Sunday School, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Nov15

Sunday School, Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Nov15

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

What are the Four Last Things?  PETER KREEFT breaks down the Catholic understanding of God’s judgment . . . The Church’s teaching about life after death is summarized in the Four Last Things — death, judgment, heaven, and hell. However, even humanity outside the Church instinctively knows something about these four things. Life’s one certainty is death. Everyone knows this, though not everyone knows what comes next. Nearly all religions, cultures and individuals in history have believed in some form of life after death. Man’s innate sense of justice tells him that there must be an ultimate reckoning, that in the final analysis no one can cheat the moral law and get away with it or suffer undeserved injustices throughout life and not be justly compensated. Since this ultimate justice does not seem to be accomplished in this life, there must be “the rest of the story.” This instinctive conviction that there must be a higher, more-than-human justice is nearly universal. Thus the second of the Four Last Things, judgment, is also widely known. As Scripture says, “Whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Heb 11:6). The final judgment is an encounter with Christ. Most men also know that justice distinguishes the good from the evil and, therefore, that after death there must be separate destinies for us — rewards for good and punishments for evil. Thus mankind also usually believes in some form of heaven and hell. There are only two eternal destinies: heaven or hell, union or disunion with God. Each one of us will be either with God or without him forever. If hell is not real, the Church and the Bible are also liars. Our basis for believing in the reality of hell is exactly the same authority as our basis for believing in the reality of heaven: Christ, his Church, and her scriptures. If hell is not real, then Jesus Christ is either a fool or a liar for he warned us repeatedly and with utmost seriousness about it. There is no reincarnation, no “second chance” after time is over. There is no annihilation, no end of the soul’s existence. There is no change of species from human being to angel or to anything else. The particular judgment occurs immediately after each individual’s death. The general judgment takes place at the end of all time and history. So the scenario of final events is: (a) first, death; (b) then, immediately, the particular judgment; (c) then, either hell, or purgatory as preparation for heaven, or heaven; (d) and, at the end of time,...

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Sunday School,Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Nov07

Sunday School,Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

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From the Rector, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Nov07

From the Rector, Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As a diocese, we will soon take up the national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). Your support to this collection brings change to communities across the country and empowers those living in poverty to transform the places they live into reflections of the Kingdom of God. Your support goes a long way in creating communities that are more just and welcoming to those who live trapped in the cycle of poverty. In addition to making an impact nationally, those living in poverty in our own diocese are empowered through the 25 percent share of the collection that stays here. Stable housing is often one of the first steps for someone trying to break out of the cycle of poverty. In Portland, Oregon, the cost to rent an apartment or buy a property has increased beyond what is possible for low and moderate-income families. This has created a housing crisis leaving many people unable to find an affordable place to live. But with your support, working families can afford to live in their community and their homes can remain affordable for generations to come. Through homebuyer support provided by CCHD funded groups, over 330 low and moderate-income people now have homes and financial stability, bringing lasting change to their lives. In addition, your support provides training for people to gain tools for community organizing and opportunities for leaders to bring these issues to the public arena. With your help, residents have advocated for tenant protections and increased housing availability in their community. Your support of this collection makes a difference for people living in poverty across the United States. Please prayerfully consider how you are able to help CCHD this year.   Sincerely yours in Christ,   +James S Wall,   Most Rev. James S. Wall Bishop of Gallup  ...

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Sunday School, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Oct31

Sunday School, Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

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Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Oct31

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

The first of the series of ‘Last things” that will be addressed is death.  This topic can make some people uncomfortable, since we may have experienced the loss of a loved one, or may be facing the possibility of our own death.  The Second Vatican Council confirmed the age old teaching that “As a consequence of original sin, man must suffer “bodily death, from which man would have been immune had he not sinned” (GS § 18).” The first thing to keep in mind carefully is that a human being is a unity of body and soul.  Bodily death, by definition, is the separation of the body and the soul.  Since the human soul is immortal, it cannot die.  It will be reunited with the body on the day of resurrection of the dead (Catechism of the Catholic Church CCC #1005).   Christ Conquers the Evil of Death by Pope John Paul II It is the same when we deal with death. It is often awaited even as a liberation from the suffering of this life. At the same time, it is not possible to ignore the fact that it constitutes as it were a definitive summing-up of the destructive work both in the bodily organism and in the psyche. But death primarily involves the dissolution of the entire psychophysical personality of man. The soul survives and subsists separated from the body, while the body is subjected to gradual decomposition according to the words of the Lord God, pronounced after the sin committed by man at the beginning of his earthly history: “You are dust and to dust you shall return.” Therefore, even if death is not a form of suffering in the temporal sense of the word, even if in a certain way it is beyond all forms of suffering, at the same time the evil which the human being experiences in death has a definitive and total character. By His salvific work, the only-begotten Son liberates man from sin and death. First of all He blots out from human history the dominion of sin, which took root under the influence of the evil spirit beginning with original sin, and then He gives man the possibility of living in sanctifying grace. In the wake of His victory over sin, He also takes away the dominion of death, by His resurrection beginning the process of the future resurrection of the body. Both are essential conditions of “eternal life,” that is, of man’s definitive happiness in union with God; this means, for the saved, that in the eschatological perspective suffering is totally blotted out. The Church encourages us to prepare ourselves for the hour of...

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Sunday School, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B
Oct26

Sunday School, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle B

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