Monthly Archives: July 2011

Why Good Catechism Matters

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I went through Catholic elementary, middle, and high school–it was something important to my family.  It still is.  But even within the Catholic school system, you would be AMAZED at how frequently I was asked “why?”

The secular media has painted an imaginary picture on the Cave wall in front of everyone (apologies to anyone sick of Cave references, I can’t help myself) of a tyrannical, oppressive, and “behind-the-times” Church.  This is the mockery of a face which has been put upon the Catholic Church.

It is the responsibility of all Catholics to defend our Church.  This includes all teachings of the magisterium.  All of them.  Often citations will be needed to support these teachings–they exist.  Just know where to look.  And this is where catechism comes into play.

Every Catholic ought to be armed with the tools to defend the Church by (at the absolute latest) the time he is going off to college.  The groundwork for this must have been laid long before, and high school simply a refining of those principles into a solid apology in defense of Catholicism.  Nothing else.  Questioning “why” is completely valid, but it must be answered thoroughly, prayerfully, and with a lot of research.  Off-the-top-of-one’s-head answers (unless they have been memorized previously) do not work against deep, complicated questions.

Hopefully, this will turn into a series of posts, each outlining a different important point which is either central to Catholicism or is frequently challenged by non-Catholics–or both.

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The Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

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Today is the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel!  This title for Our Lady is the one most closely associated with the Brown Scapular.

Story: Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock, Superior General of the Carmelite Order (this was shortly after its founding) and presented to him the Brown Scapular: the “Garment of Grace.”  With the wearing of the Brown Scapular comes many graces, one of which is that those who wear the Scapular will not see the fires of hell–however, the Scapular reminds those who wear it of their devotion to Mary, not their invincibility.

Good sites to check out (they’re pretty concise):

http://carmelnet.org/scapular/brown/brown.htm

http://www.freebrownscapular.com/