In this week’s episode I discuss a very sensitive topic. The topic of suicide. In this short episode I lay out the teaching of the Church about those who die of suicide. Please share. For more info please visit tucsonapologetics.org.
This week I am honored to have author, podcaster, radio show host, and Shalom News anchor Kendra Von Esh on the program. Her journey of faith is inspiring, and we discuss how her journey started, some of her challenges, and what God has led her to now. Her story is inspirational! You can learn more about Kendra on her website at www.kendravonesh.com
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.
This week Zac Sechler of Adherent Apologetics is on the program. Zac is a is an evangelical who founded his ministry a couple years ago. We discuss what apologetics is and why every Christian should have a basic background in it. To learn more, his website is adherentapologetics.com.
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!
Keith Little joins me this week to discuss his faith journey and some aha moments that changed his life. We discuss his ministry “Biblical Principles for Growth”, and his upcoming podcast that launches on Aug 21 on Breadbox Media. Check out Keith’s website at www.biblicalpriciplesforgrowth.org to learn more.
In Summary of these Jesus tells us to eat the bread and says “This is my body”. Then he took the cup of wine and “This is the cup of my blood that was given for you”. Notice how our Lord says “this is” and not that it is merely a symbolic action?
This was an article I had the opportunity to write for http://Thesimplecatholic.blog
Source: The Wonderous Eucharist
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.
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.
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