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The Faith in Slow Motion  
The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion(no. 21)
The Lord's Day
In his Meditations on Liturgy, the monk Thomas Merton wrote of the anxiety of the “modern pagan,” the “child of technology,” who “lives not only below the level of grace but below the level of nature—below his own humanity. . . . In such a world, a man's life is no longer even a seasonal cycle. It is a linear flight into nothingness, a flight from reality and from God” (Meditations on Liturgy, p. 31).

The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 22)
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (part 1)
The Sacrament of Confession, of Penance, of Forgiveness: the Church calls this sacrament by several names. However, “the Sacrament of Reconciliation” is especially useful in helping us to understand the central mystery that takes place in the confessional. It helps us to understand that the sacrament is about our relationship to God, to others, and to ourselves.

The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 23)
Who Is The Holy Spirit?
The Creed makes sure that the Holy Spirit we believe in is not simply some divine force or emanation from God but is truly God. In that creed, the Holy Spirit is clearly identified as the Lord, the giver of Life. When God gives the Holy Spirit, God gives God. The Holy Spirit is the name of God when God is given as a gift to indwell the souls of human creatures.
The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 24)
A virtue is a developed moral habit, a disposition, an internalized power to live well. Among all the virtues, there are seven that are utterly foundational for the Christian life.

The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 25)
The Peace of Christ: a Brief Meditation on Psalm 23:1-4
The Shepherd's rod is his weapon against the predator. With his staff he guides the sheep safely along the right pathway. The rod is his judgment; the staff is his promise. Which means that his Cross is at once his rod and his staff. So it is that in many artistic representations of his resurrection, Christ comes victorious from the tomb, carrying a cross in his right hand.

The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion(no. 26)
The Immaculate Conception: Faith's Perfection
The mystery of the Immaculate Conception is about how God prepared the way before hand for the Incarnation of the Eternal Word, making ready a human “vessel” to be the mother of the Son of God. After many generations in which Christians pondered the mystery of Mary's uniqueness, what the Church believed was officially promulgated in the Pope's words above.


The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 27)
“And the Word Became Flesh”
We cannot fully explain the Christmas mystery. But we can at least profess it knowingly; we can know what it is that the Faith professes, even as our minds are forever startled at what we are professing. Here is a brief, blunt statement of the identity of the baby in the manger.
The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 28)
Knowing God and Loving God: Part One  
Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an expiation of our sins (1 John 4:8-10).<

The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 30)
Preparing for Mass 
From the earliest days of the Church, Christians have been urged to approach the sacramental Body and Blood of Christ in a spirit of prayerful preparation. After passing on to the church in Corinth the holy tradition of the Eucharistic words of Jesus, St. Paul warned: “Whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself, and so eat the bread and drink the cup” (1 Corinthians 11:27-28).

The Catholic Faith in Slow Motion (no. 32)
The Fruit of the Spirit (continued)
Spiritual fruitfulness is a favorite metaphor in Holy Scripture for those dispositions, graces, and perfections that are formed in our lives through the indwelling of God's Holy Spirit in us. The image of fruitfulness helps us to understand that we do not achieve these dispositions. Rather, they sprout up in us as signs of the Spirit's sanctifying presence. But, of course, we are not robots moving about under the bursts of some sort of spiritual electricity. The Spirit of God always engages our freedom, by which we claim as our own God's work in us.

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