Catholic Answers recently published a new book by well-known apologist Joe Heschmeyer, titled The Eucharist Really Is Jesus: How Christ's Body and Blood Are the Key to Everything We Believe.
When I first saw the title of the book, I thought, "I already believe this, so what can this book really add to that?"
Turns out, it added a lot!
Before I dive into it, be sure to check out Joe's blog Shameless Popery, both in its original site: https://shamelesspopery.com/ and also the newer articles he is writing for Catholic Answers Magazine: https://www.catholic.com/profile/joe-heschmeyer
Do you believe that the Eucharist really is Jesus?
Good! You are in line with Catholic dogma.
But do you know how to interpret John 6, when Jesus says says near the end of the Bread of Life discourse that, "It is the spirit that quickeneth: the flesh profiteth nothing. The words that I have spoken to you, are spirit and life."
Protestants (wrongly) jump on that verse and say, "See, see! Jesus...
I distilled down into a one pager (front and back) what I wish I would have known as a young, single Catholic man.
At that time, I had discerned that I was called to marriage and not to the priesthood nor religious life.
You need a solid supernatural (or spiritual) foundation in the Catholic Faith, but then also need to cultivate natural qualities (things like: manners, dressing in a respectful way, etc.).
You can download the guide below and print it out yourself, and also you can watch the presentation where I explain the guide in more detail.
Take this guide as a launching or starting point for having a discussion with other young men. No one size fits all for every man, and each man has his own talents, strengths, weaknesses, and blind spots.
Here's the link to My Daily Bread, excellent topics for Mental Prayer.
Devin Rose, Lionheart Catholic
P.S. In the guide and video I mention...
I recently came across several stories of St Louis de Montfort, the great French priest dedicated to Our Lady, and wanted to share an insight about him that affects our influencer culture.
St Louis de Montfort was a French Catholic priest who lived in the late 1600s to early 1700s.
He re-evangelized the people of Brittany and the Vendee in France (important later!).
He died in 1716, over seventy years prior to the French Revolution.
In the French Revolution, one region in particular rose up against the diabolical Reign of Terror of the Revolutionaries: the Vendee.
St Louis de Montfort's work among them, by God's grace, steeled their resolve and conviction to fight the bloodthirsty Revolutionaries, and fight they did.
Most of them had no combat experience or martial training of any kind, but they had a strong faith in Christ and a dedication to His Church, and they were appalled at the godless brutality that they were witnessing, the destruction of their churches, the...
Mensuram Bonum, Vatican document on investing according to Catholic Social Teaching
Watch the video here:
I read with interest this new document, Mensuram Bonum, as the Church has given very little direct guidance on how a Catholic should invest.
Unfortunately, while the document has some true points, it also espouses Globalist propaganda points throughout which are antithetical to Catholic teaching.
As such, it is not reliable as a whole and Catholics must be wary of it, picking out the good and discarding the bad. That makes the document a failure in my book, as the whole point of such a document should be clear, true guidance on how to morally invest as a Catholic.
Mensuram Bonum states:
"Important frameworks have already been launched, such as for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Trajectories for measuring just, inclusive and ecologically-sound practices are being fashioned by the UN and elsewhere."
This quote is found early in the document and...
In this video below I summarize two lengthy video discussions on a plausible route for how a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) could be brought about:
The two videos below discuss one way the CBDC could be ushered in to reset the world economy and debts.
Market Sniper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JssN3WhKjl4
The Market Sniper Francis Hunt analyzes an interview between Maneco64 and Clive Thompson where they discuss how a bottleneck/throttle point could be set up between the current dollar and the new CBDC dollar.
Only money, accounts, and debts that they want to move over will move over, and any that they don't want to move over, won't.
Their goal would be to wipe out the unsustainable government debts and big corporate debts, while putting in the CBDC which would give them total surveillance and control over every person's money and spending.
Yes a true dystopian nightmare for us.
For them, a Midsummer Night's...
(Note: I update this post periodically with changes to the investments and the rationale for adding or removing any specific stocks.)
We can take a few different approaches:
This route outsources our investment decisions to others and comes with the risk that these people or organizations will make poor decisions, either from a Catholic moral position and/or from a financial standpoint.
At first blush, investing in Catholic mutual funds, like Ave Maria and Aquinas, seems like a no-brainer: pay a bit higher fee (around 1% typically for these kinds of funds) but you can be confident that the managers of the funds are investing in a Catholic way.
In fact, I used to own funds from both of these companies. I no longer do.
I remember when I became Catholic.
I thought: “How wonderful this is. I now have access to the full truth and all the graces that God wants to give to me, through the sacraments, sacramentals, and devotions. What more can I ever need?”
In the first Lionheart Catholic book, I share my experiences with the tremendous graces that you can avail yourself of as a Catholic.
By applying the "recipe of the saints" from this first book, you can prepare yourself spiritually for these dark times, laying a supernatural foundation that comes only from God’s grace.
That supernatural foundation of sanctifying grace and actual graces is indispensable for preparing yourself and family.
But I learned through the school of hard knocks that one’s problems don’t simply disappear after becoming Catholic.
For instance, years ago I seriously injured my back, and it jeopardized my ability to provide for my family.
Then I found myself on the cusp of getting Type 2 Diabetes....
This is the unpublished, hidden chapter in my book, Lionheart Catholic, with the twenty-first ingredient in the secret recipe of the saints.
“Hearken to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old.”
-- Proverbs 23:22
One of my greatest joys in being Catholic is receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist at Mass.
But when I first became Catholic from Protestantism, I found the Mass somewhat of a letdown.
Part of that was because most of the Protestant pastors I had heard were very gifted in public speaking. Their words moved me and convinced me of whatever they were teaching.
Granted, much of what they said I now know was in error, but nonetheless they had a very good delivery and really packaged up the entire Sunday service in a way that was enjoyable, almost entertaining.
As a Catholic, I came to appreciate that the Sunday liturgy was not intended to be entertainment, and even...
“The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You
are a priest forever after the order of Melchiz′edek.’”
I was a new Catholic and very happy. I was single, had recently
graduated college, and had started my first job in my new
Shortly after becoming Catholic, I encountered St. Francis
of Assisi. Even as an atheist, I had heard of St. Francis, but now,
as a Catholic, I began to learn more deeply about how he actually
lived his life.
I learned that he practiced extreme poverty and made vows
of chastity and obedience. At the time, I could not imagine a
more radical way of following Jesus than these.
What if God was calling me to such a radical way of life as
well, to religious life or to the priesthood?
I wanted to follow wherever God led me, but I was still not
completely healed of all my anxieties. Being a priest meant you
had to be in the spotlight, with all eyes on you, and I wondered
whether I could ever do that.
I also had a fear...
My friend was starting to have panic attacks due to worrying about the pandemic crisis.
She had been watching a steady stream of news, and one report after another painted a terribly bleak picture.
It didn't help things that food was getting harder and harder to find in the grocery stores, and going to the grocery store induced even more anxiety in her, since she was afraid she and her young children would get sick.
Her husband, meanwhile, was facing the prospect of losing his job, and while they had saved a little bit of money, it would not be enough to pay the bills for more than a month.
He was worried about going into even more debt, and eventually bankruptcy.
These concerns are not only understandable, but also quite valid.
While there are good practices at a natural level that can help with such anxieties, like not watching the news in a non-stop loop, the fact is that these concerns are realistic and natural practices are not...