The Case for Catholicism – Dare to Follow the Evidence

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  • “The Case for Christ” was a 1998 non-fiction novel by Atheist-turned-Christian investigative journalist Lee Strobel. A movie adaptation of this best-selling book was released in theaters April 7th, 2017.
  • The Atheist Lee Strobel undertakes to disprove the Resurrection of Jesus Christ (and thus debunk Christianity entirely) by honestly, systematically and rigorously examining the physical evidence for the Resurrection.
  • Using his highly refined research and analysis skills, Lee examines the Resurrection story from many perspectives including the authenticity of the Bible, methods and effectiveness of a Roman crucifixion, the psychology of mass hallucinations, archaeology and theology.
  • SPOILER ALERT: In the end, Lee is overwhelmed by the consistency and irrefutable nature of the evidence and concludes that, as a matter of fact, the Resurrection of Christ did occur. Shortly thereafter he converts to Christianity.
  • I saw this movie a couple of days ago and shared a positive reaction to the presentation and Christian message with many in the audience.
  • That said, as the credits rolled past, I wondered how many of my Protestant brothers and sisters in the audience would accept an investigative challenge to their particular faith as Lee Strobel did? How many would ever examine their beliefs and practices in light of the complete 2000 year history of Christianity and let the evidence lead them where it may?

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Judas Iscariot – Faithful Apostle or Traitor?

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  • Judas Iscariot was chosen by Christ as one of the original twelve Apostles
  • By all Biblical accounts prior to the Passion, Judas was a faithful student and disciple of Jesus
  • But Judas betrayed Jesus to Caiaphas which led to the Crucifixion
  • Judas is pure evil, right?
  • Is the story of Judas only about Judas Iscariot?

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I’m Giving Up Lent This Year… for Lent

Simple Catholic Snapshots
  • Lent is the 40 Day season prior to Easter
  • Lent is the time to unify ourselves with Christ, preparing for His death and Resurrection
  • Traditional practices include “giving up” something as an act of penance.
  • This year, how about “adding on” something?
  • Let’s make Lent a season of personal giving… sacrificing ourselves for others.

 

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Suffering – Evidence for Atheism or a Call to Faith?

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:

  • Suffering in the world is unquestionably real.
  • Some reject God altogether because the world contains suffering.
  • Even people of faith struggle to understand.
  • How  can we possibly reconcile suffering in light of God’s loving mercy?
  • Evil and suffering stem from the free will choices of Adam and Eve.
  • Our suffering can be transformative – uniting us with Christ.
  • The mystery remains – Only through faith can we endure. 

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Perfect Love Requires Three – Unlocking the Mystery of The Trinity

The Simple Catholic Snapshots:
  • There is only One God
  • God is LoveTrinity
  • A Lover needs a Beloved, therefore there are at least two Persons in One God
  • Love is Perfected when it is Given in Complete Self-Sacrifice
  • God’s Love is Perfect
  • Therefore, there are Three Persons in One God, Each Giving Perfect Self-Giving Love to the Others

 

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Catholic Church – A Quick Tour, Part 3

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This is the final of a three-part series, where SimpleCatholicTruth takes you on a short tour of a typical Catholic Church. In the first post that you can find HERE, we opened the doors, entered the church and looked forward across the nave and to the sanctuary. In part two (find HERE) we looked around the side and back walls to see the Ambry, Confessional and Stations of the Cross. Today we return to the Sanctuary, the center of the house of God and of our Sacramental liturgy. 

  • The Altar – The place of Christ’s eternal Sacrifice and New Covenant
  • Candles – Honoring the Light of the World
  • Crucifix – The Agape Love of our Incarnate God
  • Presider’s Chair – The Role of Christ on Earth
  • Ambo – Proclaiming the Word of God
  • Credence Table – The Sacred Vessels
  • Incense – Prayers of the Faithful
  • Tabernacle/Candle – God dwells with us.
  • Monstrance – The Body and Blood of Christ

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Catholic Church – A Quick Tour, Part 2

Simple Catholic Snapshots

This is part two of a three-part series, where SimpleCatholicTruth takes you on a short tour of a typical Catholic Church. In the first post that you can find HERE, we opened the doors, entered the church and looked forward across the nave and to the sanctuary. Today we will turn around and look at the back and side walls to see what other parts of our church draw us closer to God.

  • The Holy Water Font – Where we recall our Baptism
  • The Ambry – A repository for the Oils used in the Sacraments
  • Sacred Images – Art that inspires worship of God
  • The Confessional -The place of Divine forgiveness.
  • Stations of the Cross – A devotion to Christ’s passion

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Catholic Church – A Quick Tour

Simple Catholic Snapshots

This is part one of a three-part series, where SimpleCatholicTruth takes you on a short tour of a typical Catholic Church. The building layout, the content, symbols and worship practices all point to the fact that this is a sacred building designated and consecrated for divine worship.

  • The Doors & Vestibule – The transition from the outside world to God’s dwelling place on earth.
  • The Sanctuary – The focus of the church and our worship. Contains the altar where the sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated and the offerings of bread and wine are consecrated into the real Body and Blood of Christ.
  • The Nave (with Pews) – The assembly area for all participants. While sitting, standing or kneeling,  the posture of our bodies reflects proper reverence to the risen Lord.
  • Baptismal Font – The location of our first Sacrament where we became adopted children of God.
  • Blessed Sacrament Chapel / Tabernacle – God dwells among us and here the physical body and blood of our risen Lord resides 24 hours per day.
  • Choir – Proper praise and worship includes music and song.

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Ephesians – Discover Your Inheritance

I want to announce and invite everyone to our newest Bible study class at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church. It is called Ephesians – Discover Your Inheritance. This newest 8-week class from Ascension Press once again features Jeff Cavins, creator of the immensely popular Bible Timeline series. This time, Jeff walks us through St. Paul’s wonderful letter to the ancient Church in Ephesus.

Ephesians is all about living our faith as a Church, as members of the Body of Christ. As parents and children, husbands and wives, we are all part of Christ. St. Paul uses this short letter to clarify our relationship with God, and each other, and what a life in Christ should be.

Our class runs for 8 Wednesday nights, from 7:15 – 8:45 p.m. and will begin February 1st. [Ash Wednesday excepted]

Go to Ascension Press by clicking HERE, and register now! The cost is only $19.95 and your student workbook will be sent directly to your home.

In case you’re still unsure, here is a short introductory video on the class…

Don’t wait, register NOW… join us Wednesday, Feb 1st and discover Your Inheritance!

Should Catholics Hold Hands During the Our Father? Take the Poll!

Simple Catholic Snapshots:
  • It is a common practice, but not universal, to hold hands when reciting the Our Father during Mass
  • Some people hold hands, some do not.
  • Some people want to hold hands, some do not.
  • Below, I’ll briefly list some pros and cons of this practice.
  • At the end, please take the informal SimpleCatholicTruth poll and see how you measure up with other SCT readers.

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