All About My Catholic Faith

All About My Catholic Faith

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By Scott Johnson
Parents have the most serious obligation to do everything in their power to ensure their children's physical, social, cultural, moral, and religious upbringing. By the time a Catholic enters adulthood they are more likely, today than ever, to stop following their Catholic Faith. We must work together to turn this around. Are you ready to take more responsibility to help the children you know prepare for eternal life in heaven? You've come to the right place. This is: All About My Catholic Faith. A podcast series to help you learn your Faith and inspire you to better share the Faith.
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The Marks of the Church - One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic
We have now made it to step 12 on our journey to learn our faith. Step twelve is about the 12 Marks of the Church. In the last chapter we learned that Jesus picked twelve apostles from his disciples to spread what he taught them to all the world. We also learned that he selected Peter to be the leader of the twelve apostles. This was how Jesus started his Church. Peter was the leader of the apostles being the first pope. The remaining apostles were the first priests of the Church. They were actually considered bishops since they were responsible for going throughout the entire world to teach the good news of Jesus. The question that we asked at the beginning of last chapter was: Why did our Lord choose twelve apostles? He chose Twelve to tie back to the Old Testament of the Bible to represent the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Today, there are many Christian traditions and denominations. Many experts say there are more than 30,000 different Christian denominations. How do we know which one is correct? Which church or churches have the truth. The most important question here: Is there a church that has the fullness of Christ’s truth? Here are some questions to think about during this chapter: Who are the other sheep that Jesus was talking about? What does Jesus desire for the other sheep? Did our Lord start many churches or only one church? How do we know which church or churches Jesus established? How do we help the other sheep to know that the Catholic Church is the Sheepfold of Christ? Remember from the last chapter, that the Sheepfold of Christ is the same as Jesus's Church. Our first reading from the Holy Bible is from the Gospel of St. John 10: 9-16We see in that reading that Jesus called his Church a Sheepfold. We also see something new that we didn't read before. “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead and they will hear my voice and there will be one flock one Shepherd.” This really helps us to better understand and to answer the question that we had: Did Jesus establish one church or many churches? Well, Jesus definitely said there will only be one flock of sheep, one Church with one shepherd. Jesus Christ was the first leader of his one Church. We call Jesus the head of his Church and we call his Church a body. The Church, like us, has one head and one body. That makes sense to me. In the body of Christ the people in the Church all believe what the Church teaches. Jesus gave the authority to the apostles to teach the whole world what he taught, even to those who don’t believe. Jesus gave the authority to the bishops back then. The bishops still have that same authority to teach everybody the one and only complete truth about Jesus and his Church. All of us in his Church are taught and believe what the Church teaches and we all receive the same sacraments. Just like when Jesus started his one Church and chose Peter to be the head of his Church on Earth as the first pope, we still have one head of the Church today. Pope Francis takes the place of Jesus here on Earth. He has the same authority that was given to St. Peter 2000 years ago. Every pope in history has had the same exact authority as our first pope St. Peter had. Today's chapter is titled the Marks of the Church. A mark is something that we can use to know that something is true or it shows that it is true. The Church has four marks. I will describe each of them right now. The first Mark of Christ’s Church is that the Church is Holy. The Church teaches us all to be holy. Everyone who follows the teachings of the Church and stays away from mortal sin will become and remain holy. The Church is here to help us to do just that. The sacraments of the Church are most especially here to help us do that. The second Mark is that the Church is catholic. [...]https://www.allaboutmycatholicfaith.com/
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December 7, 2018
My Walk of Faith - Christ the King
I believe I was put here on this earth to love and to serve God. During my childhood years, I didn’t know what that looked like. Those years were carefree, as perhaps your younger days were. My parents were not really religious during my very early years. My mom started taking me to a Baptist Church when I was four years old, as she was also exploring ways to become closer to God. I remember that I did not like going to church and especially going to Sunday school or vacation Bible school. I was exposed to the harsh realities of this world many times during my childhood. I saw crime. I experienced relatives fighting with each other. I saw and felt how alcohol could easily destroy a person or a family. The influences of the world and those around me led me to fall into a lifestyle of lying and cheating soon after our family relocated to a much smaller city in the midwest. I couldn’t seem to break free from lying to my parents. If I had the opportunity to lie to them, I usually took that road. It was very hard to break free from something like that. My life began to change direction thanks to Jesus working through my my mom’s sister and her husband. I remember them often having discussions, sometimes heated, about Christianity. My aunt and uncle were Catholic. They were encouraging my mom to seriously consider the Catholic faith. I was in fourth grade. My mom was still searching for the right “church” to belong to. Thanks be to God, my mom started to really take to what my aunt and uncle were telling her. I am so thankful for them for being brave and bold enough to risk losing the love of their family member in order to bring the Good News of Jesus and his Church to my mom. One thing quickly led into another. Before long, my brothers and I were soon taking private instruction lessons in the Catholic Faith. We were baptized after our period of learning, and I finally had the Grace of God within me. I was certainly a child of God. My sins, although childlike, were washed away with my baptism through the shedding of the blood of Jesus. I remember feeling that my lifestyle of lying and cheating were now washed away from my way of life and way of thinking. Thank you also needs to be given out to my guardian angel. As often happens, my faith slipped towards the end of my high school years and into college. Staying out late, going to parties, and having a circle of friends that weren’t interested in my soul, slowly led me further away for Jesus and his Church. Fast forward twenty years. I was lucky if I was going to Mass once every 4-6 weeks. I certainly was not showing that Christ was my king. I am sure that my fall from grace all started when I did not go to confession during my confirmation in tenth grade. I know that the seal of the Holy Spirit did not fully take effect, because of my stubborn attitude towards thinking I was in control. In steps my mom in her loving and always caring manner. I know she had been praying for me for many years. It was around the year 2000 when my mom mentioned to me that she had found a Catholic radio station in our northern California city. She suggested a few times that I should listen to Immaculate Heart Radio on my commute to and from work. I finally tuned in and soon went to confession for the first time since before my confirmation.. What a tremendous blessing that was. To confess my sins to Jesus, through Father Walsch, have my sins of the last twenty years washed away, and to finally receive the seal and grace that I missed at my confirmation was life altering. I was truly transformed. Since that Saturday which was the feast of Corpus Christi, (Body and Blood of Christ) I now yearn to go to Mass each week or more often. The great gift of being able to physically and spiritually receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist is really mind blowing. The Mass itself is such a gift that has been handed down by the Apostles and the early Church fathers. I truly desire to have Christ be my KING!
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November 30, 2018
Jesus Gives the Keys of His Church to Peter
Catechism of the Catholic Church - Lesson 11 At the end of our last lesson about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we asked the questions: What church did Jesus start and is that church still with us today? In this lesson, we will find out what a church is. We will also find out if Jesus started a church. Today, there are many Christian denominations or Christian traditions. To be a Christian means to be a follower of Christ Jesus. Many experts say that there are more than 30,000 different Christian denominations throughout the world today. Do we really need a church or 30.000 churches in our world? Here are some questions for you to think about while you read through this lesson. What do we call the sheepfold of Christ? How does our Lord help his sheep? Why did our Lord choose twelve apostles? Which apostle did Jesus pick to be the leader of the apostles? Who takes our Lord's place, today, as the shepherd of the Church? In the Apostles Creed that we've been learning about, we say: “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church”. Let's read something from the Holy Bible to see if we really should be believing in the Catholic Church, or any church for that matter. Here is a reading from the Gospel of St John, chapter 10: 1-11. “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, they did not realize what he was trying to tell them. So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came [before me] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. Jesus is telling us in this reading, in order for us to be saved from going to hell after we die, we need to follow him. He also said that he is the gate, and that whoever enters through him will be saved. When shepherds are in the field with their sheep, they often have a gate they open to let the sheep go into a place of safety. Jesus is telling us that we can enter that safe place by going through him. He is the gate and our Good Shepherd. Christ will teach his sheep, feed his sheep, heal his sheep’s wounds, and guide his sheep to heaven. Who are the sheep of Christ? That's right, you and I are his sheep. Here's another reading from St. John chapter 21: 15-17 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He then said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that he had said to him a third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” [Jesus] said to him, “Feed my sheep.” [...] https://www.allaboutmycatholicfaith.com/2018/11/catechism-catholic-church.html
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November 23, 2018
The Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Catechism Lesson #10 - The Virtues and Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Today we continue our lessons about the teachings of the Catholic Church. In our last lesson we talked about the Holy Spirit and the grace that we receive from prayer, the Sacraments, and from the Holy Eucharist. Today, we're going to talk about the Virtues and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We all have problems or challenges that we have to deal with. We may have issues with school, homework, friends, family, and many other things in this world. The Holy Spirit is there to give you strength and to help you carry your cross. Here are the questions that I would like you to think about during this lesson. 1. Who sends the Holy Spirit into our hearts? 2. What does He fill us with? 3. How does He teach us to love the Father? 4. How does the Holy Spirit change us? 5. What do we have to be willing to do in order for Him to be able to change you? The Catholic Church leaders put together all the books of the Old Testament and the New Testament around 300 a.d.. They were guided by the Holy Spirit to choose all the books and only the books that make up the Holy Bible. Some people actually think the Bible fell from the sky. It was actually the Catholic Church, with the help of the Holy Spirit, that gave us the Holy Bible. First Reading: Romans chapter 8: 14-17. In our last lesson, I told you that one of the symbols of the Holy Spirit was wind or the Breath of God. God has breathed his life into each one of us to make us his children. I think it's great to be one of God's children. That means that his home in heaven is now open to be our home. Thankfully, we get to enjoy many of the great things here on Earth during our life. There are many beautiful and wonderful things in this life. There are also things that give us hurt and heartache. Those things that are hard for us to deal with are called our crosses. Just like Jesus had to carry that very heavy cross in Jerusalem, you and I have to carry our own crosses every day. I know, your crosses can be very heavy to carry at times. The holy spirit is right there to help you deal with your cross and to help you carry your cross. If you carry your cross and are having a hard time with one of your crosses, take a minute to pray to the Holy Spirit for some extra strength and more faith. He will give you extra strength. When Jesus carried his cross, it was the most beautiful act of love anyone could ever do for you or me. We can also carry our crosses with love for those in our life. The powers of the Holy Spirit will make your soul stronger. They are like muscles in your soul. The main three powers that we get from the Holy Spirit are faith, hope, and charity. These are called the Three Virtues. God also gave us seven special gifts that we call the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. These gifts are indeed very special. We were given the three virtues and the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit when we were baptized. That's also when we received sanctifying Grace. Faith is the virtue that we are given that allows us to believe the word of God and everything that he has revealed to us directly, through scripture, and through the Church. Hope is the second virtue. Hope simply means that you can always trust God to care for you and all your needs. Sometimes you may feel overwhelmed, but hope is always with you. You just have to remember to call on it to help you. Please always keep hope. Charity is the third virtue. Charity is the love of God that you give from your heart to another person, especially when they really need your help. The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit will help you live a better life, and a more holy life. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Read from the Bible Galatians 5: 16-25 https://www.AllAboutMyCatholicFaith.com
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November 16, 2018
9: The Holy Spirit and Grace - Jesus invites His sheep to drink of His spirit
"I believe in the Holy Spirit...” "Now on the last, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, 'If anyone thirst, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture says, From within him there shall flow rivers of living water.' He said this, however, of the Spirit, Whom they who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit had not yet been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified" (John 7, 37-39) The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Blessed Trinity. Jesus sent him to us so that we may have the living water of the Holy Spirit to nourish our soul. Symbols of the Holy Spirt: (1) the dove, a symbol of love; (2) tongues of fire, also symbols of love; (3) the wind, the "breath of God," a symbol of the unseen power of love. Read about the Holy Spirit in these Bible readings Acts 1, 1-12 Acts 2, 1-8, 38-47 Subscribe: Apple Podcasts: itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-about-my-catholic-faith/id1439464358?mt=2&app=podcast Google Podcasts: www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDA2ZGI0L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Spotify: open.spotify.com/show/7z38bWr4SjzpjJ4bI5Yu5t Stitcher: www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/all-about-my-catholic-faith-2
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November 10, 2018
8: The Redemption - Learn Your Faith
"I believe ... in Jesus Christ ... Who ... suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell; on the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead ... " Jesus came into this world to show us how to love. He wanted to give His life for us. Jesus went to Jerusalem to die for us. Jesus died for our sins and rose so that we might rise too. This is the Redemption. We are the sheep, and Jesus is the Lamb of God. Our sins are washed away by the blood of the Lamb of God. Read about the sufferings and death of Our Lord in these readings: Matthew 26 and Matthew 27 Mark 14 and Mark 15 Luke 22 and Luke 23 John 18 and John 19 Subscribe: Apple Podcasts: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/all-about-my-catholic-faith/id1439464358?mt=2&app=podcast Google Podcasts: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy8xMDA2ZGI0L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNz Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7z38bWr4SjzpjJ4bI5Yu5t Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/all-about-my-catholic-faith-2
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November 3, 2018
7: The Incarnation - Learn Your Faith
The angel Gabriel told Mary that her Son Jesus, the Lamb of God, would come to her by the power of the Holy Spirit. We read in the Holy Bible: "The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And when the angel had come to her, he said 'Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.' When she had heard him she was troubled at his word...And the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace with God. Behold, you...shall bring forth a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son the Most High...The Holy Spirit shall come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and therefore the Holy One to be born shall be called the Son of God.' Mary said, 'Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.' And the angel departed from her." (Luke 1, 26-38) God really wanted to send His Son to us here on earth so that he could save all of us from our sins. He did so in a way where He would be born poor, and grow up and work and suffer with us and for us. God asked Mary to be the Mother of His Son, the Mother of God. Mary said "Yes." https://www.AllAboutMyCatholicFaith.com Leave your question here: http://bit.ly/2AxWKFE
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October 28, 2018
6 : Actual Sin - Learn Your Faith
"Then Herod, seeing that he had been tricked by the Magi, was exceedingly angry; and he sent and killed all the boys in Bethlehem...who where two years old or under, according to the time that he had carefully ascertained from the Magi" (Matthew 2, 16) The sin of Herod was a very terrible example of sin. The sin that Herod committed is called a mortal sin. A mortal sin is a sin that is grave in nature; a sin that one knows is a terrible sin; and the person commits the sin willfully. In this "All About My Catholic Faith" podcast, we will learn about mortal sin, venial sin, and how they differ from each other and with original sin. It is mainly through the inspired pages of Sacred Scripture and the divinely guided actions of the Sacred Liturgy that we come to know the Person of Christ. The better we know and understand the Person of Christ, the more we will be able to understand the meaning of what He tells us. The Catechism helps us to understand the meaning of what Christ has taught, but we will understand the Catechism only to the extent that we aim at understanding Christ Himself. . Visit our website: https://www.AllAboutMyCatholicFaith.com for other helpful information to help you learn and share the Catholic Faith . Leave your question here: http://bit.ly/2OebVHA
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October 20, 2018
5 : Creation and the Fall of Man - Learn Your Faith
God made Adam and Eve. They were the first man and woman. God also made all the things on earth for them, for their children, and for all of us to enjoy. Adam and Eve had to make a tough choice. They had to choose who would be first in their lives. Would they choose to put God first in their lives or would they think that they were the most important? This "All About My Catholic Faith" podcast lesson is about The Creation and the Fall of Man. We will learn about Adam and Eve and how the devil tempted Eve, which then led Adam into sin. Did they choose to eat from the Tree of Life or the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. What difference did it make to them and to us. It is mainly through the inspired pages of Sacred Scripture and the divinely guided actions of the Sacred Liturgy that we come to know the Person of Christ. The better we know and understand the Person of Christ, the more we will be able to understand the meaning of what He tells us. The Catechism helps us to understand the meaning of what Christ has taught, but we will understand the Catechism only to the extent that we aim at understanding Christ Himself. Leave your question here: http://bit.ly/2Ayv6bt
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October 19, 2018
4 : Creation and the Angels - Learn Your Faith
This "All About My Catholic Faith" podcast lesson is about Creation and the Angels. We will learn about God creating the angels, and learn about the difference between the good, the bad, and the Guardian Angels. What do we mean when we say that God is the Creator of heaven and earth? What are angels? How do the good angels help us? What happened to the angels who did not remain faithful to God? Get these answers and more in this episode of: All About My Catholic Faith. It is mainly through the inspired pages of Sacred Scripture and the divinely guided actions of the Sacred Liturgy that we come to know the Person of Christ. The better we know and understand the Person of Christ, the more we will be able to understand the meaning of what He tells us. The Catechism helps us to understand the meaning of what Christ has taught, but we will understand the Catechism only to the extent that we aim at understanding Christ Himself. Leave your question here: http://bit.ly/2AxN3qB
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October 18, 2018
3 : The Unity and Trinity of God - Learn Your Faith
Jesus sent His Apostles forth in the name of the Blessed Trinity "Jesus drew near and spoke to them saying, 'All power in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you...' " (Matthew 28, 18-20) This "All About My Catholic Faith" podcast lesson is about The Unity and Trinity of God. We will learn about the mystery of the Trinity. There are three Persons in one God and that is truly a mystery. We can't really understand this, but we do believe it because Jesus told us. We call this mystery of three Persons in ONE God the "Blessed Trinity" It is mainly through the inspired pages of Sacred Scripture and the divinely guided actions of the Sacred Liturgy that we come to know the Person of Christ. The better we know and understand the Person of Christ, the more we will be able to understand the meaning of what He tells us. The Catechism helps us to understand the meaning of what Christ has taught, but we will understand the Catechism only to the extent that we aim at understanding Christ Himself. Leave your question here: http://bit.ly/2COc9D9
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October 18, 2018
2 : God and His Perfections - Learn Your Faith
The power and wisdom of God were shown when Jesus calmed the storm. This "All About My Catholic Faith" podcast lesson is about God and His perfections. We will learn about the power and perfection of God. God is all-knowing, all-good, and almighty. All these qualities of God are called His "perfections." He has all these powers without limit. It is mainly through the inspired pages of Sacred Scripture and the divinely guided actions of the Sacred Liturgy that we come to know the Person of Christ. The better we know and understand the Person of Christ, the more we will be able to understand the meaning of what He tells us. The Catechism helps us to understand the meaning of what Christ has taught, but we will understand the Catechism only to the extent that we aim at understanding Christ Himself. Leave your question here: http://bit.ly/2Q4tRWM
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October 17, 2018
1 : The Purpose of Man's Existence - Learn Your Faith
This "All About My Catholic Faith" podcast lesson is about The purpose of man's existence. We will learn about the purpose of our life. Why did God create us? We read in the Holy Bible: "I am the Good Shepherd, and I know Mine and Mine know Me" (John 10,14) "He who enters by the door is shepherd of the sheep. To this man the gatekeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them forth..., and the sheep follow him because they know his voice" (John 10, 2-4) It is mainly through the inspired pages of Sacred Scripture and the divinely guided actions of the Sacred Liturgy that we come to know the Person of Christ. The better we know and understand the Person of Christ, the more we will be able to understand the meaning of what He tells us. The Catechism helps us to understand the meaning of what Christ has taught, but we will understand the Catechism only to the extent that we aim at understanding Christ Himself. Leave your question or comment: http://bit.ly/AAMCF1
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October 17, 2018
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