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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.

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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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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 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.”

Continue Reading…

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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 – 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 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.

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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 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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