Monday, October 19, 2020

Sunday Sermon, October 18th - Unethical Vaccines and COVID19 (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi)

 Did you know that many vaccines we put into our children are developed from aborted babies? The rubella portion of the MMR vaccine was developed through recruiting at least 99 abortions. 

Are Catholics permitted to use these unethical vaccines? There is a great deal of misinformation and incomplete presentation of the actual Vatican teaching on this issue - even EWTN often misrepresents the Vatican's teaching. Parents are NEVER obligated to use tainted vaccines. It is only morally acceptable to use these vaccines when there is no other option reasonably available, we are working to get the pharmaceutical companies to develop ethical versions of the vaccines, and there is a disease which poses as significant health risk to the children or to society. Finally, the use of tainted vaccines is only permitted on a temporary basis.

If the the COVID19 vaccine is developed from the unethical aborted cell lines (as seems likely), there is serious concern of whether such a vaccine would be legitimate for the typical person to use it. 

For more information, see Children of God for Life [here]!  

[Children of God for Life worked with the Vatican Council for Life in the development of the official Vatican teaching on tainted vaccines - when people criticized Children of God for Life as being "right wingers" or "anti-vaxers", the Vatican defended them as a solid and faithful group.]

For handouts on which vaccines are tainted, see [here]!

Adult Faith Formation, October 15th, Flannery O'Connor, Session 5 - A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Essays (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

In this series, we are reading various short stories of Flannery O'Connor. This week, we look at what is probably her most well known and praised story - "A Good Man is Hard to Find." We also consider her reflections on being a Catholic Novelist in the Protestant South.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Sunday Sermon, October 11th -- God is Inviting You to Mental Prayer (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

The parable of the king who held a great feast and invited many guests, ultimately bringing in the bad and the good alike, stands for the invitation that the Lord makes to each of us for a deeper spiritual life and even contemplative prayer.

 Let no one say, as the ungrateful townspeople of the parable who refused the invitation, that they are too busy for the Lord.  You are invited to a deeper life of prayer! God demands that you become a great saint!  It is by mental prayer, more than anything else, that we become good.

Outline of mental prayer: 1) Introduction, recognize the presence of God and decide on the mystery for mediation.  2) Considerations, consider the love God has shown for you in this mystery of Jesus' life and offer your love to him in return.   3) Conclusion, offer God your petitions and especially ask that you be saved.  Be sure to make a concrete resolution for how to grow in holiness this day.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

High School Youth Group, October 4th - The Catholic Response to Atheism - Session 1, Introduction (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

 In this opening session, we review the class calendar for the year and discuss the theme of this year's youth group: The Catholic Response to Atheism.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Adult Faith Formation, October 4th, Flannery O'Connor, Session 3 -- A Temple of the Hoy Ghost and The Enduring Chill (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

 In this week's class, we discuss the two most Catholic stories of Flannery O'Connor: A Temple of the Holy Ghost, and The Enduring Chill.

Sunday Sermon, October 4th -- Voting as a Catholic (Father Ryan Erlenbush, Corpus Christi Parish)

 Catholics do not vote as Catholics - we are divided along the same lines as any other group of Americans.  However, when we look to Catholics who self identify as "accepting all or most of Church Teachings" (that is, when we look to faithful and devout Catholics), these are far more likely to vote for Trump than for Biden, and have voted for the Republicans more than the Democrats in recent elections. Why is it that devout and faithful Catholics will vote for Trump?

Biden and the Democrats are this year far more pro-abortion than every before. And the Democrat party has alienated pro-life voters. The Democratic Party proves themselves to be focused on the one issue of "abortion rights".  Joe Biden has made it clear that, according to him, a vote for Biden is a vote for abortion.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Adult Faith Formation, September 24th, Flannery O'Connor, Session 2 - Revelation, and Why Do the Heathen Rage?

In this course, we are reading and discussing some of Fr Ryan's favorite stories from Flannery O'Connor.

This week, we consider "Revelation" and "Why do the Heathen Rage?" -- we prepare also for next week's stories, "Temple of the Holy Ghost" and "The Enduring Chill"