Happiness, Belief in God and Christianity

Happiness, Belief in God and Christianity

If God does not exist, then all pursuit of the transcendent is meaningless. How can we reasonably come to a belief in God? If God does exist, what religion? This class builds our confidence in God’s existence as well proposes Christianity is the most reasonable next step no our quest to finding God.

Matt’s keynote presentations: Why Believe in God?

Homework: Spend ten minutes a day learning more about one of the “evidences” for God/Christianity and share it with someone. 

Additional Resources:

  • New Proofs for the Existence of God by Father Robert Spitzer

  • The Language of God by Francis Collins The Historical Reliability of the Gospels by Dr. Craig Blomberg

  • Jesus and the Eyewitness by Dr. Richard Bauckham

Prayer Practice:  None this week.

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A New Hope for Humanity

A New Hope for Humanity

Now more than ever, people are asking the fundamental question, “What does it mean to be distinctly human?“. With AI slowly taking over more and more jobs each year, we need to understand what separates AI from human nature. The great news is that the Catholic Church has an answer and it aligns with what the secular world is just now figuring out! Matt talks about the coming age of “re-embracing our humanity” thanks to technology!

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The Catholic Version of Gratitude

The Catholic Version of Gratitude

This week on Becoming Catholic, Matt reflects on the popularity of gratitude journals and proposes a more compelling and richly Catholic approach to gratitude. Try Matt’s 30 day challenge to four daily Catholic practices that will transform your life to one of a more authentic expression of gratitude that leads the way to a more fulfilling pursuit!

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Do We Need To Become a New Kind of Catholic

Do We Need To Become a New Kind of Catholic

With all the sexual abuse scandals that continue to destroy the Church’s reputation, do we need to re-evaluate how we engage others in the faith? Matt talks about why he loves being in campus ministry at the University of Colorado Boulder, and how the faith of the students he walks with can provide insight to how to be and become Catholic in a culture that does not care about being Catholic.

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Is the Lord's Prayer Really Changing?

Is the Lord's Prayer Really Changing?

Amidst the heated discussions going on about Pope Francis and The Lord’s Prayer, Matt reflects upon the phrase “lead us not into temptation”. Where ever the opinions lie, for or against, or maybe out of the loop, It is important to spend a few minutes reflecting upon the gifts that are coming from this proposed change.

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Marriage First, Then Children

Marriage First, Then Children

In the hazy chaos of everyday life, sometimes couples forget to pursue their marriage first above all things and avoid getting sucked into putting children above spouse. Matt explores the pursuit of marriage first, how the metaphor of Christ and the Church reflects this priority, and how the protestant reformation is a consequence of putting children before spouse.

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Now What?

Now What?

We are about to be Catholic? Now what? RCIA will end soon so how do we not retreat into simply a Sunday Mass goer, but truly engage the faith and the parish. This class talks about all the ways by which you can continue you formation and to be a gift back to the parish and greater community of Boulder.

Matt’s keynote presentations: The Virtue Driven Life

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The Virtue Driven Life: The Ten Commandments

The Virtue Driven Life: The Ten Commandments

We end our discussion on Morality with a reflection on the last four of the Ten Commandments through the lens of virtue. With the foundational first three, how can the other four Commandments put an important framework in our pursuit of Holiness?

Matt’s keynote presentations: The Virtue Driven Life

Homework:

  • Pick one commandment that resonated with you. 

  • Determine the virtue that best overcomes a particular weakness for you within the commandment.

  • Ask Jesus for that virtue!

  • Commit to one thing each day (the night before) that intentionally engages that virtue in your life!

Additional Resources:

Prayer Practice:  Matthew 19:16-22

  • What am I clinging on to for self-preservation?

  • Where do I fall short in being a disciple of Jesus Christ?

  • What is one thing that would make me very sad if I did not have it any more?

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Made for More Part 2: Living for Virtue

Made for More Part 2: Living for Virtue

We continue our discussion on Morality by looking at the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Seven Deadly Sins, and reflecting on the first three Ten Commandments through the lens of virtue. How can the Ten Commandments put an important framework in our pursuit of Holiness?**

Matt’s keynote presentations: Made for More: An Introduction to Morality

Homework:

  • Obtain a liturgical calendar to begin living your life by.

  • Memorize:

    Cardinal Virtues

    Theological Virtues

    Gifts of Holy Spirit

    Fruits of Holy Spirit

    Seven Deadly Sins

Additional Resources:

  • Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 1691-2051.

  • An Introduction to Moral Theolgy by William May

  • After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre

Prayer Practice:  1 Corinthians 13

  • Use Examen to Prayer through passage in the context of living a Free, Total, Faithful and Fruitful life.

  • Ask:

    • How have I fulfilled this command today? Thank God!

    • Where have I failed this call? Ask God for forgiveness and healing.

    • Ask God for help making tomorrow a better day.

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

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**apologies for the lateness and quality of the episode.

Living the Fulfilled Life

Living the Fulfilled Life

With Spring Break, there is no regular class, so here is a talk Matt gave for St. Valentine's Day, a kind of Theology of the Body class, about relationships and how man was made for more than a lofty misunderstanding of love.

Matt’s keynote presentations: None for this week.

This week we did not get to Homework, Additional Resources, and Prayer Practice this week.

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

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Made for More Part 1: Living a Life of Virtue

Made for More Part 1: Living a Life of Virtue

We now end our exploration of the Sacraments and turn our attention toward how we live within this story that Sacraments plunged us into. Here we will talk about what morality is in general, how to determine what is immoral and moral, the two types of sin, and how virtue is the most effective antidote to sin.

Matt’s keynote presentations: Made for More: An Introduction to Morality

This week we did not get to Homework, Additional Resources, and Prayer Practice this week. They will be posted with the next class’s notes. If you would still like to view them, they are at the end of the keynote presentation (linked above).

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The Sacraments of Healing

The Sacraments of Healing

We end the Sacramental life pillar with the Sacraments of Healing. Once we have received the one time Sacraments of Initiation, how are we to keep living in this state of Sacrament Grace? With the assistance of regular reception of the Sacraments of Healing. This class will talk about the importance of these Sacraments, what they are, their Biblical foundations, and how they strengthen us toward our path to Holiness!

Matt’s keynote presentations: Sacraments of Healing

Homework:

  • Spend 10 minutes a day preparing for your first confession/baptism through your examination of conscience?

Additional Resources:

Prayer Practice:  2 Corinthians 12:8-9

  • Ask: Where can God's power be made manifest in this (whatever you may be going through)?

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Lent & the Sacraments of Initiation

Lent & the Sacraments of Initiation

Lent is upon us and in the wake of Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Gras in French) we will talk about how lent was the time meant particularly for those preparing to enter the Church. Following that, we begin the journey of discussing the Sacraments that you all will receive in one way or another at the end of Lent: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion. We will talk about what makes them Sacraments of Initiation and how they differ from other sacraments.

Matt’s keynote presentations: Lent and Sacraments of Initiation

Homework: Prepare your personal mission statement for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Additional Resources:

Prayer Practice:
Pray with Ezekiel 36:24-27

  • Ask Yourself During Prayer

    • What do I desire for my heart?

    • What do I need to be cleansed of so I can truly be free, total, faithful and fruitful?

    • Ask God for it.

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The Sacrament of Marriage & Human Sexuality

The Sacrament of Marriage & Human Sexuality

The Sacrament of Marriage and Holy Orders are two sides of the same paternal/maternal coin. We are all called to love the highest calling of love is fruitful. This class talks bout the paternal/maternal aspects of both vocations and explaining how every single human being is called to be a mother or father and what that means for people who simply love single lives.

Matt’s keynote presentations: The Sacrament of Marriage & Sexual Ethics

Homework:

  • Think of one person in your life that you have a tendency to put in a box (i.e. acts this way and that way all the time). Pray to Jesus for the grace to see them as He sees them: As a person to be continuously pursued as a gift to be discovered.

  • Then do one thing each day to learn more about this person to prevent numbing of the pursuit of discovery.

Additional Resources:

Prayer Practice:
Ask this of yourself when praying with Ephesians 5:21-33

  • What would need to happen to make this passage something desirable?

  • What would the man need to be like?

  • What would the woman need to be like?

  • How would the relationship need to look like?

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Intercession of the Saints, The Four Last Things and an Introduction to Sacraments

Intercession of the Saints, The Four Last Things and an Introduction to Sacraments

As we approach the end of the Creed, we now deal with the last parts of life on earth as a Catholic. What happens after death? What roles does the body have in the afterlife? How are we judged? Why are we judged twice (did you know that?)? Is Hell real and why would a loving God “create” Hell?

We will then transition away from the Creed and in the Sacramental life of the Church. What is a Sacrament and how does the differ from many Christian demoniyatios? How do Sacraments change they we live our life? This section is about how we insert ourselves in the story of God’s love that we just learned about in the Creed.

Matt’s keynote presentations: Intercession of Saints, Four Last Things, Intro to Sacraments

Homework:
Practice incorporating one saint into your daily prayer life

  • Read about a saint for 15 minutes.

  • Look up on devotion to him/her?

  • Practice a devotion/incorporate him/her into your daily prayer life in some way.

Additional Resources: Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 988-1209, Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed pages 326-357, Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialogue Somewhere Beyond Death by Peter Kreeft

Prayer Practice:
Ask this of yourself when praying with 1 Timothy 2:3-4

  • How does He desire YOU to be saved?

  • Where have you seen God in your life desiring you for Himself?

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Sacraments, Holy Orders, and How to Make a Good Confession (feat. Father Peter Mussett)

Sacraments, Holy Orders, and How to Make a Good Confession (feat. Father Peter Mussett)

The Sacrament of Marriage and Holy Orders are two sides of the same paternal/maternal coin. We are all called to love the highest calling of love is fruitful. This class talks about the paternal/maternal aspects of both vocations and explaining how every single human being is called to be a mother or father and what that means for people who simply love single lives.

If you’d like to hear more from Father Peter, check out the Lanky Guys’ Word on the Hill Podcast!

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

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