There is a danger when we speak of God’s Law, to consider it as we might any secular law. For example, we may well consider secular law merely to be some sort of impersonal code written by some nameless legislators or bureaucrats. We have not met them, we do not know them, or necessarily love or trust them. In effect, they are an abstraction in our mind called “the government” or “the man” or just “they,” as in, “They don’t want you to park here” or “They’ll fine you for that.”
Jesus said to Peter, "I will make you a fisher of men". What does this mean? We are ordered by an innate natural desire to seek truth - and we are called to share this truth with others, to "fish" people and guide them towards this truth. Fr. Barron comments on the calling of the disciples in this video.
We'll begin by making clear just what we mean by "Purgatory." The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches: All who die in God’s grace, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven (1030).
Some of the Protestant churches, along with Charismatic groups, have had success with attracting young people through their use of music to animate services. This is much more than a superficial matter, as Maeve Louise Heaney has pointed out.
One of the most common objections that opponents of religion make is that there is no correlation between belief in God and morality. Indeed it is true that many atheists and agnostiocs live moral lives. However, as Fr. Robert Barron explains in this video, non-belief in God will over time result in a degradation of morality due to relativism.
"How can Jesus be both God and Human?" This is a very old question and there have been a lot of misunderstandings regarding the true nature of Jesus throughout history. In this video, Fr. Robert Barron explains how Jesus really is true God, and true Man.
Christmas is a good family time and a sentimental time - but if that is all we see in teh Christmas season, then we miss the real power of Christmas! Look at the Gospel of Luke... Christmas is not a time to become lazy, it a call to action to embrace the Christian revolution, and to follow Christ.
Have you ever had a Protestant challenge you as a Catholic, stating that there is one (sole) mediator between God and Man, Jesus, asking the saints to pray for us is useless, wrong and maybe even sinful. It is a very common objection!
Theology on Tap founder Patrick Langrell, lawyer Monica Doumit, and journalist Nigel Freitas discuss whether the Church needs a change of tact in how she presents herself to the surrounding culture, and whether there is anything we can do to help.
Christianity is not a generic philosophy or a bland spirituality - it is the proclamation of something fresh, startling and urgent. The authors of the New Testament has this urgency in their writings, they are here to tell us about an 'emergency' - God has been raised from the dead. Pope Francis has this same evangelic urgency, as evident in his Apostolic Exhortation "Evangelii Gaudium" (The Joy of the Gospel) - making it an excellent read! Fr. Robert Barron unpacks some of the themes from Evangelii Gaudium in this video.
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