The Roman Church as Prophesied in the Old Testament

Did you know that the “Roman identity” of the New Testament Church was foretold in the Old Testament? If we understand the Jewish prophets, we will see that the Church of Jesus Christ would necessarily be “Roman.”

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It relates to a vision found in the second chapter of Daniel. This chapter describes a dream of Nebuchadnezzar about an enormous statue composed of four different materials. First, the head was of gold. Second, the chest and arms were of silver. Third, the belly and thighs

Today’s Saint Lawrence of Brindisi tells you "Read This!"

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi was the greatest linguist of his day. He could read, write, and speak Italian, Latin, Hebrew, Greek, German, Bohemian, Spanish and French.

Here’s my favorite story about him. He was preaching somewhere and was being heckled by a Protestant minister about a Catholic doctrine not being found in the Bible. Saint Lawrence took his Greek New Testament and threw it at the man and said, “Read this!”

His knowledge of Hebrew was so thorough that the rabbis were convinced that he had once been a Jew who had converted to Christianity.

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#042: Golf Cart Saints [Podcast]

My goal this week is to talk about the process of sanctification. My good friend Dr. Ben Olson invited me to play golf with him this week and it reminded me how the spiritual life is like golf. Full of frustrations, sand traps, water hazards, and missed putts.

We’ll go through what a typical game of golf looks like for me and then relate that to the Catholic doctrine of sanctification.

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  • Weekly Joke: When the light turns green.
  • Proverb of the week: Prov 1:1-6
  • Featured Segment: Golf Cart Sanctification
  • Tip of the week: Mini-breaks
  • Latin word of the week: Par
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Podcast Archive

# Title Released
041 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture 07/02/2014
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
038 Should You Budget Time 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet The Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013

 

I need your opinion: Is Catholicism a “joyless slog” or a Joyful Journey?

I would love to get your opinion on something. Do you think Catholicism makes people joyful and full of life or depressed and lacking in energy? I recently got this really discouraging comment from a reader:

Lifelong Catholic here (40 years). I have a hard time finding ANY impulse to share the faith. I can defend it, sure. But evangelize? Why? It’s intellectually consistent and defensible, but when the rubber meets the road, its a grueling, joyless slog. Much better to let people take their chances with invincible ignorance.”

I’ll leave this comment as anonymous. This kind of comment makes my heart slump. So sad.

What about you?

I put together an anonymous survey and I want to hear from you on 3 related questions relating to your mental attitude about being Catholic. It will take less than 10 seconds to take. When you finish it, you’ll see how other people answered (no names – it’s all anonymous):

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Topics we’ve been covering lately:

  • Mariology (study of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
  • Josephology (study of Saint Joseph)
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  • Mystical Meaning of the Liturgy
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Video: Eve – Is Woman a Misbegotten Male? (Thomas Aquinas vs. Aristotle)

This is going to be controversial! Today we look at the classical and medieval understandings of woman as she relates to man. We do so by looking at the Genesis account and along the way we get into some dicey theology.

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 10.53.35 AMIf you’re a rock-ribbed feminist, you may want to stop reading here. Just sayin’. Thomas Aquinas locks horns with Aristotle on this issue of “woman as misbegotten male.” I think you’ll find this video especially interesting and helpful as you engage with others who argue that “The story of Adam and Eve is misogynistic!” You’ll also learn about Thomas Aquinas’ philosophy. As always, I look forward to the comments!!!

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Here’s the video on: “Eve – Is Woman a Misbegotten Male? (Thomas Aquinas)”

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What does “Eve” mean?

Eve comes from the Hebrew: חַוָּה‎, pronounced Havah or Hawah.

Eve in the Hebrew language is Ḥawwāh, meaning: “living one” or “source of life”, and is related to ḥāyâ, “to live”. The name derives from the Semitic root ḥyw.

Why the Rib? (STh I, q. 92, a. 3.)

Thomas Aquinas gives this account:

I answer that, It was right for the woman to be made from a rib of man.

First, to signify the social union of man and woman, for the woman should neither “use authority over man,” and so she was not made from his head; nor was it right for her to be subject to man’s contempt as his slave, and so she was not made from his feet.

Secondly, for the sacramental signification; for from the side of Christ sleeping on the Cross the Sacraments flowed–namely, blood and water–on which the Church was established.

Aristotle on “Female as Misbegotten Male”

Aristotle was a Greek philosopher before the time of Christ. He had been a student of Plato. Aristotle was brilliant and the rediscovery of Aristotle in the Middle Ages led to a renaissance in Christian, Jewish, and Muslim intellectual circles – especially in the fields of science.

While the Church Fathers taught “immediate” conception, Aristotle taught a “delayed” conception.

Consequently, Aristotle taught that “the female is a misbegotten male.” Aristotle, De Gener. ii, 3.

Thomas Aquinas depends on Aristotle quite a bit, but not slavishly. Thomas frequently points out where and why Aristotle is wrong on hundreds of points. So it is interesting to see Thomas wrestle with Aristotle on the “status” of women in the scope of creation. Here’s the answer from Thomas Aquinas (it’s in more detail in the video lesson):

“Reply to Objection 1. As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active force in the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of woman comes from defect in the active force or from some material indisposition, or even from some external influence; such as that of a south wind, which is moist, as the Philosopher observes (De Gener. Animal. iv, 2). On the other hand, as regards human nature in general, woman is not misbegotten, but is included in nature’s intention as directed to the work of generation. Now the general intention of nature depends on God, Who is the universal Author of nature. Therefore, in producing nature, God formed not only the male but also the female.” STh I, q. 92, 1, ad 2.

Here’s how Thomas understands it: From the Aristotelian point of view of philosophical act and potency, an embryonic female is just a little less actualized (XX chromosome) than a male (XY). But Thomas says, “on the other hand,” from the biblical Judeo-Christian point of view woman is NOT a misbegotten male. She is integral to the fabric of creation.

Question: So let’s get the comments rolling! What do you think? Does Thomas handle this appropriately? Does he not go far enough? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

How to Make the Best Confession of Your Life (and not be nervous)

Are you discouraged? Have you lost your energy? Did you lose that kick in your step?

If you want more JOY in your life, then you need to experience more forgiveness…

  • The best way to experience this joyful mercy is to go to confession.
  • Most of us received instruction on how to make a confession way back when we were seven years old.
  • Since then, we have received little instruction on how to make a good confession.
  • That’s too bad, because our sins  at age 7 are very different than our sins at age 25, 35, 45, and so on…

How to Make a “Grown-Up” Confession:

Here’s a video I created on how to prepare for confession thoroughly and quickly (using a mental “7 deadly sin check list” based on the acronym “PALEGAS”). This method, if used prayerfully, will allow you to make more thorough confessions.

To begin watching the video, click here.

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One final tip: if you are still nervous about confessing a sin, do 3 things:

  1. Look at the crucifix in the confessional, and know that you are confessing to Jesus who has an infinite desire to forgive you.
  2. Confess your sins out loud to God before you go to confession (make sure that you close your door!)
  3. Most importantly, if you are nervous in the confessional say these words, “Father I’m kind of nervous and I don’t know how to confess this one. Can you help me?” Father will kindly help you back off the ledge of fear. Priests now how to tenderly help you voice your sin. He’s heard it before. He won’t judge you! Priests (and the angels) rejoice when a sinner repents!

Question: How do you prepare for Confession? Do you have any other tricks or helpful advice for us? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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#041: 5 Intellectual Virtues and Pornography, Art, and Culture [Podcast]

My goal this week is to share with you the 5 Intellectual Virtues according to Saint Thomas Aquinas. I sit down the Brother Bradley Elliott, OP of the Dominicans (and “Fellow” of the New Saint Thomas Institute) and he explains the 5 intellectual virtues and how they relate to the moral life and key topics such as pornography, art, and culture.

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Podcast Archive

# Title Released
040 Taylor and Joy Talk About Their Marriage 06/25/2014
038 Should You Budget Time 06/04/2014
037 The Theology of Vacation, Leisure, and Recreation 05/28/2014
036 Noah Movie Review – Rock Monsters? 05/21/2014
035 Children Need Fortitude 05/14/2014
034 Jokes of Saint John XXIII 05/07/2014
033 Divine Mercy: 5 Common Questions 04/30/2014
032 4 Sections of Hell 04/23/2014
031 Meet The Saint Version of You 04/16/2014
030 Should You Be an Optimist? 04/09/2014
029 Finding Fellowship like Samwise Gamgee 04/01/2014
028 Demons, Snakes, and Ticks: Lessons from a Hunting Trip 03/26/2014
027 How to Make an Eternal Impact with Your Life 03/19/2014
026 Thoughts on My Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe 02/26/2014
025 Why is the Catholic Church Roman? 02/19/2014
024 The Seven Lies We Believe About Our Failures 02/11/2014
023 How to Restart Your Mental Computer 02/06/2014
022 Top Five Productivity Tips from Thomas Aquinas 01/29/2014
021 Did You Miss God’s Plan for Your Life? 01/23/2014
020 When Prayer Becomes a Chore 01/15/2014
019 12 Attributes of a Baptized Christian 01/08/2014
018 A Podcast Against Bitter Catholics! 12/30/2013
017 Mary’s Painless Delivery of Christ Explained 12/18/2013
016 Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Luke (Plus How to Set Goals) 12/11/2013
015 Total Consecration to Mary 12/04/2013
014 What’s Your Apostolate? 11/27/2013
013 6 Items for the Liturgy of Your Life 11/20/2013
012 Why You Should Be More Creative 11/13/2013
011 Why Did They Stop Teaching Virtue? 11/06/2013
010 How Do Saints Hear Our Prayers? 10/30/2013
009 My Opinion of Martin Luther 10/23/2013
008 My Top 5 Daily Prayers 10/16/2013
007 Your Guardian Angel 10/03/2013
006 How You Can Convert 7 Billion People 09/25/2013
005 3 Strategies for a Marriage that Sings! 09/18/2013
004 4 Step Plan When Family Leave the Faith 09/12/2013
003 5 Tools for Deep Daily Prayer Life 09/04/2013
002 Three Tips to Increase Your Passion for Life 08/28/2013
001 How to Find a Spiritual Director 08/18/2013

 

New Videos: The 12 Mysteries of the Mass (according to Thomas Aquinas)

Here are TWO free samples of Catholic theology videos from our New Saint Thomas Institute. Did you know that Saint Thomas Aquinas gave us theological explanations for 12 mystical actions in the Holy Mass? Learn more by watching these free Catholic theology videos.

Here’s Part 2 in the series: The Theology of the Mass by Saint Thomas Aquinas (PART 2)

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Here’s Part 1 of the series: Saint Thomas Aquinas on the Liturgy of the Latin Mass (PART 1):

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