FAITH MATTERS: Reflections on Our Shared Faith

Welcome to our new blog – FAITH MATTERS: Reflections on Our Shared Faith. Each month we will explore some aspect of our shared Christian faith, with reflections written by some of our fellow parishioners and links to lots of great information from a wide variety of web resources.  Be sure to connect with us on Facebook to receive regular updates on our monthly theme.

Our most recent posts are below, and you can find all our posts on the FAITH MATTERS Blog Archive page.

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FAITH MATTERS: What do Christians Believe about Jesus the Son?

Belief in Jesus is crucial to Christianity. Christians call themselves “Christians” because of their shared belief that Jesus was the Christ, the Messiah. So what are some of the things that Christians believe about this Jesus Christ? Son of God: Christians believe that Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, ...
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FAITH MATTERS: Jesus’ Passion and Resurrection – The Foundation of Our Faith

The Passion Story refers to the stories in the Gospels that describe Jesus’ final days. They are a description of the arrest, trial, torture, and death of Jesus at the hands of the Jewish and Roman authorities. Because Christians believe that Jesus died for our sins and that he rose ...
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FAITH MATTERS: Jesus’ Ministry – Preaching the Good News in Words and Deeds

When Jesus was, we believe, around thirty years old, he left his home and his family and began a career as a traveling rabbi. He would travel around the country, with his closest followers, and talk to people about his ideas. In addition, he acquired a reputation as a healer, ...
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FAITH MATTERS: Who Was Jesus of Nazareth?

Over the next few weeks, we begin to focus on Jesus, the second person of the Trinity and the person on whom Christian faith is based. To begin with, we will take a look at Jesus’ story as it has been handed down to us in the Gospels. Then we ...
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FAITH MATTERS: Some Common Elements among the World’s Religions

In the last blog post, we looked at what religious faith is and the variety of religions we find in the world. In this post, I want to explore some commonalities among religions. Religions tend to use the similar vehicles to transmit their beliefs and practices. These vehicles are scripture, ...
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FAITH MATTERS: What is Faith?

Over the next few weeks, we will begin to take a look at the first person of the Trinity, God the Father. But before we can start that, I would like to lay some groundwork – some preliminary ideas that help us when we start to think more specifically about ...
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FAITH MATTERS: The Meaning of Grace

For the last few decades the word “Grace” has been a very “in” word! It has been used to help sell many self-help and religious books. But what does the word actually mean? And why is it important? “Grace” is the English translation of the Greek word charis which means ...
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FAITH MATTERS: Devotion to the Sacred Heart

‘The more things change, the more they stay the same.’ (A. Karr) During my childhood, a picture of the Sacred Heart hung on the wall of our living room - kindly watching over us, protecting us, loving us. That picture was a sacramental in my life, a tangible reminder of ...
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FAITH MATTERS: “The Son of Man”

Jesus’ favorite term for Himself was “The Son of Man" - How does this impact Evangelii Gaudium? “The Son of Man” is how Jesus most often refers to himself in the Gospels, 30 times in Matthew, 14 times in Mark, 25 times in Luke and 12 times in John. However ...
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FAITH MATTERS: Faith in a Secular World: The Challenge of Relativism

Both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI challenged the world in general and the church in particular to pay attention to a human tendency to fall into a moral relativism. By this, they meant that it is easy, in our modern world, to start thinking that any moral ...
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