April Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation

April Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation

The Beauty of the Paschal Mystery
Let’s take a look at the word Paschal. It comes from the Hebrew word PASACH which means to PASS OVER. This refers to the first Passover when the Lord passed over the homes of the Israelites while striking down the firstborn of Egypt. In that case, the Israelites smeared the blood of a lamb on their doorposts to signify their belief in the one true God. The sacrificing of an innocent lamb became the means of their salvation and their deliverance from captivity in Egypt. In the same way, God sent His Son to be our paschal lamb. The essence of our faith is this: that Jesus came to die for us, to free us from sin, and so that we might have a new and eternal life.

Source: www.catechistaide.com

During these last days of Lent, let us set aside time to learn all we can about this Paschal Mystery. We hope you will take part in all three days of the Easter Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter. 

March Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation

March Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation

Spending Lent with the saints is a great way to grow in holiness. While most of us do not have million-dollar fortunes to give away, we can be more generous with what we have toward those who have less. While few of us will have ecstatic visions in prayer, we can commit to spending more time in silence with God. While likely none of us could subsist on only one meal a week, all of us can recognize luxuries and extras that we can do without.

By putting aside these things, we will find we have more room in our hearts for the one thing necessary: God’s grace.  Source: Aleteia.com

Note: Bishop Robert Morneau, for many years, had a favorite book on saints called All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Time by Robert Ellsberg. It’s a great one! You can even find this book used at a low cost on Amazon.

February Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation

February Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation

Why Catholic Bibles have more books than Protestant Bibles

The Catholic Church is entirely responsible for the composition of the Bible, which books are included, as well as the breakdown of the chapters and verses. There are 73 “books” in the Catholic Bible and 66 in the Protestant Bible. Protestants removed seven books because some verses were inconsistent with their theology.

Martin Luther removed Tobit, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees, Wisdom, Sirach and Baruch. He attempted to remove James and Revelation, but this was rejected by his followers and those two books stayed. Catholics are often accused of adding seven books, but despite this common belief, it is false. Older, pre-Protestant, Catholic translations of the Bible include them. 

Source: http://www.Catholic.org

January Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation

January Explanation Station from St. John Adult Faith Formation

The Fathers of the Church

If you aren’t familiar with the early Church Fathers, you may want to do some research on their inspiring lives. The Church Fathers were influential theologians, bishops or scholars whose writings explained key Scriptural principles in the early Church. They were not all ordained, and not all of them became saints.

But they had powerful communication skills, personal holiness and doctrinal orthodoxy, so we honor them unofficially as “fathers” for their proximity to the Apostles, their explanations of how to understand and apply Scripture, and their ability to teach the Catholic faith.

Studying the early Church Fathers has deepened the faith lives of many, even to the point of convincing non-Catholics to become Catholic. 

EXPLANATION STATION by St John Nepomucene Adult Faith Formation

EXPLANATION STATION by St John Nepomucene Adult Faith Formation

September 29th is the Feast of the Archangels: Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. These three occupy the highest domains of the angelic hierarchy.

Should we, as Catholics, believe that angels exist? Absolutely! The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches us that, “The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls “angels” is a truth of faith. Angels are pure, created spirits. The name angel means servant or messenger of God. Angels are celestial or heavenly beings, on a higher order than human beings. Angels have no bodies and do not depend on matter for their existence or activity. They are distinct from saints, which men can become. Angels have intellect and will, and are immortal.”

To learn more about angels and archangels, check out https://youtu.be/olXmxXQyaGQ for an inspiring video!

Explanation Station by St. John Adult Faith Formation

Explanation Station by St. John Adult Faith Formation

It just is. We don’t understand how it all works but we use our smart phones. Not sure how it happens but if we flip the switch the lights go on.

So many things in life we don’t understand.

Jesus said, “This is my body. This is my blood” We will never understand it. Jesus said it. It just is. It is one of so many things that we don’t understand but He said it.

EXPLANATION STATION by St John Adult Faith Formation

EXPLANATION STATION by St John Nepomucene Adult Faith Formation

You might want to check out an excellent podcast by Fr. Mike Schmitz; “The Bible in a Year”.

Listen at your own pace. Begin on day one or just begin on today’s episode! A great way to know God’s heart and his plan for us.

More than 33 million people have downloaded these 20-25 minute podcasts.

Please click the link below:
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/day-1-in-the-beginning/id1539568321?i=1000504043701