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- Brandon Voght: A Free Book of the Saints' Favorite Books-
Hey there Catechism fans! I thought it was about time again to reward your faithful study here with a gift. Want to be a Saint? Then try reading what the saints read! This free (no-strings-attached) ebook by stand-out Catholic author, Brandon Vogt, covers 14 of the greatest saints and their favorite books. So now you can read the very same books that helped turn them into Saints.
- Learn about the book St. Teresa of Avila claimed "converted over 1,000,000 souls to Christ."
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- BONUS Appendix: "The Popes' Favorite Books."
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- Gospels in a Year: Day 250 - Jesus Heals on the Sabbath -
Today's Reading: John 5:1-18
1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Beth-za tha, which has five porticoes. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed. 5 One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" 7 The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me." 8 Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your pallet, and walk." 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who was cured, "It is the sabbath, it is not lawful for you to carry your pallet." 11 But he answered them, "The man who healed me said to me, Take up your pallet, and walk.' " 12 They asked him, "Who is the man who said to you, Take up your pallet, and walk'?" 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward, Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse befall you." 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews persecuted Jesus, because he did this on the sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working still, and I am working." 18 This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God.
Today's Commentary: thirty-eight years: The man's protracted suffering is evident to Jesus (5:6). Rise . . . and walk:
According to Jewish tradition, medical attention could be given on the Sabbath only when someone's life was in danger. The boldness of Jesus in neglecting this convention reflects his own theological stance that giving rest to suffering souls, whether or not they are on the brink of death, fulfills the true intent of the Sabbath. Want More?
While nothing can equal or replace the adventure in reading Tolkien's masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, Dr. Peter Kreeft says that the journey into its underlying philosophy can be another exhilarating adventure.
Check out The Philosophy of Tolkien from Ignatius Press today!
- Catechism in a Year: Day 235 - Why is it not permissible to take a life? -
What sorts of attacks on human life are forbidden by the 5th Commandment?
Why is it not permissible to take one's own life or the lives of others?
God alone is Lord over life and death. Except in the case of legitimate self-defense of oneself or another, no one may kill another human being. An attack on life is a sacrilege committed against God. Human life is sacred; this means that it belongs to God; it is his property. Even our own life is only entrusted to us. God himself has given us the gift of life; only he may take it back from us. The Book of Exodus, translated literally, says "You shall not murder" (Ex 20:13).
What sorts of attacks on human life are forbidden by the Fifth Commandment?
Murder and acting as an accomplice to murder are forbidden. Killing unarmed civilians during a war is forbidden. The abortion of a human being, from the moment of conception on, is forbidden. Suicide, self-mutilation, and self-destructive behavior are forbidden. Euthanasia - killing the handicapped, the sick, and the dying - is also forbidden. Today people often try to get around the Fifth Commandment with seemingly humane arguments. But neither euthanasia nor abortion is a humane solution. That is why the Church is perfectly clear on these questions. Whoever participates in an abortion, forces a woman to undergo an abortion, or merely advises her to do so is automatically excommunicated just as with other crimes against human life. If a psychologically ill person commits suicide, responsibility for the act of killing is often diminished and in many cases completely annulled. (YOUCAT questions 378-379)Dig Deeper: CCC section (2268-2283) and other references here.
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