If you look at the writings of many atheists, a common criticism against religion is the presence of violence in the Bible. Many Christians also struggle with this. Why is there so much violence in the Old Testament in particular, and how are we supposed to understand this? Watch this video commentary by Fr. Robert Barron for more.
The Sacrament of Confirmation, why do we need it? This sacrament is the strengthening and confirming of our spiritual life... specifically that means the stirring up of the gifts of the Holy Spirit within us. In this video, Fr. Robert Barron explains what it means to be drawn into the power of the Holy Spirit, and why the Sacrament of Confirmation is more important than many of us may think!
Bl. Pope John XXIII’s encyclical on peace should remind everyone of the need to “build peace on the example of Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis said Oct. 3, while reflecting on the relevance of the 1963 encyclical “Pacem in Terris” – or “Peace on Earth. Bl. John XXIII, who will be canonized on 27 April next year.
One doesn’t usually think to go to Saint Thomas Aquinas for advice on emotional matters. In Summa Theologica, St. Thomas follows some of the eastern fathers in naming four kinds of sorrow (cf I IIae 35:8): Anxiety, Torpor, Pity, and Envy. He also has some very insightful advice on remedies for these sorrows.
As I read Conversations with God, I found myself laughing out loud to the witty responses God gave to some of Neale’s questions. I was nodding my head in recognition when God would repeat a lesson he’d already said once before, explaining that we humans often don’t listen to him the first time — or the fifth time for that matter.
On Monday 2 September, on a serious Australian current affairs program, Q&A, our current serving Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a self-professed Christian, grossly caricatured the Bible. A pastor questioned the PM's change of mind on same-sex marriage, pointing out that Jesus says, "A man shall leave his father and mother and be married" - summarising Matthew 19:4-6 - and asked why someone calling himself a Christian does not believe the words of Jesus in the Bible.
The Eucharist is the great Sacrament of the Catholic Church! In this video, Fr. Robert Barron unpacks this significance of this sacrament by looking at the biblical history, the mystery of Christ's sacrifice, and the concept of living in communion with one other.
Many young Catholics welcomed the online announcement that the Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church, Youcat for short, was now available in Chinese after being published in many other languages. Until recently, Chinese-speaking Catholics had to rely on the English version. Now the Kuangchi Cultural Group in Taipei translated and published it in traditional Chinese.
In new atheist and secular circles today, faith is regularly ridiculed. So it is very timely that Pope Francis' first encyclical addresses this exact topic! His encyclical, called "Lumen Fidei", was in fact started by Benedict XVI. Watch this video for a commentary on the new encyclical by Fr. Robert Barron.
According to former US President Jimmy Carter, the Catholic Church teaching that only men can be ordained to the priesthood, is an abuse of human rights. Carter’s comments appeared in a recent interview published by Time on Sunday 23 June 2013, in the lead up to upcoming Carter Center ‘Mobilizing Faith for Women’ conference.
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