Oh, the memory of a 3-year-old

It only took me a year to upload this one.  During our road trip to the Midwest last summer we listened to "Oh the Places You'll Go" by Dr. Seuss several times.  A couple weeks later, John Paul picked up the book and "read" the whole thing.  The mind of a 3-year-old is amazing!

Oh the Places You'll Go from Domestic Church Militant on Vimeo.


Finding Meaning: An Intro to JP2's Theology of the Body

This is an intro talk I gave recently at a high school Theology of the Body retreat.  The audio quality isn't the best, so my working copy of the talk is below.

Finding Meaning: An Intro to JP2's Theology of the Body from Domestic Church Militant on Vimeo.

I'm going to start with a video clip from an old sitcom called Everybody Loves Raymond.  In it, a young daughter in the family starts asking some very deep questions about life, and you'll see how the family reacts.

“Religious scholars spend their entire lives trying to answer this question.  You're not going to just flip open the Bible and find the meaning of life.”  Did you catch that?

So a little girl starts asking about the meaning of our existence and the family freaks out.  Do you think this family's reaction to this question is typical in today's society?  I'd say so.  People tend to think that this is an impossible question to answer.  But is it?


Beautiful Basketball

I will definitely be showing this video to any future teams that I coach.  The Spurs play the game the way it is meant to be played.  The sports-radio guys always yawn and complain about the prospect of another NBA Finals including the Spurs, and I just don't get it.  What's not to like about this team?


A Calling?

Well, with all the knee injuries maybe Derek Rose is called to be a priest...
and concelebrate Mass with Bishop Paprocki?


The Big Picture: Love

The mainstream media would like to have us believe that Pope Francis is changing the Church's teachings on homosexuality, contraception, sin, hell, male-only ordination, etc. etc. etc.  That he somehow represents a "break from his predecessors."

Of course, if you know anything about the Catholic Church, her teachings, Jorge Bergoglio, his current office in the Chair of St. Peter, his authority (or lack thereof), or what the man actually says/writes, you know how utterly laughable such a notion is.

Many have been anxious to take some of our Holy Father's words out of context, when all he's asking us to do is to keep the truth about morality in context.  Chris Stefanick of Real Life Catholic breaks it down:


Eucharist or Communion Debate Part 2

Here is Part 2 of a Baptist pastor's symbolic interpretation Holy Communion.  (Part 1 is here.)  My responses are in red.

I have not received a response from this pastor or my friend who sent it to me about a year ago.  All responses are most welcome!

The Eucharist or Communion - Part 2  --  body & blood or “in remembrance of”
Pastor [of a Baptist community in] OH

Now let’s go in the offense
The Last Supper was the Passover meal (Sader)       Passover in Exo 12
                The bread is Matzah bread and it’s eaten at the end of the meal as desert
                Then Jesus gives them the 3rd cup - the cup of redemption  --  He is our redeemer
                The meal is a lamb without spot or blemish.  So where was the lamb at the Last Supper?????  It wasn't there.  Or was it?  Jesus is the lamb!

Many times Jesus is called the Lamb of God
READ Jn 1:29,36
27 times in the Book of Revelation Jesus is referred to as the Lamb
The lamb in the Passover meal represents Jesus.
The breed and cup represent what he did for us on the cross to pay our sin debt in full.
 First, let’s look at the “cup”
READ  --  Mat 26:26-29
Catholics will stop after verse 28. Not quite.  V29 is very important, showing that Jesus purposely did not intend to drink the 4th cup of wine (cup of consummation) until the Kingdom is made new on the cross.  He asks his Father to let this "cup" pass from Him, but submits to His Father's will.  He asks for the 4th Cup from the cross:  "I thirst."  Then after he drinks it He says, "It is finished."  What is finished?  The Old Covenant is finished, and the New Covenant is established, sealed by His blood.  What else is finished?  The Passover meal he began the night before!
 Notice:  He didn’t put out his forearm and say “Take a bite”.  He gave them bread.  It’s obviously that he was not speaking literally because He still literal had His body and blood.  He was showing them the symbolism in the Passover meal.  If it's symbolism, why didn't he take a lamb and say "this represents me"?  Why bread?  Notably, there was no lamb present, because He is the lamb.... So you think Jesus couldn't be sitting there with his literal body and blood and at the same time give it to the Apostles under the appearance of bread and wine?  Really?  Kind of like he couldn't walk on water, he couldn't multiply loaves and fishes, he couldn't cure the sick, or he couldn't rise from the dead?  He's God!  Now you are saying some things are impossible for him to do?
Q: In verse 29 it’s still the “fruit of the vine” not his blood.  Where is Transubstantiation?  It already occurred at the 3rd Cup.  In verse 28 he says it IS His blood, then he even describes that blood (lest anyone doubt) as the blood which is "poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins".  So you tell me:  did he pour out His literal blood or His metaphorical blood?  If the Eucharist is figurative, then the Crucifixion was figurative.
The "fruit of the vine" refers to that 4th cup of wine that he skipped at that time.  They went to the garden to pray after singing the Great Hallel (Mk 14:26). 
READ  --  Mk 14:22-25                      (Lk 22:14-20)
Q: In verse 25 again, it’s still the “fruit of the vine” not his blood.  Where is Transubstantiation?


Eucharist or Communion? A Debate (Part I)

Sticking with the Corpus Christi theme this week, I thought I'd post a bit of a debate I had regarding the Eucharist.  A Protestant friend I met while praying outside Planned Parenthood sent me this two-part "dissertation" by a Baptist pastor from Ohio.  In it, he uses Scripture in an attempt to discredit the Catholic belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.

He claims his defense is unanswerable, but I gave it a shot anyway.  Below is Part 1.  My responses are in red.

The Eucharist or Communion Part 1 --  body & blood or “in remembrance of”
Pastor [of a Baptist community in] OH

The title of this message is “The Eucharist or Communion”  it can also be subtitled “Is it the body & blood of Christ or in remembrance of”
I’ll be showing you what God says in the Bible on this subject.  I’ll be giving you a lot of scripture references so you will need paper and pen or pencil.
So you believe the Bible is God-breathed?  Great, so do I!  But why?  Let's take the New Testament.  I assume you believe Scripture contains 27 books, no more, no less.  Why?  There were hundreds of early Christian writings/letters?  Why these 27?  I accept these books as Scriptural because the authority of the Catholic Church declared them so in AD 382.  You find yourself in a conundrum:  you accept these books as inspired, but then claim to reject the only authority that declared them so.  What gives?  
We obviously believe that we have communion in remembrance of what Jesus did on the cross to pay our full sin debt to God the Father
On the other side, you have the Roman Catholics, Episcopals (Anglican/Church of England), Eastern Orthodox religions (Greek, Russian, etc.)
                They believe in Transubstantiation - that the elements become the body & blood of Christ
                Transubstantiation was defined by Pope Innocent III in the year 1215
Now here's a typical anti-Catholic game of deception.  (Of course, perhaps this is an honest misconception of history on the part of Pastor -------- and the intent to deceive lies with his teacher(s), but either way, it calls into question his crediblity.)  You present a truth here regarding the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215, but make it seem as if transubstantiation was invented at that point in time.  FALSE.  The belief in Christ's real presence in the Eucharist goes back to the beginning with the Apostles and Christ Himself (see below).  In 1215, it was seen that the doctrine needed more precise terminology.  Hence, "transubstantiation" was chosen.  The terminology was new, but certainly not the doctrine.  I know you twist and turn your way through a denial of the literal language in Scripture, but belief in the Eucharist by the men who learned from the Apostles and beyond in undeniable.  There are hundreds of quotes from hundreds of years, but I'll just give you one:  "Take note of those who hold heterodox opinions on the grace of Jesus Christ which has come to us, and see how contrary their opinions are to the mind of God. . . . They abstain from the Eucharist and from prayer because they do not confess that the Eucharist is the flesh of our Savior Jesus Christ, flesh which suffered for our sins and which that Father, in his goodness, raised up again. They who deny the gift of God are perishing in their disputes" (Letter to the Smyrnaeans 6:2–7:1 [A.D. 110]).  And by the way, from whom did Ignatius of Antioch, the author of this quote, learn the faith?  John the Apostle.  So the apostle closest to Jesus misunderstood him, and you and others over 1500 years later finally figured it out?

           Adoration of the Wafer (or the host as they put it) was decreed by Pope Honorius III in the year 1220
So the disciplinary practice of Eucharistic Adoration came about around this time, so what?  This says nothing about the Church "inventing" the Real Presence.   

           Notice that it does not go all the way back to Christ or the Apostles  Notice what, your slight of hand?


Are you seeing it?

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) marks the beginning of another set of celebrations in the DCM.  The 24th is the Nativity of John the Baptist, the 27th is the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the 29th is Sts. Peter and Paul.  Out of 17 solemnities (the highest form of celebration in the Church) in the Liturgical calendar, 4 of them come in these next eight days of late June.  It's good to be Catholic!

In honor of this solemn feast, I wanted to share another great new video by Chris Stefanick at RealLifeCatholic.com.
"For the past two thousand years, since the birth of the Church, Catholics have risked their lives, just to be at Mass.  Beautiful ornate cathedrals have been built, because of what happens inside those cathedrals at Mass.  And I just joined the pope and tens of thousands of Catholics in procession behind the Eucharist, because of what happens at Mass.  What do all these people see at Mass?  If you're not seeing it, you're missing something pretty amazing."  ~Chris Stefanick


The Third Way

"There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be."
~Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Are all practicing Catholics "enemies of the human race" (as a majority United States Supreme Court opinion has declared them to be)?  Does that mean Mother Teresa was an "enemy of the human race"?

What does the Catholic Church and the Bible actually teach about homosexuality?  Does the Church "discriminate against gays"?  What would Jesus do?

The following documentary was recently released, and it must be watched often and spread far and wide.  In only 38 minutes it presents a critical and beautiful message of love.  It goes a long way in clearing up some confusion about Christian teaching on homosexuality and answering the questions above.

The Third Way from Blackstone Films on Vimeo.