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Read The Cat 1596-1650

September 14th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Marriage. Marriage is what brings us together today.

Today we wrap up the Holy Orders summary and jump into the sacrament of marriage.

The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman, and, like the Trinitarian love of God, the love in a marriage is fruitful!

“Marriage helps to overcome self-absorption, egoism, pursuit of one’s own pleasure, and to open oneself to the other, to mutual aid and to self-giving.” -CCC 1609 (maybe we should put that in the vows!)

Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana is the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and it proclaims that marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence.

Marriage isn’t for everyone. From the beginning of the Church, men and women have renounced the great good of marriage to follow Jesus. Certain persons are invited to follow Him in this way of life of which he remains the model. Virginity for the sake of the Kingdom.

You should go to confession before you get married. Try it, you’ll like it!

Then we talk about 3 types of marriage.

  1. Between two Catholics
  2. Between a Catholic and baptized, non-Catholic (mixed marriage)
  3. Between a Catholic and a non-Christian (Disparity of cult)

And for more info on annulments and divorce, you are going to have to listen to the podcast… or Read the Cat!

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Read The Cat – 1431-1485

August 24th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Get your confession on!

This is all about Penance and the Sacrament of Confession.

Interior penance is all about fasting, prayer and almsgiving . . . and not shaving . . . OK, you can shave if you have to.

Reading sacred scripture, praying the liturgy of the hours and the Our Father, and every sincere act of worship or devotion drive us to conversion and contribute to the forgiveness of our sins.

Sin is first and foremost an offense against God, but also damages the communion with the Church. We need forgiveness from both.

Going into confession we need to have a contrition: sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again (1451).

More on Catholic Confession here if you were curious: http://www.catholic.com/tracts/the-forgiveness-of-sins

 

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Read The Cat – 1156-1210

July 20th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Liturgy and diversity.

Continued from last week, we talk about the how, when, and where of liturgy.

How:

  • Singing and Music – A treasure of inestimable value
    • Combination of sacred music and words
    • “Singing is praying twice” – St. Augustine
    • Texts must always be in conformity with Catholic doctrine and they should be drawn chiefly from the Sacred Scripture and from liturgical sources.
  • Sacred Images – represent Christ
    • Even images of the saints signify Christ, who is glorified in them.

When:

  • Once each week on Sundays – The Lord’s Day: The day of the Christian family, and the day of joy and rest from work.
  • Also over the course of an annual schedule full of seasons
    • Easter is the Feast of feasts or the Solemnity of solemities. The combination of Mentos and Diet Coke.
  • Constantly through the Liturgy of the Hours, AKA: Divine Office
    • Laity, too, are encouraged to recite the divine office (see links below)

Where:

  • Not in any one place but wherever the people gather.
  • The Church building is important, however. They contain the following:
    • Alter – The Cross is the alter of the new covenant. It is the center of the church.
    • Tabernacle – Should be in a most worthy place with the greatest honor.
    • Sacred Chrism – Oil used for anointings. reserved and venerated in a secure place in the sanctuary.
    • Chair (Cathedra) of the bishop or priest should express his office
    • Lectern (Ambo) – suitable place for announcing His message.
    • Baptistry or holy water font – should remind us of our baptism
    • There should be a place for confessions
    • And the church should be a space for recollection and silent prayer.
In addition to all this, we begin a new section that talks about the diversity within liturgy. It is great and important but must promote unity.
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Pray the Liturgy of the Office: Divine Office Website - Universalis WebsiteAndroid App – iOS App

Or, the $20 app that I haven’t tried: AndroidiOS

Or, you can always buy the book(s).

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Read The Cat 1101-1155

July 13th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Light and darkness, wind and fire, water and earth, the tree and its fruit speak of God and symbolize both his greatness and his nearness. (CCC 1147)

We continue to talk about the Holy Spirit, who gives spiritual understanding to the Word of God.

Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Pascal mystery of Christ is celebrated, not repeated at Mass. The HS turns the bread into the body of Christ and wine into the Blood of Christ during the “epiclesis” (a vocab word that probably won’t ever help you on Jeopardy).

The Pascal Mystery is present in the 7 sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. These are instituted by Jesus Christ. Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders leave an indelible seal which means that they can never be repeated.

The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, build up the body of Christ and to give worship to God. It nourishes, strengthens and expresses our faith! They are independent of the personal holiness of the minister but the fruits of the sacraments depend on the disposition of the one who receives them (CCC 1128).

Sacramental Celebration of the Paschal Mystery

  • Who celebrates the liturgy?
  • How is the liturgy celebrated?
  • When is the liturgy celebrated?
  • Where is the liturgy celebrated?

Who: heavenly powers, all creation, servants of the Old and New Covenants, new People of God (especially martyrs), Mother of God, Brode of the Lamb, and a great multitude which no one could number from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tounges….. [catch your breathe].

How: Through signs and symbols like language, gestures, and actions – - these are the same ways we communicate with other men. Through the Liturgy of the Word, which is an integral part of the sacramental celebrations!

For more, stop by next week!

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Catechism Software

June 29th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Update - (0 Comments)

Hey, check out this post about new software with the Catechism. Not crazy cheap but crazy great reference tool!

http://brandonvogt.com/2012/06/logos-releases-first-ever-catechism-mobile-app.html

Read The Cat 0936-0990

June 22nd, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Favorite quote: “Faith is a treasure of life which is enriched by being shared.” -CCC 949

Or maybe this one: “There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive.” -CCC

We need to share our faith and our stuffs too! All Christians should be ready and eager to help the needy as we are all part of the Communion of Saints (AKA: Church).

The three stages of the church are Pilgrams on earth (Church Militant), then we die and are purified (Church Suffering), and finally we live in glory (Church Triumphant). The Saints don’t cease to intercede with the Father for us, so we should ask for their prayers! Duh! But then we can return the favor and pray for the dead because this helps them but also makes their intercession for us effective! (Go ahead, look it up if you don’t believe it – CCC 958)

Mary aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers and she becomes known as the “expemplary realization” of the Church. Her intercessions brings us the gifts of eternal salvation earning her the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress and Mediatrix.

Take that, spell check!

This doesn’t obscure or diminish the unique mediation of Christ but rather shows its power.

This is the guy who had the power to forgive sins and passes it on to the Apostles along with the Holy Spirit saying, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven.” (Jn 20:22-23)

Baptism kicks off our path towards regular forgiveness by uniting us with Christ, but it is the sacrament of Penance that reconciles us with God and with the Church.

Briefly mentioned: We will have a bodily resurrection…. join us next time for more on this!

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Read The Cat – 0771-0825

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Holy Spirit, One, Ho…

Cool quote of the week: Mary is the bride without spot or wrinkle. “This is why the Marian dimension of the Church precedes the Petrine.” CCC 773

The Church is both human and divine. The People of God are of God, not members by birth but reborn through faith and baptism. We are messianic. Our law is to love like Christ and destiny is the Kingdom of God.

We participate in the Priest, Prophet and King of the anointing that Jesus has.

The Church is the body and Christ is the head of that body. Jesus is the bridegroom and we, the Church are the bride.

The Holy Spirit works by God’s Word, by Baptism, by the sacraments, by the grace of the apostles, by the virtues and by the many special graces.

We are a: One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.

ONE:

  • great richness and diversity is not opposed to the church’s unity
  • profession of one faith
  • common celebration of divine worship
  • apostolic succession
  • Human sin is always the cause of any separation
  • Called to unity through renewal of the Church, conversion of heart, prayer in common, fraternal knowledge of each other, ecumenical formation, dialogue, collaboration (must place our hope in God because it is out of our power)

HOLY:

  • The Church is the “holy people of God”
  • The members are Saints by the grace of God

… to be continued next week …

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Read The Cat 0606-0660

May 11th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

The Pascal Mystery is quite mysterious!

Elevator Pitch: Christ died by his own free will, descended into hell to free the just and rose.

The whole shabang: Christ’s whole life is an offering to the Father. His death is a sign of his love while completing and surpassing all other sacrifices. Jesus substittues his obediece for our disobedience.

No other human could offer such a sacrafice. It was because of Christ’s divinity that he could offer himself as a sacrifice for all. We are called to take up our own cross and follow him. Sacrifice is part of following in the footsteps of Jesus.

At Christ’s death, his soul was separated from his flesh. He descended into hell to free the just who had gone before him.

The empty tomb is not proof of the Resurection, but it is a sign. Christ has the same body but it is glorified. Unlike others who have risen from the dead, this divine resurrection will not die again and is in another life beyond time and space!

CCC 651: The resurrection above all constitutes the confirmation of all Christ’s works and teachings.

This is the source of our future resurrection!

 

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Read The Cat 0441-0495

April 20th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (1 Comments)

Join us with special guest, Nick Padley, as the bells from the elevator outside our hotel room ding (yes, now you will be distracted by the dings in the podcast).

Elevator Pitch: Jesus is the Son of God and the son of Mary. True God and true man. Fully God and fully man.

The Yarn-ball Unraveled: The Trinity is a mystery but we attempt to crack it open here as we discuss that Jesus is the Son of God. We are also sons and daughters of God but in a different way. sites list He says, “my father” but instructs us to pray, “our father.” The Word became flesh for us men and for our salvation but more specifically:

  1. in order to save us by reconciling us with God (457)
  2. so that thus we might know God’s love (458)
  3. to be our model of holiness (459) – love one another as I have loved you
  4. to make us partakers of the divine nature (460)
“What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn its faith in Christ (487).” The dogma of the Immaculate Conception teaches that she was born without original sin, meaning she didn’t have concupiscence, meaning she didn’t have the inclination to sin. She still had free will but her will was perfectly aligned with God’s!

Nick Padley:

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Read The Cat 0276-0330

March 30th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

God made everything out of nothing. Using some of that stuff, I made a podcast.

Elevator Pitch/Takeaway:
The Creed begins with the belief in God and then, quickly talks about Creation. “Creation is the foundation of ‘all God’s saving plans,’ the ‘beginning of the history of salvation (CCC 280 – GCD 51).’”

Breaking it Down:
God, the whole Holy Trinity, created everything out of nothing. In His divine wisdom, he gave us free choice, but can still bring about good from our bad choices. The story of creation is more than just knowing when and how the universe was made, it is the meaning behind it. Understanding why there is evil in the world requires that we understand all of Christianity, it is so embedded in our faith.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen 1:1),” expresses three truths:

  1. the eternal God gave a beginning to all that exists outside of himself
  2. He alone is Creator
  3. the totality of what exists depends on the One who gives it being (CCC 290)

Just as God is able to make light shine in darkness, he can also give the light of faith to those who do not yet know him (CCC 298).

More info on creation vs. evolution at Catholic.com

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