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Out of the many ways God could have chosen to save mankind, He decided to send His only Son to earth to become man. This cornerstone mystery of the Faith is not only a great surprise, but also a great blessing. Tune in for some points of reflection that place us in front of this incredible reality, what is particular about it, and the consequences it has on human dignity.
- Online Video: Fr. Barron on why God became human
- Online Audio: Fr. Barron on the Incarnation as the sign of God’s love par excellence
- Book: Joy to the World: How Christ’s Coming Changed Everything, by Scott Hahn
In the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther King, and many others, an unjust law is a human law which is not based on eternal and natural law. That then begs the question, what is natural law, and what is law in general? Listen up for an answer, some clarifications, and just how we can apply natural law to our daily decision making.
The two natures and one person of Christ tend to cause confusion, but when broken down to ‘what’ and ‘who’ it becomes clear that this way of speaking is used in day to day life. This distinction is also necessary to understand the rest of the Catholic faith from Scripture to the Sacraments to the Incarnation.
Every saint story has something particular to it which teaches us about the faith and how to live it out. The first American saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton, offers a beautiful and courageous witness to the faith despite much suffering and anti-Catholic sentiment that surrounded her. Listen up with Deacon Michael Niemczak to learn more about this vibrant saint, and what we can learn from her to grow in holiness…
- Online: Access to all the writings of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
- Book: American Saint: The Life of Elizabeth Seton, by Mary Hilaire Tavenner
What is the difference between killing someone and murdering them? Is it ever truly admissible to take the life of another. The answer lies in the motivation by which you act. Listen to Fr. Tim Furlow explain the difference between self-defense and murder in this Catholic Bytes episode.
- Online: Bishop Barron’s article The Libya Situation in Light of the Catholic Just War Tradition
- Online: Catechism of the Catholic Church on the 5th Commandment
- Online: Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on Self-Defense
How can evil exist in the face of divine providence? This is one of the most frequently asked questions of Christianity. Fr. Trenton does not only explain how both can exist, but how this dynamic between the existence of evil and the presence of divine providence actually illustrates the profound love and respect God has for man.
Catholics confess their sins to a priest. This encounter is not solely with the person of the priest, but with God himself. The sacrament of Confession or the sacrament of healing is the moment in which we allow Jesus to heal our relationship with him. Preparing well for this encounter is important because it allows us to see who we really are and how we truly need to be healed.
- Online: Catechism of the Catholic Church 1422-1498
- Online: John Paul II’s The Purpose and Benefits of Sacramental Penance
- Book: Dr. Scott Hahn’s Lord, Have Mercy
- Online Audio: Fr. Christopher Seith’s Episode Confession: It’s More Than Just a Sign
- Online Audio: Lighthouse Media’s Freedom Through Forgiveness
- Online Audio: Mark Hart’s Remade
- Online Audio: Fr. William Casey’s The Sacrament of Penance
- Online Audio: Dr. Scott Hahn’s The Healing Power of Confession
- Online Audio: Fr. Larry Richard’s Confession
- Online Video: Bishop Barron’s The IPhone App and Confession
What do living in the desert and monastic life have in common? Much more than you would probably expect. In this first episode of a five part series, Fr. Andrew Mattingly explains the initial stages of monastic life in the history of the Church.
- Online: Br. Thomas Davenport’s article More Important than Food: St. Anthony’s Advice on Prayer
- Online Audio: Exploring the Early Church Fathers by Dr. Michael Barber
- Book: The Book of the Elders by John Wortley
There is either truth, or there isn’t. This is a highly contested statement for society today because with the development of modern science people are hesitant to accept things that are not proven with concrete observable evidence. However, the presence of truth has never been disproven, but rather dismissed. Tune into this Catholic Bytes episode to learn more about the phenomenon of intellectual relativism.
- Online Audio: Chris Stefanick’s Relativism
- Online: Catholic Encyclopedia’s article on Relativism
- Online: Joe Heschmeyer’s article Establishing Absolute, Knowable Truth, in Three Easy Steps
- Online: Joe Heschmeyer’s article The Trouble with Relativism
- Online: Bishop Barron’s article Dietrich Von Hildebrand and Our Relativistic Age