If you're looking for some short answers to questions you have about what Catholics believe, check out these great videos by Fr. Mike Schmitz. Most of them are less than 10 minutes long. I'm certain you'll will enjoy Fr. Mike's presentations because they are both informative and entertaining. In other words, Fr. Mike will not put you to sleep with these great explanations. Enjoy!
Have you ever heard someone say, "Mass is boring?" I hear this often and watch as even my own teenagers begrudgingly attend Mass. I confess that I felt the same way at one time.
But Mass is in reality is anything but boring when you think about what takes place at Mass! The God who created everything in our vast universe, the ends of which science will most likely never discover, and maintains it all in perfect order, DESIRES to be with us; to give himself to us whole and entirely; Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity; and does so by humbling himself and making himself available to us under the appearance of bread and wine. This folks is far from BORING! It is in fact AWESOME and MIRACULOUS once we wrap our minds around what occurs at every Mass!
The next time the priest places his hands over the gifts during the Epiclesis as shown in the photo and asks the Father to send the Holy Spirit in order to sanctify the offerings of bread and wine so that they may become the Body and Blood of Jesus, think about how privileged we are to be present there and have the opportunity to become so intimately close to the One who created us and loves us so much unconditionally!
I wanted to share this great presentation given by Fr. Peter M. Girard, O.P. in 2006 entitled "Accepting the Cross." After watching Fr. Girard's presentation I was much more willing to say yes to accepting the crosses in my life, and I'm sure you will feel the same.
Recently my eight-year-old daughter asked me the following question during our ride to school, “Daddy, what does CCC stand for? I see it in my religion book at school.” Regan is in the second grade in Catholic school and is preparing to receive her first Holy Communion in April of 2016. I replied, “Honey, CCC stands for Catechism of the Catholic Church, it is where we can learn much about our Catholic Faith. We are able to look things up in the CCC when we have questions about our Faith.” Regan replies, “Okay, Daddy.”
Here is the link to Fr. Petri's homily https://youtu.be/jfpqQpI8xMY.