The Truth About Abortion & the Impact on Women

In her talk, Teresa Bonopartis shared her story personal story and her ministry. HER PAST: Teresa openly shared her story of an unplanned pregnancy at age 17 and the pressure she felt to have an abortion. Like other women, her life was significantly affected by this event. HER MINISTRY: Theresa is the co-developer (with The…

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Philippians

In his talk, Fr. Matt Buening shares insights from Paul’s letter to the Philippians. PAUL IN PHILIPPI — He tells Silas and Timothy that they need to go to a new continent — in Europe.  Because it is in Philippi that he establishes his first church in Europe, Paul has a special place in his…

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Romans 7 and 8

In his talk, Fr. Greg Shaffer focused on Romans Chapters 7 and 8. CHAPTER 7 —  The law states what is bad and evil, but it does not have the power to help lift us from our sinfulness.  The law can even put temptations in our heat.  Why is it that I do what I…

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Romans

In her talk, Sr. Mary Michael unpacked one verse — “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  (Romans 12:2). Minimum Excellent vs. Perfection — The…

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Galatians

In his talk, Fr. John Rapisarda talked about Salvation, Justification, & Legalism. SALVATION — Jesus came so that everyone can be saved. This was hard for the Jews to hear.  Since Paul was a wise Jewish man himself, he talks about his own conversion and his own attacks on Christians JUSTIFICATION — We are justified…

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Corinthians – Love & Grace

In his talk, Fr. DeAscanis talked about three topics in Corinthians — Love, Sexual Immorality, and the Eucharist. LOVE is a choice to serve. It is patient when difficult. It is not self-serving. It is a sacrifice.  Love is more important than faith. Love is faith in action.  Love is patient, caring, and oriented toward…

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Thessalonians

In his talk, Fr. Kilner tell us that Thessalonians is a letter from pastor to people which pours out love for them and yearns for people’s salvation. PAROUSIA — He explained the theology of the PAROUSIA is referring to our lord’s 2nd coming.  Eschatology is the study of the reality of the 4 last things:…

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Lenten Retreat

In preparation for lent, Fr. Swink talked about Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.  He unpacked for us “why” we need all 3 and “how” best to be successful. ANALOGY — He gave us an analogy of a hip replacement.  The doctor may give us a new hip, but unless we do the rehabilitation, it will not…

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Framing an Argument to Defend Truth

In this talk, Fr. Holmer focused on the writings of Thomas Aquinas as it relates to What is Truth.   He shared that truth resides in the intellect.  A house is true in the form in the architect’s mind.  5 walls not true to the design. Truth does not reside in the world, but in…

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How to Respond as a Catholic to Uncivil Discourse

In this talk, Susan Brinkmann gives advice on how to respond to uncivil discourse and reminds us that we have a secret weapon — Agape Love and people cannot resist it.  She also provided concrete strategies. Study the doctrine of the church, especially social issues so that we can refute errors.  This can help our…

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