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It’s Not About Rules, It’s about LOVE!

The following is an exerpt from the daily meditations from “The Word Among Us” magazine for March 10th.

It’s not about rules; it’s about love! When Jesus seems to raise the standard on holiness, it’s not because he wants us to roll up our sleeves and try harder. It’s because he wants us to rely on him even more! He’s not counting how many rule we can uphold. He is looking to see how much we have surrendered to him. Why? Because he knows that the closer we are to him, the less we will want to sin.

Dogma, Doctrine, & Discipline

Dogma is the truth appertaining to faith or morals, revealed by God, transmitted from the Apostles. A dogmatic truth must come from Christ’s public revelation through either Sacred Scripture or Sacred Tradition. Private revelations do not constitute dogmas.  The word dogma implies a twofold relation of Divine Revelation and Authoritative teaching of the Church. Dogma is a doctrine infallibly taught by Pope, past or present, in the area of faith or morals.

The revelation can be either:
· Explicit – such as Christ’s incarnate life, death and resurrection
· Implicit – such as the Blessed Virgin’s Assumption into heaven

Dogma is a smaller subset of Catholic teaching than a doctrine. All dogmas are doctrines, but only some doctrines are dogmas.

CCC 88 “The Church’s Magisterium exercises the authority it holds from Christ to the fullest extent when it defines dogmas, that is, when it proposes, in a form obliging the Christian people to an irrevocable adherence of faith, truths contained in divine Revelation or also when it proposes, in a definitive way, truths having a necessary connection with these.”

CCC 89 “There is an organic connection between our spiritual life and the dogmas. Dogmas are lights along the path of faith; they illuminate it and make it secure. Conversely, if our life is upright, our intellect and heart will be open to welcome the light shed by the dogmas of faith.”

Dogmas cannot be changed and are considered to be absolute truth.

Doctrines are truths taught by the Catholic Church whose acceptance is necessary for the faithful. All the teaching in the Catechism of the Catholic Church must be accepted with a religious submission of intellect and will by all believers. But not all parts of the Catechism are formally defined as dogma.

Doctrine refers to the whole deposit of faith taught by the Catholic Church. Doctrine has not been determined as Dogma and is a larger subset of Catholic teaching than a dogma, but are established by precedent. All dogmas are doctrines, but only some doctrines are dogmas.

A doctrine does not become Catholic dogma until it is explicitly defined as such. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception was not defined until 1854.

A Doctrine truth may come from any of three sources:
· Christ’s public revelation, as for instance the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist
· Theological conclusion, such as the canonization of a particular saint
· Natural law, such as the sinfulness of contraception

CCC 90 “In Catholic doctrine there exists an order or hierarchy of truths, since they vary in their relation to the foundation of the Christian faith.”

A Catholic Dogma or Doctrine may be presented to the faithful in either of two ways:
· Solemnly, in an ex cathedra announcement, such as the definition of the Immaculate Conception
· Ordinarily, in the lasting and active teaching of the Church’s Magisterium

A discipline is a teaching of the church that can be changed and is not absolute. An example of a discipline taught in the Church today would be Priestly Celibacy. Obviously some of the Apostles of the Church who were the first Bishops were married. St. Peter was married according to Sacred Scripture. Therefore the issue of Priestly Celibacy is a Discipline required by the Roman Catholic Church for most of its priests, but there are instances of married Catholic Priests who are approved by the Church.

Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

 The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is Biblical

Eucharist promised to us.
John 6:35-71

Eucharist instituted at the Last Supper.
Matthew 26:26 – Mark 14:22 – Luke 22-17

Christ shows his presence in the Eucharist after the walk to Emmaus.
Luke 24:13-35

Participation in Christ’s body & blood.
1 Corinthians 10:16

Receiving the Eucharist unworthily – if the Eucharist is not the body & blood of Christ why would one be guiltly of sin against the body and blood of Christ for taking it unworthily?
1 Corinthians 11:23-29

The whole Paschel lamb had to be eaten.
Exodus 12:8, 46

Jesus called “the Lamb of God”.
John 1:29

Jesus called “paschal lamb who has been sacrificed”.
1 Corinthians 5:7

Examples of Jesus talking symbolically about food.
John 4:31-34 – Matthew 16:5-12

Explains what Jesus means by “the flesh”.
1 Corinthians 2:14-3:4

Examples showing that symbolically eating & drinking ones body & blood is not a good thing.
Psalms 27:2, Isaiah 9:18-20; 49:26, Micah 3:3, 2 Samuel 23:15-17, Revelations 17:6, 16

Father Corapi

Well Father Corapi was at St. James Academy last night and today discussing the Spiritual Battle that world is in today and how to fight the good fight. If you weren’t lucky enought to attend I will give you the Cliff’s notes on his talk.

The Family is God’s SWAT team. SWAT standing for Spiritual Weapons & Tactics.
1. Prepare yourself for the battle by getting into a “State of Grace’ (i.e. get to confession)
2. Know your Faith – Ready & Study the Catechism
3. Pray the Rosary – 18 of the 20 Mystries are straight from the Gospel
4. Spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration.

The Journey Home

 Many of you know about EWTN’s Journey Home program already but many of you don’t. It by far is my favorite EWTN program. My Tivo records it every Monday night so I can watch it at some point during the week at my leisure. I think the best way to get others to consider and learn about the Catholic faith is by hear others who have converted to the faith. Without a doubt EWTN’s Journey Home program that airs live every Monday night at 7:00pm CST is a great way of introducing those outside the faith to it. So if you have some time take look at it tonight or some other Monday night an learn more about our Catholic faith.

Tax Time & The Culture of Death

Would you belive the following are legal tax deductions according to 2005 IRS Publication 502 – Medical & Dental Expenses?

Page 5 – You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for birth control pills prescribed by a doctor.

Page 5 – You can include in medical expenses the amount you pay for a legal abortion.

Page 7 – Surgery to prevent a person from having children, also the includes the reversal of such surgery.

Page 7 also states that procedures such as in vitro fertilization are deductible as well. I personally feel that neither fertility modification surgery should be deductable.

Maybe its time for your congress person to get a note from you.

Benedict gets an iPod

Even Pope Benedict is seeing the benifits of MP3 players and todays technology, Click Here to Read More…