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  • Dr. Mark Giszczak, Author at Catholic Exchange
    of America He currently teaches courses in Scripture at the Augustine Institute where he has been on faculty since 2010 Dr Giszczak has participated in many evangelization projects and is the author of the CatholicBibleStudent com blog He has written introductions to every book of the Bible that are hosted at CatholicNewsAgency com Dr Giszczak his wife and their daughter live in Colorado where they enjoy camping and hiking in the Rocky Mountains The Apostles Squabble Good News Amidst Tribulation Mission Trip Showdown Apostles on Trial Daring to Outshine the Master The Demanding Story of Victory God s Messenger to the Weary Living Water in the Desert of Sin From Mother s Milk to Risk in Faith Being the God of Fire Browse previous Connect CE Shop Every order from the Catholic Exchange Shop supports the work of CE This page is having a slideshow that uses Javascript Your browser either doesn t support Javascript or you have it turned off To see this page as it is meant to appear please use a Javascript enabled browser CE Podcast Art as Theology A Conversation with Timothy P Schmalz 2 weeks ago Moving From Grief to Grace with Jeannie Ewing 4

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  • Acts of the Apostles Archive
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  • Unpacking the Old Testament Archive
    Apostles on Trial Dr Mark Giszczak The Demanding Story of Victory Dr Mark Giszczak God s Messenger to the Weary Dr Mark Giszczak Living Water in the Desert of Sin Dr Mark Giszczak From Mother s Milk to Risk in Faith Dr Mark Giszczak Being the God of Fire Dr Mark Giszczak Believing in God s Promise Dr Mark Giszczak Smashing Envy With Regular Giving Dr Mark Giszczak Isaiah Prefigures the Burning Away of Sin Dr Mark Giszczak Browse previous Connect CE Shop Every order from the Catholic Exchange Shop supports the work of CE This page is having a slideshow that uses Javascript Your browser either doesn t support Javascript or you have it turned off To see this page as it is meant to appear please use a Javascript enabled browser CE Podcast Art as Theology A Conversation with Timothy P Schmalz 2 weeks ago Moving From Grief to Grace with Jeannie Ewing 4 weeks ago Holy Week Among the Byzantine Catholics with Thomas Moses 1 month ago See previous Podcasts About CE Advertise Contact Us Donate Copyright 2016 Catholic Exchange All rights reserved Catholic Exchange is a project of Sophia Institute Press Design by Perceptions Studio Copyright

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  • Gayle Somers, Author at Catholic Exchange
    the author of three bible studies Galatians A New Kind of Freedom Defended Basilica Press Genesis God and His Creation and Genesis God and His Family Emmaus Road Publishing Gayle and her husband Gary reside in Phoenix and have three grown children Scripture Speaks The Peace of the Lord Scripture Speaks Love One Another Scripture Speaks The Good Shepherd Scripture Speaks Fishers of Men Scripture Speaks Sunday of Divine Mercy Scripture Speaks The Stone Was Rolled Away Scripture Speaks Palm Sunday Scripture Speaks Casting Stones and Forgiving Sins Scripture Speaks Welcoming Sinners Scripture Speaks The Fruits of Our Faith Browse previous Connect CE Shop Every order from the Catholic Exchange Shop supports the work of CE This page is having a slideshow that uses Javascript Your browser either doesn t support Javascript or you have it turned off To see this page as it is meant to appear please use a Javascript enabled browser CE Podcast Art as Theology A Conversation with Timothy P Schmalz 2 weeks ago Moving From Grief to Grace with Jeannie Ewing 4 weeks ago Holy Week Among the Byzantine Catholics with Thomas Moses 1 month ago See previous Podcasts Copyright 2016 Catholic Exchange All rights

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  • Correcting Media Portrayals of Prince’s Faith
    shall you serve Luke 4 8 The Watchtower the official magazine of the Jehovah s Witnesses says of this passage Jesus made it clear that there is just one God who must be worshipped when he said him alone not us which he would have said if he were part of a Trinity 3 But the Trinity does teach that there is just one God to be worshiped and this God is a unity that can be referred to as him God is not a collection to be referred to as us but three persons united in one being each of whom fully possess the divine nature Other Jehovah s Witnesses criticisms of the Trinity try to prove that the doctrine is unintelligible or is a pagan belief that was assimilated by Christian doctrine and is not biblical For example one Watchtower article says The Trinity explain Catholic scholars Karl Rahner and Herbert Vorgrimler could not be known without revelation and even after revelation cannot become wholly intelligible Can you really love someone who is impossible to know or understand The doctrine of the Trinity therefore is a barrier to knowing and loving God 4 But this objection confuses being incomprehensible with being unintelligible Yes the Trinity cannot be fully comprehended or understood in every respect But just because something is not wholly intelligible it does not follow that it is unintelligible or nonsense Jehovah s Witnesses even admit that their God Jehovah is not completely understandable According to their training manual Reasoning from the Scriptures Should we really expect to understand everything about a Person who is so great that he could bring into existence the universe with all its intricate design and stupendous size 5 Since there is nothing else in the universe like the Trinity we can expect that there would be things we don t understand about this doctrine even though on the whole the doctrine is not a logical contradiction The Trinity is a mystery but that does not mean it is some unknowable black hole Rather a theological mystery refers to truths that we would not know if God had not revealed them to us It is like other mysteries of the faith not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit 1 Cor 2 13 Jehovah s Witnesses also claim the term Trinity is a pagan one derived from ancient mythology and is not found in the Bible It is true that the word does not appear in Scripture but neither do the words Governing Body generation of 1914 kingdom hall or other words associated with many important Witnesses doctrines This shows that a doctrine does not have to appear in the Bible in order for one to believe it to be true Furthermore the claim that the Trinity is based on mythological triads of gods such as Osiris Isis and Horus in Egypt is false These pagan triads are nothing like the Trinity because they represent three different and competing gods

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  • Don't Let 'Em Get a Word in Edgewise
    the five thousand He provides them miraculously with earthly food a foretaste of what is to come In the last half of the chapter he promises to provide them miraculously with heavenly food his own body and blood I am the living bread which came down from heaven if anyone eats of this bread he will live forever and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh John 6 51 Consider the reaction of his listeners I said to the Witnesses The Jews who were listening to our Lord asked themselves How can this man give us his flesh to eat They took him literally didn t they The former Methodist made no sign but the former Catholic nodded slightly Look at what Jesus did not do He did not correct them He did not say You misunderstand What I said was just a metaphor There was no need for him to say that because they had understood him properly Jesus repeated himself Truly truly I say to you unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood you have no life in you for my flesh is food indeed and my blood is drink indeed John 6 53 55 Then I noted came objections not from the Jews who all along had opposed Jesus but from his own disciples people who had accepted everything up to this point This is a hard saying who can listen to it John 6 60 Again no attempt was made to correct Jesus listeners and to assure them that he spoke merely in symbols He upbraided them There are some of you that do not believe John 6 64 After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him John 6 66 the only place in Scripture in which any of Jesus followers left him for a doctrinal reason I stepped close to the former Catholic and looked her square in the eyes And do you know who was among the unbelievers She shook her head slowly her mouth slightly agape In my snakiest voice I whispered It was Judas s s s Her eyes grew wide Verse 64 refers to the betrayer and brackets him with those that did not believe The disbelieving disciples at least had the courage of their convictions I said They ceased to profess with their presence what they no longer believed in their hearts Judas rejecting the teaching on the Real Presence nevertheless stayed with Jesus Later on he would steal from the common purse becoming a thief and later still he would hand the Master over to the executioners but his first betrayal was in the form of disbelief You need to get right with God I exhorted my visitors You need to study Scripture more diligently You need to pray to Jehovah God and ask him to enlighten you about the real meaning of this chapter And you

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  • In His Image and Likeness: How I Evangelize Atheists
    their voice is not heard yet their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world And whether or not one accepts this as true certainly the atheist doesn t everyone ought to agree that the idea is internally coherent Even as it makes basic intuitive sense to think that a building evidences the existence of its designer a piece of music its composer a painting its painter a book its author so it makes basic intuitive sense to think that if God exists and if he created as Nehemiah said heaven the heaven of heavens with all their host the earth and all that is on it the seas and all that is in them 9 6 well it makes basic sense that creation would evidence his existence And because God does exist and did create and creation does evidence this when we share our faith in God and this is profoundly important to understand 3 We re talking to someone who in his or her heart of hearts already knows Who we re talking someone who really cannot escape knowing God As St Paul writes in Romans 1 19 20 For what can be known about God is plain to them because God has shown it to them Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature namely his eternal power and deity has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made So they are without excuse In other words according to Scripture here s the situation of the one who doubts or denies the existence of God if he looks at the created order he s confronted by the awesome complexity and majesty and beauty of all that has been made If he looks in the mirror he sees God s reflection because he is himself the image and likeness of God If he interacts with others his wife children friends strangers there again he meets the face of God Everywhere he looks what can be known about God is plain to him In other words what we believe is that human beings really cannot escape knowing God It is a knowledge that is etched into our very being 4 We re talking to someone who already desires relationship with God someone who s been looking for God all of his or her life This is one of the first truths elaborated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and I think one of the most important we can ever come to understand about ourselves and others The desire for God is written in the human heart because man is created by God and for God and God never ceases to draw man to himself Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for CCC 27 St Augustine said it like this Lord you have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you

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  • What Constitutes a Miracle?
    of nature for a fever to pass But if the fever leaves by command then it is a miracle A broken bone naturally mends itself over time but if by the power of intercessory prayer the bone heals immediately then it is a miracle Rain is another example Created powers within nature produce rain but we consider it a miracle if by the command of a prophet rain falls from a clear blue sky In sum effects can supersede created powers by the essence of the effect produced with regard to the subject in which the effect occurs or according to the mode in which the effect is produced Aspect 3 Beyond the order of created nature So far a miracle has been shown to be solely the work of God beyond all created powers But the creation of the world and the soul are effects attributable exclusively to God Are these divine acts considered miracles The answer is no While the creation of the world and the soul are effects that only God can cause it is not beyond the order of created nature The creation of the world is the beginning of the order of created nature and the creation of the soul completes human nature which is a part of creation Both actions bring about things belonging to the order of created nature and thus are not miracles This idea that a miracle must be beyond the order of created nature constitutes the third aspect of our definition Aspect 4 Extraordinary In saying a miracle is extraordinary we simply mean it is contrary to the ordinary natural and supernatural course of things To return to our example of the creation of the human soul it is not extraordinary because God decreed from all eternity that creating human souls would be part of the ordinary course of things especially considering the human soul completes human nature Miracles must also be contrary to the ordinary supernatural course of things For example the infusion of grace in the soul through the sacraments and the guidance and inspiration of the Holy Spirit to perform saving and meritorious acts are not miracles because God wills them as a regular occurrence in the supernatural order Aspect 5 Sensible The last aspect of a miracle is that it is sensible subject to perception by the senses This follows from the purpose of miracles defined by the First Vatican Council I n order that the submission of our faith should be in accordance with reason it was God s will that there should be linked to the internal assistance of the Holy Spirit external indications of his revelation that is to say divine acts and first and foremost miracles and prophecies which clearly demonstrating as they do the omnipotence and infinite knowledge of God are the most certain signs of revelation and are suited to the understanding of all The Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith ch 3 emphasis added The Council Fathers make it

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