The Early Church Fathers and Catholic Doctrine

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-mi62s-cba1dc This week's program is my appearance Gary Michuta's radio program titled "Hands on Apologetics" on Virgin Most Powerful Radio.  We discuss a few passages from the early church fathers and how they point to Catholic doctrine.  These quotes include authority, apostolic succession, and the eucharist.  To learn more about Gary's work visit handsonapologetics.com.

The Meaning of Sacrament (From a Linguistic View)

William Hemsworth

In the study of linguistics, it is normal to see that the meaning of words may change over time.  One such word that fits the category is the word “sacrament”.  When we hear that word, we think of the seven sacraments administered by the church.  They are a promise from Christ to show that he is still among us.  To do this properly we look to the Latin term sacramentum.

What does the word sacramentum mean?  To the Roman soldier it is a solemn obligation to carry out one’s duty even to the point of death.  It is similar to the oath that soldiers in the 21st century make in the United States.  They take an oath to support and defend the constitution of the United States against all foreign and domestic enemies.  An oath is made to obey the orders of the President of the United States and…

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Reason and the Development of the Will

William Hemsworth

In the very beginnings of sacred scripture we read of the Lord creating.  Each step of creation ended a similar way with the words by describing their goodness.  In Genesis 1:31 God had just finished creating man and commanded them to procreate and exercise dominion over the Earth.  Genesis 1:31 states, “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day” (NRSV).

Humanity was created uniquely different than the rest of creation.  God created humans with the ability to reason, with five senses to help us learn, and free will.  The combination of these work together to help us live in harmony with each other, in harmony with our creator, and assist us finding true happiness.  The intellect we were blessed with helps us rationalize.  Our intellectual knowledge originates in the five senses and internal sensory…

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Discipleship Themes In Matthew’s Gospel

During the Christmas season the Gospel of Matthew is often read as it is one of the two Gospels that contains an infancy narrative of Christ. Though this holds great significance, there are many other pieces of the Gospel that give us clues on how to live a Christian life.

Christ’s Fulfillment of the Covenants

William Hemsworth

Throughout the Old Testament there are several instances of God establishing a covenant.  He did so with Adam in the Garden, with the nation of Israel through Moses where the Law was delivered, with Noah after the great flood, with Abraham and his descendants, and lastly with King David.  These covenants are a part of salvation history that prepared the world for the coming of the Messiah.  Each one of these covenants was important and significant, and each one was fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ.  This covenant is known as the new covenant, and it is everlasting.  Regarding this the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “God has revealed himself fully by sending his own Son, in whom he has established his covenant forever. The Son is his Father’s definitive Word; so there will be no further Revelation after him” (CCC para 73).

The Adamic covenant is the…

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Meeting the Protestant Challenge with Karlo Broussard

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-u8bns-cae75f This week Catholic Answers apologist Karlo Broussard comes on the program to discuss his book "Meeting the Protestant Challenge" from Catholic Answers Press.  Karlo helps us defend objections using scripture.  We discuss the authority of Peter at the Council of Jerusalem in Acts 15.  The challenge to Papal infallibility, and the sinlessness of Mary. ... Continue Reading →

Divine Providence

William Hemsworth

When we speak of divine providence it can be hard to understand how free will, efficacious grace, and perseverative grace can exist can fully exist within its context. If God knows how everything will turn out, then how can we truly exercise free will? These topics can be confusing to those who are just beginning their journey in faith, but they do have an explanation.

We must remember that God is not limited to time. In fact, he is outside time. Imagine that you had the ability to travel back in time to your childhood. You have the strange opportunity of observing how you interact with others. Though you know the outcome as an adult, you are observing your childhood self-using the gift of free will to make decisions. You know how those decisions will turn out, but you as a child still used your gift of reason to decide…

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