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December 24th, 2009

Catholics differ from some Christian Churches which accept the Scripture as the only source of God’s revelation. Catholics have a strong belief in the truth of Scripture, but we also believe in tradition as a way in which God continues to reveal truth to us. Tradition can include beliefs, customs, prayers, and worship, the teaching of popes, bishops, theologians and Church councils. It’s our process of continually reflecting on the way in which the Word of God encounters our own experience as a community of faith.
Catholic understanding is that tradition includes the Scripture, and began before the gospels and letters were written. We do believe that Scripture is a unique revelation from God and…

May 18th, 2008

Certainly God knows when we are sorry for our sins. And since God’s only relationship with us is one of unconditional love, whenever we turn to God with a sincere sorrow for sin and a desire to make a new beginning, God is there to meet us with forgiveness.
As human beings, however, we may need a more concrete way of experiencing God’s love for us. A person who loves us might show his or her love by making time for us, writing us a note, treating us to a special meal, or buying us a gift. We may already know that our friend cares for us, but the concrete attention is a confirmation and reassurance that human love requires. We Catholics believe that God has given us the sacraments as a way of showing that we are receiving…

May 18th, 2008

I wish I could have sat in on your discussion. I might then be able to respond to your question more clearly. Revelation is not so much a set of propositions or a list of facts as it is God’s self-disclosure of love for us and God’s invitation to us to enter into a relationship of love with God. This is an invitation that is offered to the whole world, but needs to be received concretely by individual persons. It often passes from person to person as a flame passes from candle to candle. Christians believe that receive this revelation as inviduals but that it is nurtured, supported and preserved within the context of a community of believers.
There are a variety of ways in which we might encounter God’s…

May 18th, 2008

I’m not quite sure what you’re asking here but here’s my best shot–tell me if this makes sense.
God can be “summed up” (as best we can) in three ways, I think:
1. God is beyond “us.” We can’t really fathom what God is but we know that He is kinda beyond what we come to know as human or “some-thing.” God is the ultimate “other.”
2. God is among us. God, for Christians, in the person of Jesus, is the God who is also “one of us.” For other religions(and in some sense for Christians too), God can be seen in nature, in creativity, in anything that exists and has movement. God is the source of creation and therefore God lives and moves…

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