Category: Christianity

For the Poor

I want a Church that is poor and for the poor. People with nothing have so much to teach us. In their difficulties they experience the suffering Christ. Scripture Though he was rich, our Lord Jesus Christ became poor for

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Mary is Our Guide

Mary, Virgin and Mother; help us to bear radiant witness to generous faith, justice, and love of the poor; that the joy of the gospel may reach the ends of the earth. Scripture I am the Handmaid of the Lord;

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Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen?

How can God be good, but allow bad things to happen? Fr. Mike Schmitz tackles one of the toughest questions religious believers must answer.  

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Why Be Catholic and Not Just Christian?

There are many similarities and differences between the Catholic Church and the Protestant denominations. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz narrows the differences down to one thing that really sets Catholicism apart from other Christian Churches: authoritative teaching.  

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What You Should Know About Purgatory

What is meant by the final purification? Understanding the Catholic notion of purgatory requires knowing the difference between a temporal consequence and an eternal consequence; this difference has nothing to do with damnation and salvation. Some people reject the idea

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Commandments of the Church

Did you know that in addition to the 10 commandments there are an additional 5 “Commandments of the Church”. But there used to be more, or less. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commandments_of_the_Church Read about the history of the “Commandments of the Church” and write

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The Apostle’s Creed

  I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified,

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The Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God

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Give Advice to a Trusted Friend

“Make big things from small beginnings.” First Read Titus. Titus 1 Titus 2 Titus 3   The letter from Paul to Titus is very short and was written (around 66 AD) to a Church leader who did not become very

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God in Our Family Life

Consider the following excerpt from Amoris Laetitia by Pope Francis: Love rejoices with others 109. The expression chaírei epì te adikía[“rejoice over wrongdoing”] (1 Cor 13:6) has to do with a negativity lurking deep within a person’s heart. It is

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The Central Logic of Christianity

In this Bishop Barron video, he lays out the argument about what is the “central logic of Christianity.” Watch the video: pause, rewind, watch again, question, research, read scripture, note, start again, pause, note some more. Write a post in

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Who First Proposed the Big Bang Theory?

Georges Lemaître. Duncan Aikman of the New York Times spotlighted Lemaitre’s view in 1933: “‘There is no conflict between religion and science,’ Lemaïtre has been telling audiences over and over again in this country …. His view is interesting and

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2018 Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith, and Vocational Discernment

Bishop Dowd of Montreal wrote the following while participating in the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment in Rome in October 2018: The 4 basic questions I believe constitute the corners and edges that anchor the

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CCCB Reiterates Objections to Recreational Cannabis Legalization

Source: CCCB The Catholic Church for its part continues to underline the ethical problems involved with the recreational use and abuse of this drug: the negative risks that impact on psychological and physical health, the growing problems of a society

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Multiple “Signs” of Intelligence in the Bible

Read about Howard Gardner’s eight “signs” of intelligence (and at wikipedia). Consider the first seven intelligences for this activity: Spatial – picture smart Bodily-Kinesthetic – body smart Musical – music smart Linguistic – word smart Logical-mathematical – number smart Interpersonal

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Is Hell Crowded or Empty?

 

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A Personal Invitation

I invite all of you who follow Jesus, wherever you are, to spend time every day renewing your personal relationship with him, letting him touch your hearts. Scripture As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you. Abide

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The 10th Commandment

Read about all Ten Commandments: Read both versions of the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:3-10 and Luke 6:20-26 For this task, pay special attention to the 10th Commandment and the first Beatitude in Matthew and Luke. 1. Create a visual

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The Myth of Catholic Irrationality

Read and respond to The Church Opposes Science: The Myth of Catholic Irrationality by Christopher Kaczor. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s),

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Freedom of Conscience, Tudor Style

Read and respond to Freedom of Conscience, Tudor Style by Sean Murphy. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your own arguments

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Who’s on First?

Read and respond to Who’s on First? by J. Budziszewski. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your own arguments – agreeing

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The Reasons to Believe

Read and respond to The Reasons to Believe by Peter Kreeft. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your own arguments –

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The Problem of Evil

Read and respond to The Problem of Evil by Peter Kreeft. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your own arguments –

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It can’t be wrong if it doesn’t hurt anyone

Read and respond to It can’t be wrong if it doesn’t hurt anyone by J. Budziszewski. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s),

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Faith and Reason

Read and respond to Faith and Reason by Peter Kreeft. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your own arguments – agreeing

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What’s Good About Sex?

Read and respond to What’s Good About Sex? by J. Budziszewski. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your own arguments –

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Can You Prove That God Exists?

Read and respond to Can You Prove That God Exists? by Peter Kreeft. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your own

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Can we be good without God?

Read and respond to Can we be good without God? by J. Budziszewski. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your own

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Science and Religion

Read and respond to Science and Religion by Peter Kreeft. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your own arguments – agreeing

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The Argument from the Divinity of Christ

Read and respond to The Argument from the Divinity of Christ by Peter Kreeft. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your

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Exposing Relativism: Three Stories

Read and respond to Exposing Relativism: Three Stories by J. Budziszewski. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your own arguments –

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Who is Jesus?

Read and respond to Who is Jesus? by Peter Kreeft. Write a post in your iblog in which you demonstrate an understanding of the main point(s), relates an idea(s) from the reading to another text(s), offer your own arguments – agreeing

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Noise, Noise, Noise.

Sometimes a good villain makes a good point. Recall the Grinch’s hatred for all the noise on Christmas morning. For many of us, it is in the build up to Christmas that we get annoyed by the noise, the pushy

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The Sacramentality of the Present Moment

Read Mark 13:33-37 What if every moment were one in which we might meet our God? What might we notice? How might we act?   Extra: Jean Pierre de Caussade invites us into what he calls “the sacramentality of the

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A Closer Look: Peace vs Just War

Over the centuries, the Catholic Church has developed a teaching on peace and just war. Peace: CCC 2304 Peace, it states, is the result of justice and charity. One must always be a creator of peace and reconciliation. Just War: CCC 2309

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Make It Your Own: The Beatitudes

Read the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-10. Who are the people in your life who show you examples of each of these “Be Attitudes”? Write about how these people – and you – demonstrate how to live the Beatitudes.

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The Eucharist

http://www.vatican.va/evangelii-gaudium/en/files/assets/basic-html/page40.html   The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. We are to be facilitators of grace, not arbiters.

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Am I Strong Enough?

The tradition of the Catholic Church lists seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Each gift is  a part of what St. Paul calls the greatest spiritual gift – the gift of love (1 Corinthians 13:13) Wisdom “You can recognize a wise

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Who is my family?

Humanity holds a special place in this work for the world. We humans are not just statistics, we are creatures with an infinite dignity conferred on us by the Creator. So much of the discussion of climate change and how

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Conscience

Survey: [polldaddy type=”iframe” survey=”2B906FAD4C9FD372″ height=”auto” domain=”dsader” id=”conscience”] Bible Readings: Skim these Scripture passages. Pick one that appeals to you and summarize its main point, tell how it relates to the theme “Understanding Conscience”, list one or two thoughts that entered

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