Adult Studies

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Providing faithful teaching to adults to increase their knowledge and love of God,
so that our faith and actions will nourish, inspire, and invite others

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The study will meet in person in the St. Joseph School Basement at set dates and times. Please note that we will adhere to our parish policies related to COVID-19.
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Connect with like-minded Catholics, no matter your location at a set date and time. Online studies will be coordinated by a facilitator through online meetings via Zoom.
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Studies in 2020-2021:

Consecration to St. Joseph: Begins February 7th
In the midst of crisis, confusion, and a world at war with the Church, it’s time to come home again to our spiritual father, St. Joseph. In this richly researched and lovingly presented program of consecration to St. Joseph, Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, brings to life the wonders, the power, and the ceaseless love of St. Joseph, Universal Patron of the Church and the Terror of Demons.
 
Sunday 9:00am – 10:30am: Feb 7 – Mar 14, 2021
Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00pm: Feb 10 – Mar 17, 2020

To sign up, contact Christine Eppert 513-313-4821 / aspadultfaithformation@gmail.com
 
Consecration: March 19, Solemnity of St. Joseph, Husband of Mary
Study these resources to deepen your knowledge and faith and to share the truth with others.
 
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6 DRC

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Father Meyer's Book List

#1 BOOK: The Holy Bible- God (New American Bible – Translations)

Rome Sweet Home- Hahn
The Screwtape Letters- Lewis
Killing Jesus- O’Riley
Saint John Paul the Great- Jason Evert
Prayer Primer- Thomas Dubay
The Power of Silence- Cardinal Sarah
Good News about Sex and Marriage- C. West
Purpose Driven Church- Warren
The Priests We Need to Save the Church- Kevin Wells
St. Philomena: The Wonder Worker- O’Sullivan

Orthodoxy- G.H. Chesterton
Story of a Soul – Lisieux
The Fire Within- Thomas Dubay
Life of St. Anthony of Egypt- St. Athanasius
Imitation of Christ- Kempis
The Cure D’Ars- Trochue

Summa Theologiae- St. Thomas Aquinas
Catechism of the Catholic Church- Catholic Church
The Dignities and Duties of the Priesthood- St. Alphonsus Liguori
This Tremendous Lover- Eugen Boylan
Difficulties in Mental Prayer- Eugen Boylan
True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary- St. Louis Marie DeMontfort
Theology of the Body- St. John Paul II
Spirit of the Liturgy- Ratzinger
Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma- Ludwig Ott
Crossing the Threshold of Hope- St. John Paul II
Humane Vitae- St. Paul VI

Why Be Catholic?

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PICTURE/LINK
Beginner
Scott Hahn: A Presbyterian Minister Who Became Catholic – The Journey Home (8-18-2008)
Beginner
Former Jew and Evangelical Minister Discovers the Fullness – Rosalind Moss
Intermediate
Catholic Answers to Protestant Questions – Fr. Jonathan Meyer – 9.8.2019

Eucharist

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Beginner
Fr. Mike Schmitz: “The Hour That Will Change Your Life” | SEEK2015
Intermediate
Feed and Be Fed: How the Eucharist Changes Us and the World – Fr. Jonathan Meyer – 8.19.18
Intermediate
The Meaning of the Mass – Venerable Fulton Sheen
Advanced
Lectio: Eucharist with Dr. Brant Pitre

The Bible

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Beginner
Alive! – Weekly Sunday Reading Reflections with Father Meyer
Intermediate
#1 Podcast in the US: The Bible in a Year, Fr. Mike Schmitz, featuring Jeff Cavins
Intermediate
Bible Studies on Formed
Advanced
The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study, Jeff Cavins

Catholic Teachings on Hot Topics

  All content in this section is intermediate to advanced
Scripture
Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth.
Psalm 127: 3-5 ~ Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
Exodus 20:13 ~ You shall not murder.
 
YOUCAT ~ 383 Why is abortion unacceptable at any phase in the development of an embryo? God-given human life is God’s own property; it is sacred from the first moment of its existence and not under the control of any human being. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5). God alone is Lord over life and death. Not even “my” life belongs to me. Every child, from the moment of conception on, has a right to life. From his earliest beginnings an unborn human being is a separate person, and no one can infringe upon his rights, not the State, not the doctor, and not even the mother or father. The Church’s clarity about this is not a lack of compassion; she means, rather, to point out the irreparable harm that is inflicted on the child who is killed in abortion and on his parents and on society as a whole. Protecting innocent human life is one of the noblest tasks of the State. If a State evades this responsibility, it undermines the foundations of a rule of law.
 
CCC ~ 2270 Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
CCC ~ 2271 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law: You shall not kill the embryo by abortion and shall not cause the newborn to perish. God, the Lord of life, has entrusted to men the noble mission of safeguarding life, and men must carry it out in a manner worthy of themselves. Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.
Scripture:
Joshua 24:15 ~ And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
 
CCC 2084-5 ~ God makes himself known by recalling his all-powerful loving, and liberating action in the history of the one he addresses: “I brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” The first word contains the first commandment of the Law: “You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve him. . . . You shall not go after other gods.” God’s first call and just demand is that man accept him and worship him. The one and true God first reveals his glory to Israel. The revelation of the vocation and truth of man is linked to the revelation of God. Man’s vocation is to make God manifest by acting in conformity with his creation “in the image and likeness of God”: There will never be another God, and there has been no other since the world began . . . than he who made and ordered the universe. We do not think that our God is different from yours. He is the same who brought your fathers out of Egypt “by his powerful hand and his outstretched arm.” We do not place our hope in some other god, for there is none, but in the same God as you do: the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
CCC 2123-6 ~ “Many . . . of our contemporaries either do not at all perceive, or explicitly reject, this intimate and vital bond of man to God. Atheism must therefore be regarded as one of the most serious problems of our time.” The name “atheism” covers many very different phenomena. One common form is the practical materialism which restricts its needs and aspirations to space and time. Atheistic humanism falsely considers man to be “an end to himself, and the sole maker, with supreme control, of his own history.” 59 Another form of contemporary atheism looks for the liberation of man through economic and social liberation. “It holds that religion, of its very nature, thwarts such emancipation by raising man’s hopes in a future life, thus both deceiving him and discouraging him from working for a better form of life on earth.” 2125 Since it rejects or denies the existence of God, atheism is a sin against the virtue of religion. The imputability of this offense can be significantly diminished in virtue of the intentions and the circumstances. “Believers can have more than a little to do with the rise of atheism. To the extent that they are careless about their instruction in the faith, or present its teaching falsely, or even fail in their religious, moral, or social life, they must be said to conceal rather than to reveal the true nature of God and of religion.” 2126 Atheism is often based on a false conception of human autonomy, exaggerated to the point of refusing any dependence on God. Yet, “to acknowledge God is in no way to oppose the dignity of man, since such dignity is grounded and brought to perfection in God….” “For the Church knows full well that her message is in harmony with the most secret desires of the human heart.”
Scripture
Genesis 1:28 ~ And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens…”.
Genesis 38:8-10 ~Then Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and perform the duty of a brother-in-law to her, and raise up offspring for your brother.” But Onan knew that the offspring would not be his. So whenever he went in to his brother’s wife he would waste the semen on the ground, so as not to give offspring to his brother. And what he did was wicked in the sight of the Lord, and he put him to death also.
1 Corinthians 7:5 ~ Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.
 
CCC 2399 ~ The regulation of births represents one of the aspects of responsible fatherhood and motherhood. Legitimate intentions on the part of the spouses do not justify recourse to morally unacceptable means (for example, direct sterilization or contraception).
 
CCC 2370 ~ Periodic continence, that is, the methods of birth regulation based on self-observation and the use of infertile periods, is in conformity with the objective criteria of morality. These methods respect the bodies of the spouses, encourage tenderness between them, and favor the education of an authentic freedom. In contrast, “every action which, whether in anticipation of the conjugal act, or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible” is intrinsically evil: Thus the innate language that expresses the total reciprocal self-giving of husband and wife is overlaid, through contraception, by an objectively contradictory language, namely, that of not giving oneself totally to the other. This leads not only to a positive refusal to be open to life but also to a falsification of the inner truth of conjugal love, which is called upon to give itself in personal totality. . . . The difference, both anthropological and moral, between contraception and recourse to the rhythm of the cycle . . . involves in the final analysis two irreconcilable concepts of the human person and of human sexuality.
 
YOUCAT 420 ~ May a Christian married couple regulate the number of children they have? Yes, a Christian married couple may and should be responsible in using the gift and privilege of transmitting life. Sometimes social, psychological, and medical conditions are such that in the given circumstances an additional child would be a big, almost superhuman challenge for the couple. Hence there are clear criteria that the married couple must observe: Regulating births, in the first place, must not mean that the couple is avoiding conception as a matter of principle. Second, it must not mean avoiding children for selfish reasons. Third, it must not mean that external coercion is involved (if, for example, the State were to decide how many children a couple could have). Fourth, it must not mean that any and every means may be used.
Scripture Colossians 1:16 ~ “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.
Genesis 1:31-35 ~ God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
 
CCC 282-289
YOUCAT 41 ~ Does Science Make the Creator Superfluous? No. The sentence “God created the world” is not an outmoded scientific statement. We are dealing here with a theo-logical statement, therefore a statement about the divine meaning (theos=God, logos=meaning) and origin of things. [282-289] The creation account is not a scientific model for explaining the beginning of the world. “God created the world” is a theological statement that is concerned with the relation of the world to God. God willed the world; he sustains it and will perfect it. Being created is a lasting quality in things and a fundamental truth about them.
YOUCAT 42 ~ Can someone accept the theory of evolution and still believe in the Creator? Yes. Although it is a different kind of knowledge, faith is open to the findings and hypotheses of the sciences. [282-289] Theology has no scientific competence, and natural science has no theological competence. Natural science cannot dogmatically rule out the possibility that there are purposeful processes in creation; conversely, faith cannot define specifically how these processes take place in the course of nature’s development. A Christian can accept the theory of evolution as a helpful explanatory model, provided he does not fall into heresy of evolutionism, which views man as the random by product of biological processes. Evolution presupposes the existence of something that can develop. The theory says nothing about were this “something” came from. Furthermore, questions about the being, essence, dignity, mission, meaning, and wherefore of the world and man cannot be answered in biological terms. Just as evolutionism oversteps a boundary on the one side, so does creationism on the other. Creationists naively take biblical data literally (for example, to calculate the earth’s age, they cite the six days of work in Genesis 1).
 
Humani Generis (1950- Pope Pius X): The Church formally speaks on evolution for the first time. Evolution of the body and nature does not contradict Catholic doctrine, so long as it is held that God is the first cause of the universe. The Catholic faith obliges us to hold that souls are immediately created by God. Two issues: First, there can never be evolution of the soul because it is created with God as its first cause. Since the soul is immaterial it cannot evolve as things in the material universe evolve. This means the faculties of the soul—intellect and will—do not evolve as the body evolves. Second, the Church wants to make it clear that no one is required to submit to evolutionary theory and that open and reasoned dialogue should take place between persons on this topic. Each member within the Church is permitted to agree or disagree with various aspects.
Scripture
Genesis 19 and Jude 7 ~ The story of Sodom and Gomorrah
Leviticus 18:22 ~ You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
Leviticus 20:13 ~ If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
Romans 1:26-27 ~ For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 ~ Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
 
YOUCAT 65 ~ “The Church believes that, in the order of creation, man and woman are designed to need each other’s complementary traits and to enter into a mutual relationship so as to give life to children. That is why homosexual practices cannot be approved by the Church. Christians owe all persons respect and love, however, regardless of their sexual orientation, because all people are respected and loved by God. “There is no man on earth who is not descended from a union of a mother and a father. Therefore it is a painful experience for many homosexually oriented people that they do not feel erotically attracted to the opposite sex and necessarily miss out on the physical fruitfulness of the union between man and woman according to human nature and the divine order of creation. Nevertheless, God often leads souls to himself along unusual paths: a lack, a loss, or a wound – if accepted and affirmed ¬– can become a springboard for throwing oneself into the arms of God: the God who brings good out of everything and whose greatness can be discovered in redemption even more than in creation.”
YOUCAT 415 ~ “God created man as male and female and destined them for each other in a bodily way as well. The Church accepts without reservation those who experience homosexual feelings. They (persons who experience homosexual feelings) should not be unjustly discriminated against because of that. At the same time, the Church declares that all homosexual relations in any form are contrary to the order of creation.”
 
CCC 2358 ~ The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible. This inclination, which is objectively disordered, constitutes for most of them a trial. They must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided. These persons are called to fulfill God’s will in their lives and, if they are Christians, to unite to the sacrifice of the Lord’s Cross the difficulties they may encounter from their condition.
Scripture
John 14:6 ~ Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Romans 12:2 ~ Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
2 Timothy 4:3 ~ For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions.
 
rel·a·tiv·ism ~ the doctrine that knowledge, truth, and morality exist in relation to culture, society, or historical context, and are not absolute.
 
John Paul II ~ In reality, truth is often feared because it is not known. Truth, exactly as Christ revealed it, is a guarantee of genuine and full freedom for the human person.
 
G.K. Chesterton ~ Morality is always dreadfully complicated to a man who has lost all his principles.
 
Peter Kreeft ~ It is not reason, but the abdication of reason that is the source of moral relativism. Relativism is not rational, it is rationalization.
Gluttony is a disordered appetite — a relationship with food that is obsessive, either by excess or defect. (Catechism #1866). It abuses the body by eating too much food, food that’s too rich, or ersatz, food that does not actually nourish. We eat hastily and thoughtlessly, at the wrong times, or at any time, or all the time. We are picky gourmands or, less frequently, we refuse to eat much at all, starving our bodies and threatening our very lives.
Temperance is the cardinal virtue that moderates and provides balance in the use of created goods (Catechism #1809). It rightly orders the vital powers in light of their proper goals — physical, social and spiritual. This includes food. Saying grace at the beginning of a meal, for example, reminds us that the fruitfulness of the earth is a blessing from God.
Food is for the body, but the body is not the center of life. Overeating can mask a spiritual hunger that only God can satisfy. The bodily act of eating has a spiritual significance. The Eucharist, for example, is food, a foretaste of the heavenly banquet, spiritual food but food nonetheless.
Communion with God is the answer to our craving for love. Only He can fill that voracious void in the pit of our stomachs that we try to fill with huge quantities of rich foods. Our daily meals are a sign and preparation for “The Meal”, and gluttony has no place at the heavenly table.
 
CCC 1865-68 ~ Sin creates a proclivity to sin; it engenders vice by repetition of the same acts. This results in perverse inclinations which cloud conscience and corrupt the concrete judgment of good and evil. Thus sin tends to reproduce itself and reinforce itself, but it cannot destroy the moral sense at its root. Vices can be classified according to the virtues they oppose, or also be linked to the capital sins which Christian experience has distinguished, following St. John Cassian and St. Gregory the Great. They are called “capital” because they engender other sins, other vices.138 They are pride, avarice, envy, wrath, lust, gluttony, and sloth or acedia. The catechetical tradition also recalls that there are “sins that cry to heaven”: the blood of Abel, the sin of the Sodomites, the cry of the people oppressed in Egypt, the cry of the foreigner, the widow, and the orphan, injustice to the wage earner. Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them: – by participating directly and voluntarily in them; – by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them; – by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so; – by protecting evil-doers.
Scripture
Genesis 1:25-27 ~ “God created man in his own image . . . male and female he created them; He blessed them and said, Be fruitful and multiply; When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.”
 
CCC 2331 ~ “God is love and in himself he lives a mystery of personal loving communion. Creating the human race in his own image . . . God inscribed in the humanity of man and woman the vocation, and thus the capacity and responsibility, of love and communion.”
 
CCC 2332 ~ Sexuality affects all aspects of the human person in the unity of his body and soul. It especially concerns affectivity, the capacity to love and to procreate, and in a more general way the aptitude for forming bonds of communion with others.
 
CCC 2333 ~ Everyone, man and woman, should acknowledge and accept his sexual identity. Physical, moral, and spiritual difference and complementarity are oriented toward the goods of marriage and the flourishing of family life. The harmony of the couple and of society depends in part on the way in which the complementarity, needs, and mutual support between the sexes are lived out.
 
CCC 2334 ~ “In creating men ‘male and female,’ God gives man and woman an equal personal dignity.” “Man is a person, man and woman equally so, since both were created in the image and likeness of the personal God.  
Great article: https://lifeteen.com/blog/catholic-church-wants-transgender-community-know/