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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 – 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 – 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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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 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 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 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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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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