can undermine our relationship with the Father.

 

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

  • God the Father Revealed Jesus as His Son and Redeemer
  • Peter Trusted the Father’s Revelation
  • Christ Established Peter as the Head of His Church
  • The Apostles Struggled with Pride
  • Pride can be a Great Obstacle to a Total Trust in God
  • We Must be Humble Like Children to Enter the Kingdom of Heaven

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Trust in the Father

In a previous post that you can read here, I reported on a recent report of rising suicide rates in the United States. In that post, I suggested that perhaps one reason that people are feeling so desperate in life is, that when experiencing the normal stresses in life, they do not have a solid foundation of faith and trust in God the Father to rely on.

In other words, without a complete trust in God the Father, then everyday life can seem to be hopeless.

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Hallelujah – Easter Version

“Hallelujah” is a song written by Canadian recording artist Leonard Cohen, originally released in 1984. Interpretations vary but most agree it is a commentary on broken love.

In 2006 Kelly Mooney, a Catholic musician from Rhode Island, wrote a set of lyrics adapted to Cohen’s original melody. In 2010 she secured the mechanical rights from Cohen’s publishers so that today we can now hear this most beautiful song about the greatest love story of all time.

Have a Blessed Easter!

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Simplicity

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

Simple        NOT…    Complex

  • The Gospel Message Can Seem Impossibly Complex, Almost Overwhelming At Times
  • Most People are Not Trained Theologians or Clergy
  • Most People Just Need the Simple Truth
  • God’s Truth is Universal
  • The Goal of SimpleCatholicTruth is to Present that Gospel Message in Simple and Relevant Terms for Everyone to Understand.

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Parents and Grandparents Beware: Our Youth are Being Hacked

Let there be no confusion: There is a cultural war raging in our country and the weapon of mass destruction being used against our teens and Smartphoneyoung adults in particular is the smartphone. Of course, these devices can be incredibly useful in communicating, doing research, finding treasures of information, even navigating our cars. But, we can not afford to turn a blind eye to the enormous dangers that come with such instant global access.

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Launch of Simple Catholic Truth

Hello and Welcome to Simple Catholic Truth (SCT).

The internet is full of fabulous resources for discovering and enriching our faith experience. The problem, at least for me, is that many of these sources, be they blogs or books or articles, are written by super-educated theologians, philosophers or counselors. I sometimes have difficulty grasping the essence of the message and often get very frustrated. Now of course, there is the time and place for detailed university-level type discourse, but for most of us, most of the time, all we really need is to see the forest, not the minute details of trees.

Therefore, this blog is my attempt to present the wonderful message of the Gospel in terms that I believe most people can understand and embrace. I’ll be posting on subjects ranging from theology, Scripture, social issues, liturgy and Church history. I expect that the comments and responses to my writings will begin dialog leading us all to a richer and more intimate relationship with Christ. If you have any topic in particular you would like addressed, please contact me and I’ll do my best to respond.

My positions and viewpoints in SCT will obviously reflect my beloved Catholic faith and I realize that many will disagree. However, the intent is not to necessarily change anyone’s mind, but to just communicate clearly what is believed and why. Clarity in thought must precede agreement and simple clarity is the goal of SCT.

All comments, including those from differing viewpoints are most welcome. I firmly believe that if we surround ourselves and talk only with people that we agree with then intellectual and spiritual growth can be stunted.

I expect to deepen my own faith thru this blog, both from the necessity to compose my thoughts into written form but to also receive comments, pro and con, and engage in useful dialog.

Enjoy Simple Catholic Truth and I look forward to hearing from you in the comments sections.

Blessings

Tom