My Guest appearance on Hands on Apologetics with Gary Michuta

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-a346x-bfe114

On August 15 I had the opportunity to appear on the Hands on Apologetics radio program hosted by Gary Michuta.  We discussed my conversion to the Catholic faith and the Tucson Institute of Catholic Apologetics.  I hope you enjoy.

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The Great Adventure Bible with Jeff Cavins

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-pm5p9-bf1ec4

Website:

https://ascensionpress.com/pages/tga-events  

 

Bio:

Jeff Cavins is recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the most effective and engaging speakers In the Church today. Over the past several decades, Jeff has dedicated his life to developing The Great Adventure: A Journey through the Bible, a practical, interactive program that helps people read the “big picture” of God’s plan in Sacred Scripture and understand its meaning for their lives. The Great Adventure presents the entire sweep of the Bible in a way that is easy to understand and genuinely fun. Its unique Bible Timeline learning system has revolutionized Catholic Bible Study for hundreds of thousands of Catholics  Last year, The Great Adventure Bible was published to accompany the timeline.

In celebration of The Great Adventure’s 15th anniversary, Jeff will be giving students and enthusiasts of the program a chance to walk through the Bible with him in a day at 2 very special events this fall–Christ Cathedral (Orange County, CA) on Sept 28 and The Museum of the Bible (D.C.) on October 19.

A Convert’s Quest with Efran Menny

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-74wr9-bd0fa4

In this week’s show I am honored to be joined my Efran Menny.  Efran is a Catholic convert who has been a part of different variations of Protestantism.  We discuss his journey, some key things that got him thinking about the Catholic church, and some struggles he experienced.  He also has a great blog at www.mennythoughts.wordpress.com and has podcast titled Priestly Passion.  Check it out!

What is the Deuterocanon? with Gary Michuta

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-t5hxp-bc6840

In this episode Gary Michuta and I discuss the Deuterocanon.  Those are the books that appear in Catholic Bibles, but are missing from Protestant ones.  Gary gives some insight to why they deserve to be in the canon, when they were first disputed, and a couple tips we can all use to show that they are inspired.  Check out Gary’s daily radio program titled Hands On Apologetics on Virgin Most Powerful radio.  His website handsonapologetics.com is full of great material to help defend your faith, and check out his books on garymichuta.com

An Apologetics Journey

This blog has been pretty quiet over the past few weeks.  That isn’t because I don’t have anything to say or write.  To be honest I am working on the biggest paper I have ever written.  It is titled “The History and Theology of the Roman Canon”, but more on that in a future post.  A more accurate reason would be that I have been in a period of discernment.

A few weeks ago I had an incredibly vivid dream.  In this dream I was part of a Non-Profit group in Tucson where my family and I call home.  In this dream I was writing, creating, and talking to small groups of people about the faith.  As the dream ended I say a banner that said the event was presented by a group called the Tucson Institute for Catholic Apologetics.  Upon waking I couldn’t stop thinking about this dream.  Over the next couple weeks the dreams became even more vivid and occurred nightly.  They got more detailed and I started to pray and ask the Lord if this is something I should do.  I then spoke with my wife and she didn’t hesitate to support the idea to support the church in the New Evangelization.

Long story short is that I officially filed the paperwork to incorporate the Tucson Institute of Catholic Apologetics as a Non-Profit entity.  The goal of the organization is to create content such as podcasts, videos, books, pamphlets, and brochure to assist Catholics in Southern Arizona to learn and defend their faith.  The organization will also go to parishes and other groups to hold talks, seminars, and retreats at no cost (of course offerings and donations will be accepted but not expected).  If a group outside of Southern Arizona wants to participate I will only ask for the cost of travel (even if it is only $20 for gas).  The ultimate goal is to hold weekend classes where people will have the opportunity to earn certificates in Catholic Apologetics and Theology, but that is a ways down the road.

I humbly ask for your prayers as I embark on this journey, and will share the various social media pages for the organization in a separate blog post.  The website, which is not functioning yet, will be tucsonapologetics.org.  God bless you all.

History of the Rosary

The Perfect Prayer

Throughout the world, people gather to pray the Rosary. They pray for our Pope, world peace, an end to abortion and the holy souls in Purgatory, among other intentions. Considered to be the perfect prayer, contemplating on the Rosary brings a deeper union with Jesus and Mary.

“The Rosary is considered a perfect prayer because within it lies the story of our salvation.”

~Saint John Paul II~

 

Crown of Roses

The word, Rosary, stems from the Latin word, “rosarium” which means “garland or crown of roses”. The Catholic Encyclopedia describes an early legend which made its way through Europe, eventually connecting the word to a story about Mary. This story tells of a young monk who was praying and repeating the Hail Mary. Each time he completed one Hail Mary, Our Lady took a rose bud from his lips. He wove these rosebuds into a garland and Mary placed it upon her head. This legend created the belief that each time we pray a Hail Mary, we are giving Our Lady a rose, and when a full rosary is complete, it becomes a crown of roses.

 

 Not Exclusive to Catholicism

Prayer beads have been used throughout history. Repetitive prayer was a part of many religions. Examples are Buddhist and Hindu monastics who use circular beads on strings to chant. In early Christianity, the repetition of a short verse from the Psalms or the Our Father became very popular in the monasteries of Egypt. The prayer we know as the Jesus Prayer was popular among Eastern monastics during the fourth century. Saint Basil recommended praying the Jesus Prayer instead of the psalms, for those who could not read, were traveling or unable to use the liturgical books. He also proposed the use of a woolen cord of 100 knots with 25 knots separated by a larger knot or bead. Before Saint Basil, Christian monastics used small rocks in bags to count their repeated prayers.

 

The “Rosary” is Formed

Eventually, beads, pebbles, and berries were strung on a rope. This was the beginning of what we now know as the Rosary. Western use of this prayer cord originally involved praying Our Father’s in place of the Psalter; one Our Father for each of the 150 psalms. The Hail Mary was also used and soon the “Rosary” or “Psalter of the Virgin Mary”, consisting of reciting 50 or 150 Hail Mary’s, came into being. The mysteries of the Rosary and the custom of meditating on them was introduced by Dominic of Prussia, a 15th-century Carthusian monk, sometime between 1410 and 1439. Domenic referred to this as the “Life of Jesus Rosary” or a vita Christi Rosary.

The Rosary, made up of the Our Father and the Hail Mary, was the first Catholic devotion prayed through the centuries. It was not, however, until 1214, when it was given to the Church by Saint Domenic, that it was received it in the configuration that we have today.

 

 “Preach my Psalter.”

Saint Dominic received the Rosary from the Blessed Virgin as a means of converting Heretics.

Saint Domenic, distraught by the extent of people’s sinfulness, withdrew into a forest near Toulouse. There he prayed relentlessly for three days and nights, weeping and offering penances. His body became fragile and he fell into a coma. It was at this time that Mary, accompanied by three angels, appeared to him. She spoke, “Dear Dominic, do you know which weapon the Blessed Trinity wants to use to reform the world?” He replied, “Oh, my Lady, you know far better than I because next to your Son Jesus Christ, you have always been the chief instrument of our salvation.” Our Lady answered, “I want you to know that, in this kind of warfare, the battering ram has always been the Angelic Psalter which is the foundation stone of the New Testament. Therefore if you want to reach these hardened souls and win them over to God, preach my Psalter.”

Excitedly, he went to the Cathedral. Unseen angels rang bells which brought people together and Saint Dominic began to preach. As he started preaching, a storm began. The thunder and lightning were so fierce that those in the Cathedral became frightened. Their fear became greater when they looked at an image of Our Lady and saw her raise her arms to heaven three times as she called God’s vengeance upon them if they did not convert, change their lives, and seek her protection.

The storm came to an end, and Saint Domenic continued, explaining the importance of praying the Rosary. Nearly all the people of Toulouse embraced his teaching and abandoned their false beliefs. In a short time, the town became peaceful and its people began leading faithful Christian lives.

 

Marilyn Nash

For Holyart.com

 

https://www.holyart.com/religious-items/rosary-beads-and-rosary-cases

 

[Note:  This post was sponsored by holyart.com]

A Sacred Duty: 3 Ways We Can Catechize Our Children

I have been called many things in my life: a good soldier, solid worker, a model employee, and even a good husband. Those things are great and admirable, but they fail in comparison to my favorite title: dad. The Lord has blessed my wife and I with four awesome children, but with raising children there is much responsibility.

At this point you are probably thinking that I am stating the obvious. After all, as parents we have to feed, clothe, and provide shelter for our family. These are great responsibilities and should not be minimized, but there is an enormous responsibility not on the above list. As parents we are also called to catechize out children. Let’s be honest about something: the church is losing young people in droves. I was recently listening to the Word on Fire podcast, and in a past episode Bishop Baron said that for every person that enters the church there are six who leave.

You can read the rest of my article on Epicpew here.

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