September 18th, 2023 | 19 mins
grace, holy spirit, justification, justified, righteous, righteousness, salvation, sanctification, sanctify, sin
What does it mean to be justified? The Catechism teaches us today about the grace of the Holy Spirit and its power to justify us. Fr. Mike explains how justification detaches us from sin and purifies our hearts. We learn that justification brings about a marvelous inward transformation that bears witness to God's great mercy. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1987-1995.
September 5th, 2023 | 20 mins
injustice, justice, morality, oppression, sin, society
We close the section on human dignity and goodness by learning how sin engenders vice. Our readings today discuss the proliferation of sin and how capital sins, in particular, lead to vices that can become rooted in a person or society. Fr. Mike reminds us that while sin is a personal act, it is also possible for us to cooperate in and encourage the sins of others. This can lead to the formation of “structures of sin” that lead others down the path of evil and contribute to establishing “social sins.” Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1865-1876.
September 4th, 2023 | 21 mins 47 secs
bullfighting, freedom, hell, love, mercy, reconciliation, sin
We can consider the variety of sins in light of their gravity or seriousness. In doing so, we see that some sins weaken charity while others destroy it. The first we call venial sins, the second mortal. Our very freedom makes possible this rejection of God. Yet, God’s mercy has no limits. God can and will forgive every sin of which we repent. Fr. Mike invites all listeners to seek this forgiveness and go to Confession. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1854-1864
September 3rd, 2023 | 24 mins 37 secs
conversion, forgiveness, love, mercy, reason, sin
Jesus reveals God’s offer of loving mercy to sinners. To accept this gift, we must identify and admit our failings. Recognizing our sins enables us to further cooperate in our redemption. Sin can be understood and categorized in several ways, but every sin wounds our nature and damages our relationships with God and neighbor. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1846-1853.
August 28th, 2023 | 12 mins 58 secs
conscience, culpability, erroneous judgments, ignorance, moral conduct, moral conscience, sin
It is possible for our moral conscience to remain in ignorance for a variety of reasons. Fr. Mike delves into the sources of errors of judgment in moral conduct and how habitual sin blinds our conscience. As we wrap up this article, Fr. Mike reminds us that a well-formed conscience sets us free and gives us the power to do what we ought. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1790-1802.
August 24th, 2023 | 18 mins 24 secs
agency, circumstances, evil, freedom, good, human acts, intention, morality, morality of human acts, object, right, sin, wrong
Together, with Fr. Mike, we examine the article on the morality of human acts. Fr. Mike unpacks the three “sources” of morality: the object chosen, the end in view or the intention, and the circumstances. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the categories of right or wrong, good or evil. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1749-1761.
August 23rd, 2023 | 16 mins 57 secs
freedom, grace, human acts, liberation, moral law, morality, morality of human acts, salvation, sin
Together, with Fr. Mike, we examine the reality of our human freedom in the economy of salvation. Fr. Mike emphasizes that the right to freedom does not imply a right to say or do anything. Rather, it is the power to choose the “right.” He also emphasizes that the moral law actually allows us to live with freedom and joy, and that when we violate the moral law, we violate our own freedom. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1739-1748.
July 17th, 2023 | 15 mins 35 secs
conversion, forgiveness, healing, penance, reconciliation, sacraments, sacraments of healing, sin
We continue our examination of the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Fr. Mike emphasizes that sin, above all else, is an offense against God and his Church. It damages our communion with both. He also unpacks how important it is that God has extended his ability to forgive sins to his apostles and their successors. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1440-1445.
March 28th, 2023 | 13 mins 52 secs
ascension, atonement, bible, catechism, catechism in a year, catechism of the catholic church, catholic, catholic church, catholic doctrine, catholic faith, catholic teachings, catholicism, death, eternal life, eucharist.jesus, father mike, father mike schmitz, forgiveness, foundations of faith, fr mike, fr mike schmitz, free will, humanity, obedience, offering, redemption, sacrifice, salvation, scripture, sin, suffering, tradition
Jesus Christ’s entire life was an offering to God the Father, and he freely embraced God’s will and his plan for salvation. We learn that the Eucharist memorializes Jesus’ free offering of himself.
March 27th, 2023 | 21 mins 22 secs
ascension, bible, catechism, catechism in a year, catechism of the catholic church, catholic, catholic church, catholic doctrine, catholic faith, catholic teachings, catholicism, father mike, father mike schmitz, forgiveness, foundations of faith, fr mike, fr mike schmitz, jesus, mercy, prayer, redemption, salvation, saved, scripture, sin, tradition
We learn that Jesus suffered a violent death in accordance with the definite plan of God. Fr. Mike explains what it means to say God’s plan of predestination includes each person’s free will and response to the Father’s grace.