The Catechism, cover to cover, in one year.

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!


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.



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:



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!



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.


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


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.”


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.

Read The Cat 0111-0165

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

Paragraphs: 0111-0165

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)

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.