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Sacraments Series - A Recap

Friday, June 08, 2012
Over Eastertide, the Godzdogz team presented a series of articles on the Sacraments of the Church, a series which we have supplemented over the last couple of weeks with a treatment of certain related topics. We have tried over the course of the series to give a sense of the place the Sacraments occupy in the life of the Church, and of individual Christians, as ways in which we touch upon the divine reality to which the Church points and draws us. As the series now draws to a close, we hope our readers have found it useful: we would, as ever, be grateful for your comments. For your reference, below is a list of all the posts in the series: Read more

Christian Funerals

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

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Friday, June 01, 2012
In our series so far, we have seen how the Sacraments give shape to our Christian lives, both as individuals and as the Church, the Body of Christ, by bestowing upon us God's grace, which enables us to live that life. Read more

Sacraments: Christ's Gift of the Spirit

Wednesday, May 30, 2012
One of the ways we can think about sacraments is as God reaching down through history to apply the power of the cross to the present moment. Since Christ handed on to us the gift of His Holy Spirit through the cross, the re-presentation of the sacrifice of the cross in our sacraments becomes the means by which Christ re-presents his offer of the Spirit. This is because, as has been discussed in previous posts, sacraments are signs that make real what they signify. Our sacramental signs, instituted by Christ himself, point to his Incarnation and thus perpetuate that Incarnation among and in the Christian community across all time and space. As the Spirit is received through Christ and therefore through the sacraments, we can also think of the sacraments as a kind of re-actualization of Pentecost. This points us to the complementary missions of the Son and the Spirit. The Holy Spirit, sent by Christ (who was himself conceived by the Holy Spirit), allows us to receive Christ in a new and deeper way.  Read more

The Sacraments as Liturgy

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sacraments: Holy Orders

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Sacraments: Anointing of the Sick

Friday, May 18, 2012

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Sacraments: Penance

Sunday, May 13, 2012

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Sacraments: Eucharist - Sacrifice

Friday, May 11, 2012

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Sacraments: The Eucharist - Presence

Sunday, May 06, 2012
When thinking about the Eucharist it is important to be clear from the very beginning that we are dealing with a mystery. God is not some ‘thing’ that we will ever get our thoughts around, not some thing we will ever get our language around; the infinite God exceeds our finite mind’s capacity to understand. We ought, then, to be suspicious of any attempt to ‘explain’ the real presence of Christ among us in the Eucharist. In the end, an understanding of how bread and wine can become the Body and Blood of Christ will be beyond us; it is not something we can demonstrate or prove but a truth revealed by God that must be accepted on faith. Nevertheless, if we are to remain faithful to this revelation, faithful to the tradition we have received, and in our turn to hand it on to others, then we must be sure that what we are preaching is the true faith and not nonsense. Catholicism is not contrary to reason, the mysteries of God are not truths that we can say nothing about; they are simply truths that we cannot say everything about.  Read more
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