Are faith and science diametrically opposed to each other? With modern science isn’t faith obsolete? The answer is a definite NO! to both these questions. Science and Faith are complementary and the Church is a strong supporter of and contributor to the sciences.
The Catholic Laboratory is very cool podcast explores the relationship between the Churchand the sciences, especially astronomy, but all the sciences are represented (chemistry, physics, cosmology, biology, geology …etc). Ian Maxfield presents the various topics in a very cool British accent and with appropriate British humor (although his jokes at the end tend to be groaners…). Generally each podcasts highlights a different Catholic scientist, covers recent scientific discoveries, and fosters a greater understanding of the relationship between Science and Faith and the Church’s stance toward modern science. Although my scientific knowledge of the topics presented is often quite limited, the podcast always manages to break down the topic, both the modern science and the theological implications, in lay terminology without ever talking down to the listener or making the listener feel that the topic has been “dumbed-down.” It is a podcast that encourages you to think!
I have been following this podcast for about a year, and in that time there have been several series of topics. For example there was a series of podcasts on the Age of Discovery, a series on science related to Advent (Star of Bethlehem, etc.). Recently, the podcast concluded a series on the science behind the Theology of the Body which was fascinating.
Anyway, I encourage you to check out the podcast and it’s website (there is lots of cool stuff, especially if you are a science teacher).
Today is Corpus Christi: the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. Here are some links to homilies and videos. Check them out:
Homily posted on GW Catholic Q&A : on Mass attendance, or lack thereof.
Homily posted on A Concord Pastor Comments: “Do we remember that we are to become what we eat and drink?”
And what do you think of A Eucharistic “flash mob” video which is making the rounds:
Then there is a trailer for a book by Fr. Robert Barron. It is something I am currently reading and so far it is awesome:
In Keene, we had a Eucharistic Procession up and down Main Street, followed by Eucharistic Adoration at St. Bernard. It was a wonderful way of bringing Christ to the city, and also a reminder that Christ came for all, and we are called to bring him to the world.
(ps, if anyone took any pictures of the procession, I would love to post them. Just drop me a note in the comment box.)
In conclusion, here is an oldie, but goodie: A Eucharistic Procession through NY City:
A while ago, I wrote an article for our diocesan young adult webpage called: What’s on your mp3 Player. It was a listing of a handful of Catholic podcasts that I listen to on a regular basis that I thought would appeal to Catholic young adults. But since I wrote that brief article I have discovered a host a number of new podcasts. So this will be the first of what I plan to be a weekly review of podcasts.
Today’s review is of the Catholic Stuff You Should Know podcast. It is a podcast by two seminarians for the Archdiocese of Denver: Deacon John Nepil, a transitional deacon to be ordained to the priesthood sometime this month (if he hasn’t been ordained already) and Joe Doman, who has a few more years to go. The podcast is generally a bantering back and forth on a topic relevant to understanding the Catholic faith and living it more fully. Often the topics seem to be inspired by the happenings around the seminary, whether it is material that one of the seminarians covered in class or something they encountered while writing a paper or an event in pastoral ministry that they experienced.
Besides receiving a weekly dose of information about the faith, on topics as varied as leisure, mysticism, Saints, Galileo, discernment of spirits and the Filioque Controversy, what I also enjoy is the glimpse into seminary life. These two guys are normal men, following their vocation, not holier-than-thou folks without flaws. They struggle with getting up for early morning prayer and procrastinate on papers that are due, but they also have fun and go camping and hiking and enjoy their leisure time. Check out the podcast and learn about your faith, while rejoicing the hope for the future of our Church that these men represent.
Note: We’ve been away and have taken a break, but we are back Blogging will resume this week.
Today is Trinity Sunday. Such a cool feast of God’s inner self. Check our Fr. Barron’s take on it: