January 25th, 2023 | 12 mins 7 secs
belief, belief in god, believing, catholic, catholic teaching, gift of faith, knowing god, learning, revelation, salvation, tradition, understanding, word of god
As Catholics, we can’t pick and choose the areas of Church teaching we want to accept; we must believe the entire truth of the Faith because we believe in God, who has revealed it to us.
January 7th, 2023 | 16 mins 30 secs
creation, creation of man, fullness of truth, god’s plan for man, grace, knowing god, love of god, loving god, meaning of life, promise of salvation, redemption, revelation, seeking truth, truth, understanding god, unity
God reveals himself to man and gives us the capacity to know and love him beyond our own natural abilities. From the very beginning, even after the first sin of Adam and Eve, God made himself known to human beings and gave us a promise of redemption. Fr. Mike explains how God’s covenant with Noah offers hope for salvation and unity that are only made possible in Christ. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 50-58.
January 6th, 2023 | 18 mins 44 secs
creation, creation of the universe, creator, creature, god in nature, god is real, god made the world, intelligent design, knowing god, made by god, meaning of life, naming god, objective reality, objective truth, proof of god, proving god, purpose of creation, seeking truth, speaking of god, truth, truth about god
Today’s reading is a summation of what we have learned so far. Man is made for God, and we are born with a capacity for knowing God. Using our senses, listening to our consciences, and employing our gift of reason, we can know with certainty that God exists. Fr. Mike explains how we live freely only in communion with our Creator, even if we are limited in our capacity of comprehension. Knowing this compels us to share our faith in God with those who do not yet believe. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 44-49.
January 5th, 2023 | 12 mins 48 secs
dei filius, dei verbum, how can we speak about god, humani generis, knowing god, knowledge of god, pope pius xii, revelation from god, speaking about god, st. thomas aquinas, talking about god, the image of god, vatican council i, vatican council ii, what we know about god
What can we know about God? The Catechism tells us three important things: 1) We can know God with our human reason, but 2) that knowledge will always be limited, and 3) we rely on God to reveal himself to us. Fr. Mike warns us that learning who God is requires self-surrender and abnegation, for the human heart struggles to recognize the infinite gap between Creator and created. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 36-43.
January 4th, 2023 | 18 mins 16 secs
belief, chapter 1, desire for god, divine revelation, faith, i believe, knowing god, man’s capacity for god, part 1, pillar 1, profession of faith, proofs for god, religious being, response to god, restless until we rest in you, st. augustine, st. thomas aquinas, the creed, the search, we believe
The Catechism begins to explore what it means “to believe” by examining our innate desire for God and all the ways we can come to know him. Fr. Mike grounds us in a refrain he promises to repeat throughout the year—God loves you. Not in an abstract way, but in a concrete, unique way. God knows you, and he wants you to know him. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 26-35.