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Read The Cat – 1486-1540

September 6th, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (2 Comments)

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured. — St. Colette

These paragraphs of the Catechism speak extensively on suffering and how to unite one’s sufferings to the Cross of Christ. We dive into the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.

We also review briefly on the sacrament of confession. The video mentioned in the episode is here, and the other two here and here.

 

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Read The Cat 1321-1375

August 16th, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Heaven on Earth

In this episode we talk about the gift of the Holy Eucharist. John 6 and the Last Supper… yeah, it’s pretty much a party of Jesus’ sacrifice and our opportunity to receive it.

CHALLENGE: Next time you go to mass try to really take a second and journal how we can better offer our lives to Christ. What can we eliminate in order for Christ to  really come into us in the Eucharist? How can we trade our brokenness for Christ fullness of  life?

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Read The Cat – 1266-1320

August 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Confirmation

Confirmation is often misunderstood, but as one of the three sacraments of initiation it plays a key role in our spiritual lives.

Listen to this week’s episode to learn all about it. (special section for catechists and those who teach Confirmation classes)

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Read The Cat 0991-1045

July 1st, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (0 Comments)

When I have the opportunity to talk to teenagers the theme I most often unpack is that of “eternal life.” You see we have two options:

1. We can live our lives for our 72 years (if we’re lucky) and try to squeeze out every bit that the world has to offer: luxury, comfort, and fame.

2. We can live our lives for something greater, recognizing this time on earth is our opportunity to enter into eternal life.

The world has some good stuff to offer, but Pope B16 said it best, “The world offers you comfortyou were not made for comfort, but for greatness.” No matter how good we can make this life, it will never compare to eternity. The world is said to be approximately 4.58 billion years old and that’s not a fraction of eternity. Our small heads can’t fully grasp eternity, but if it could, I promise you we would be living every minute for something much greater than a Porsche.

In this episode we continue to go through the Creed as we dive into ” I believe in the resurrection of the body” and “I believe in life everlasting.” We start to unpack the paradox of death bringing life.

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Read The Cat – 0826-0880

June 9th, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Cool quote of the week: “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church” -Tertullian

Elevator Pitch: The Church is Catholic, in other words, universal.

The Church is apostolic, in it’s mission, questing to follow the same mission of the apostles.

Like 128 Floors of Elevator: The Church is for all people. Christ set out to “make disciples of all nations (MT 28).” He setup the Universal Church in order to reach out to this select group otherwise known as mankind. If you can read this post your one of the people Christ was talking about in Matthew 28. We hope and pray this message reaches you and hits your heart in a new way.

Christ shared this mission with the apostles and the apostles shared that message with the next generation and that has continued all the way down to us. Luckily unlike a long game of telephone Christ promised he would “be with us until the end (MT 28).”

 

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Read The Cat 0661-0715

May 22nd, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (0 Comments)

We continue to work through the Creed. This is really forcing us to think about what we say when we are saying/praying the Creed. Here is a video Likable Art did about the Creed.

In this episode, special guest Pete Campagna joins me as we prepare for my wedding.

Elevator Pitch: Christ has the right to judge, yet he didn’t come to judge, but to save and to give life. We judge ourselves and the only way we go to hell is if we reject God.

You can’t know God without the Holy Spirit.

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Read The Cat 0496-0550

April 28th, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (2 Comments)

Elevator Pitch: God works intentionally. Mary was chosen by God and set aside to be different than everyone else. Christ’s Kingdom is here and now, booyeah!

The whole ball of yarn: We talk about three things in this episode: Mary and her attributes, the mystery’s of Christ early life, and the Kingdom of God.

The Lord works with purpose, and when were talking about His one and only Son, nothing was going to get past Him. Mary was a virgin, so Christ could be conceived by the Holy Spirit and God would be Christ’s one and only Father. Mary is the new Eve, mother of the living. she freely cooperated with the Lord.

No less attention was given to the early life of Christ. The Bible only gives a brief glimpse into the life of Christ and grants us what is necessary for our salvation. Every story shared serves a very specific purpose. God began the fulfillment of His kingdom through Christ’s death and resurrection. We as the Church are the seed, the beginning of that kingdom.

 

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Read The Cat 0331-0385

April 6th, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Special Good Friday Episode. We were purrrrchased fur a great price.

Elevator Pitch: God created the heavens and the earth and it was good. Then he created man and it was very good.

A blessed and solemn Good Friday to you all. Please take some time today to reflect on the passion of Christ wherever you may be today, and how that event so dearly effects your life today. We have fun and joke around a lot on this podcast, but hopefully when we get back around to something serious it all comes back to these three days of Christ’s passion, death, and (spoiler alert) resurrection.

This episode parallels nicely with the triduum (Evening of Holy Thursday to Easter). We have the opportunity to talk a bit about the First supper and the roll the angels play. We dive into man’s creation, and get a hint of of how Christ has redeemed our nature through His passion death and resurrection.

Man was made for Heaven and God continues to tiresly work to bring us into His presence. This Easter we have the opportunity to recognize and except that gift in a new way. We can enter into a relationship with Christ in a way we’ve never known. Today we are praying for your Good Friday and your fasting and hope that your Easter is blessed.

As promised here’s the Matt Maher Song: Heaven and Earth, that goes along so nicely with today’s episode.

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Read The Cat 0221-0275

March 23rd, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (0 Comments)

I hate mice, yarn and the devil (I want to punch them all).

Elevator Pitch/Takeaway:

The backbone of our Faith, The Trinity, three persons in one God. It’s a mystery so we can’t really know what that means, right? The Church sure isn’t going to give up that easy. Paragraphs 0221-0275 digs into the mystery and gives the skinny on the Trinity

Breaking it Down:

In the Old Testament we recognize God as Father. He’s the Father of the Israelites and the Father the Creator. In the New Testament we get a whole new understanding of God’s Fatherhood as well as the other two parts of the Trinity. While we can know a higher being exists through natural reason we can only know the truth of the Trinity through God’s revelation.

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Read The Cat 0056-0110

March 2nd, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (4 Comments)

Hey meow, it’s time for new episode.

Paragraphs: 0056-0110

Elevator Pitch/Take away:
God has revealed Himself, not only so we can know that He exists, but so we can know Him intimately through His divine Son. He gave us the Sacred Scriptures, Sacred Tradition, and the Magesterium to effectively pass down this revelation.

Break’n it down:
In today’s podcast we dive into Chapter two: God Come to Meet Man. “By natural reason man can know God” (CCC 50) That’s quite the statement to start this chapter. We go through the revelation and covenants of the old testament, which all build up to Jesus. While, through the prophets, God gradually revealed Himself, and his likeness, God has said everything through His Son Jesus Christ. There will be no further public revelation.

Once we’ve talked a bit about what God has revealed, the Catechism speaks of how it was revealed. The Sacred deposit has been passed down orally, and in writing, through tradition, and through the scriptures. The Magesterium, which is the teaching office of the Church, is the servant of this Sacred deposit. The Magesterium through the Holy Spirit has been entrusted the duty to interpret the Word of God authentically. The Magesterium, Sacred Tradition, and Sacred Scriptures, are a three legged stool; one cannot stand without the other two.

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