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The Catholic Solution
with Thomas Ryan
Each of us is called to live our faith and by out witness re-energize our families, renew our Church, and recover our country. But first, following the pattern for renewal established by Vatican II, we must examine and if necesary adjust some basic understandings. Modern society embraces several false notions and misleading ideas that subconsciously shape our thinking, making it difficult to live our faith and answer the call of Christ!
We will examine Money, Taxes, Jobs, and the Economy:
- The truth about money
- What Christ actually taight regarding taxes
- Fair prices and just wages
- How a simple misunderstanding regarding jobs increases unemployment
- Why the Church has always opposed socialism
- How most modern economic models are fundamentally opposed to Christ's message
- The Church's position on free markets
We will discuss Human Rights, Natural Rights, and Virtue:
- How our culture's focus on rights actually destroys true human dignity
- How rights result from a fundamental disordering of God's Divine Plan
- How a focus on right inevitably produces the terrible conflicts we are experiencing in the world today
- Why and how virtue must displace rights as the foundation for our society
We will close by examining Charity and Catholic Social Teaching:
- What is charity? What is justice? What is mercy?
- Tithing and taxes
- Is government capable of charitable actions?
- Why a personal goal of entering heaven falls far short of what God actually calls us to
- What is our responsibility to our brothers and sisters?
Join us for a timely, lively, and challenging examination of many underlying beliefs and assumptions that, upon examination, turn out to be false and lead us on paths running counter to call of Christ.
Foundations of Our Faith
with Thomas Ryan
Increasingly, our Catholic Faith is being assaulted. Do we know our Faith well enough to defend it? Or to explain its truths to others? As Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said:
"There are not more than one hundred people in the world who truly hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they perceive the Catholic Church to be"
Have you ever wondered...
- Is belief in God purely an act of faith? Or is it rational and reasonable to believe in God?
- What does the Church actually teach regarding the Trinity?
- What is meant by "consubstantiation"?
- What does it mean for us to be created in God's image and likeness?
- How was man's nature corrupted through the Fall? And what is Original Sin? Why am I stained by something my ancestors did thousands of years ago?
- Is there more to Christ's mission than dying for our sins and opening the gates of heaven?
- What does Scripture tell us about Christ's second coming? and why are teachings on the rapture heretical?
- How does the Holy Spirit work in the world and in our lives? What is grace? And what are the Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
- What does it mean that the Church is One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic?
- What are the four last things?
- How does our Catholic Deposit of Faith differ from that of Protestants? And how does this affect our life in faith?
- Why is veneration of Mary so important for Catholics?
- How are we being called to live our faith in a secular world that is becoming increasingly hostile to religious beliefs and practices?
Now is the time to discover the answers!
with Phil Pratt
The Book of Revelation is perhaps the most misunderstood and misinterpreted book in all of Scripture!
Many people look around at the violence, disrespect for life, materialism, and rejection of God that plague our modern world and wonder - are we seeing the End Times foretold by Christ, disturbingly described in Paul's Second Letter to the Thessalonians, and specifically detailed in the Revelation of John? Perhaps we should better understand these passages of Scripture!
- The theme of marriage is central to Revelation; and reflects the central theme of John's Gospel as well. How does marriage provide a framework for understanding Revelation?
- Revelation is writting using an apocryphal style; are the end times all doom and gloom?
- Revelation must be understood within the historical setting of 1st century Israel
- Revelation must be understood as describing a great but largely unseen battle that takes place, not in the heavenly realm, but here on earth
- Understanding the elaborate and powerful symbolism is difficult without an understanding of the Old Testament
- Numbers are significant! Seven figures, seven bowls of wrath, seven seals, 666, thousand year reign, etc.
But most of all, Revelation must be interpreted in accord with the heart and mind of the Church!
The Beginning of the Story of Salvation History
with Sue Athey
Holy Scripture is God's way of introducing Himself to us, letting us know who He is, and telling us of His boundless love!
In this course, you will learn about the early days of God's love story with all humanity - from Creation through King Solomon. Along the way, you will meet some of the most intriguing people who ever lived (Adam, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, Moses, David, and more)
Have you ever wondered...
- Does Genesis present a scientific explanation of Creation? What is really happening in the story of Adam and Eve?
- If the earth was reborn after the flood, how did the sin of Adam and Eve enter into Noah's world? What does this say about our world today?
- How did Abraham live up to God's calling? How did he fall short? And how does Abraham's story look forward to Christ and the redemption of man?
- How did Abraham's lack of trust in God's promises lead to today's middle-eastern conflict?
- How did the chosen people, the Hebrews, come to be known as the Nation of Israel? Why do we, today, refer to them as Jews?
- What is the deep significance of God telling Moses His name?
- At Sinai, was Moses the only one God spoke to?
- Anticipating that the Hebrews would demand a king, what limitations did Moses place on kingly power? Which king of Israel violate these limitations? And how should we apply Moses' teaching when considering today's world?
But most of all, how do the stories presented in the Old Testament show us God's love, God's patience, and God's mercy?