November 15th, 2023 | 14 mins 42 secs
commandments, dignity, human dignity, labor, private property, property, seventh commandments, ten commandments, work
We have reached the In Brief section, or nugget day, on the seventh commandment. Father Mike reiterates that the right to private property comes from our dignity as humans, and the Church has a duty to weigh in on economic or social matters where that dignity is threatened. He challenges us to ask ourselves, do we see Jesus in “the distressing disguise of the poor” and just walk by him, or do we respond to him? Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2450-2463.
November 6th, 2023 | 20 mins 5 secs
10 commandments, 6th commandment, abraham, article 6, article six, artificial insemination fertilization, child, children, commandments, conjugal act, dignity, donation of sperm or ovum, embrio, families, family, fruit, fruitful, gift, how we live, jacob, life in christ, love of neighbor, marriage, parenthood, part 3, part three, procreate, rachel, right, sexual act, sixth commandment, sterile, surrogate uterus, ten commandments
Children are a gift from God. Children have integrity and rights. With these key principles in mind, Fr. Mike reviews the Catechism’s teachings about marriage, family, child bearing, sterility, and adoption. Because “a child is not something owed to one but is a gift”, we must protect the dignity of the child at the forefront of all decisions. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2373-2379.
November 3rd, 2023 | 24 mins 40 secs
dignity, evil, healing, lust, sex, sexuality
What is God's intended purpose for our sexuality? We confront several significant transgressions that hinder this design. These offenses include lust, the consumption of pornography, and engagement in prostitution. Fr. Mike offers us a poignant reminder that despite these sins, our intrinsic human dignity remains unblemished and worthy of reverence. Today's readings are Catechism paragraphs 2351-2356.
October 28th, 2023 | 17 mins 54 secs
10 commandments, 5th commandment, anger, article 5, article five, charity, commandments, dignity, fifth commandment, hatred, high call, how we live, justice, kill, life in christ, love, love of neighbor, mortal sin, part 3, part three, peace, peacemakers, prince of peace, respect, revenge, st augustine, st thomas aquinas, ten commandments, vengeance
Peace is not simply an absence of war. Fr. Mike breaks down the Catechism’s teachings about peace as the "work of justice and the effect of charity.” We learn that to cultivate true peace, we must do more than avoid anger, hatred, and harm to our neighbor; we must actively work toward becoming agents of peace. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2302-2306.
October 27th, 2023 | 24 mins 43 secs
10 commandments, 5th commandment, amputation, article 5, article five, autopsies, autopsy, bodily integrity, commandments, corporal work of mercy, cremation, death, dignity, experimentation, experiments, fifth commandment, hostage, how we live, kidnapping, life in christ, love of neighbor, mutilation, organ donation, organ transplant, part 3, part three, public health, respect, science, scientific research, sterilization, technology, ten commandments, terrorism, torture
The Catechism looks at matters relating to scientific research, bodily integrity, and the dead with the lens of the dignity of the human person. Fr. Mike helps us navigate the Catechism’s teachings by acknowledging science and technology as a good while emphasizing restrictions and conditions to ensure respect for the dignity of persons. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2292-2301.
October 25th, 2023 | 20 mins 49 secs
commandments, dignity, fifth commandment, integrity, respect, scandal, ten commandments, virtue
We have seen how harming ourselves or others physically is a violation of the fifth commandment, but how can causing harm to another’s virtue or integrity violate this commandment? Fr. Mike unpacks what scandal is and exactly how it is a violation of the fifth commandment. He emphasizes the gravity of scandal when it comes from those who, by nature, teach, and how vital it is for all of us, but especially teachers, to avoid contributing to scandal. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2284-2287.
October 19th, 2023 | 15 mins 1 sec
5th commandment, anger, article 5, article five, dignity, dignity of the human being, fifth commandment, forgiveness, hatred, how we live, human life is sacred, innocent, kill, life in christ, love of neighbor, love our enemies, love your enemies, love your neighbor as yourself, murder, part 3, part three, respect for human life, the commandments, the witness of sacred history, thou shalt not kill, vengeance, you shall not kill
We begin exploring the fifth commandment: “you shall not kill." The Catechism reminds us that human life is sacred, and we must not take the life of another innocent human. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus takes this commandment even further as he calls us to avoid anger, hatred, and vengeance in addition to loving our enemies. By forgiving and extending to others the same love and mercy we are willing to extend to ourselves, we are respecting the dignity of that person. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2258-2262.
October 18th, 2023 | 17 mins 23 secs
4th commandment, article 4, article four, dignity, fourth commandment, how we live, in brief, life in christ, love of neighbor, nugget, part 3, part three, political community, politics, respect, the commandments, totalitarian
We take a look at what the Catechism teaches about the Church in relation to political communities. Every institution has their own vision of what it means to be human, which shapes their policies. Because the Church knows the truth, that every person is made in the image and likeness of God, the Church must weigh in to ensure that the dignity of the human person is at the forefront of political decisions and policies. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2244-2257.
September 11th, 2023 | 22 mins 16 secs
dignity, equality, human dignity, justice, love, love your neighbor as yourself, respect, social justice
We begin to look at social justice as outlined by the Catechism by diving into two aspects: respect for the human person and equality and differences among men. The dignity of the human person is at stake without social justice. Fr. Mike highlights that since we are all made in the image and likeness of God, we are all equal in dignity and are to love everyone including our enemies. With that, we must recognize that we are not all the same and work towards fairer conditions for all. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1928-1938.