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Catholicism: We’re All About the Trinity

October 18, 2010

The Catholic Church does not believe that God must reveal himself in order for us to know that he exists. The reason for this is that God’s existence can be determined from philosophy. This is evidenced by the fact that many people throughout history have determined that God exists even though they did not have any form of revelation to draw from. Aristotle was one of these People. Using philosophy (and a little bit of science) Aristotle concluded that there must be one God, an “unmoved mover,” who is responsible for all subsequent causes in the universe.

But there are many things concerning this God that philosophy cannot teach us. For these things, the Church needs God to communicate His self to us. The Church needs revelation.

The most important doctrine that God has revealed to the Church is the doctrine of the Trinity. In its simplest terms, this doctrine states that the One God of the Universe is a communion of three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In other words, God is a family. In this family, there is a Lover (the Father), one who is Loved (the Son), and the Love between them which is so real that it is actually a distinct and eternal person (The Holy Spirit).

The doctrine of the Trinity has always been the central doctrine of the Catholic Church. Whenever Catholics gather for prayer we begin by signing ourselves “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” The Catholic Church has always followed the command of Jesus to baptize in a Trinitarian form. Our most ancient members including Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, and Origen all believed in the Trinity. Whenever a person of influence has questioned the doctrine, such as an early fourth century priest named Arius did, the Popes and Bishops in union with him have always held their ground. In fact, it these Bishops were the first to use the word Trinity to describe the doctrine of three persons in one God.

The Catholic Church is all about the Trinity. The Catholic Church received this doctrine as a gift from God and the Catholic Church assists Christians everywhere in understanding this doctrine right up to this very day. We believe it, we profess it, and we coined the term.

Further Reading:

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Heading back…

March 25, 2010

to spend some time in God’s country.

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One Last Midterm

March 16, 2010

Working on my final midterm for “History of Christian Spirituality.” Its a take home. Here are the questions, in case you’re interested:

1) It has been said that Christian spirituality was “deformed” when Christian theologians and spiritual writers began to use the writings of Plato and Plotinus. Do you agree or disagree with this point of view? What in the Platonic and Neo-platonic traditions is compatible with Christianity, and what is opposed to it?
2) What are the theological implications of the visions described in the Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicity?
3) What insights concerning the interrelationship between community and solitude are found in the biographies and other writings of the early Christian monastic movement?
4) The term “theosis” was commonly used in the early Church – and is still widely employed in the Christian East – in the contexts of soteriology, sacramental theology, and eschatology. Should we in the Catholic Church make greater use of this term in explaining theology to the modern world, and if so, how?

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Back in LA

March 15, 2010

So after an amazing spring break, I’m back in Los Angeles. I flew back a day earlier than usual so I could catch one of my favorite musicians in concert, and boy am I luck I did. It was a fantastic show.

Matthew Good hasn’t caught on in the USA really. It’s too bad, because he’s a phenomenal musician. He played a show at a place called The Troubadour, in West Hollywood. Before the show my friend and I walked around a little bit. We chatted with some Paparazzi who were waiting for Mischa Barton to finish her dinner. Sort of interesting.

The Troubadour was a great place to see a concert. Very, very small. I was right in the front row and the stage was only a couple of feet high. The show was pretty balanced… some new ones, some old ones. Pretty much all radio hits, though. As of right now, there aren’t any Youtube videos posted of the show, but I’m sure there will be in a few days. In the meantime, here is one of my favorites from a TV appearance he made called, “Great Whales of the Sea.” I wasn’t too into this one, before the show. The first couple of minutes is sort of boring… but when it really gets going (right at the two minute mark) watch out. Amazing stuff!

Afterwards, we just walked around the Sunset Strip watching drunk 40 somethings stumble around like they were 21 again and saw a few people get arrested. GO LA!!!!

This was the second show I saw of the guy this week, actually. I caught him in Seattle as well at the Triple Door. Here is a clip from that show called, “Empty’s Theme Park.” It’s pretty mellow, but very beautiful.

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Back From Boston

February 22, 2010

So I went to Boston this last weekend. Got back last night at 2 am, so ya… kind of tired. Had a great time with my friend Joel, who was my roommate my freshmen year of college. It was great to see him again after a couple years.

I flew Virgin America for the first time. I’m loyal to Alaska Airlines, but if I ever need to fly to the east coast again, I’ll probably go with Virgin again. They have more direct flights, which is incredibly important to me, and they have an amazing in flight entertainment system with on demand movies and television programs, and Live Satellite TV. I watched the US play Canada in Olympic Hockey. The whole plane erupted in applause at each goal the US scored. It definitely made the flight go by quickly. I listened to this song by Mogwai about 20 times:

But, unfortunately, I’m a bit behind now. I have a huge week next week which includes a two hour presentation and about 4 midterms. The good news is that when its over I get to come home for a little over a week!

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A Great Commercial

February 16, 2010

I tear up almost every time I see this, especially when it shows the special olympians. I’ve actually bought a few cokes just because of this brilliant 30 seconds of video.

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Another Great Vocation Story

February 16, 2010

Very similar to the Grant Desme story. A young athlete, with promising talent, who had already impressed at the Olympics in Nagano, Japan. Her best years of Speed Skating were in front of her.

Where is Kirstin Holum now?

In a convent with the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal:

There is no television and no internet at St. Joseph’s Convent in Leeds, England, meaning Holum won’t get to watch the Winter Olympics where she was supposed to become a star.

The peaceful surrounds of the convent is where Holum, now known as Sister Catherine, devotes her life to religious service as a Franciscan nun. That calling had begun on a trip to Our Lady of Fatima, a holy site in Portugal famed for a series of religious visions that appeared nearly a century ago. It was outside the Fatima basilica where Holum decided that a path of religious dedication, not frozen skating lanes, would be her destiny.

“It is funny now to think of how different my life is now,” she said. “I had the wonderful privilege of being able to compete as an Olympian, and now I am blessed to able to serve God and help those less fortunate.”

I was so happy to come across this inspirational story. Thanks to AmP for the tip, and do be sure to read the rest.

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