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”

Wonder Woman of the Ages – The Blessed Virgin Mary

Simple Catholic Snapshots
  • The Marvel Comic Wonder Woman was created and published in 1941.
  • A demigoddess, the Marvel Comic Wonder Woman was formed from clay and given life and superhuman powers by the Greek gods.
  • The Marvel Comic Wonder Woman (a.k.a Diana Prince) helped found the Justice League to fight crime and promote social justice.
  • The original Wonder Woman was born 2000 years ago.
  • A humble Jewish girl, she was born to human parents Joachim and Anne.
  • With a simple “yes”, this original Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Theotokos) brought perfect justice into the world.

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The Basketball Reformation: Fact or Fiction?

Our story really begins about 200 years ago in a small Midwestern country village. A young 30-something visionary started getting a lot of positive press after making premier wines and pioneering some astonishing medical cures. The people of the times were restless, not satisfied with the old humdrum pastimes of baseball and cornhole so the visionary went into action. He recognized the need for a new game, one that would take the world by storm and promise years and years of enjoyment. He nailed a wooden peach basket to a tree, basketball was founded, and people began to follow the game with a passion.

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Post-Resurrection Appearances of Jesus Christ

Simple Catholic Snapshots
  • In the movie “The Case for Christ”, Lee Strobel states that Jesus appeared to over 500 people after the Resurrection.
  • The Gospel readings at Easter and the readings this week from Acts recount multiple appearances, but don’t seem to add up to anything close to 500.
  • Since Paul makes it very clear (and Lee Strobel recognized), that if Christ was not raised, then our Christian faith is in vain (1 Cor 15:17), then it seemed more than prudent to take a closer look.
  • Therefore, I investigated and logged the Scriptural accounts of Jesus’ post-Resurrection appearances.
  • I did in fact find New Testament accounts in Scripture where Jesus appeared to over 500 people.
  • In the post below, I present a quick summary of these appearances, the locations and where the Scriptural references can be found.
  • The Case for Christ is pretty strong!

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The Case for Catholicism – Dare to Follow the Evidence

Simple Catholic Snapshots
  • “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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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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