The Catechism, cover to cover, in one year.

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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.”


Why The 8-bit Graphcis?

March 13th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Update - (0 Comments)

I’m glad you asked, Todd. OK, so no one asked, much less anyone named, “Todd.” But here’s the skinny:

In 1977, the Oakland Raiders won the Super Bowl, Gerald Ford passed the presidential torch to Jimmy Carter, snow fell in Miami, Fleetwood Mac released “Rumours,” Star Wars opened in theaters, and Atari releases the 2600 game system. I would be so bold as to say that the Atari revolutionized the video game industry. My second cousin would “lend” us his long after its prime and I would play games with the joystick and mysteriously burn through power adapters. The games were very simple, yet addictive, and challenging, and if I were honest with myself, I knew why my parents never bought me a Nintendo, despite my constant nagging.

The graphics were made up of huge blocks of colors, like a mosaic, vaguely resembling a ghost, alien, or alligator (Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Pit-Fall being the classics in our house). They referred to the graphics as 8-bit, due to the size of the CPU. All the games today, in their life-like beauty, are decedents of these digital dinosaurs. Evolutionary children of the Atari games.

Likewise, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, goes back to the core. It is the source that other books would use to educate and clarify the faith. It is a font of truth from which all doctrine and Church teachings flow.

For Read the Cat, we decided to go back to the source. We wanted to get to the core of Church teachings and study what the Church teaches and why. There is so much beauty in this simplicity but also challenges. It isn’t a “telephone game” interpretation of an interpretation of truth. It is the product 6 years of Cardinals and Bishops dropping truth bombs on the faithful and 2000 years of the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

8-bit is symbolic of the raw, “Just the facts ma’am” presentation of truth found in the Catechism and we look forward to being educated, challenged, enlightened, and affirmed by the core teachings of our faith.

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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.


Where Can I Get a Catechism?

February 23rd, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Update - (1 Comments)

Would you like to follow along with us? Up for the challenge? Need a Catechism? Here you go!

These are three Catechisms that I have (prices are from 2/23/12):

The White CCC: This is what we will be using. Cheap, original, and designed to give you lots of information. This came out in 1995. domain seo information I covered mine in duct tape because it was falling apart and makes me look tough and manly.

The Green CCC: This came out in 2000 and is basically the same as the white one. Perhaps you could call it a “Copy Cat” (bu dum tis). There are a some slight differences in translation and a few extras when it comes to the indices. test of dns . If you are a cross referencing nerd, it might be the one for you. It is also larger print, bigger for carrying, and comes in hard cover or soft cover. There is also a smaller green one, (even a bit smaller than the white) great for travel but a bit rare and expensive. You shouldn’t have a problem using this with our podcast as the paragraphs are layed out the same. The green and white are both “Major Catechisms,” and are used to create other catechisms like the YOUCAT. This one sits on my shelf and makes me look scholarly.

The Yellow YOUCAT: Short for Youth Catechism, this is completely different. It is designed to be easy to read in a Q and A format. It was derived from the original Catechism. This wouldn’t be great for joining in our challenge because it isn’t broken up into the same paragraphs, but it is great for answering questions that you have and is geared towards youth. This is a great resource and would be a great way to get the same information. This one makes me feel young and hip.

The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: I don’t have this but think it would be a great resource and will probably get it soon. Again, like the YOUCAT, this is a more palletable derivation of the CCC with 598 questions  and answers. Greg and Jennifer, world class Catholics, talk about this on their radio show often, so it must be good.

I would like to suggest that you first try to support your local Catholic bookstore, or, at least, local secular bookstore. They probably have this in stock or can get it for you quickly. albania If that isn’t an option, you, of course, can pick it up online.

If you wait for the Easter Bunny to bring it, you will be way behind, so you might as well buy one now.


February 22nd, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (3 Comments)

Blessed Ash Wednesday!

This year, for lent, Dan, Cory, and myself decided to start reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church… 55 paragraphs at a time. ask abby If we keep going past lent, we will finish the entire Catechism in one year.

Join us this Friday as we break down paragraphs 0001-0055 in our audio podcast or youtube video.

Here is an intro to the project. You will notice that we had some video troubles. We will be tweaking things as we go, so get ready for awesome to get awesomer.

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Coming This Lent

January 9th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Update - (1 Comments)

This lent we’ve decided it is time to take up a book and learn more about our faith. The Church has laid out a beautiful resource for the teachings and depths of Catholicism. It is our hope that through study and prayer of the Catechism this next year be one of growing, learning, and strengthening our spiritual lives. Come along on this journey as we go through the Catechism, cover to cover, in one year. Read along or if you are short on time, listen to our 10 minute (or less) podcast released every Friday for one year. Our new Podcast will start this Ash Wednesday.