What it is that defines the Catholic Church? Like all things, the Church has an identity which comes from her characteristics. Four of these characteristics we call the marks of the Church since they are the unchangeable essence of what the Church is. She is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic, and in this episode we discuss these four marks and their part of the Church’s identity.
Throughout this series of episodes on God’s covenants with various figures in the Old Testament, we have seen how each covenant was fulfilled in Jesus Christ in the New Testament. In this final episode, we take a big picture look at the development of these covenants and their culmination in the life of Christ in the New Testament.
Fr. Jim gives us a survey of the Councils of Ephesus, Chalcedon, Constantinople II and III. These councils deal with the nature of Christ’s humanity.
As we continue the series on covenants we now look at God’s covenant with David, the successor of Saul as the first human king of God’s people. God makes a covenant with David for a kingship that leaves a legacy that looks forward to the coming of Christ, our true King.
In this episode, we talk about what an ecumenical council is, and discuss the issues related to two major ecumenical councils in the early Church: Nicaea and Constantinople I.
God’s relationship with His people changes from the Old Testament to the New, and even His guidance for us as to how to follow Him takes on new form in the New Testament. In this episode we discuss this development through God’s covenant with Moses, which carries Christianity from the Old Testament to the New.
In just one year of active priestly ministry, Blessed Miguel Pro set an example for the rest of the Church to live as God created us to be. From disguising himself as a police officer to minister to priests on death row, to forgiving his executioners right before his death, Bl. Miguel was known for his radical gift of self for those he served. Tune in to this Catholic Bytes episode to get the full story!
Whether an action is right or wrong is not always obvious. In this complex world there can be circumstances in which the morality of an action is difficult to determine, and in this episode we discuss various criteria for judging the immorality of actions that cooperate with evil.
The recount of Abraham that we get from the Bible demonstrates a complex relationship with God in which Abraham relies on God with faith and trust, and ultimately is an amazing example for all of us. In this episode we talk about Abraham’s story and how his faith enabled it to unfold according to God’s plan.
The person of Jesus Christ is the part of the Triune God that we relate to on a personal level, but many heresies along the way have tried to negate the truth of Christ’s human nature. In this episode hear how the personal aspect of Christ is fundamental to our salvation as we follow history through a few heresies that made claims against it.