Catholic Practicals

Catholic Practicals

Why do Catholics make the sign of the cross? What’s with the incense and the bells? What about all the garments the priest wears? These questions and so much more will be answered in this class.

Matt’s keynote presentations: Catholic Practicals

Homework: Commit to learning more about a practical of the Church and practice it for 30 days to see how it might influence your walk with Christ (i.e. prayer cards, medals, holy water font, devotions to satins, consecration to Mary, Rosary, Novena, etc.).

Prayer Practice: Read Mark 8.22-25 and prayer with this passage. Sit with it and allow God to speak to you. Trying imagining you are a bystander watching things happen. What are you feeling, thinking, and what do you sense around you (i.e. the air, heat, cold, the road/grass, etc). Allow yourself the freedom to enter into the scene with your imagination. Ask God what He wants to give you in this passage.

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.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

Music: Tenderness - Bensound.com

The Church Tour feat. Father Peter Mussett

The Church Tour feat. Father Peter Mussett

Nothing the Church does is random, down to its smallest of architectural and interior designs. Father Peter will open our eyes to the hundreds of symbols hidden in our Church, helping us elevate our minds, hearts and body’s toward the mystery of God.

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.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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Theology of the Mass

Theology of the Mass

For many people, Mass is a boring obligation. Without meaning, Mass can feel mechanical and ritualistic without any kind of “return of investment.” This class unveils the true meaning of the Mass, giving it energy, vibrancy, relevance, and passion!

Matt’s keynote presentations: Theology of the Mass

Homework/Prayer Practice:

  • Go to Mass this Sunday and look for three things in Mass that help you learn who God is.

Additional Resources:

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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Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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Why Be Catholic?

Why Be Catholic?

Is “Christianity” enough? Which of the 45,000+ denominations is true? Unless God is schizophrenic, then only one must have the fullness of truth. This class proposes Catholicism as being the Church who most fully imbues the truth of Jesus Christ.

Matt’s keynote presentations: Why Be Catholic?

Homework:

  • Read Matthew 16 and Isaiah 22. Explain what Jesus is doing in Matthew 16 to someone through the Jewish backdrop.

Additional Resources:

Prayer Practice:  None 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.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

Music: Tenderness - Bensound.com

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.

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.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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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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Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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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?

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 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).

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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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)?

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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Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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