Introduction to the Sacraments

 

Fr. Bryan gives a basic introduction to the Sacraments, those tools given to us by Jesus so that we may receive grace to live the Christian life well.

Sacrament: an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.

The Great Command: Loving Your Neighbor

Fr. Bryan takes a final look at The Great Commandment. What does it mean when Jesus commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves? Ultimately, it comes down to the same kind of love we’ve been discussing: willing the good of the other. I recognize my own tendency to choose good things for myself, so then I do the same for the people around me.

The Great Command: Heart, Soul, Mind, Strength

 

Fr. Bryan continues to take a look at The Great Commandment, spoken by Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. This video looks for practical ways to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Heart: Where am I giving my attention?
Soul: Am I resisting sin and temptation, striving to keep my soul pure before God?
Mind: What am I allowing into my mind through my eyes and ears?
Strength: Am I using my resources for God or for myself?

The Catholic Church and Holy Communion

Results were published from a survey where Catholics in the United States were asked:

1) What they thought the Catholic Church teaches about what happens at Mass during Communion time; and

2) What they believe about what happens at Mass during Communion time.

The results revealed a Church that is divided even in our communal understanding of what the Church teaches. This video clearly presents what the Church teaches about Holy Communion.

Acts 2:42 as a Way of Life

Time to get more practical! What are some concrete ways for me to live my life for Jesus? Well, let’s look to Scripture for some answers. Acts 2:42 gives a brief, but clear blueprint from the earliest Christians.

“What shall we do?”

Upon hearing the proclamation of the Gospel in Acts 2, the people around Peter asked, “What shall we do?” Peter’s response: Repent and be baptized.
This video looks at the surrender to Jesus’ authority, repentance, and baptism.

Thought Before Action: Do You Believe?

Alright, I’ve heard the Gospel; what’s next??

Before taking any further action, I need to do what humans are meant to do: think. I need to pause consider, for however long or short a time, whether I believe Jesus is who he says he is. Do I have faith in Jesus? If so, that faith will move me on to the next step.

Laying the Foundation – The Kerygma

The Kerygma is the foundation of Christian teaching. It is the basic proclamation of what God has done in the person of Jesus, which requires an understanding of all that came before Jesus and what is meant to come after Jesus. Jesus is the center and everything is meant to revolve around him. Here’s a video that proclaims the Gospel. Further videos will explain how to respond to God’s action. Still more will explain what exactly Jesus came to teach and establish.

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