“What Is The Use Of Believing” — Feb 4th

Feb 4:
What Is The Use Of Believing?

“Isn’t it possible to live an upright and honest life without taking the Gospel seriously?”

Come join the St. Francis Men of Emmaus as we discuss the answer Bl. John Paul II gave to this  question in Crossing The Threshold Of Hope (copies in Church library). We meet in the Youth Room on Saturday mornings for coffee, bagels, and fellowship at 7:45 A.M. and continue until 9:00.
Upcoming – Feb 11th:  “Be Not Afraid!”
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Mysteries Of The Church: The Afterlife

This is an interesting video, produced in conjunction with the Diocese of Brooklyn, about what we believe about the afterlife.  It is well-produced and visually appealing.  It also taught me something and might offer you some new insight.  There are many more of these so we will be seeing more in the future.

Three things surprised me.  The first was the explanation of Hell.  The announcer states what I always thought we Catholics believed about Hell and then affirmatively states that that is untrue.  She then backs it up with ecclesial authority from the Diocese of Brooklyn.  I still wonder, though.

Second, the affirmation that “Heaven” is wherever God is struck me.  Not so much because it is surprising, but because I just stumbled across a meditation from St. Teresa of Avila, who made the same assertion.  There are no coincidences, but that was spooky.

Finally, the explanation of what we believe about purgatory was excellent, i.e., it made perfect sense.

The video is copyright 2010 Trans Video Communications.

“Why Does God Tolerate Suffering” — January 28


“Why Does God Tolerate Suffering?”

If God is all-powerful and all-loving, why does He permit and continue to permit
suffering in the world He created?
Come join the St. Francis Men of Emmaus as we discuss the answer Bl. John Paul II gave to this question in Crossing The Threshold Of Hope (copies available in Church library).  We meet in the Youth Room on Saturday mornings for coffee, bagels, and fellowship at 7:45 A.M. and continue until 9:00.
Upcoming – Feb 4:  “What is the use of believing?”

“The Defense Of Every Life” — January 21st

Jan 21:
The Defense Of Every Life

“It is not possible to speak of the right to choose when a clear moral evil is involved. . .”

Come join the St. Francis Men of Emmaus as we discuss Bl. John Paul II’s take on this issue from Crossing The Threshold Of Hope (copies in Church library). We meet in the Youth Room on Saturday mornings for coffee, bagels, and fellowship at 7:45 A.M. and continue until 9:00.
Upcoming —  Jan 28 – “Why Does God Tolerate Suffering?

What Is Justice?

The Holy Father recently offered an short, precise explanation of what “justice” means in Catholic thinking:

Justice is not a mere human convention. When, in the name of supposed justice, the criteria of utility, profit, and material possession come to dominate, the value and dignity of human beings can be trampled underfoot. Justice is a virtue which guides the human will, prompting us to give others what is due to them by reason of their existence and their actions.

See Catholic Culture.org for the whole article.  Three points jump out at me.  First, “justice” is part of objective truth (“not . . a human convention”).  Second, this explanation allows room for values such as “utility, profit, and material possession” to enter into the analysis so long as they do not dominate.  Finally, justice takes into account others’ “actions.”  These points provide a solid foundation for analyzing our actions and our response to proposals seeking our support in the name of justice.

“My Mom’s Gonna Kill Me”

 

Picture perfect.  So far the creator is unidentified.  If you find out, please let me know.  I want to shake his or her hand and give proper credit.

When Is Easter In 2012?

Easter Sunday is April 8, 2012.  The Diocese of Rapid City has a very readable liturgical calendar here.  For us in the Archdiocese of Washington, we need to be careful as there seem to be some differences in the calendar.