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Sacraments

The Liturgical Life of Ancient Israel – Video

A video by Dr. Italy that explains how the roots of the Church's liturgical year and cycle of feasts are to be found in the celebrations of ancient Israel as shown in the Old Testament Scriptures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHARYgQ1P0k To understand the liturgical cycle of the Catholic Church today,...

Liturgy and Tradition – Video

Video explaining the fascinating relationship between liturgy and Tradition, by Dr. Italy.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM5N0BNFbeY   The liturgy of the Catholic Church arises from Scripture and is itself full of scripture readings and scriptural prayers.  But it also arises from Tradition, the lived faith-experience of the Church which comes down...

Liturgy
Liturgy and the Real Presence of Christ – Video

Many are aware that Catholics believe in "the real presence."  In this video, Dr. Italy explains the various ways that Jesus Christ is truly and really present in the Church's liturgy, culminating in the Eucharist. The "real presence" is a phrase that began to be used...

Ritual
Why we Need Ritual – video

In this video, Dr. Italy explains that ritual and liturgy are required by the very nature of human beings for whom symbols and gestures are indispensable forms of communication. Many Christian believers since the 16th century Protestant Reformation have rejected rituals altogether as religion of the...

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Liturgy, Theology and Spirituality – Video

Dr. Italy begins his course on Liturgy and Sacraments by pointing out the inseparable unity between Liturgy, Theology and Spirituality.  Video 1 in Theology 552, Liturgy & Sacraments for the Catholic Distance University. In this first video of his course on Liturgy and Sacraments, Marcellino D'Ambrosio,...

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Psalms, the Song of the Church – Pius X

St. Pope Pius X on the psalms which play a central role in the continual sacrifice of praise which is the divine liturgy of the Church. Singing the psalms is the best way to praise and bless God due to their inspiration by the Holy...

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St. Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr – Augustine

St. Lawrence (also rendered St. Laurence) was one of the seven deacons of the Church of Rome and was martyred under the Emperor Valerian on the 10th of August 258, four days after Pope Sixtus II and his companions. Little is known of the life...

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Elijah’s Bread – Food for the Journey

Somehow, we can all relate to the discouragement and exhaustion of Elijah.  So we need to learn from the solution proposed by God to revitalize and energize him for the long journey he needed to make and the important work he was going to do. ...

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Eucharist vs. Junk Food – You Are What You Eat!

The only miracle recorded in all four gospels was the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Could this be to emphasize the central importance of the spiritual nutrition that Jesus, the Bread of Life, provides for us through the Eucharist? And could it be that...