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placeholder January 8, 2018   •   VOL. 56, NO. 1   •   Oakland, CA
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Truth doesn't change

Our amazing Catholic Faith, that "Pearl of Great Price" has sometimes been made to seem complicated. Often it has been watered down, and not taught in its wonderful fullness.

As we celebrate the beautiful Feast of Our Lord's Incarnation, may we ask ourselves, "How can I truly come to know God?" He has revealed Himself to us through His Eternal Word, His only begotten Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Just as God is Trinity, Dei Verbum, Vatican II's Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation tells us of the three ways of authentic knowledge of God: Sacred Tradition, the Oral word; some of the oral teaching of Christ was written down and has become Sacred Scripture; and the Church's Magisterium.

These three always work together and one cannot operate apart from the other two. The only authority that can authentically interpret Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture is the Magisterium, the teaching authority Christ gave to Peter and the Apostles. This now resides with the pope and the bishops, and must always be in accord with what the Church has always believed, taught and confessed. The truth does not change.

We can clearly see that those who have separated themselves from the Church (Christ founded only one) have no way to authentically interpret the Bible, and to know the fullness of the truth. There are more than 40,000 Protestant denominations and splinter groups. We can learn much from our Protestant brothers and sisters (those validly baptized truly are our brothers and sisters in Christ). In many cases their zeal puts us to shame. But we must pray and work, and build bridges of friendship, to help them come to fullness of truth and thus have the best chance of salvation.

Protestantism has also greatly influenced Catholics. How many now believe they can disregard any Church teaching, and still be good Catholics?! How many have now come to call evil good?

May we urge all to prayerfully read and study Dei Verbum and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

David Zarri
Concord





Thought-provoking

"Knit Together" (Discover God's Plan for Your Life) by Debbie Macomber is not a knitting book but the inventory that we are knit together in daily life.

The 12 chapters are introduced by some of Psalm 139 and a quote. The chapters are purpose, risk, dreams, goals, success, relationships, balance, work, gratitude, blessings and worship.

It is very thought-provoking and a breath of fresh air.

Mary McMahon
Livermore





Divine Love

At a time when a large percentage of Catholics do not practice their faith, the elevation of the Eucharist is crucial to reversing that trend. More than ever we must do a better job of conveying the message that the Eucharist is the Sacrament of Divine Love.

The Eucharist is a Holy Communion with Him who is Love and our Divine Savior. Through the frequent reception of Holy Communion and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, human souls can better understand Divine Love.

With greater understanding will come the desire to practice the Catholic faith. It is the duty of both clergy and laity to proclaim this Sacrament of Divine Love.

George Pfautsch
Walnut Creek





Least-educated

Bishop Robert Barron lamented (Forum, Nov. 6) the iGener's (born between 1995 and 2012) are "the least religious generation in US history."

One youth said "I knew from church that I couldn't believe in both science and God, so that was it. I didn't believe in God." It is too bad that we don't know what church he attended. Apparently, this youth doesn't know anything about the Catholic Church. Every Catholic college and university teaches science. At the college I attended we even studied Darwinism.

How many times is it necessary to say and prove that God and science are compatible? In the history of Catholicism there have been many religious involved in science. St. Albert the Great was one of the forerunners of modem science and was said to have invented a robot that moved and spoke. Andrew Gordon, a Benedictine monk, invented the electric motor and Italian Piarist Father Eugenio Barsanti co-invented the internal combustion engine.

Nicholas Copernicus, a third order Dominican, composed some of his most significant treatises advancing a heliocentric theory of how the earth revolves around the sun.

Marie Agnesi, a brilliant mathematician of the Early Modem Period, made a groundbreaking work in differential and integral calculus. Blaise Pascal, a Catholic philosopher, laid the foundation for mathematical probability, and Father Francesco Faá Bruno developed the formula for identifying higher derivatives.

Bishop Robert Grosseteste advanced the early version of the "Big Bang" theory, but it was Belgian priest George Lemaitre who first proposed this theory of the universe's expansion. This was two years before Edwin Hubble's famous essay on the subject and years before Albert Einstein's groundbreaking hypotheses.

The iGener's are not only least religious but, also, the least educated. That is because they love what is futile and seek what is false.

William R. Delucchi
Newark

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