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A tiny primer on Revelation

May 18, 2012

(to go with this week’s lesson on Marian Apparitions)

Revelation (reh-vuh-LAY-shun):  

  • VERB: God’s activity in making Himself and His purposes known to humankind through Christ, the prophet, and the Apostles.
  • NOUN: The content of the Faith that is communicated and handed on.
  • God reveals to human beings His intention to draw them into union with Him.  In the course of doing so, He discloses the mystery of His own inner Trinitarian life and the true destiny of human beings.  With revelation, therefore, comes a body of knowledge otherwise inaccessible to human discovery.
  • Known as Divine Revelation or Public Revelation, it must be accepted with the assent of faith as part of the Deposit of Faith.

Deposit of Faith:

  • The body of saving truth, entrusted by Christ to the Apostles and handed on by them to the Church to be preserved and proclaimed.
  • It embraces the whole of Christ’s teachings as embodied in Revelation and Tradition.
  • This Revelation was complete with the death of the last Apostle and cannot be added to.
  • However, it is like an inexhaustible treasure, one that consistently rewards reflection and study with new insights and deeper penetration.
  • The teaching is a divine trust, something not to be tampered with, altered, or devalued.
  • The Church sees herself as a trustee to this Deposit, preserving the living tradition with fidelity while making sure its efficacy and richness are undiminished.

Private Revelation:

  • Private revelation stems from apparitions or locutions that, although approved by Church authority as “worthy of belief,” do not require the acceptance of the faithful.
  • The content of such revelations may never be in contradiction to public revelation, which is found in the Sacred Scriptures and in Sacred Tradition.
Hat tip to the Catholic Dictionary, Stravinskas, which I highly recommend you have on your bookshelf!

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for February, 2012

February 1, 2012

General Intention: Access to Water.
That all peoples may have access to water and other resources needed for daily life.

Missionary Intention: Health Workers.
That the Lord may sustain the efforts of health workers assisting the sick and elderly in the world’s poorest regions.

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father for this month.  Amen.

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for January, 2012

January 2, 2012

General Intention: Victims of Natural Disasters.
That the victims of natural disasters may receive the spiritual and material comfort they need to rebuild their lives.

Missionary Intention: Dedication to Peace.
That the dedication of Christians to peace may bear witness to the name of Christ before all men and women of good will.

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all our associates, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father for this month.  Amen.

The school of the Gospel

December 19, 2010

The home of Nazareth is the school where we begin to understand the life of Jesus – the school of the Gospel. First, then, a lesson of silence. May esteem for silence, that admirable and indispensable condition of mind, revive in us. . . A lesson on family life. May Nazareth teach us what family life is, its communion of love, its austere and simple beauty, and its sacred and inviolable character.

Pope Paul VI

You’ve got mail!

December 14, 2010

This week as you’re preparing to learn more about becoming a holy family, consider taking a little time to read Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Families.  Written in 1994, proclaimed the Year of the Family, this letter is full of encouragement and guidance for parents.  As papal documents go, this one is a pretty easy read and the opening paragraph sets the tone:

The celebration of the Year of the Family gives me a welcome opportunity to knock at the door of your home, eager to greet you with deep affection and to spend time with you.

Doesn’t it sound like he wants to sit in a comfy chair and have a cup of tea and a little chat with you?  Even if you don’t have time now, I highly recommend you put this document on your reading list.  All these years later I still treasure my dog-eared, highlighted copy.  It changed the way I see my work as a parent.  In fact, it was instrumental in my understanding of parenting as a vocation.

You can buy it in a neat little booklet form from any Catholic bookstore, or get it free from the Vatican’s web site.

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for December, 2010

December 1, 2010

General Intention: for the experience of personal suffering as a help to others who suffer

That our personal experience of suffering may be an occasion for better understanding the situation of unease and pain which is the lot of many people who are alone, sick, or aged, and stir us all to give them generous help.

Missionary Intention: Opening our doors to Christ

That the peoples of the earth may open their doors to Christ and to His Gospel of peace, brotherhood and justice.

The Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for November, 2010

November 1, 2010

General Intention: for drug addicts and victims of every form of dependence

That victims of drugs or of other dependence may, thanks to the support of the Christian community, find in the power of our Saving God strength for a radical life-change.

Missionary Intention: for the continent-wide mission in Latin America

That the Churches of Latin America may move ahead with the continent-wide mission proposed by their bishops, making it part of the universal missionary task of the People of God.


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