November 19th, 2023 | 16 mins 30 secs
artists, beautiful art, beauty, creation, eighth commandment, lying fine arts, music, sacred art, truth, truthfulness
Have you ever been moved by beauty? As we conclude our journey through the eighth commandment, we learn that beautiful art points us to the truth and perfection of God. Lastly, Fr. Mike reminds us that this commandment encourages us to always walk in the light and bear witness to Christ in all we say and do. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2500-2513.
November 18th, 2023 | 16 mins 34 secs
gossip, lying, mass media, sacramental seal, secrets, social communication, speaking the truth, tabloids, telling the truth, truth
Charity dictates who we reveal the truth to. We learn today that the “right to the communication of truth is not unconditional.” Fr. Mike explains that this means we ought to examine what facts we reveal to others prudently. Fr. Mike highlights the role of mass media in disseminating the truth and the importance of guarding ourselves against gossip. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2488-2499.
November 17th, 2023 | 29 mins 26 secs
10 commandments, 8th commandment, adulation, article 8, article eight, boasting, bragging, calumny, charity, commandments, complaisance, detraction, eighth commandment, false witness, flattery, gossip, honor, how we live, humility, irony, judgment, justice, liar, lie, lies, life in christ, love of neighbor, lying, offense, part 3, part three, perjury, rash judgment, reparation, reputation, st. ignatius of loyola, ten commandments, trust, truth, truthful, truthfulness, violation, you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
What does it mean to live out the truth? This theme carries over as we continue our evaluation of the eighth commandment. We learn the Catechism’s teachings on ways we violate truth, degrees of gravity based on circumstances, and the duty of reparation. Fr. Mike discusses each offense and offers resonating examples to reflect on. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2475-2487.
November 16th, 2023 | 21 mins 40 secs
10 commandments, 8th commandment, article 8, article eight, bear false witness, bear witness, candor, commandments, discretion, eighth commandment, god is the source of all truth, honesty, how we live, lie, lies, life in christ, love of neighbor, lying, martyr, martyrdom, martyrium polycarpi, martyrs, objective truth, part 3, part three, sincerity, st. ignatius of antioch, st. paul, subjective truth, ten commandments, truth, truthfulness, witness of the gospel, you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
We begin our dive into the eighth commandment: “You shall not bear false witness.” The Catechism defines truth, identifies the importance of truth, and reflects on martyrdom. Fr. Mike unpacks all of this information and reminds us that our duty as Christians is to live in the truth and bear witness to the truth in what we say and how we act. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2464-2474.
October 17th, 2023 | 20 mins 48 secs
4th commandment, armed resistance, article 4, article four, authority, civil authorities, country, foreigner, fourth commandment, freedom, how we live, just war, justice, life in christ, love of neighbor, nation, part 3, part three, patriotism, political authorities, solidarity, st paul, the commandments, the duties of citizens, the duty of citizens, truth
As citizens of a nation, we have certain responsibilities in accordance with God’s Law. The Catechism provides parameters for contributing to society, welcoming the foreigner, refusing obedience, and resisting oppression. Fr. Mike helps us better understand our role as co-collaborators in society within the lens of our world today. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 2238-2243.
January 21st, 2023 | 14 mins 6 secs
ascension, belief, believing god, bible, catechism, catechism in a year, catechism of the catholic church, catholic, catholic church, catholic doctrine, catholic faith, catholic teachings, catholicism, faith, father mike, father mike schmitz, foundations of faith, fr mike, fr mike schmitz, freedom, having faith, jesus, revelation, scripture, supernatural virtue, tradition, truth
Fr. Mike continues reflecting on the meaning of faith and how it works in our lives. We learn that faith is a grace from God, a supernatural virtue that is not contrary to human freedom or reason. Fr. Mike reminds us that to have faith is not just to believe in God, but to believe God and everything he says. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 150-155.
January 14th, 2023 | 17 mins 8 secs
ascension, bible, catechism, catechism in a year, eternal word of god, father mike schmitz, fr mike schmitz, free will, grace, living word of god, religion, revelation, sacredness of scripture, scripture, scriptures, tradition, truth, word of god
Fr. Mike reflects on the sacredness of Scripture and why the Church venerates Scripture with great reverence. He helps us understand the mystery behind the powerful reality that God speaks to us through human authors. Most importantly, Fr. Mike reminds us that the eternal Word of God is both living and true. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 101-108.
January 12th, 2023 | 15 mins 33 secs
belief, binding truths, catechism, divine revelation, dogmas, faith, magisterium, salvation of souls, teachings of the church, truth
How do we come to accept the binding truths of the Faith? Fr. Mike explains how the dogmas of the Faith are boundaries designed to help us know God and ourselves accurately. He invites us to see these boundaries as lights along our path that enable us to love God and fully do his will. If we can understand that these dogmas are guided by love, we can come to receive them as gifts for the salvation of our souls. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 88-95.
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.