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The Sacraments:
Faith Celebrated

Introduction to the Liturgy and the Sacraments
C 1066-1209, USC Ch. 14

Baptism and Confirmation
C 1212-1321, USC Chs. 15 & 16

The Eucharist
C 1322-1419, USC Ch. 17

Reconciliation
C 1422-1497, USC Ch. 18

Anointing of the Sick
C 1499-1532, USC Ch 19

Holy Orders
C 1536-1600, USC Ch. 20

Marriage
C 1601-1666, USC Ch. 21

Morality:
Faith Lived

Foundations of Catholic Morality I
C 1691-1876, USC Ch. 23-24

Foundations of Catholic Morality II
C 1803-2051, USC Ch. 23-24

First and Second Commandments: Putting God First
C 2084-2167, USC Ch. 26

Third and Fourth Commandments: Rest, Community Worship & Family Life
C2168-2257, USC Ch.27-28

Fifth Commandment: Promoting a Culture of Life
C 2259-2330, USC Ch. 29

Sixth and Ninth Commandments: Sexual Morality
C 1536-1600, USC Ch. 20

Seventh and Tenth Commandments: A Faith that Does Justice
C2401-2463, 2534-2557, USC Ch 31 & 34

The Eight Commandment: Witnesses to the Truth
C 2464-2513, USC Ch. 32

Prayer: Faith Prayed

Prayer I
C 2558-2758, USC Ch. 35

Prayer II: The Lord’s Prayer
C 2700-2719, 2759-2865, USC pp 473-474 & Ch. 36

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Bishop comments on Apocalyptic Literature
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The End Times

Apocalyptic Literature

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Bishop Barron comments on Apocalyptic Literature

REFLECTION BY FR. THIBODEU

The “end times”have fascinated the Christian faithful from the very beginning. Early Christians who came from the Jewish community were all very familiar with “apocalyptic literature.” For example, the Book of Daniel contains some of this same kind of prophetic literature.
Toward the end of the era before Jesus’ birth, when Judaism was under occupation from Greek and Roman forces, with their “ungodliness,”their cruelty, and religious hostility, the Jewish people had developed a form of inspirational writing that gave them assurance of God’s final triumph.
“In the end, God will overcome all our enemies and we will be vindicated.”
Jesus  had used some of this literary form in his utterances concerning the judgment to come upon the world. There are ‘apocalyptic passages’ in Matthew, Mark, and Luke where Jesus talks about the end of the world with its cataclysmic events, the return of Christ and the eventual triumph of God. The point of an apocalypse is that God is in charge of history, and God will not be defeated!
Of course, the Book of Revelation is the final text in the Christian testament. The whole book is an apocalypse. It says once and for all that God will not allow evil to overcome good.
The Christian community, in its early experience of persecution and suffering at the hands of the Roman Empire, continued this form of literature. Ever since, the Church has developed a multiplicity of traditions concerning “the end.”
  • Some of the Catholic tradition holds that Christ will return in a physical form to judge the world. The material world will be destroyed and replaced with a totally different world.
  • Another tradition, equally valid among Catholics, is that the whole universe will be transformed into a kind of world where all creation gives glory to God through Jesus Christ, without having the known world destroyed. In this tradition, the destruction of which the Scriptures speak applies to sin and ungodliness, not to physical creation itself.
Christian fundamentalists would say that the Book of Revelation is literally true, that the apocalyptic passages in Mark’s Gospel are also literally true --that the “stars will literally fall out of the sky.” The sun will be dimmed; the moon will be no more. There are Catholics who approach the Bible in the same way.
See: The Catechism: #668-682.
ECHOING GOD'S WORD – © 2017 Rev. Clement D. Thibodeau (1932-2017); Adapted; Used with permission.
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