The Virtues of Four Saintly Women

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  • 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?

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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?

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  • 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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The Noise of the World is Boiling our Souls

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  • The barrage is relentless
  • Slowly and imperceptibly we are dying
  • We must find a way out
  • We must become the silence

There’s an old story about how best to cook a frog. The parable points out that if you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, the frog will instantly react and jump out of the pot, thus saving his life. If, on the other hand, you place the frog into a pot of warmish water, the frog is happy enough and stays put. The parable continues that if you then start to slowly raise the temperature of the water, even to boiling, the frog will not notice and eventually will meet his demise.

So goes the story of a frog, so goes the story of our souls…

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What Catholics Must Believe – Dogma, Doctrine or Discipline?

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  • In a Previous Post, I concluded that to be a true Catholic you must:
    1) Be Validly Baptized
    2) Believe the Required Teachings of the Catholic Church, and
    3) Live a Sacramental Life in Communion with the Body of Christ – The Church.
  • The Required Teachings (#2) of the Catholic Church are called Dogmas and Doctrines
  • Dogmas and Doctrines can not change
  • Dogmas and Doctrines only apply to issues of Faith and Morals
  • Disciplines are teachings and practices that can change
  • Belief in Disciplines is optional.

In this post I’ll explore what is meant by a Dogma, a Doctrine and a Discipline. I’ll describe in concept where they come from and how they are form our faith. Finally to get specific, I’ll present a list of the 258 Dogmas of the Catholic Church (that I could find) that all the faithful must believe.

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What Does It Mean To Be Catholic?

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How would you explain Catholic Christianity to an outsider? Could you even begin to concisely describe your faith? After a bit of struggling, here is what I think it means, and what it takes, to be Catholic.

To Be Catholic Means:

  • Be Validly Baptized With the Form and Matter of Baptism as Subscribed by Jesus Christ
  • Believing and Professing the Required Teachings of the Catholic Church on Faith and Morals
  • Participate in the Communion of the Church by Living a Sacramental Life of Obedience of the Faith

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For Greater Glory: Viva Christo Rey!

A good friend of mine recently loaned me a movie entitled “For Greater Glory” which is a chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929); the grass roots response of Mexican Catholics against the oppressive atheistic Mexican government.

Normally, this might be just another shoot-em-up action movie but given the current pressures against the Catholic Church, religious freedom in the United States and the persecution of Christians in the world, this movie  represents so much more.

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The Blessed Legacy of Charlie Gard

I’m sure that by now most of you have heard the tragic story of little Charlie Gard. The medical and legal battles surrounding 11-month old Charlie have brought global attention to the meaning of life and the proper dignity of death. More specifically, the swirl has centered on the question of who determines the value of human life and who bears the burden and responsibility for making end-of-life decisions. It seems the legal maneuvering and skirmishes for temporal control of Charlie’s destiny will soon be over.  The dust will settle and we will soon begin to forget. As tragic as Charlie’s physical situation may seem to be, a real tragedy will result if we do forget and fail to learn. In this blog I would like to offer some personal commentary and observations in the case of Charlie Gard – as testimony to his precious life and its immense value. Continue reading “The Blessed Legacy of Charlie Gard”