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Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 24:29-51

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 31:05


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew by diving into 24:29-51.

Stacy & Stacy
Blessed Advent! We're Back and Talking about Jerusalem and Scripture

Stacy & Stacy

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 30:18


Stacy & Stacy are back after a week off to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families. Busy time! Happy Advent. They pick back up on today's Responsorial Psalm and the last of the Chapter on Sacred Scripture in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Join them for Scripture and Tradition all during Advent 2022!Links from This EpisodeDei verbumCatechism of the Catholic Church, 131-141Monday of the First Week of Advent | USCCB

Catholic Light
S1E36 - Purgatory: It Makes Sense!

Catholic Light

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 40:28


Today, we read CCC, 1020 - 1041 and discuss the Church's teaching on Purgatory. Like other articles of the Catholic Faith, belief in Purgatory comes to us through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition - interpreted and handed on faithfully by the Magisterium - and it squares with rational thought. A place for those who have chosen God but still need some purification before entering Heaven...? It makes sense!

The John-Henry Westen Show
Scott Hahn: How to Get Over the 'Hippie Hangover' and Fix 'Wreck-ovation of the 70s and 80s'

The John-Henry Westen Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 40:11


Bible scholar Dr. Scott Hahn breaks open Sacred Scripture in his latest book, "Holy is His Name," explaining the love and saving power of Jesus Christ with new easy-to-read insights. Holiness, sainthood, and salvation become clear in this biblical explanation of the universal vocation: a personal relationship with God. Christians everywhere will benefit from this faith-filled conversation with LifeSiteNews Editor-in-Chief, John-Henry Westen and Dr. Scott Hahn, Professor of Biblical Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville.CLICK HERE TO INVEST IN LIFESITE'S PRECIOUS METALS PARTNERSHIP: https://stjosephpartners.com/lifesitenews Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 24:1-28

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 30:57


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew by diving into 24:1-28.

The Good Shepherd and the Child
Eucharist: God with Us with Ruth Ohm Sutherland

The Good Shepherd and the Child

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 38:47


“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life and I will raise him on the last day.” John 6:54   Ruth joins us on the podcast again to scratch the surface of the scriptural links of the Eucharist and the way God has worked throughout salvation history to bring His people back into communion with Him.  Ruth is a catechist in Levels 1-3 (currently involved in CGS Infant-Toddler Catechist Formation) and a Formation Leader for Level 1. She has started the CGS in several cities, most recently in Wausau, Wisconsin; she offers atrium sessions at all three levels in Wausau. Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Ruth taught Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick's Seminary & University in San Francisco.   Link to Ruth's article   Ways to Nurture Your Relationship with God – Chapter 3   Episode 61 – The Roots of the Eucharist and the Easter Mystery with Marty O'Bryan   Episode 62 – Christ the Good Shepherd and the Eucharist with Ruth Ohm Sutherland   AUDIO VERSION of The Religious Potential of the Child by Sofia Cavalletti, read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  CGSUSA has created a Premium Podcast Channel for this audiobook through Podbean.  The cost is $29.00 and does include the audio version of all chapters of The Religious Potential of the Child, 3rd Edition all read by Rebekah Rojcewicz.  We have provided both video overview instructions and written instructions on accessing this audiobook.  Please use these resources. Unlike the regular podcast, which will remain free and available on many podcast players/apps, this new resource is available only on the Podbean App, which you may download from the IOS App store or the Google Play App store. Learn more here!  Step by step instructions here!   Learn more about the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd at www.cgsusa.org   Follow us on Social Media- Facebook at “The United States Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd” Instagram-  cgsusa Twitter- @cgsusa Pinterest- Natl Assoc of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd USA YouTube- oneofhisheep

Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
The True King has Conquered Sin and Satan! – Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff Discerning Hearts Podcast

Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 28:04


Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures on the feast of Christ the King...the victory of Jesus over sin and the defeat of Satan: Gospel     Lk 23:35-43 The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, "He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God." Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, "If you are King of the Jews, save yourself." Above him there was an inscription that read, "This is the King of the Jews." Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." The post The True King has Conquered Sin and Satan! – Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff Discerning Hearts Podcast appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.

Catholic Saints & Feasts
November 21: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Catholic Saints & Feasts

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 5:54


November 21: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin MaryMemorial; Liturgical Color: WhiteMary was likely consecrated to God as a childStillbirths, infant mortality, and mothers' dying during labor have been among the most predictable human tragedies since time immemorial. Medical progress has only in recent generations dramatically reduced such deaths, albeit unevenly throughout the world. In light of the real dangers of pregnancy and childbirth, the successful birth of a healthy baby has naturally given rise to ceremonies in many cultures thanking God for the precarious gift of new life. Jewish law required the ritual dedication of first-born sons to God in the Temple. It is probable that a similar custom, if not a law, called for Jewish girls to also be so dedicated. It is the likely presentation of the child Mary in such a ceremony that we celebrate today.The Church does not claim that today's feast is rooted in Sacred Scripture. There is no direct biblical support for Mary's Presentation except in the apocryphal “Gospel” of Saint James, a problematic text replete with follies. The lack of textual support is, nevertheless, no reason to doubt the ancient tradition, especially preserved in Eastern Orthodoxy, that Joachim and Anne consecrated Mary, their daughter, to God at the age of three in the Jerusalem Temple. The prophet Samuel was similarly presented by his mother, Hannah. Both Hannah and her namesake, Anne, were long barren and were thus all the more grateful to see the fruit of their unexpected pregnancies.It is a good and holy thing for Christian parents to proactively dedicate their children to God, or even to invite them to consider a life consecrated to God as priests or religious. While some may consider it an unwise imposition for parents to so explicitly encourage their children to take steps down that holy path, all parents, in fact, are energetic in promoting some level of conformity with their own religious or quasi-religious beliefs. These “beliefs” may be related to the environment, politics, leisure, art, sports, or a thousand other causes or hobbies. Parents always indoctrinate their children. It is intrinsic to their role. The only question is what the content of that indoctrination will be. Ideally, Christian parents hand on to their children their most deeply held beliefs—including their faith in Jesus Christ.The essence of any sacrifice is to burn, kill, or destroy something of value in order to close the yawning gap between God and man. A sacrifice can be in thanksgiving, to repent of a sin, or in petition for a favor. Primitive priests in cultures across the globe since time immemorial have stood at their rough stone altars on behalf of their people to offer God fatted calves, heifers, sheep, the finest grain, red wine, and even their fellow man. Abraham was willing to offer his very own son to God. Blood sacrifice gradually receded in Judaism, however, to bloodless sacrifice, and eventually to non-sacrificial pathways to God. The age of priests in the Jerusalem Temple sacrificing animals gradually mutated, from the late first century onward, into rabbis in synagogues teaching from books.To present a child to God, either in a formal ritual or in a private dedication, is to lay that child on a symbolic altar and to say to God: “You create. We procreate. My child is Your child. Do with this child as You will.” Such humble and antecedent submission to the will of God is not an abdication of the duty to form a child in human and religious virtue. It is just to be realistic. Children are gifts, not metaphorically but actually. A child is not a piece of property or an object a parent has a right to possess. No one understands this like the infertile couple. When parents consecrate a child to God, whether at baptism or otherwise, even informally, they are manifesting a willingness to return a gift to its remote source, to please the Maker by giving Him what He already possesses, life itself and all who share in it.Saints Anne and Joachim, in gratitude for the gift of life, you presented Mary in the Temple. Help all young parents to see in you a model of dependence on God's providence and may similar consecrations in today's world prepare saints for the Church of tomorrow.

Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts » Msgr. John Esseff
The True King has Conquered Sin and Satan! – Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff Discerning Hearts Podcast

Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts » Msgr. John Esseff

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 28:04


Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures on the feast of Christ the King...the victory of Jesus over sin and the defeat of Satan: Gospel     Lk 23:35-43 The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, "He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God." Even the soldiers jeered at him. As they approached to offer him wine they called out, "If you are King of the Jews, save yourself." Above him there was an inscription that read, "This is the King of the Jews." Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, "Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us." The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, "Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation? And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal." Then he said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." He replied to him, "Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." The post The True King has Conquered Sin and Satan! – Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff Discerning Hearts Podcast appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.

Mother Miriam Live
Divine Revelation comes from Sacred Scripture and Tradition

Mother Miriam Live

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2022 56:58


In today's episode, Mother Miriam explains from the Catechism the two truths of Divine Revelation: Sacred Scripture and Tradition.To help keep this and other programs on the air, please donate: https://give.lifesitenews.com/sustainlife?utm_source=mml_11172022You can tune in daily at 10 am EST/7 am PST on our Facebook Page: http://FB.com/mothermiriamliveSubscribe to Mother Miriam Live at: http://bit.ly/submml Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

On the Journey with Matt and Ken
On the Journey with Matt, Ken and Kenny, Episode 111: Three Protestants Go to Mass, Part III

On the Journey with Matt and Ken

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 67:50


Matt Swaim, Ken Hensley, and Kenny Burchard continue their series comparing their own experiences of leading Protestant worship gatherings with what they experienced when they began going to Mass. In this episode, Matt, Ken and Kenny dig into the Liturgy of the Word, the section of the Mass that focuses on Sacred Scripture. They look at the role of the Bible in Catholic worship, and compare it to the role that Scripture played in the worship services from their days as Evangelical Protestants. More episodes: http://www.chnetwork.org Our Online Community: http://community.chnetwork.org Make an end-of-year gift to support our work: http://www.chnetwork.org/donate

Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 22:41-23:39

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 31:06


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew by diving into 22:41-46; 23:1-39.

Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts » Msgr. John Esseff
The World Will End…What Will Your Response Be?- Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff

Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts » Msgr. John Esseff

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2022 28:21


Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures on "the end times": Gospel Lk 21:5-19 While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, "All that you see here-- the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down." Then they asked him, "Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?" He answered, "See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he,' and 'The time has come.' Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky. "Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives." The post The World Will End…What Will Your Response Be?- Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.

Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
The World Will End…What Will Your Response Be?- Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff

Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2022 28:21


Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures on "the end times": Gospel Lk 21:5-19 While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, "All that you see here-- the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down." Then they asked him, "Teacher, when will this happen? And what sign will there be when all these things are about to happen?" He answered, "See that you not be deceived, for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he,' and 'The time has come.' Do not follow them! When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for such things must happen first, but it will not immediately be the end." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be powerful earthquakes, famines, and plagues from place to place; and awesome sights and mighty signs will come from the sky. "Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you, they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings and governors because of my name. It will lead to your giving testimony. Remember, you are not to prepare your defense beforehand, for I myself shall give you a wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute. You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends, and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed. By your perseverance you will secure your lives." The post The World Will End…What Will Your Response Be?- Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.

Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 22:1-40

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 31:06


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew by diving into 22:1-40.

Stacy & Stacy
You Can't "Shine Like Lights" if You're Murmuring OUCH!

Stacy & Stacy

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 31:08


Stacy & Stacy talk about the Scripture in Philippians 2 (Alleluia for the day) that says to "shine like lights". The context says to stop murmuring. That is such a simple truth, but, oh man, is it hard to remember. They also read the Catechism on the truth of Sacred Scripture. How do we know the Scriptures are true and alive? Because Christ, the eternal Word of the living God, through the Holy Spirit opens our minds to understand. Read along with us:Links from This EpisodeCatechism of the Catholic Church, 105-108Monday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time | USCCB

The Crisis Point
Holiness Isn't What You Think It Is (Guest: Scott Hahn)

The Crisis Point

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 49:40


The Christian life could be summed up in a nutshell as the pursuit of holiness. Holiness is also the framework of the Sacred Scriptures? But what is holiness? We'll ask Scott Hahn to break down what the Bible and Catholic tradition say about holiness.

Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 21:23-46

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 31:01


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew by diving into 21:23-46.

Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
The Poor/Holy Souls and Purgatory – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff

Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 27:53


Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and on how we pray for the Poor Souls in Purgatory: Reading 1 Wis 3:1-9 The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead; and their passing away was thought an affliction and their going forth from us, utter destruction. But they are in peace. For if before men, indeed, they be punished, yet is their hope full of immortality; chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed, because God tried them and found them worthy of himself. As gold in the furnace, he proved them, and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself. In the time of their visitation they shall shine, and shall dart about as sparks through stubble; they shall judge nations and rule over peoples, and the LORD shall be their King forever. Those who trust in him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love: because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with his elect. The post The Poor/Holy Souls and Purgatory – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.

Catholic Answers Live
#10875 Open Forum - Michael Lofton

Catholic Answers Live

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022


Questions Covered: 13:37 – In the early Church, as apostolic succession tied to the bishops of the presbyters?  18:13 – Is the Magisterium above Sacred Scripture?  23:32 – Is there a difference between a nun and a sister?  29:06 – I'm a recent convert. Is salvation lost for my ex-Catholic dad?   33:38 – Are there any connections today between Moloch and abortion?    35:40 – You once gave a great argument against Orthodoxy saying that historically they did take the popes say as authoritative. Could you expound on that?  43:27 – Are the Jewish people still saved by the old covenant? Does the old covenant still apply to converted Jews?  47:33 – Is the long form of the St. Michael prayer an exorcism prayer?  50:41 – What keeps an antipope from adding to Catholic tradition?    …

Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 21:1-22

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 31:02


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew by diving into 21:1-22.

Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts » Msgr. John Esseff
The Trap of Self-Righteous Prayer – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Discerning Hearts Podcast

Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts » Msgr. John Esseff

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 28:05


Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and on how we pray: Gospel     LK 18:9-14 Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a ... Read more The post The Trap of Self-Righteous Prayer – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Discerning Hearts Podcast appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.

Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
The Trap of Self-Righteous Prayer – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Discerning Hearts Podcast

Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 28:05


Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and on how we pray: Gospel     LK 18:9-14 Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. “Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other was a ... Read more The post The Trap of Self-Righteous Prayer – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Discerning Hearts Podcast appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.

Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 20:1-34

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 31:22


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew chapter 20.

Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts » Msgr. John Esseff
On Prayer – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts

Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts » Msgr. John Esseff

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 29:14


Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and on how we pray The post On Prayer – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.

Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
On Prayer – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts

Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 29:14


Msgr. Esseff reflects on the teaching of the Sacred Scriptures and on how we pray The post On Prayer – Building a Kingdom of Love w/ Msgr. John Esseff – Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts appeared first on Discerning Hearts Catholic Podcasts.

Outside the Walls
Bo Bonner - The Ways we Receive Sacred Scripture

Outside the Walls

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 56:01


Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 19:16-30

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 30:25


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew by diving into 19:16-30.

Will Wright Catholic
Addressing the [Papal] Elephant in the Room

Will Wright Catholic

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 44:41


It's Time to Address the Papal Elephant in the RoomPope Francis is the 266th Pope of the Holy Catholic Church, having been elected to the papacy following the vacancy left by Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. I will be the first to admit that I was beyond upset when Benedict announced his resignation. I entertained all sorts of notions of conspiracy theories and that he must be being forced to resign in some way, though he has maintained that the decision was his and borne from personal prayer and discernment. When Pope Francis became Pope, I was watching the news like everyone else in the world. I heard the words “Habemus Papam [we have a pope], Cardinale Bergoglio.” Who?!? Who was this Argentinian Italian Cardinal? What? He's a Jesuit? He's chosen the name “Francis”?!? How odd. Then, over the last nine years, I have been edified, inspired, and emboldened by Pope Francis to have an ever greater zeal for evangelization and a decreased sense of materialism. His document Evangelii Gaudium (2013) is spectacular. I also enjoyed many of the teaching points of Laudato Si (2015). Gaudete et Exsultate (2018) has some solid moments as well! I also particularly like this line from Fratelli Tutti (2020): “We gorged ourselves on networking, and lost the taste of fraternity (FT, 33).” That is a fantastic line. The most recent document on the Eucharist is beautiful, though it does not offer anything substantial new in terms of reflection. No Shortage of Issues With the Current PontificateI know there has been some controversy lately about this document, claiming that the Pope is advancing some sort of Lutheranesque sola fide doctrine, but I unequivocally denounce these criticisms as the bad fruit of uncharity.What I want to stress here is that I have read every encyclical and exhortation that Pope Francis has published, including those not previously listed. I always try to give him a fair shake and read the documents charitably. But I have also been irritated, outraged, scandalized, and befuddled by Pope Francis, especially every time he speaks to reporters on airplanes, gives interviews to atheists who do not take notes, gives talks and sermons that suggest novel interpretations [always bad news when it comes to Church teaching], betrays the Church in China over and over again, allows too much nonsense to continue [in Belgium, Germany, the Amazon, et. al.], says something jesuitically ambiguous, or refuses to clarify matters of doctrine. There are plenty of things to be worried about with Pope Francis. However, I wonder if there are elements in the Church that are looking for problems where there are none. It is perfectly appropriate to charitably criticize error and imprudence. It is not okay to invent mountains out of molehills, or, as the case may be, to invent mountains out of level ground.Pope Francis has done and said many things which are problematic and borderline heretical (many of those in my company would argue that the line has been crossed numerous times into formal or material heresy). His general ambiguity and lack of clarity make it exceptionally difficult to have conversations about the consistency and authority of the Church with radical traditionalists [sedevacantists and those that reject Benedict's resignation], Protestants, Orthodox Christians, and non-Christians alike. This is especially the case in a climate of many lackluster, cowardly bishops and priests [not all, of course], an immobilized laity, a growing contingent of lapsed Catholics, and the ever-looming sex abuse crisis.Many in the Church are worried. Many of my friends have reached out to me to have conversations about the shenanigans they are seeing coming out of the Vatican or from Pope Francis himself. What are we, as faithful Catholics, to make of such turbulent times? I thought it might be fruitful to dive into what the Magisterium is and how we can evaluate levels of Magisterial authority.What is the Magisterium?Jesus Christ is God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, and the Incarnate Word of God. He is also our King, reigning as our sovereign Lord. As the full revelation of God to man, He imparted all that He taught, did, implemented, and is to the Apostles. As the fathers of the Second Vatican Council put it in Dei Verbum, the sacred constitution on the Word of God:“... Jesus perfected revelation by fulfilling it through his whole work of making Himself present and manifesting Himself: through His words and deeds, His signs and wonders, but especially through His death and glorious resurrection from the dead and final sending of the Spirit of truth (DV, 4).”The Church is His Body, of which He is the Head, and He reigns still. In obedience to Him, the faithful here on Earth continue to perpetuate this sacred Deposit of Faith, which is Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scriptures, until He comes again in glory. The council fathers, in the constitution on the Church, Lumen Gentium, said this:“This Sacred Council, following closely in the footsteps of the First Vatican Council, with that Council teaches and declares that Jesus Christ, the eternal Shepherd, established His holy Church, having sent forth the apostles as He Himself had been sent by the Father; and He willed that their successors, namely the bishops, should be shepherds in His Church even to the consummation of the world. And in order that the episcopate itself might be one and undivided, He placed Blessed Peter over the other apostles, and instituted in him a permanent and visible source and foundation of unity of faith and communion. And all this teaching about the institution, the perpetuity, the meaning and reason for the sacred primacy of the Roman Pontiff and of his infallible magisterium, this Sacred Council again proposes to be firmly believed by all the faithful. Continuing in that same undertaking, this Council is resolved to declare and proclaim before all men the doctrine concerning bishops, the successors of the apostles, who together with the successor of Peter, the Vicar of Christ, the visible Head of the whole Church, govern the house of the living God (LG, 18).”The Magisterium, simply put, is the teaching authority of Jesus Christ to authentically interpret the Deposit of Faith in the age of the Church passed on to the Apostles and their successors: the Pope and the bishops in union with him. As History progresses, we have new technology, means of communication, and techniques which change the way we interact with one another and how we understand the world around us. As such, in His Wisdom, God gave us the Magisterium to faithfully interpret the perennial and unchanging teachings of the Church on Faith and Morals in contemporary circumstances, from age to age.It is important to emphasize this last point: Church teaching on Faith and Morals cannot, does not, and will not change. As the Second Vatican Council clearly teaches: “The Christian dispensation, therefore, as the new and definitive covenant, will never pass away and we now await no further new public revelation before the glorious manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ (DV, 4).”The Church's Magisterium, therefore, does not give us new teachings that contradict old ones, nor does it give us new revelations or pretend to alter the foundational doctrines and dogmas of the Holy Faith. The Magisterium, at any given time, is beholden to the preceding Magisterium. We faithfully echo on the words, life, and teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church without substantial change. A Religion of the Word - The Supreme Rule of FaithThe Word of God is the supreme rule of faith - the standard by which the Divine and infallible faith can be tested. The rule of faith and the Faith itself are from the same divine wellspring. This rule of faith is not extrinsic to the faith nor is it an add-on to the faith. Truly, the Word of God is not a collection of writings or even teachings. The Word of God is Jesus Christ Himself. We are not a religion of the book of God, but rather a religion of the Word of God.The Word of God flows into Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Sacred Scripture is the driving force of doctrine. The written word of God is inerrant and faithfully transmitted and guarded from error by Holy Mother Church. Sacred Tradition is not primarily a collection of doctrines, but, as the Directory for Catechesis teaches: “is a life of faith that is renewed every day (Dir. 26).” As St. Vincent of Larens taught, Sacred Tradition advances, “consolidated with the years, developed with time, deepened with age (ibid.).”How then can we arrive at the true interpretation of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition? This is where the Magisterium comes in. The Directory for Catechesis puts the relationship between Scripture, Tradition, and Magisterium well:“The Church's Magisterium, supported by the Holy Spirit and endowed with the charism of truth, exercises its ministry of authentically interpreting the word of God, which it serves. The Magisterium therefore performs the ministry of safeguarding the integrity of Revelation, the word of God contained in Tradition and in Sacred Scripture, and its continual transmission. It is this living Magisterium that interprets it in a consistent manner and is subject to it (cf. DV 10) (Dir. 26).” The living Magisterium interprets Scripture and Tradition in a consistent manner. And the key phrase for today's discussion is that the Magisterium is “subject to” the Word of God. Remember, the supreme rule of faith is the Word of God, Jesus Christ. The Church cannot and will not contradict Jesus on Faith and Morals because the Church is divinely guarded by the charism of infallibility.How Do We Weigh Magisterial Teachings?Doctrine does not change, but it can develop, in a certain sense. Therefore, it is important to understand what is set dogma, what is developed doctrine, what is merely a discipline, and so on. We need to be able to weigh magisterial authority. Not everything the Church teaches is marked by infallibility. For example, let's look at the 1998 profession of faith that used to be used when someone assumed a certain office in the Church. Following the public profession of the Nicene Creed, they would say:“I also firmly accept and hold each and everything definitively proposed by the Church regarding teaching on faith and morals. Moreover, I adhere with religious submission of will and intellect to the teachings which either the Roman pontiff or the College of Bishops enunciate when they exercise their authentic magisterium, even if they do not intend to proclaim these teachings by a definitive act.”So, some things are definitively proposed on faith and morals; to these, we firmly accept and hold. We give “religious submission of intellect and will” to the teachings of the Pope or college of Bishops when they speak together, even on matters other than faith and morals, even in the ordinary magisterium. Clearly from this, we see a distinction in level of authority and level of adherence to this spectrum of Church teachings.The main categories, in order of importance are: 1) dogmas, 2) other infallible statements, 3) doctrines that have not been taught infallibly, 4) theological opinions, 5) other non-doctrinal statements.* DogmaDogmas of the Church are truths that the Magisterium teaches infallibly as being divinely revealed in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. These can be taught by the Pope, an ecumenical council, or by the Church's ordinary and universal Magisterium. Dogmas require the theological assent of faith by all members of the faithful. We are not free to dissent from them in any way. To obstinately place them in doubt or deny them is to fall under the censure of heresy. HeresyAs an aside, a lot of people speak about this priest or that, or bishop, pope, or lay person, being a heretic. We have to understand the difference between the crime of heresy and sin of heresy. Formal heresy (the crime of heresy) is “the wilful and persistent adherence to an error in matters of faith” on the part of a baptized person; the persistence in error comes from having been formally corrected but continuing in error. Heresy is a grave sin as well, even if it is committed privately. The important note here is that heresy is the crime and sin of corrupting dogmas of the Church. Heresy is thrown around a lot today as a term, but most of the time the issues would better be described as either theological error or imprudence. For example, if the pope or a bishop phrases something in an unfortunate way, they could have misspoken or made a theological error without it rising to the grave sin and crime of heresy. We have to proceed in love of the truth but also in charity for the individual speaking or writing. * Other Infallible StatementsA step below dogma is “opinions to be held definitively” and these are taught infallibly but are not directly “divinely revealed.” The fact that only men can priests is infallible doctrine but not dogma because it is an open question, theologically, whether it is connected to divine revelation or is itself an example of divine revelation. There is a related discipline to this of clerical celibacy in the Latin Church and episcopal celibacy in the Eastern Churches. So, we see the dogma pertaining to the Sacrament of Holy Orders, the infallible doctrine and reality that only baptized men can validly receive this Sacrament, and the discipline of clerical celibacy. All three: dogma, doctrine, and discipline are important but in various weights and with different magisterial weight.According to St. John Paul II in Ad Tuendam Fidem, in such cases of infallible statements the faithful are “required to give firm and definitive assent to these truths, based on faith in the Holy Spirit's assistance to the Church's magisterium, and on the Catholic doctrine of the infallibility of the magisterium in these matters. Whoever denies these truths would be in a position of rejecting a truth of Catholic doctrine and would therefore no longer be in full communion with the Catholic Church.”So, these statements still pack a lot of weight and are guarded by the charism of infallibility. Other examples of such infallible statements include:* When the Pope speaks ex cathedra with the authority of Peter. This is extraordinary magisterium.* When the bishops, in communion with the Pope, define doctrine at a General Council. This is also called extraordinary magisterium.* When the bishops, in communion with the Pope, together with the Pope, propose definitively in agreement, though they are dispersed. This is the ordinary and universal magisterium.* Doctrines That Have Not Been Taught InfalliblyWhen the Pope speaks in an ordinary, but authoritative way, we are required to submit our mind, intellect, and will, but it is not guaranteed to be infallible. Likewise, it is the case with bishops in communion with the Pope who teach authoritatively in their diocese. Just because these doctrines have not been infallibly declared does not make them unimportant. They are also part of the Deposit of Faith. Sometimes, in the history of the Church there has arisen solid reasons to take the time to define certain doctrines to protect against error or heresy.* Theological OpinionsTheological opinions are the next rung on the ladder. They are not infallible nor are they authoritative. The opinions of theologians can be in legitimate disagreement and ongoing dialogue.* Other Non-Doctrinal StatementsThere are some teachings of the magisterium that are not universal and to be held always. They are more or less circumstantial to time, customs, and culture. For example, if a Church document describes the state of a society, makes suggestions or exhortations, these are to be received with respect and a grateful heart, but do not require strict intellectual assent.Important Sources of Authoritative Catholic Teaching (Non-Papal)There is a hierarchy, not just of dogma, doctrines, and disciplines, but also of magisterial texts. The Church FathersThe writings of the Church Fathers, the writers of the first eight centuries of the Church, are accepted as true and authoritative when they speak “in unison” on a matter over those eight centuries. Repetition through the ages does matter. Doctors of the ChurchThe Doctors of the Church are those ecclesial writers who have been given this title for the great advantage given to the whole Church derived from their doctrine. There are now 23 Doctors of the Church who are held in very high esteem for their faithful teaching. The other Saints as well contribute to the great tradition of the Church in varying degrees through their lives and works.Rules of LifeThese rules govern communal life for certain communities and they have to be approved by the Pope. For example, the Benedictine Rule of Life is the ordered way of living as a Benedictine monk in a monastery.Code of Canon LawThe Code of Canon Law was first compiled from various sources in 1917 and was revised in 1982. The 1982 version is our current Church law which governs all Catholics of the Latin Rite. There is also a Code of Canon Law for the Eastern Churches. These canons are authoritative and binding on the faithful. Papal DocumentsPapal documents all carry various magisterial weight. The five main sources of these are (in order of importance): Wednesday audiences, Apostolic exhortations, encyclical letters, papal bulls, and the motu proprio.Wednesday audiencesEvery Wednesday normatively, when the Pope is in Rome, he gives an audience and a talk to those gathered in St. Peter's square. These audiences are authoritative when they involve teachings on faith and morals, but not infallible. For example, much of St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body was taken from his weekly Wednesday addresses.ExhortationsThe lowest authority of a Papal document is an apostolic exhortation. This is a document in which the Pope exhorts the faithful on a certain matter. An exhortation does not define doctrine, by design. It is higher in authority than a normal ecclesial letter. Exhortations usually follow a meeting of a synod of bishops to outline their deliberations.EncyclicalsA Papal encyclical or letter is a letter from the Pope to the entire Church. The first Encyclical was the first letter of St. Peter. The next recorded example after Peter is a letter from Pope Clement I to the Christians in Corinth. An encyclical seeks to clarify a certain doctrine. Therefore, it is part of the ordinary magisterium of the Pope and requires us to submit our mind and will on matters of faith and morals. Encyclicals have a high level of magisterial authority.Papal BullsA papal bull is a public decree or charter issued by the Pope. These are authoritative and binding. A Bull may treat statutes, appointment of bishops, dispensations, excommunications, Apostolic constitutions, canonizations, and convocations.Motu ProprioA motu proprio is technically a type of rescript, which is an official edict or announcement. A motu proprio is an official legal act taken by the Pope on his own power and volition and personally signed by him. It has full legal effect for Canon Law. Motu Proprio literally means “by his own hand.” Council DocumentsNext, let's take a look at three types of documents that come from General Councils: Constitutions, Decrees, and DeclarationsConstitutionsAn Apostolic Constitution is the most solemn form of legislation issued by the Pope. They are either doctrinal or pastoral. They are issued as Papal bulls because of their solemn and public form.DecreesA decree is an order or law given by the council and the Pope to the rest of the world or a specific group of people. These are legislative acts of the pope. These decrees have the full power of the Pope in making laws.DeclarationsDeclarations are more specific and usually address a specific topic. However, they still carry the same weight as other documents of a general council of bishops in communion with the Pope. So, they are authoritative and infallible on matters of faith and morals.CatechismsThroughout the Church's history, there have also been various written systematic presentations of the Faith. These are called Catechisms. Some are universal and others are for a particular locale. The Catechism of the Catholic Church was promulgated in 1992 originally and in English in 1997. This document was a game-changer. It was the first truly universal Catechism and was so beautifully compiled. It is the go-to standard in terms of understanding what the Church is and what she believes. The Baltimore Catechism was a question/answer Catechism which arose from a local council in Baltimore, Maryland in 1885. It is based on St. Robert Bellarmine's 1614 Small Catechism.The important thing to keep in mind about Catechisms is that they are compilations. They contain dogma, doctrine, and discipline. They contain prudential applications of principles and law. The doctrines contained in Catechism are thus magisterial, but they bear no more weight than before they were compiled in the Catechism.Judging the nature of a teaching…First, we can look at the nature of the document that teaches a doctrine. Some are more authoritative than others. For example, A papal encyclical is more authoritative than the weekly general audiences a pope gives, and the dogmatic constitutions of Vatican II are more authoritative than the council's decrees.The second test is the frequency with which the magisterium repeats a doctrine. If it is something mentioned only occasionally, or has not been mentioned in centuries, it will have a lower level of authority attached to it. But if it is something that the magisterium repeats with great regularity, it is more authoritative.The third test is the tone of the words used to express the teaching. If it is proposed briefly and tentatively, it will have less authority. If it is expounded at length or emphatically, it will have more authority.What To Do If the Pope Seems to Be In Error?So, what do we do when we think that Pope Francis is in error or is holding heretical positions? First, we pray for him. Second, we recognize that God alone judges the Pope… and I mean this juridically. Only the college of cardinals can formally correct the Pope in any sort of authoritative way. Further, no one can be found to be a manifest and formal heretic without a trial. In general, stop calling other people “heretics.” It is unhelpful and often uncharitable. We also need to remember that we must not be guilty of the sin of rash judgment in regards to the Pope (or anyone else, for that matter). The Fourth Council of Constantinople in Canon 10 says: “As divine scripture clearly proclaims, Do not find fault before you investigate, and understand first and then find fault, and does our law judge a person without first giving him a hearing and learning what he does?”I do not claim to have the answers. How do you solve a problem like Pope Francis? No clue. But I do know and believe that the Holy Spirit guides and guards the Church. I know and believe that the Church is the Body of Jesus Christ, our Lord, Savior, and King. And I know and believe that the entire apostolic action of the Church is directed always to the glory of the Father. I propose that we dive deep into the study and love of Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. The perennial truths of the Faith will not and cannot pass away. When the Pope is truly in error, he ought to be charitably and fraternally corrected. But, if you are reading this (or listening to the podcast), then you are not likely to be the one to correct the Holy Father. Do not trust everything you hear from the armchair theologians and gossipers of the Church on YouTube and other podcasts. Theirs is a poison which does just as much, if not more, harm to the Church as anything we are seeing from the hierarchy. I know this was a much longer article/podcast than normal, but I did not want to shortchange any of the explanations. With much more left to say, I will opt to wait until another occasion. I will end with the words of St. Paul to the Thessalonians:“... test everything; hold fast to what is good (1 Thess. 5:21).”Thanks for reading Will Wright Catholic! Subscribe for free to receive new posts and support my work.Thank you for reading Will Wright Catholic. This post is public so feel free to share it. This is a public episode. 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Outside the Walls
Dr. Mark Giszczak - Bible Translation & the Making of the ESV Catholic Edition

Outside the Walls

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2022 56:00


Dr. Mark Giszczak, Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute, recently wrote the book “Bible Translation and the Making of the ESV Catholic Edition.” In this book, He covers the conversations that preceded the ESV project and the promulgation of the Vatican document on translation, Liturgiam authenticam (2001). The meeting of the minds represented by the ESV translation philosophy and the Vatican's own translation norms is remarkable.  Dr. Mark Giszczak specializes in Old Testament Wisdom Literature as well as biblical theology and Catholic biblical interpretation. He blogs at https://catholicbiblestudent.com/    

Banned Books
270: Matthias Flacius - Rules for Understanding the Sacred Scriptures

Banned Books

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2022 130:37


Do You Read The Bible? What's Your Secret? In this episode, we discuss how to understand the Bible from Matthias Flacius' book, How to Understand the Sacred Scriptures. — SHOW NOTES: Matthias Flacius - How to Understand the Sacred Scriptures https://amzn.to/3CDHs22  More Flacius https://amzn.to/3eeLJzH  Formula of Concord https://bookofconcord.org/epitome/  Young Man Luther: A Study in Psychoanalysis and History - Erik H. Erikson https://amzn.to/3elrMXT  SUPPORT 1517 Podcast Network https://www.1517.org/podcasts/ Support the work of 1517 http://1517.org/give Warrior Priest Gym & Podcast https://thewarriorpriestpodcast.wordpress.com St John's Lutheran Church (Webster, MN) - FB Live Bible Study Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/356667039608511 Gillespie's Sermons and Catechesis: https://stjohnrandomlake.org/church/media/ Gillespie Coffee https://gillespie.coffee Gillespie Media https://gillespie.media The Banned Pastors https://t.me/bannedpastors CONTACT and FOLLOW BannedBooks@1517.org Facebook Twitter SUBSCRIBE YouTube Rumble Odysee Apple Podcasts Spotify Stitcher Overcast Google Play TuneIn Radio iHeartRadio

Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 19:1-15

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 31:12


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew by diving into 19:1-15.

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Has conformist societal pressure left you unsure about where the Church stands on key issues? Or, has it left you wondering how to navigate conversations about your faith, especially at the ballot box? Strap in, as we'll be covering everything you need to know about where the Church stands on Modernity, through the lens of St. John Paul II & Sacred Scripture!

Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 18:10-35

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 31:09


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew by diving into 18:10-35.

Will Wright Catholic
Can Faith and Reason Be Harmonized?

Will Wright Catholic

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 19:43


Are Faith and Reason at Odds?Materialist atheists view the world as being composed of matter, its movements, and modifications, and nothing else. Religious fundamentalists and literalists see the world in a monochromatic view based on the biblical texts (i.e. - seeing Genesis as a literal scientific explanation of the creation of the world). The former seem to embody “reason” and the latter embody “faith.” However, I hope to show that the materialist atheists are not using the gift of reason well nor are the biblical fundamentalists understanding the gift of faith. When held clearly, faith and reason are not opposed to one another. In fact, they are incapable of being at odds, when properly understood.ScientismI want to begin by looking at a prevalent error in popular society: scientism. Science is an incredibly powerful tool for exploring the world around us. In many ways, it is the tool for discovery given the most credibility by intellectuals in the modern world. This credibility is sometimes so strong that we are led to a sort of scientism in which science is the only tool for discovery worth utilizing, the only one which is trustworthy. Where does this notion come from?Philosophically, there are two prevailing theories which have taken over much of academia: naturalism and materialism. Naturalism is the philosophical belief that everything arises from natural properties and causes, and supernatural or spiritual explanations are to be excluded or discounted. There is an even harder stance than naturalism called materialism which holds to the doctrine that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications. In either case, the material and natural are all that are accounted for and the supernatural is disregarded at best and rejected at worst. Naturalism and materialism lead to the error of scientism, which is self-refuting. Put basically, scientism suggests that the only things of which we can be certain are those things which are subjected to the scientific method. The crippling problem with scientism is that the scientific method cannot be applied to the scientific method. Therefore, this worldview begins with an unverifiable premise. Again, science is an incredibly powerful tool for exploring the world around us and learning more about the composition, movement, and modification of matter. Though, science is unable to answer other important questions: What created the universe? Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the nature of being itself? What is personhood? All of these questions require different tools of discovery than science.Tools of DiscoveryBeyond science, what tools of discovery are at our disposal? First, we can begin with philosophy. Modern philosophy is remarkably convoluted and rife with scientism, un-based skepticism, and other rational landmines. But, the long patrimony of philosophy allows us to ask questions like: What is the nature of being (metaphysics)? How do we come to know things (epistemology)? What makes a thing good, virtuous, or valuable (axiology)? How do we know that conclusions follow from certain premises (logic)? These are fundamentally different questions than science could ever ask or answer, but how many of us would truly argue that these questions are unimportant? So far, all of these questions, while different from science (and along with science), would fall under the broader category of human reason.TheologyThe study of God and of the things of God is called Theology. As long as there have been human beings asking questions of consequence, there have been questions and statements of a theological nature. It is only recently in human history that naturalist and materialist sentiments have disregarded or rejected the supernatural. When thinking of how we could apply the tool of discovery of Theology, I am reminded of the words of Galadriel to Frodo in Tolkien's Fellowship of the Ring: “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.”In the Catholic patrimony, the realm of Theology arises from what God has revealed about Himself through Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition, but it also includes what is called natural philosophy. Many of the classic arguments for the existence of God come not from St. Augustine or St. Thomas Aquinas, but from Plato and Aristotle. More needed to be revealed to arrive at the truths expounded by Christianity, but Plato and Aristotle were able to apply human reason so keenly that they arrived at faith in God (as they understood Him). Are Faith and Reason Compatible?So, are these various tools for discovery actually compatible with one another? Ultimately, are faith and reason compatible? St. John Paul II put it this way:“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves (Fides et Ratio, 1).”Faith and reason are, therefore, both gifts that God has given to human persons to rise to the contemplation of Himself, who is Truth itself, and truth about ourselves. So, faith and reason are more than merely compatible; they are complementary. St. Thomas Aquinas rightly says that the light of reason and the light of faith both come from God, therefore there can be no contradiction between them. We need Faith because without it, we would be lost and without direction. We need Reason because without it, we would be lost to our emotions and blind whims.What is Reason?Reason is the God-given gift of rational thought. Beyond mere reaction, we can come to the knowledge of things, events, and persons through thought and observation. Like Faith, this second wing of the human spirit, leads us to know in order that we might act. We know and we love. We believe and we act.Lest we think that reason is somehow more rigorous than Faith. We must reject the notion that the only tool of reason is science. Science is an incredibly powerful tool to investigate the material world. What exists and how does it exist? Science, however, can never answer the question, for example: why do we exist at all? For these questions, we might use the tool of philosophy.Reason also prepares the way to faith. St. Clement of Alexandria said long ago that philosophy is a “stepping stone to faith (cf. FR 38).” At the same time, we must learn as Pope Benedict XVI taught that human reason alone is weak; it needs faith to elevate it. God's grace builds upon our nature. What is Faith?Faith means to trust in God. Faith is belief. What we believe, contained in the Creeds of the Church, for example, can be referred to as Faith. The entirety of the Catholic religion can be called the Faith. Faith is not believing in something irrationally. There is a great amount of evidence for God and the truth of the claims of Christianity.The Gospels are historically reliable. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is well attested. And the last two thousand years establish how well founded the Faith of the Christian religion is. The Catholic Church is the Church of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is God. God exists. On these three levels of God, Christ, and the Church, we have Faith.The tenets of the Faith lead us to assent in belief to God and to trust Him. This intellectual way of coming to know God moves our free will towards love of Him. Of course, this requires trusting the Church, trusting the saints and holy writers of the past, and trusting in the testament of Tradition, written, or orally handed down to us. In this way, we are trusting what we ourselves have not seen personally, but it is certainly rational to trust such a firm witness.As St. John Paul II put it: “Men and women can accomplish no more important act in their lives than the act of faith; it is here that freedom reaches the certainty of truth and chooses to live in that truth (FR 13).”Truth is True, Regardless of FeelingsCertain things exist in a certain way and our feelings on the matter do not change that reality. There are certain things which are always true, always and in all places. We might refer to these as “principles.” The application of these principles can be many and varied, but the principles themselves might not change.When the Church teaches on a matter which pertains to Faith or Morals, the teachings can develop but they will never change. These truths point to the nature of God, of man, and of the created order. In all of these principles and applications, the truths do not change. However, they are discovered by means of either faith or reason. Because faith and reason both are at the service of the truth, they cannot contradict. If we believe that something is in error, then either our reason is faulty or our understanding of a teaching of the Faith is faulty. Reason can show that God exists and lays a foundation that makes faith credible. Therefore, reason is a common ground between believers and non-believers. Faith without reason is myth or superstition. Without reason, faith is only feelings and experience. If this happens, then universality of truth is lost.How to Know if We are in Error?How can we know if we are in error? Could the Holy Spirit point us in a direction which seems like a logically poor decision or lead us into error? The answer is no. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Holy Trinity. The Holy Spirit is God. God never wants to deceive us.If we have a strong indication that God is leading us in a certain direction, we must figure out why we think that. And, if we feel that logic dictates a different path, we must figure out why we think that. In other words, are we cooperating with the gifts of faith and reason properly?Investigating human reason, we look at arguments to ensure that they are valid. Does the conclusion necessarily follow from the premises? If the argument is sound, however, then the conclusion will be valid if the premises are true. It is possible that we have an improper understanding of something. This can affect us greatly because we might think that something is logical, but our arguments are bad or our premises are wrong.Investigating our understanding of the Faith, we must think with the mind of the Church. What does the Church teach on Faith and Morals? We must form our conscience well and learn as much as we can about Church teaching.Ideally, when we are investigating or discovering, we are aiming at the truth. As Pope Benedict XVI put it, “In the irresistible desire for truth, only a harmonious relationship between faith and reason is the right road that leads to God and to the person's complete fulfillment (Gen. Audience, Nov. 21, 2012).” He also thought there was a “fertile connection” between understanding and believing. Even the field of Theology which studies the things of God and God Himself is classically defined as “faith seeking understanding (fides quarens intellectum).”What to Do with a Supposed Contradiction?What, then, should we do with supposed contradictions? We must begin by remembering that God never wants to deceive us. He's not trying to trick us. If we come up against a supposed contradiction where reason seems to be saying one thing and faith is saying another, then necessarily our understanding is wrong as it regards either reason or faith. So, we must diligently investigate our premises and data points, pray, ask for guidance, or research the answer from someone who has wisdom and insight. What we cannot do is act in a way which seems truly illogical, and we cannot act against something we feel convicted by the Holy Spirit to do or not do.We Need to Live in the Truth and With LoveGod has given us the gifts of reason and faith to come to knowledge, love, and service of Him and of those placed around us. We must never lose sight of why we have these various tools of discovery. It is all about the love of God and neighbor. When we study science, we should do so out of a sense of wonder and awe at God's creation and His majesty. And any application of what we learn should be at the service of the common good of humanity. Likewise, when we use the tools of philosophy and theology, we must bear in mind that these are tools of discovery, not of innovation. The truth belongs to Jesus Christ. He alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Our job is not to hijack reason or faith, but to harmonize the two wings and let God's grace draw our souls ever upward into His own blessed life. Thank you for reading Will Wright Catholic. This post is public so feel free to share it. This is a public episode. If you would like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit willwrightcatholic.substack.com

The Prodigal Life
Ep35. Sacred Tradition, Scripture, and The Catholic Church

The Prodigal Life

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 38:14


In the Catholic Church the “Deposit of faith” refers to Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture. But what is Sacred Tradition? In today's episode we discuss the difference between Sacred Tradition and non-dogmatic tradition, where this fits with Scripture, and how the Church came to define these foundations of the faith. Episode 35 SHOW HOSTS: Deacon Harold Burke Sivers Nick De La Torre Ellen Holmes Steeves LeBlanc SUPPORT our show: theprodigallife.com SHOW PAGE: https://www.awakencatholic.org/the-prodigal-life/sacred-tradition-scripture-and-the-catholic-church THE AWAKEN APP: http://theawakenapp.io

The Thomistic Institute
Off-Campus Conversations, Ep. 005: Prof. Nina Heereman on the Book of Revelation

The Thomistic Institute

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 42:04


How can we read and interpret the Book of Revelation? Join Fr. Gregory Pine, O.P. of Aquinas 101, Godsplaining, and Pints with Aquinas for an off-campus conversation with scripture scholar Prof. Nina Heereman about her latest Thomistic Institute lecture, "Finding Consolation in the Book of Revelation." On the Book of Revelation w/ Fr. Gregory Pine and Prof. Nina Heereman (Off-Campus Conversations) You can listen to the original lecture here: https://soundcloud.com/thomisticinstitute/finding-consolation-in-the-book-of-revelation-prof-nina-heereman For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website at www.thomisticinstitute.org About the Speaker: Dr. Heereman was born and raised in a devout Catholic family in Germany. Originally trained as a lawyer, Dr. Heereman experienced a deep conversion experience at the 1997 World Youth Day. This conversion led her to discern a vocation as a lay woman “celibate for the sake of the kingdom of heaven” and also led her to theological studies so as to “consecrate [her] life to the study and teaching of the Word of God”. She received an STB from the Pontifical Gregorian University, an SSL from the Pontifical Biblical Institute, and the very rare SSD from the École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem and the Université de Fribourg. Her doctoral thesis “Behold King Solomon on the Day of His Wedding”: A Symbolic-Diachronic Reading of Song 3:6-11 and 4:12-5:1 has been heralded by scholars as a profound contribution to scholarship on the Song of Songs. Dr. Heereman is presently an Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, CA.

Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 17:14-18:9

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 18:51


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew by diving into 17:14-18:9.

Catholic News
September 20, 2022

Catholic News

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 2:42


A daily news briefing from Catholic News Agency, powered by artificial intelligence. Ask your smart speaker to play “Catholic News,” or listen every morning wherever you get podcasts. www.catholicnewsagency.com - A Vatican envoy in Ukraine prayed in silence at the recently discovered mass grave in Izium on Monday while forensic experts in white protective suits exhumed bodies, at least 146 so far. Cardinal Konrad Krajewski said during his visit to the grave site on September 19 that “seeing so many [dead] in one area is a difficult thing … to explain.” “The words of Sacred Scripture came to mind that evil must always be overcome with good,” he told Vatican News. It is the Polish cardinal's fourth trip to Ukraine since the start of the war. Pope Francis sent the cardinal as his personal representative to “be with the people who are suffering.” https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/252338/cardinal-konrad-krajewski-prays-at-mass-grave-in-ukraine The Synod on Synodality has thus far demonstrated the “joys, hopes, and wounds” shared by members of the Church in the United States, according to a report on the process issued Monday. “These consultations express a deep desire for greater communion,” read the US Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Synthesis document, released September 19. The fruit of consultation in the Latin-rite dioceses in the U.S, as well as Catholic associations, organizations, and national ministries, the synthesis noted several themes: enduring wounds, especially those inflicted by the sexual abuse crisis; enhancing communion and participation in the life of the Church; ongoing formation for mission; and engaging discernment. According to the report, about 700,000 people participated in the diocesan phase of the synod in the U.S., out of 66.8 million Catholics in the country. The report can be read on the USCCB website. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/252336/us-synod-synthesis-shows-desire-for-greater-communion Today, the Church celebrates Saints Andrew Kim Taegon and Paul Chong Hasañg, who were leaders of the Catholic Church in Korea. Andrew Kim Taegon was born to Korean nobility, and his parents converted when he was 15-years old. He traveled over 1000 miles to study in a seminary and became the first native Korean priest. He was tortured and beheaded in 1846. Paul Choñg Hasang was a Korean Catholic lay leader who defended the faith before the government of Korea, and reunited the Christians in the midst of the persecutions, encouraging them to stay strong in the faith. In response to his direct appeals, the Pope, Gregory the tenth, confirmed the validity of the Korean Church and sent more priests to Korea. He was martyred in 1839. https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/saint/sts-andrew-kim-taegon-paul-chong-ha-600

Catholic Radio Indy Faith in Action
GO REBUILD MY CHURCH: The Book of Revelation Calls Us to Rebuild, Part II

Catholic Radio Indy Faith in Action

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 27:57


The Book of Revelation Calls Us to Rebuild, Part II - This week Peter and Leslie continue to introduce a new series, "The Book of Revelation Opens the Door for Rebuilding," Part II. This portion of Sacred Scripture is given to us, the Church, in order that we may learn what Jesus desires to take place in the local parish. Jesus tells John to address seven local churches. These seven churches exist at the time of the writing, yet also, according to most scholars, are representative of every church in every age! During this broadcast, the Doanes help our listening audience to have a working knowledge of the book as well as an understanding of why this scripture is so important to our Catholic journey. Reading this apocalyptic book will become a life changer and help us out of a secular mentality into a Christian spiritual mentality!

Catholic Bible Study
Matthew 16:21-17:13

Catholic Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 31:14


This week Dr. Tim Gray and Dr. Michael Barber, professor of Sacred Scripture at the Augustine Institute Graduate School, continue their study of the Gospel of Matthew by diving into 16:21-17:13.

Catholic Daily Brief
How Do I Read the Bible?

Catholic Daily Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 16:19


What's the best way to approach the reading of Sacred Scripture?

Wake Up!
Wake Up! Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Wake Up!

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 44:44


We're live with Peter Finney, Editor and General Manager with the Clarion Herald gives us an update on what you'll find in this week's issue in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Fr. Brice Higginbotham, priest of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux pursuing doctoral studies in Sacred Scripture talks about vocations and Brian Broussard, Program Director of the Foster Grandparents Program at Catholic Charities in the Archdiocese of New Orleans talks about the program.

Logos
Ep. 72 (Is the Bible Literal?!)

Logos

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2022 54:32


How do we read Sacred Scripture? Do we cut off our hands when we sin? What about God's "foot stool"? Is he an old man in need of a break? Tune into this episode for some new content. As always, God Bless!

The Bearded Mystic Podcast
Guided Meditation: The Bearded Mystic Meditation (Version 1)

The Bearded Mystic Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 22:45 Transcription Available


This guided meditation,  the first of its kind, has become the central practice during our weekly Saturday meditation sessions. We explore Sat Chit Ananda and we go from a state of duality into non-duality. This is a 6 step process that you can follow. An ebook will be published this year about this process and the reasoning behind it. If you would like to listen to this guided meditation with background music, you can sign up to my Patreon Page or by purchasing Apple Subscriptions on your Apple Podcasts app.  I hope you enjoyed this Guided Meditation and if you are interested in listening to more episodes of the podcast that discusses Sacred Scriptures, or on Non-Duality, or you want to learn more about the wisdom of the Mystics please follow/subscribe to this Podcast.Listen to this episode ad-free, with background music by supporting The Bearded Mystic Podcast on Apple Subscriptions (via the app) and Patreon.https://www.patreon.com/thebeardedmysticpodcastPlease rate and write a review for this Podcast on https://www.thebeardedmysticpodcast.com/reviews/new/If you would like to attend a free weekly meditation with me, join my Whatsapp group:https://chat.whatsapp.com/DcdnuDMeRnW53E0seVp28bSubscribe to the free monthly The Bearded Mystic Newsletter: http://thebeardedmysticpodcast.substack.comYou can find links to Live Streams, Podcast, Videos etc: https://linktr.ee/thebeardedmysticpodcastYou can follow me and contact me on social media:Website: https://www.thebeardedmysticpodcast.com/TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdk3HPJh/Discord: https://discord.gg/4DbureZw8yInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebeardedmysticpodcast/Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/TheBeardedMysticPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/bearded_mysticFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Bearded-Mystic-PodcastSupport the show

TINW Torah Study
278. Biblical Origins - Ch 3 - Sacred Scripture & the Prophet Isaiah - August 20, 2022

TINW Torah Study

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2022 11:23


We continue our "Summer of Sperling" series by reading from Professor David Sperling's forthcoming book, Biblical Origins: The Political Intent of the Bible's Writers. Chapter 3 is titled Sacred Scripture and the Prophet Isaiah. We expect the book to be available for purchase in the next couple of weeks.

Reason and Theology Show – Reason and Theology
Predatory Prosperity Preachers vs. Scripture

Reason and Theology Show – Reason and Theology

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022


Michael reviews a video by prosperity preacher Mike Murdock and compares it to the message of Sacred Scripture.

Come Away By Yourselves
The Centrality of Christ

Come Away By Yourselves

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 28:17


Large, desperate crowds would press in on Jesus to hear and touch him.  He was the focus of all of their attention and desires.  Our Lord should be just the same for us: central to our lives.  We meet Jesus in the Eucharistic Bread, in Sacred Scripture, in our habitual presence of God, and in others.  https://comeawaybyyourselves.com

Member Supported Restoration Radio
Season 5, Apologetics, Episode 5: Jesus Christ: Prophet, Messias and True God (Part 1)

Member Supported Restoration Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 94:35


The Apologetics Series takes members through a comprehensive study on Catholic Apologetics from the book The Defense of the Catholic Church, by Francis X Doyle S.J. This episode commences a new mini-series where we take apologists through a comprehensive study of the Christ; Jesus of Nazareth. Bishop Donald Sanborn, with host Phil Stone, will show in Sacred Scripture how Jesus Christ claimed that he was a prophet, the promised Messias, and most important of all, the Son of God, the second person of the Blessed Trinity, with divine knowledge and powers. It is recommended that you follow the show with a copy of the only Bible that Catholics should use - the Douay-Rheims. While the show is designed to be consumed without reference to the text, there are many references to sacred scripture within the text that are not covered in the show. It would therefore enhance your listening experience if you had a copy of the text and the Douay-Rheims while listening. Reprints of the The Defense of the Catholic Church, now available in the TR Press Store (strongly recommended by Bishop Sanborn to purchase a copy): www.truerestoration.org/press/defense…holic-church/ Original Air Date: August 8, 2016 Show Run Time: 1 hour 34 minutes Show Guest(s): Bishop Donald Sanborn Show Host(s): Phil Stone Novus Ordo Watch www.novusordowatch.org Episode: https://www.truerestoration.org/season-5-apologetics-episode-5-jesus-christ-prophet-messias-and-true-god-part-1/ Apologetics: www.truerestoration.org/category/radi…/apologetics/ Subscribe: www.truerestoration.org/member-signup/ Apologetics℗ is a production of the Restoration Radio Network. Copyright 2016. All Rights are Reserved.

The Walk Humbly Podcast
Grandparents and the Elderly - One Minute with Bishop Burbidge

The Walk Humbly Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 0:59


This Sunday we celebrate the second World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly with the theme: “In Old Age They Will Still Bear Fruit” to emphasize how grandparents and the elderly are a precious gift to their families and all of society. Pope Francis reminds us that Sacred Scripture refers to the elderly as “filled with days” and have wisdom to offer us. May we consider two things this weekend: first, remember your grandparents, with a visit, if living, and with prayers if deceased; and second, seek out those elderly persons who feel alone. While youth and energy are good things, some wisdom only matures in time. May our grandparents and elderly friends know how much we love them and may they continue to bear abundant fruit in our midst.