As we are making preparations for the feast of Pentecost, don’t forget to set aside a few minutes to prepare your mind and heart for the graces the Holy Spirit has in store for you on this great feast.
Fr. Bramwell has provided some thought provoking questions to prepare us for his presentation this Sunday!
1. How does Bernini’s architecture of the Altar of the Chair capture the meaning of Pentecost?
2. Why are praying and believing so closely intertwined?
3. How do the Scriptures capture the idea of the time being ready for the descent of the Spirit?
4. What do the Scriptures explain about the way the Spirit works?
5. How do the the Scriptures explain the way the Incarnate Son works?
Do you want some extra material to think and pray about before we come together this Sunday for this exciting presentation? If so, Msgr. Charles Pope has submitted these discussion questions for your reflections. Feel free to pray through them, journal about them, and maybe even discuss them during dinner at the event this Sunday!
1. Since we should all be ready for our own death and cannot know the time, why should the details of the Last days excite or interest us?
2. Regarding Protestant interpretations, what about the Last Days do you think they are in error about?
3. Given the return of our bodies to the dust and the fact that some bodies are lost, how will the body rise?
4. What does it mean to say that Jesus will come on the clouds? Are these real clouds?
5. What are you doing to get ready to meet God?
Discussion Questions for Our Upcoming Talk – Living Bread: A Defense of Christ’s Presence in the Eucharist
Want to prepare yourself to get the most out of Tim Staples’ upcoming talk? Spend some time thinking through these discussion questions. Make sure you use your Bible for this!
1. What is the Biblical evidence for the Catholic belief in the Eucharist, beyond John 6?
2. Are there any Old Testament texts that help us understand the Church’s teaching on the Eucharist?
2. What does Jesus mean when He says in John 6:63, “My words are spirit and life”?
3. How does Christ’s teaching on the Eucharist restore us to God’s original plan for man in paradise?
4. How can we best explain the mystery of the Eucharist to those who say it is just a symbol?
For those interested in diving deeper in their adult education, we have some discussion questions for you to ponder before our talk this upcoming Sunday – On the Eigth Day: Appearances of the Resurrected with Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo. Quiz yourself and discuss what you think with a friend!
1. What does it mean that Jesus “appeared” to the Apostles?
2. How was it possible for Jesus to both eat and walk through walls after the resurrection?
3. Who did Jesus appear to first: Mary Magdalene, St. Peter, the Mother of God or the Apostles?
4. How many times did Jesus appear after the resurrection?
5. Why did the people that he appeared to “not recognize him”?
6. Where were Jesus and the apostles when Jesus ascended into heaven?
ICC scholar, Robert R. Reilly, writes in the Wall Street Journal about the persecution of Christians in the Middle East at the hands of ISIS. You can read the article here.
You can watch or listen to presentations he has given to the Institute of Catholic Culture on the subject of Islam through the links below.
Ryan T. Anderson will be speaking for the Institute of Catholic Culture on September 15 on Liberty, Religion & Matrimony: The Future of Marriage & Religious Freedom. He has also just published a new book: Truth Overruled: The Future of Marriage and Religious Freedom.
There was a bit of a controversy over Dr. Anderson’s book on Amazon, with many gay activists posting negative reviews (without having previously read the book). Clearly, he has touched a nerve. Read the article here.
Make sure you mark your calendar to join the ICC for Ryan Anderson’s presentation on Tuesday, September 15! Details can be found here.
We have a number of new audio files up for your listening pleasure. Since our last update, we have posted over 50 hours of audio, but I wanted to highlight the following 6:
Spirits of Light & Darkness: A Study of Angels & Demons with Peter Kreeft
Encountering Christ: Discussion on the New Evangelization with Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo
Dream of the Rood: A Poetic Vision of the Cross of Christ with Prof. Ben Reinhard, Ph.D.
Science and Faith: The Myth of Conflict with Prof. Stephen M. Barr, Ph.D.
Pange Lingua: Celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi with Fr. Paul Scalia
Men Should Be Men: Combating Androgyny with Our True Identity with Fr. Eric Bergman
There are many, many more newly posted as well, so please browse our Media Library for more audio recordings.
Also, we have two 3 lectures coming up, dealing with the issue of communism. For all of those history lovers out there, you wont want to miss these talks! Coming up first we have Reagan, Thatcher & the Pope: The Fall of the Soviet Union with Prof. Rafael Madan, J.D., and then the two part series Catholicism, Communism & the Common Good with Prof. Patrick Bracy Bersnak. These lectures will examine the conflict between Catholicism and Communism at the level of doctrine and politics, with special reference to their rival conceptions of the common good, as well as how three individuals — Reagan, Thatcher, and the Pope — saw beyond the deadlock of the Cold War and dared to move against an evil empire forged in blood and rejection of God.
As always, these lectures are free of charge, open to the public, and for our out of town viewers, available to watch live in our Live Broadcast Studio!
We have new audio posted! Please check out:
Kingdom of the Cults: Scientology, Baha’i, & the Masonic Lodge, with Fr. Randy Sly
From Corruption to Christ: Saving Society with the Salt of Sanctity, with Bishop Robert Morlino
Jolly St. Nick? Reclaiming Christmas for Christ, with Christopher Check
A friend of the Institute from Winchester, VA sent us a challenging article posted at the Patheos Blog about the crisis in children’s catechesis. A snippet:
When you monkey around with Church teaching, bad things happen. We’ve identified a problem — kids whose parents aren’t disciples — and we’re so busy “solving” the crisis by heroically stepping in to replace the parents, that we’ve overlooked a small detail: Doing so is contrary to the Catholic faith.
Parents, not catechists, are the people ordained by God to pass on the faith to their children. The mission of the Church is to make disciples of those parents, and equip them to teach their children. If we have to choose between programs for adults and programs for children, adults are the priority. Not because we don’t care about kids, but because we want what is best for kids.
What is best for kids is what is best for adults and what is best for the Catholic faith: Adult disciples passing on the faith within their families.
Read the whole blog post here: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jenniferfitz/2015/03/the-hero-complex-that-is-destroying-the-catholic-faith/#ixzz3VJJBSd1n
We have a number of new audio files posted to our website for your listening pleasure:
Galileo on Trial: Why the Church Was Right, with Christopher Check, President of Catholic Answers
The Armenian Death March & the Formation of the Modern Middle East, with Prof. Rafael Madan, J.D.
Born Without Sin: A Study of the Immaculate Conception, with Msgr. Charles Pope
Jews, Christians & Christians – Praying to the Same God of Abraham?, with Robert Reilly
Peace on Earth & the Sword of Christ: Understanding Authentic Peace With the Church Fathers, with Fr. Francis Peffley
Catholic Answers has a new podcast – Focus. The aim of the podcast is to highlight “in-depth conversations with Catholic leaders, newsmakers, and unsung heroes of faith.”
Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo, executive director of the Institute of Catholic Answers, was recently profiled on this great new podcast. Click here to listen to the podcast!
As we approach the end of February, I thought it would be helpful to review the education the ICC has provided over the last month. If you’ve missed any of these – visit the event pages (all the titles below are hyperlinked) to watch the videos! Since it’s Lent, what better occasion do you have to sit down and spend some time learning about Our Lord and the Faith he has entrusted to us?
Our major weekend event in February was “Confronting Attila the Hun: the Life of Pope St. Leo the Great.” This was a great event, beginning with a hearty chicken soup supper. The hall at Our Lady of Hope was packed! But once everyone was fed, Chris Check told a powerful story, outlining the life and influence of Pope St. Leo the Great, the world of the 5th century Roman Empire, including the barbarian invasions and Christological controversies occurring at the time.
We also hosted a two-part series with Professor Steve Weidenkopf on “The Baptism of Clovis & the Conversion of Europe.” (A special thanks to Prof. Weidenkopf, who filled in for Dr. McGuire at very late notice!) Prof. Weidenkopf covered an enormous amount of history, outlining the early Roman world and the other major tribes – Goths, Burgundians, Vandals, and Franks, as well as the growing Christian influence over the Roman Empire. Prof. Weidenkopf then led us through Clovis’ baptism (influenced by his wife, St. Clotilda), and how the newly-baptised Clovis led to the conversion of the tribes and the conquest of Gaul (modern-day France). Prof. Weidenkopf concluded with a reflection on why Clovis’ baptism matters – not only for the future of Europe, but for each of us as Catholics baptized into the Body of Christ.
Finally, Msgr. Charles Pope gave a beautiful Lenten retreat this past Sunday – “Carrying Our Cross: An ICC Lenten Retreat.” Msgr. Pope spoke to those present about the Cross – and how we are each called to take up our own cross and follow Christ. Msgr. Pope didn’t mince words, acknowledging the tremendous difficulties of living as a Catholic in our post-modern world, but exhorting all present to live out their faith in the midst of their struggles. Following Msgr. Pope’s remarks, the 200 attendees retired to the Church, where we prayed Compline (a special thanks to members of Chorus Sine Nomine for helping lead Compline!). At the end of the evening, about 50 young adults and Msgr. Pope returned to the hall to have a special Young Adults Reception, where Msgr. Pope answered questions about “Living Lent in a Hostile World.”
Msgr. Pope will be giving the second part of his retreat this coming Sunday at St. Agnes – so please make your plans to attend!
I hope this was a helpful review! Make sure to mark your calendars for all the phenomenal events we have coming up during Lent – please click here to view our upcoming events.
Rorate Caeli posted a translation of a recent commentary by Italian journalist Alessandro Gnocchi, who has some hard words to say regarding the state of our Church today.
Truth, with a capital T, succumbs to expediency. Pilate, who prefers to remain a friend of Caesar, never stops looking for fellow travelers….we are in a battle to preserve the Catholic faith, and all the battles being fought on various fronts, even those that are so important like moral truth, are only the terrain of confrontation in a war that is much deeper, involving metaphysics and religion. The most important thing in play is faith. But faith is preserved whole and intact or it is lost. You cannot preserve just parts of it according to taste or expediency.
As mother and shepherd of our spiritual lives, the Church places before us the holy season of Lent, opening the way for repentance and reform. How our human nature revolts against such ideas! Sitting on our comfortable couches and enjoying the luxuries of modern life, our fleshly nature cringes at the least encroachment or inconvenience. As anyone who has taken the season of Lent seriously knows well, the war between the flesh and spirit is real. In light of this war, our Holy Mother, the Church, takes steps to guide her children toward repentance and restoration of communion with God by little steps, always vigilant that she not lose even one of her little lambs.
Thus, as we enter into the great season of Lent, the Church places before her children what can only be called the “at least” goals. Having not only Saints, but also sinners in her hands, the Church guides her adherents with a gentle hand, being careful not to overwhelm the least among us with a teaching that is too difficult to follow. We must “at least” go to Church on Sundays. We must not eat food for “at least” one hour before communion. And during the Lenten season, we must “at least” abstain from meat on Fridays, and keep the sacred fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. How many of us, hearing these “at least” teachings, take them as our ultimate goal, rather than taking them for what they are? …[Continue Reading]
The ICC is here to help you spend a purposeful Lenten season! In addition to our entire Lenten schedule (click here), please review this list of video and audio resources below to help you on your journey this Lent.
Whether you’re devoted to spending more time learning about the lives of the saints, desire to reading and meditating on Scripture, or simply have questions about how to live a better life, the ICC has something to offer you. This is just a small sampling of our resources – please click here for our entire library.
Also, beginning this Wednesday here in our online learning center, Deacon Sabatino will be posting occasional quotations and reflections to aid you this Lent. Make sure to check back each week for his latest post.
PRAYER & FASTING
Fasting & Feasting: Learning to Live the Catholic Tradition, with Dr. John Cuddeback
The Way: An Introduction to Early Christian Prayer, with Fr. Joseph Mary Brown
Not By Bread Alone: A Study of the Ancient Foods of the Bible, with Chef Nikki Haddad
Whatever You Ask In My Name: The Importance of Prayer in the Eastern Tradition, with Fr. Anthony Messeh
Praying Constantly: A Practicum of the Divine Office, with Prof. David Clayton
REFLECTIONS ON THE LIFE OF THE SAINTS
St. Dominic & the Preachers: A Crusade for the Kingdom, with Dr. John Cuddeback
St. Athanasius’ Life of St. Antony the Great, with Abbot Joseph Lee
Sts. Cyril & Methodius: The Christening of Eastern Europe, with Dr. Brendan McGuire
From Death to Life: A Study of the Holy Women of the Roman Canon, with Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo
Journey of Faith: A Study of the Life of Abraham, with Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo
Conversion: Walking with God, with Fr. Joseph Mary Brown & Dr. John Cuddeback
Seven Deadly Sins: Lenten Reflections, with Fr. Paul Scalia
Living the Virtuous Life Today: Challenging the Modern Culture, with Fr. Paul Scalia
Human Nature & the Virtuous Life, with Dr. John Cuddeback
Living Catholic: Restoring Catholic Culture in a Post-Christian World, with Dr. John Cuddeback
Eden to Eden: A Study of Salvation History, with Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo
Genesis: In the Beginning, with Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo
The Gospel of Matthew: The Life of the Son of God, with Dr. Timothy O’Donnell
Lamb of God: Understanding the Sacrifice of Christ, with Fr. Paul Schenck