Church Teaching Q&A~Catholicism 101



Commandments of the Church Three-Six
Lesson 36

Anonymity in the Confessional
And more on the Rite of Washing of the Feet.

An Introduction to Prayer
Prayer is like breathing for the soul. Did you ever try to stop breathing for a few days? What would happen to your body in that case happens to your Christian life when you stop praying.

Teach Evolution and Ask Hard Questions
When the battle over the teaching of evolution erupted in Kansas, the New York Times picked Michael Behe, a Catholic, and a scientist critical of Darwinism, to comment on it. In this article, Behe offers an alternative approach to the problem.

All Souls Day
Christ’s death and resurrection won eternal life for everyone. Yet the fruit of his redeeming work needs to be personally appropriated.

Christ the King
Yes, he was indeed on a mission to rescue his people from the power of darkness (Col 1:12). But his crown was of thorns rather than of gold. His weapon was the cross rather than a sword. He came to serve rather than to be served.

Getting More out of the Mass
Nothing and no one can stop us from being in Jesus’ presence to receive him and give ourselves to him. The bad news is, if we don’t get anything out of Mass, there’s no one to blame but ourselves.

Thanksgiving
But thanksgiving can’t be limited to Sunday Eucharist. We are called to develop a lifestyle of thanksgiving. We’re called, in this year of the Eucharist, to become a eucharistic people.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given (Isaiah 9:5)
The words of the Prophet Isaiah, proclaimed in the First Reading, contain the truth of Christmas, which together we re-live this night.

Holy Family
We learn our native tongue not from our schoolteachers, but from our parents. We pick up from them, as by osmosis, attitudes, mannerisms, gestures, and habits. Like it or not, we are profoundly influenced not only by our genes, but by our family experie

Epiphany
Gold may have been one of the original Christmas presents, but don’t be mistaken – there was never a golden age in the church free of controversy and struggle.

The Baptism of the Lord
The Gospels say that Jesus went to John the Baptist by the Jordan River, desiring to receive from him the baptism of repentance.

Baptism of the Lord and the Sacrament of Confirmation
Every single one of us is called and anointed. And that’s why confirmation is one of the essential sacraments of initiation.

The Eucharist; the source that nourishes the faith
The “breaking of bread”, as the Eucharist was called in earliest times, has always been at the centre of the Church's life.

The Presentation of the Lord
Our Lady is the first and most exalted model for every consecrated person. Dear brothers and sisters, let yourselves be guided by her. Turn to her for help with humble trust, especially in moments of trial.

Why Lent Has Forty Days
. . . But other languages, such as Spanish, have a name for this season that is derived from the word for forty. It is the season of the forty days.

Lent: The Journey of Reconciliation
This is the invitation that the liturgy addresses to us at the beginning of Lent, urging us to be aware of the gift of salvation offered, in Christ, to everyone.

Transfiguration, Lent, and the Passion
Printed Appearances can be deceiving. After all, Jesus was just another Galilean. His hands were the rough hands of a workman. People in Nazareth knew his mother. Some even remembered the man that was his dad.

Our Faith: The Eucharist
The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation. Those who have been raised to the dignity of the royal priesthood by Baptism and configured more deeply to Christ by Confirmation participate with the whole community in the Lord's own sacrifice by means

Pillars of the Church: The Eucharist and Mary
Q: What was Saint John Bosco's dream about Mary and the Eucharist?

God and Matter: The Evolution of the Evolution Debate
"Finding Design in Nature"

The Mass Is a Banquet
“Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” (John 6:53)

Making Prayer a Priority
Five Steps to Daily Prayer… Or Your Money Back!

How to Celebrate Mercy Sunday
The Second Sunday of Easter is Divine Mercy Sunday.

Religion in America
What is happening to Christianity in America? Are the number of believers increasing or decreasing? What is happening with the Protestant interpretation of the Bible with regard to gay and lesbians?

Embryonic Stem-Cell Research (Part Two)
The morality of Embryonic Stem-Cell Research is a difficult moral question. We conclude this presentation with the Church’s positions on this matter.

Embryonic Stem-Cell Research (Part One)
Is it moral and ethical to harvest embryos? If certain medical cures are developed from taking the life of the embryo would it be morally wrong to use the cure?

Indulgences
A study on the misunderstandings surrounding what an indulgence is and is not.

Crucifixion
Jesus died in the most dreaded way in the ancient world, it was a death reserved for slaves and criminals. The routine of crucifixion was always the same. When the case had been heard and the criminal condemned, the judge uttered the fateful sentence: “You go to the cross.”

Suicide
From the Catechism of the Catholic Church we read "2282 If suicide is committed with the intention of setting an example, especially to the young, it also takes on the gravity of scandal. Voluntary co-operation in suicide is contrary to the moral law. Grave psychological disturbances, anguish, or grave fear of hardship, suffering, or torture can diminish the responsibility of the one committing suicide. 2283 We should not despair of the eternal salvation of persons who have taken their own lives. By ways known to him alone, God can provide the opportunity for salutary repentance. The Church prays for persons who have taken their own lives.


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