MAJOR LEAGUE FACEBALL: A Public Argument for Peace – video

Bishop Robert Barron as he appeared to Facebook staff (wordonfire.org)

Stained glass depiction of Mother Mary giving a signal for Jesus to pitch a curved ball (wikipedia.org)

This week, Bishop Robert Barron gave a marvelous talk at the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California. He called it, How to make a religious argument. I’ve linked it here for you on YouTube, to watch — and even to watch again. But the  context of his remarks are documented as Church Catechism (teaching), which is true and not usually publically made.

And, in light of our current economic and political events, every citizen who is willing and able to discuss our society’s resolution for keeping the peace should be invited to speak. Bishop Barron is a prime candidate. [Thanks Facebook!]

The increasing terrorist shootings and even the increased hurricanes is more than coincidental, they speak to the devil Satan’s evil agenda for total world destruction — the end was predicted. Can we see this? [Thanks YouTube]

Congress fails to pass legislation for two essential reasons. The gun lobby is constitutionally supported, and no law is able to control absolutely thoughts and actions of free people. Peace is made and maintained only in the hearts of the people of the very God of peace. Why can I say this? I have lived long enough to learn how this great mystery is solved: By faith. . .

156 “What moves us to believe is not the fact that revealed truths appear as true and intelligible in the light of our natural reason: we believe “because of the authority of God himself who reveals them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived”[28So “that the submission of our faith might nevertheless be in accordance with reason, God willed that external proofs of his Revelation should be joined to the internal helps of the Holy Spirit.”[29Thus the miracles of Christ and the saints, prophecies, the Church’s growth and holiness, and her fruitfulness and stability “are the most certain signs of divine Revelation, adapted to the intelligence of all”; they are “motives of credibility” (motiva credibilitatis), which show that the assent of faith is “by no means a blind impulse of the mind”[30]

Bishop Barron said, “Authentic faith is not opposed to reason — real faith is above reason — never in contradiction to it. (Supra-rational). St. Thomas Aquinas shows this in his first 20 questions of Summa Theologiae list rational paths for God’s own reasons for trusting him.” [wikipedia.org](newadvent.org)

St. Anselm said, “Theology is faith seeking understanding.” Reason runs all through authentic faith. So, the process of believing God — the reasoning of a religious mind, you see, leaves argument behind. The intellectual begins to understand this is something he cannot deny, refute, or reject. It is peaceful because faith works by love; and love never fails.”(Gal. 5:6; 1Cor. 13:8) [wikipedia.org]

AUTHENTIC FAITH
157 “Faith is certain. It is more certain than all human knowledge because it is founded on the very word of God who cannot lie. To be sure, revealed truths can seem obscure to human reason and experience, but “the certainty that the divine light gives is greater than that which the light of natural reason gives.”[31] “Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt.[32]

158 “Faith seeks understanding”:[33it is intrinsic to faith that a believer desires to know better the One in whom he has put his faith, and to understand better what He has revealed; a more penetrating knowledge will in turn call forth a greater faith, increasingly set afire by love. The grace of faith opens “the eyes of your hearts”[34to a lively understanding of the contents of Revelation: that is, of the totality of God’s plan and the mysteries of faith, of their connection with each other and with Christ, the center of the revealed mystery. “The same Holy Spirit constantly perfects faith by his gifts, so that Revelation may be more and more profoundly understood.”[35In the words of St. Augustine, “I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe.”[36[vaticana.va]

OVERCOMING SCIENTISM

“We have to overcome scientism — reduction of all knowledge to the scientific method form of knowledge. It only results in compromise. Religion only becomes a hobby or private occupation. But a truth claim has universal objectivity. Bishop Barron refered to Plato, Shakespeare and Dante as sources of genius above scientism. We challenge scientism publically!”(Wikipedia.org)

ARGUMENT IS THE REAL PATH OF PEACE

159 Faith and science: “Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth.”[37] “Consequently, methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are.”[38]

AVOID VOLUNTEERISM

We can trump (forgive the pun) intellect with our will. Philosophies of John Paul Sartre and Friedrich Nietzsche claim existence precedes essence: I decide who I am! Such claims are anthropological volunteerism or neighborhood organizing forms violent protests under permits of peacefulness.” Argument overcomes violence.”(Wikipedia.org)

TAKING A STEP BACK

“The psychologist Carl Rogers offers a process he calls unconditional reflection. Called Rogerian Method (of argument): “What you are saying is clear … ” (asking for further clarification). What is right, this or is this? Tread lightly and use counseling techniques to enable the patient to come up with his own best solution.”(Wikipedia.org)

“G.K. Chesterton, ‘The open mind is like the open mouth having something to bite down on.‘”

REVIEW AND CONCLUSION

  1. “Faith is not opposed to reason.
  2. Overcome scientism.
  3. Don’t tolerate subjectivism.
  4. Avoid volunteerism.
  5. Do Rogerian psychology.”

“St. Thomas Acquinas, professor at University of Paris, taught the disputed question method . . . the end equals resolution coming to knowledge — a path not to truth, but to peace.” (YouTube.com)

Here I am watching golf on television on a rare, tropical storm, rainy-Sunday afternoon, thankful for the peace and relative calm we can claim as an answer to prayer (the trees can use the rain). I reflect briefly on this week as week three of my RCIA class attendance. Church today was without sponsor, who is indisposed by a severe injury and 16 stitches to his hand.

My leading to follow God into his holy and apostolic church is in direct obedience to everything I’ve learned, both as Protestant and Catholic. I believe God is using every and all Christ-honoring churches and fellowships. I was baptized 55-years ago, only after leaving school and home. Our parents taught us to go to church but join only when older.

I am older than my dad when he passed. My passing will be sooner than than later. Catholicism and Marian theology teach our transition into eternity is made with grace and peace. This is what is worth planning for: Forget the bucket list.

Why is a religious argument like a curve ball? It can strike “you” out.

Grace to you and eternal peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, (Phil.1:2)

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Text Notes: 28, Dei Filius 3: DS 3008; 29, ibid DS 3009; 30, ibid DS 3010, cf. Mk 16:20, Heb 2:4; 31, St. Thomas Aquinas, Sth II-II, 171, t, obj 3; 32, John Henry Cardinal Newman, Apologia pot vita sua (London Longman, 1878), 239; 33, St. Anselm, Prosl. proem.: PL 153, 225A; 34Eph 1:18; 35, DV 5; 36, St. Agustine, Sermo 43, 7, 9: PL 38, 257-258; 37, Dei Filius 4: DS 3017; 38, GS 36 § 1.

Charles Bundschu III @wordlifejournal [Note: Permission to quote copyright material is granted by the U.S. Copyright Law provision of fair-use; with nothing stolen, credits given, and promotion of media services. A big thank you to Facebook and YouTube! Also, permission to quote from the Updated Catechism of the Catholic Church by LIBRERIA EDITRICE VATICANA Prof. D. Giuseppe Costa, Sdb, 1-3-17 (Twitter.com; Vatican.va)

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