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Good News Reflection for Wednesday Dec. 18, 2019

Good News Reflection for Wednesday Dec. 18, 2019

December 12, 2019

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Catholic Answers Live - Another Australian Open Forum Part 2
Catholic Answers Live - Another Australian Open Forum Part 1
Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

Catholic Answers Live - Weird Questions

December 9, 2019

Jimmy Akin, senior apologist at Catholic Answers, selects from weird and wacky questions submitted via the internet and tackles them head on in this episode of “Weird Questions.” If you have a mysterious, fantastic, or otherworldly query, please email it to radio@catholic.com 

Questions Covered:

  • 01:20 - There are certain acts which have an indulgence attached to them.  Let’s say that a woman named Mary is in the habit of a particular prayer at a particular place and time.  One day Mary explains her habit to Martha.  Martha exclaims “Did you know there’s an indulgence attached to that”.  “No, I didn’t”, Mary replies. My weird question is: Does Mary receive those indulgences retroactively with this knowledge and desire?  Or has she been unconsciously receiving them all along?  Or is it the case that only going forward, she will receive the indulgence?
  • 06:30 - My understanding is that during the canonization process the body of the potential saint is exhumed and if their body has not suffered corruption that plays a role in their path towards sainthood. The question has to do with cremation. With the rise in acceptance and practice of cremation for Catholics, how would someone being a future incorruptible interact with the act of cremation? Would the body burn at all? If it would, are we destroying future incorruptibles by practicing cremation?
  • 11:15 - I was wondering if Jimmy could speculate on a presupposed notion on the salvation of Erwin Rommel. Rommel was a Catholic German General during WWII and supposedly involved in the plot to kill Hitler. Because of the nature of the cause he fought for, would his Catholic faith have (assuming he stayed true to its tenants) be sufficient for his salvation?
  • 17:35 - If someone went into a church and removed the consecrated Eucharist from the church.  Would it be a matter of kidnapping or theft?
  • 21:20 - Saint Apollonia leaped into a fire. They would have tossed her in anyway, because she wouldn’t renounce her faith. Where do you draw the line between martyrdom and suicide?
  • 34:30 –  I have heard a theory that alien abductions could be demons pretending to be aliens. This is supported by the fact that in a lot of these cases anti-religious messages are given by the aliens. Could this be possible? I have also been intrigued by the theory that gods worshiped in antiquity (specifically Mayan and Sumerian) may have been demons also. Would this fit the Catholic belief system? How would God allow this if true?
  • 43:25 - Are you familiar with Isaac Asimov’s short story “The Last Question”? How do you understand the final sentence with in the whole of the story? And what was the message Isaac was trying to convey?
  • 50:10 - I’ve been trying to read about the theological implications of finding out that aliens exist. How might we determine if any aliens we had met were fallen, once we knew they had souls?
Catholic Answers Live - St. Nicholas and Arianism

Catholic Answers Live - St. Nicholas and Arianism

December 9, 2019

Tim explains the true life of St. Nicholas on his feast day, including his work combating heresies.

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 12-5-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 12-5-19

December 6, 2019

Callers choose the topics during Open Forum, peppering our guests with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief. 

Questions Covered:

  • 05:40 - What is purgatory? Wasn’t Christ’s sacrifice good enough to save people the first time?  
  • 22:43 - A lady in my craft guild at Church made a dreamcatcher and someone else objected to it. Is this a pagan object? Is it dangerous? 
  • 31:54 - Why does Jesus tell his disciples that they shouldn’t tell anyone he is the Christ in Matthew 16:13-20? 
  • 39:45 - How can I better understand why some people don’t accept Vatican II?  
  • 49:36 - How can I respond to Protestants who say that Catholics don’t speak in tongues?  
  • 52:14 - When did the Church stop writing Roman Catholic on their missals and other materials?
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 12-5-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 12-5-19

December 6, 2019

Callers choose the topics during Open Forum, peppering our guests with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief. 

Questions Covered:

  • 02:49 - What is a good book for my friend to read who is Buddhist and is looking for happiness? He met a Catholic priest through me recently and said, I want what he has. 
  • 06:52 - I am an Orthodox Christian. Does that mean that I cannot be saved? 
  • 12:44 - Why aren’t the Eucharistic miracles used as evidence in arguments for the True Presence? 
  • 19:22 - I recently received a beaded bracelet from my friend who said it was blessed by a monk. Is it okay for me to wear such a thing as a Catholic? 
  • 21:52 - What are some things that I can do to grow in my faith, even though I can’t become Catholic yet? 
  • 29:30 - Mary and Joseph lost Jesus and had to find him in the temple. Why did Jesus remain behind and make his parents look for him? What was the meaning of this? 
  • 33:15 - Sirius XM 130…Recently, my wife and I have had some ectopic pregnancies. How can I love my wife through this very difficult time? 
  • 43:25 - How can we respond when people say that the Latin Mass is the real Mass and that the Novus Ordo is not? 
  • 49:19 - Why does the Catholic accept all the orthodox sacraments as valid? Why isn’t the patriarch of Antioch as special as the Pope of Rome? 
Catholic Answers Live - Daily Life in the Time of Jesus

Catholic Answers Live - Daily Life in the Time of Jesus

December 5, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 12:25 - Were the Romans especially cruel to the Jews or were the Jews just getting the treatment that they gave to everyone? 
  • 20:22 - How was reverence expressed in the time of Jesus and the early Christians? 
  • 41:10 - Was Jesus a carpenter or a stonemason? Was he a pretty strong guy? 
  • 44:47 - What did Jesus do during his teenage years and twenties? 
  • 48:07 - Where did the Holy Family live? 
 
Catholic Answers Live - Mission of the Church

Catholic Answers Live - Mission of the Church

December 5, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 19:59 - How can we best be Catholic today in a post-Christian world, especially in anti-Christian, pagan communities like Portland? 
  • 30:27 - What is the Church? How does the Spirit operate in the Church? 
  • 41:40 - What do you suggest for the laity to do in response to bishops who are not behaving in a Christ-like manner? 
  • 48:02 - I believe that the Holy Spirit has stopped blessing the Church since Vatican II. Do you agree? 
  • 51:21 - Are the Catholic bishops considering the posture in which people receive Communion as a way of encouraging belief in the True Presence? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 12-3-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 12-3-19

December 4, 2019

Callers choose the topics during Open Forum, peppering our guests with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief. 

Questions Covered:

  • 00:59 - A Protestant told me that Catholics took books out of the Latin Vulgate. Is this true? 
  • 06:11 - How do we reconcile ourselves with slavery in the Old Testament? 
  • 14:08 - Must we receive the Eucharist in both species? 
  • 17:32 - Can you help me understand purgatory better? I really want to become Catholic, but this is holding me up. 
  • 28:56 - What is the significance of the mortar board that is placed on top of the chalice at Mass? 
  • 31:45 - My godson was killed in a motorcycle accident this year. Everyone has been asking me, how can this be God’s will? How can I respond? 
  • 41:01 - I had this conversation with a Jehovah’s Witness who asked me why Catholics don’t call God by his name, Jehovah. How could I respond to this? 
  • 49:30 - How can I explain original sin to a non-Catholic? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 12-3-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 1 12-3-19

December 4, 2019

Callers choose the topics during Open Forum, peppering our guests with questions on every aspect of Catholic life and faith, the moral life, and even philosophical topics that touch on general religious belief. 

Questions Covered:

  • 04:41 - How can I refute someone who says that suicide is promoted in Scripture? 
  • 12:32 - Do we have a fallible Church for an infallible source? 
  • 24:09 - How can I explain why we call our worship service “Mass”? 
  • 28:43 - What is the belief of the Catholic Church about the “new Earth”? Who will live there? 
  • 36:44 - If you are in heaven, it is perfect and pure bliss. Would you have knowledge of your loved ones who went to hell? Wouldn’t that make you sad? 
  • 45:10 - When did the Magi visit Jesus? Was it in Nazareth or Bethlehem? 
  • 49:40 - What exactly is a blessing? 
Catholic Answers Live - The Advent of Christ

Catholic Answers Live - The Advent of Christ

December 4, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 17:23 - What is the tradition of the Advent wreath? What prayers should be said? What is the origin of it?  
  • 29:00 - Why do Christians celebrate Christmas when it doesn’t say to celebrate it anywhere in the Bible? 
  • 31:30 - What is the distinction between early Advent and late Advent? 
  • 33:25 – I recently came back to the Church and I have no idea what Advent is or how I should be celebrating it. What should I do?  
  • 39:52 - I lead two groups. Do you have any suggestions for spiritual reading for my men’s group for Advent? 
  • 44:08 - Why is there one pink candle in the Advent wreath? 
  • 46:20 - When should we be putting our trees and decorations up? 
Catholic Answers Live - Who Inculturates Who?

Catholic Answers Live - Who Inculturates Who?

December 4, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 20:22 - What happens when a culture starts out Christian and then deteriorates back toward pagan culture? 
  • 35:02 - Where did you hear that there was paint put on Our Lady of Guadalupe’s tilma? I thought this was a miracle.  
  • 41:55 - Has there ever been a situation when the culture was too strongly incorporated and altered the truths of the faith? 
  • 45:50 - How and why was December 25 chosen for the feast of our Lord’s birth?  
  • 48:56 - I disagree with what you said about bombing cities from the air. If you’re talking about Nagasaki, it was just war.  
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Australia Part 2

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Australia Part 2

December 2, 2019

For the first time ever, Catholic Answers Live goes international! Tim Staples, Dr. Stacy Trasancos, and Karlo Broussard join Cy Kellett for an open forum from Notre Dame University in Freemantle Australia.

 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Australia Part 1

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Australia Part 1

December 2, 2019

For the first time ever, Catholic Answers Live goes international! Tim Staples, Dr. Stacy Trasancos, and Karlo Broussard join Cy Kellett for an open forum from Notre Dame University in Freemantle Australia.

 
Catholic Answers Live - Things to Be Thankful For Part 2

Catholic Answers Live - Things to Be Thankful For Part 2

December 2, 2019

A lighthearted conversation with Chris Check and Tim Ryland on why 2019 gave us so many reasons to be grateful.

 
Catholic Answers Live - Things to Be Thankful For Part 1

Catholic Answers Live - Things to Be Thankful For Part 1

December 2, 2019

A lighthearted conversation with Chris Check and Tim Ryland on why 2019 gave us so many reasons to be grateful.

Catholic Answers Live - Contraception and Catholicism

Catholic Answers Live - Contraception and Catholicism

November 30, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 13:43 - Thank you for writing your books. I am a healthcare provider. Do you see any changes being made in the medical field regarding education about birth control?  
  • 17:30 - I have a daughter who left the Catholic Church who is getting married in May and I am trying to explain contraception to her. How can I help her to understand how any medicine or barrier is denying God’s plan? How can I explain that NFP is not just a Catholic version of a condom? 
  • 21:00 - Why would you advocate for teaching abstinence in schools when it is not as effective in preventing pregnancy as contraception teaching schools? 
  • 29:45 - Isn’t it better to have contraceptive options rather than having more abortions? Is the morning after pill okay? 
  • 34:20 - Is contraception biologically altering our environment and the men in our environment?  
  • 43:42 - I have heard that birth control is an abortifacient in that it does not prevent the pregnancy but forces the rupture of the uterine lining. Is this true? 
  • 47:00 - Since Margaret Sanger wanted to protect women from their fertility, what has been the result of the increased utilitarian view of men and women as objects? Which is more serious- the attack on fertility or this objectification of people? 
  • 52:25 - Is contraception dehumanizing to children? 
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum

November 30, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 02:26 - On what grounds does the Catholic Church accept the Apocrypha, when almost no other denomination does? 
  • 10:58 - My wife needs to reconcile with her dying brother. How can I help her to forgive him? 
  • 16:00 - How can we know that Mary was assumed into heaven? Where do Catholics get this idea? 
  • 24:10 - The Holy Spirit enters us permanently at Baptism and Confirmation. Does that mean that Christ goes to hell with a soul that has been baptized? 
  • 31:15 - What is the Catholic view of justification? 
  • 35:35 is there any way to trace if the Virgin Mary was a descendant of King David, also? 
  • 36:30 - A Protestant told me that they believe the Catholic Church is influenced by Satan. How can I respond to this? 
  • 44:51 - Is it true that when our loved ones die, they are still on earth for 7 days? My brother with down-syndrome died recently.
Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 11-26-19

Catholic Answers Live - Open Forum Part 2 11-26-19

November 27, 2019

Questions Covered:

  • 02:28 - Can you explain faith and works? 
  • 07:48 - I am in a relationship with someone who is non-denominational. We are serious, but I am struggling to navigate the future question of raising children in the faith. He strongly wants them to be non-denominational. What can I do? 
  • 14:51 - What is the relationship between self-improvement and the spiritual life? 
  • 18:35 - Does the Catholic Church believe in ghosts and, if so, what defines a ghost? 
  • 21:44 - What is Catholic teaching on Adam and Eve? 
  • 30:23 - How do Catholics see the Rapture? 
  • 35:50 - How can Catholics believe in purgatory when there is no evidence for it?  
  • 42:43 - Is the Novus Ordo legitimate? Someone told me that only the Latin Mass is valid.  
  • 49:55 - I am coming into the Church at Easter and my husband is so against it that we are separated. I feel so much joy at knowing the truth, but he is miserable. What can I do?