Life Principles

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Gift of Life, 2 of 6

Father Dan continues a series of classes on life issues (pressed upon us by new technologies) by examining principles at the heart of the questions. First, the basics of human life: Who may take a life; which life, and in what conditions? Who may create a life? Second, some basic principles of moral theology, applied to abortion: a focus upon the human act; considering the object, intention, and circumstances of an act; and the principle of double effect.

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Published in: on January 30, 2011 at 10:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Eucharist

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Father Dan goes beyond surface appearances to reveal the heart of the Catholic Mass: the Real Presence of Christ; participation in his one perfect Sacrifice; and receiving his Body and Blood in Holy Communion. Deepen your understanding, and learn how to prepare yourself to truly enter in.

Published in: on January 25, 2011 at 10:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Shining a light in the darkness of abortion

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3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: January 23, 2011
Isa 8:23–9:3; Ps 27; 1 Cor 1:10-13, 17; Matt 4:12-23

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” The original context of these words from the prophet Isaiah was a mass deportation by the Assyrian Empire in the 8th century B.C. The land of the tribes of Zebulun and Naphtali was near the northern end of the Holy Land, alongside the Sea of Galilee. And when the Assyrian Empire conquered the northern Kingdom of Israel in 722, these lands were the first to have the Jewish people forcibly deported and resettled far away, and foreign peoples brought in to live there. They were the first to suffer in this way. And how fitting that these lands should also be the first to receive the blessing of feeling the footsteps of Jesus; of hearing his message of hope; of witnessing his healing miracles, and receiving his call. (more…)

Published in: on January 23, 2011 at 11:00 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Una luz brilla en las tinieblas del aborto

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III Domingo Ordinario, Año A: 23 Enero 2011
Isa 8, 23–9, 3; Sal 26; 1 Cor 1, 10-13.17; Mat 4, 12-23

“El pueblo que caminaba en tinieblas vio una gran luz.” Originalmente, estas palabras del profeta Isaías refirieron a un hecho del imperio Asirio en el siglo VIII antes de Cristo. La gente del los tribus de Zabulón y de Neftalí, que vivían en el parte más al norte de la Tierra Santa, fue deportado de su tierra por el imperio, hasta partes desconocidas; y extranjeros traídos en su lugar. Ellos fueron los primeros del Pueblo que así sufrieron. Y que bien que esta tierra sea la primera en la cual Jesucristo andaba, y predicaba su mensaje de la esperanza, y sanaba milagrosamente. (more…)

Abortion

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Gift of Life, 1 of 6

Father Dan begins a series of classes on life issues (pressed upon us by new technologies) by examining abortion—taking the life of a child not yet born. What is the Church’s teaching? Is it ever moral? Does it bring on excommunication? What do prenatal diagnosis and contraceptives have to do with it? What are our duties as voters?

Published in: on January 23, 2011 at 9:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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Christ baptizes in the Holy Spirit

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2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A: Jan.15-16, 2011
Isa 49:3, 5-6; Ps 40; 1 Cor 1:1-3; John 1:29-34

John the Baptist was a dramatic figure. He was out in the desert; and he wore clothing made of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. He preached repentance to prepare for the coming Messiah, and he baptized with water those who responded to his message. And he drew quite a crowd. St. Matthew tells us [3:4-5]: At that time Jerusalem, all Judea, and the whole region around the Jordan were going out to him.

And in our Gospel reading today, with a crowd of people around him, John is pointing at a man who is coming toward them. (more…)

Published in: on January 16, 2011 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  
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The Blessed Virgin Mary

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Faith Seeks Understanding: The Truth at the Heart of Christmas, 3 of 3

Father Dan concludes a series of classes on the truths at the heart of Christmas (and indeed of our Catholic faith and practice) by presenting the four dogmas about Christ’s mother: that she is Mother of God; that she is ever-virgin; that she was conceived free from the stain of sin; and that she was assumed body and soul into heaven. Learn how these truths connect closely with truths about her divine Son.

Christ’s baptism and your mission (should you choose to accept it)

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Baptism of the Lord, Year A: January 9, 2011
Isa 42:1-4, 6-7; Ps 29:1-4, 9-10; Acts 10:34-38; Matt 3:13-17

It happens often in the movies—especially fantasy or adventure movies; sometimes action or thrillers. You start out with the main character, who seems pretty average, leading a pretty normal, quiet life. And then this person meets someone or receives a message:

“You aren’t ordinary; you’re special. And we have a mission for you: something big and hard and important. (more…)

The Twelve Spiritual Days of Christmas

Twelve Spiritual Days of ChristmasAfter the material Christmas preparations quiet down… let your spiritual Christmas joy begin! This year Father Dan offers you an audio “online retreat.” From Sunday December 26 through Thursday January 6, take 15 minutes to listen and receive every gift your True Love gives to you—every day of the original 12 Days of Christmas.

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Day 1: Entering the Twelve Days (12:57)
Day 2: God the Father (17:22)
Day 3: The Archangel Gabriel (16:55)
Day 4: Zechariah (19:16)
Day 5: Elizabeth (17:03)
Day 6: Mary (16:56)
Day 7: Joseph (17:40)
Day 8: The Shepherds (20:10)
Day 9: Simeon & Anna (19:04)
Day 10: King Herod (20:51)
Day 11: The Magi (18:43)
Day 12: Going home changed (18:40)

Say Yes to God in this New Year

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Mary Mother of God: January 1, 2011
Num 6:22-27; Ps 67:2-3, 5-6, 8; Gal 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21

Today is the Octave Day of Christmas. The Church has long had the practice of celebrating the octaves of certain important feast days: that is, after celebrating the day itself, of then coming back on the 8th day and, in a way, celebrating it again, sort of like an echo or a reprise in music. Because the person, and the mystery, celebrated on those days is just too important to let it just fade away into our memories and into the past so quickly; so it seems important to bring it back again. (more…)