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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 – 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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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 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 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)