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Read The Cat – 1541-1595

September 7th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

This week we are talking about the Priesthood!!!

Take away: The sacraments of Holy Orders were instituted by Christ and these orders are gifted to men who serve the Church in a profound way.

Beginning on paragraph 1541 the Cat gives us a taste of the different prayers used during the ordinations of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.

At each of these ordinations the language used during the sacrament reflects the history from which each ordained office fulfills it’s old testament counterpart. For Bishops the correlation goes back to the descendants of Abraham were chosen to minister to the lord in the sanctuary, for priests the correlation goes back to the sons of Aaron who shared in the spirit of moses, and for deacons the correlation is drawn to the sons of Levi.
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Read The Cat – 1376-1420

August 17th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Eucharist, Tabernacles, Faith and Sacraments of Healing… now on Read The Cat!


Read The Cat – 1211-1265

July 31st, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Baptise!!!! This week’s all about Baptism!


Read The Cat 1046-1100

July 6th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

New York, the cosmos and the conclusion of the Profession of Faith. Liturgy: Paschal Mystery and the Trinity. Giddy up!

The world will be renewed at the Final Judgement, the whole world, Cosmos included.

Amen affirms that we do in-fact believe in the words of the Profession of Faith; a fitting end cap to our statement of faith which begins with “I believe in…”

We come to know God, Christ and the Holy Spirit in Liturgy and it’s a beautiful thing.


Read The Cat 0881-0935

June 14th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Elevator Pitch: The Pope, following in the succession of Peter, is the head of the Church instituted by Christ. The bishops are given authority and lead their flocks under the guidance of the Pope. Lay people are awesome, and are guided by their bishop (who is guided by the Pope).

Submarine Toss: (Submarine Toss doesn’t actually make much sense, but never mind that)

We pick up this week’s RTC where Cory left off – Apostolic Succession! Which means we get to chat about my favorite saint, Pope, fisherman, and personality of the bible – Peter. In Matthew 16 Jesus names Peter as the “Rock.”

The scripture says: “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.” I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” With this statement the foundation was laid for the Church – Paragraph 881: the pastoral office of Peter and the other apostles belongs to the Church’s very foundation and is continued by the bishops under the primacy of the Pope.”

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Read The Cat 0716-0770

May 24th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Shorty McShort Stuff:

The Spirit – John the Baptist, Mary, and Jesus all had it. The Spirit is dynamic and integral to our faith and the Church wouldn’t be the Church without the Spirit.

Longest Rundown of Your Life (on multiple pages):

Section IV: The Spirit of Christ in the fullness of Time
This section begins with John the Baptist, the forerunner of the coming Lord, who, by virtue of being sent from God was “filled with the holy spirit even from his mother’s womb.” So even though the Spirit had not yet descended upon the world, John carried with him the spirit of God.

Then in paragraph 721 the CCC talks about Mary the ever-virgin Mother of God, the “dwelling place” where the Son of God and the Holy Spirit could dwell among men. Mary was in herself full of grace, having been conceived immaculately without sin. She was the perfect vessel to carry Christ and the Spirit of God to the earth and she was a perfect and remarkable mother and person all around. The CCC points out a really interesting point that I hadn’t considered, but makes beautiful sense: Mary is the gate through which humans come into communion with Christ in the world…. Click on the page numbers below to continue reading.


Read The Cat 0551-0605

May 4th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Elevator Pitch: Jesus equipped Peter and the other disciples with all that the would need to spread the Gospel, in this hand-over James, John, and Peter join Jesus on top of a mountain where things turn bright white, God speaks from the heavens and things get a little crazy. The CCC defends Jesus for causing such a stir among the religious, social, and political leaders of the day. This podcast wraps up with a look into who is at “fault” for Jesus’ trial, sentencing and crucifixion – as it turns out, anyone who has ever sinned is at fault and get this… Jesus died so that we all might be forgiven. Everyone. No exceptions.

The Pitch from Center Field:
The readings this week start with Jesus ordaining Peter with the keys to heaven, the power to bind and loose, and charges him with the task of feeding his sheep. As Jesus prepares for his crucifixion he takes Peter, James, and John up to the mountain for a meeting with Elijah and Moses and there he is transfigured to dazzling white and the voice of God declares Jesus’ divinity and authority saying “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” St. Thomas Aquinas wrote: “On the threshold of the public life: the baptism; on the threshold of the Passover: the Transfiguration.” The Catechism goes on then to discuss Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem which wraps up article three, His birth and life. Now on to Article 4 as we move through the Profession of Faith: Jesus Christ suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried.

This, while it’s the most difficult part of the Gospels for many reasons, is crucial to our fully appreciating the works of God and our salvation as his people. Paragraph 571… Click on the “page” links below to continue reading!


Read The Cat 0386-0420

April 12th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Elevator Pitch:Original sin, sin, and Satan are real, thus the importance of Christ who redeems us.

The Rundown: This week we are talking about Sin AKA “humanity’s rejection of God and opposition to him” p.386   Divine revelation sheds light on our relationship to God and shows us that as God’s created people, we have been made capable of loving Him and one another – sin is an abuse of that freedom. To break this open we start at original sin. It was Adam’s original sin that set us on the course to need Christ’s salvation. The Church reads the account of “The Fall” from Genesis 3 as figurative language about a real event, there was a fall and we have original sin. That sin is “contracted” generation after generation in the sense that we are each descendants of Adam whose choice deprived humanity of original holiness and justice, however original sin is not “committed” at birth, it is “a state and not an act.”  The remainder of the paragraphs look at The Profession of Faith’s “I believe in Jesus Christ, the only Son of God.” The paragraphs examine the name of Jesus and the importance of Christ to us as Christians today and the importance of Christ in light of the Old Testament.


Read The Cat 0166-0220

March 16th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (1 Comments)

Meow, meow, meow, meow, bacon.

Elevator Pitch/Takeaway:
We share a faith in God that is both personal and at the same time corporal as our faith is united with the rest of the Church. When we profess that faith we profess what we believe and what the Church collectively believes. God chose to reveal his name (or names) to us and through that we have come to understand a bit about God and his nature.

Breaking it Down:
While the church is made of many people, each on their own journey of faith, the church collectively has one faith, and as St. Irenaeus points out the church, though scattered through the world has but “a single heart, a unanimous voice” and dwells “in but a single house.” We have come to believe in “God, the father almighty, creator of heaven and earth” and we have come to know things about God in the way he revealed himself and his name to us through scripture.  St. Cyril of Jerusalem points out that the Creed which is the synthesis and symbol of faith “was not made to accord with human opinions… but presents the one teaching of the faith in its entirety.”


Read The Cat Paragraphs: 0001-0055

February 24th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (3 Comments)

First Friday in Lent and First 55 chapters of the CCC.

Paragraphs: 0001-0055

Elevator Pitch/Take away:
The Catechism is a statement of what we believe as Catholics. God created us purely out of love and while he reveals himself to us in various ways, we come to know him through nature, reasoning, and the human person. Because of God’s love for us, our greatest fulfillment comes in knowing, loving and serving him.

Break’n it down:
This week’s episode begins with the Prologue which explains the following: The Catechism is a statement on the Church’s beliefs with regard to faith and morals. The Catechism typically gets revised after Vatican Councils, synods of bishops (and in exceedingly rare circumstances, Papal birthday parties). We have the Catechism so we can come to know, love, and serve God more wholly, and catechise others in the faith. The Catechism gets its content and teachings from Sacred Scripture, the Church fathers, Liturgy, and the Magesterium.

All of the teachings of the Catechism are structured around four pillars: the baptismal profession of faith (the Creed), the sacraments of the faith (there are seven of them, but you knew that already), the life of faith (the Commandments), and the prayer of the believer (the Lord’s Prayer).

Section One – The Profession of Faith
Chapter one: Man’s Capacity for God
This examines how we desire and come to know him, and our ability or inability to speak about him.  Through nature, the human person (made in God’s image and likeness), and our ability to reason God’s existence, we come to know God.

Chapter two – God Comes to Meet Man
Through divine revelation God reveals himself and his mercy to man. After the fall of Adam and Eve, God could have abandoned us, but instead he revealed to us a plan for salvation and promise of redemption; in revealing himself he invites us to know and respond to him.