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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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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!

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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.

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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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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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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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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.”

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March 9th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (3 Comments)

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There are some delicious morsels of truth in these 55 paragraphs. I included a few of my favorite quotes.

Elevator Pitch/Take away:
Sacred Scripture was a product of Tradition through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and faith is a gift and will never contradict science.

Break’n it down:
This week we look at Scripture and faith. There is a great quote from Augustine, “ But I would not believe in the Gospel, had not the authority of the Catholic Church already moved me.” (CCC 119) When we look at Scriptures, we need to look at it as one, full body of work. expired domain list . Each passage should be read in context of the Bible as a whole and the Gospels are the heart. We need to continue to read the Bible to grow in our faith.

Faith is a gift and we aren’t forced to believe. Faith and science will always be united. “God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth.” (CCC 159) And “faith is already the beginning of eternal life.” (CCC 163)

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

Hey meow, it’s time for new episode.

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

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

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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.

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