Love your enemies. This teaching is one of Christianity’s greatest contributions to humanity. When Christians truly love, those who were once enemies become siblings. The response of the Coptic Christians towards the ISIS executioners who martyred 21 people in Libya offers a current day testimony of this specifically Christian love.
For believers, the Universe does not simply serve as God’s beautiful masterpiece readily admired. Instead, it offers powerful arguments that God in fact does exist. Discover key arguments pro- and contra- God’s existence via the Universe and how, fundamentally, denying the former is a denial of logic and scientific evidence.
- Book: Archbishop Michael Sheehan. Apologetics and Catholic Doctrine, 2001.
- Book: Kreeft, Peter & Tacelli, Ronald. Handbook of Christian Apologetics, 1994.
- Book: D’Souza, Dinesh. What’s so Great about Christianity? 2008.
- Online: Dr. William Lane Craig. The Cosmological Argument. http://www.reasonablefaith.org/transcript-kalam-cosmological-argument
In St. Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians we find the scriptural basis for “tradition”, both of which — scripture and tradition — work together to express revelation. Concerning the Institution of the Eucharist, pronounced by Christ at the Last Supper, St. Paul is ‘handing on’ what he has ‘received’. This ‘handing on’ from the beginning is what the Catholic Church holds as tradition.
- Book (and online): Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 75-79. http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__PK.HTM
- Online: The New American Bible. http://www.usccb.org/bible/index.cfm
- Online: Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (“Dei Verbum”) from the Second Vatican Council. http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651118_dei-verbum_en.html
- Online: http://www.catholic.com/tracts/scripture-and-tradition – gives a clear presentation of the Catholic Church’s understanding of Tradition.
‘Apostle of the New Marian Era,’ and great martyr of the 20th c., St. Maximilian Kolbe was a light in heavy darkness. Always with joy, he was ridiculed on the streets of Rome and, ultimately, gave up his life in the Auschwitz camps. Every hero, however, has a secret formula for victory. For St. Max’s, tune in and listen up!
Gregorian Chant is not the only reason St. Pope Gregory the Great earned that title; in fact, it is not for that reason at all. Unravel the story of a man who went from worldly fame, to humble monastery life, to the privileged Bishop of Rome. Now homaged as Doctor of the Church and conferred the title of Great, St. Gregory considered himself no more than “Servus Servorum Dei” – Servant of the servants of God.
- Book: Fr. Christopher Rengers, The 33 Doctors of the Church (Tan)
- Book: Eamon Duffy, Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes (Yale University Press)
- Book: R.A. Markus, Gregory the Great and his World (Cambridge University Press)
A discussion regarding the seeming contradiction between God’s divine providence and free will.
- Book (and online): Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 302-308. http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/__P19.HTM
- Book: Fr. Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure and St. Claude de la Colombiere. Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence.
- Book: Kreeft, Peter. The God Who Loves You: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling, 2004.
As Catholics, we have been given a great gift; we have been given the sacraments. The sacraments are tailored specifically for humans, they bring much needed (and free!) grace from God, but are seen in a physical way so that we can be certain of the Lord’s help.
From surviving World War II, Communism, attempted assassination, and Parkinson’s disease, this episode looks into the incredible life and witness of St. John Paul II.
- Book: Evert, Jason. Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves, 2014.
- Book: John Paul II. Gift and Mystery: On the Fiftieth Anniversary of My Priestly Ordination, 1996.
- Online: Brief biographical information: http://www.2papisanti.org/EN/JohnPaulII
- Online: Brief biographical text from the booklet for the canonization Mass of St. John Paul II: http://www.vatican.va/special/canonizzazione-27042014/documents/biografia_gpii_canonizzazione_en.html
An explanation on the development of the Catholic canon and the differences found within protestant bibles.
- Book (and online): Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs #120-130.
- Online: An extremely helpful chart comparing the books in four different bibles: Jewish, Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant. http://catholic-resources.org/Bible/Heb-Xn-Bibles.htm
- Online: Article explaining the development of the Old Testament canon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Development_of_the_Old_Testament_canon
True freedom, contrary to its current ‘absolute’ sense, is lived to its fullest when in accord with human nature. Jesus Christ taught us how to be truly free, because he was truly human; living in perfect accord with that nature. What the contemporary and Christian understanding of freedom have in common is a “yes” to something other; while one leads to slavery, the other leads to great acts of love and attainment of true freedom. The perfect exemplar of this is Christ on the Cross.