'Upon this Rock I will build my Church'
For the Bible, check out the Douay-Rheims Bible (the original English Translation predating the King James) or the New Jerusalem Bible. An awesome commentary is here.
Click on the video below to see the Critical Mass Video, "War". This video is about Catholic teaching on when it is allowable to go to war; in other words, when is a war justifiable.
It's Time to Take a Stand!
Religious freedom for Catholics is under attack everywhere. Some are trying to water down our faith. Some are using sexuality to weaken the church. Even worse are those politicians who are introducing legislation about abortion, marriage, etc in order to weaken the faith. This song is an angry retort against these societal attacks on the Church!
Click on the video below to see the Critical Mass Video, "Mary's Song". This video is about Catholic teaching on Mary. Mary is our ultimate Christian model. We do not worship her but ask for her prayers to help us in our lives. At the Weddng of Cana, Mary asked Jesus to do His first miracle and then commands us all to "do as He tells you". For a Catholic, deepening your relationship with Mary will lead to an even deeper relationship with her Son, Jesus Christ.
Check out this link to find out the scriptural reasons for this Catholic belief.
Check out this link to find out the historical reasons for the Catholic belief about her Perpetual Virginity.
Check out this link to find out the historical reasons for the Catholic belief about her Immaculate Conception
Check out this link to find out the historical reasons for the Catholic belief about her Assumption
Check out this link to find out the historical reasons for the Catholic belief about her role as the Mother of God
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We believe that Peter was the first leader of the Church (Pope) and that, since then, there has been a passing down of this authority through all the popes and bishops in hisory. The video below is called Kephas, which is the Aramaic form of Peter, which is the language Jesus would have used when conferring to him the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven.
We decided to deal with two issues in the video below. Pornography is one of Satan's greatest weapons against Christianity. However, Catholics believe we have an extremely powerful antidote to this poison. The Sacrament of Confession, where a priest has been given the authority to act as Christ's representative to forgive our sins, is directly from Scripture. In John 20:22-23, Jesus breathes on the disciples and gives them this power. Catholics believe this power has been passed down, through ordination, to all priests throughout history.
Catholics believe that, in Communion, it is truly Jesus that is present; Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity. Although the bread and wine retain their appearance, they are transubstantiated into our Saviour. This is why Catholics take Communion so seriously. Going to Mass is the pinnacle of our worship! The video below conveys the importance of the Bread of Life in our Catholic lives. No Catholic should go up for Communion without going to Confession first and without recognizing that they are truly in the Presence of the Lamb of God.
Between 1979 and 1984, Pope John Paul II quietly gave a series of talks collectively referred to as the Theology of the Body. It is quietly revolutionizing Catholic viewpoints on sexuality, love, communion and the intrinsic value of each person. Sexuality is actually a precious gift, and when expressed in marital love, is a reflection of the intimate union between Christ and His Bride, the Church, as well as a reflection of the eternal love of the Trinity. In a sense, our body has a language which communicates to us the deeper realities of who we are, who are created in the image of and where we will spend eternity.
Traditional marriage is now being challenged as it has never been in the past. The video below is self-explanatory. Marriage is the two becoming one in an act of love, making possible the creation of a new soul. It is a reflection of Divine Love and, as such, can only be expressed in the context of married love between a man and a woman.
The Catholic Church values each person and that includes those who are homosexual. The homosexual act, not the person, is gravely disordered because it violates Natural Law, simply because it is not capable of ever producing children. Some gays feel that the church is persecuting them because of this description but there are other acts that heterosexuals are guilty of that are also gravely disordered (eg. masturbation). This song is sung from the point of view of someone who is homosexual but wants to live within the teachings of the Church, and is offering his suffering up for others. However, he pleads for understanding from those in the Church to help rather than hinder him in living chastely.
A common question asked of Christians is why there is suffering. If we really are the Body of Christ, then we can offer up our sufferings and join them with Christ's suffering in order to bring graces to the world (Collosians 1:24). In that way, we can give meaning to our suffering.
It is horrible that some in the priesthood have taken advantage of those under their care and have done heinous acts. However, the vast majority of priests are good and faithful servants of Christ. This is a song about the scandal within the Church and the renewed call to holiness that is the only remedy to this horrible situation.