Monday, December 12, 2016

Bishop Athanasius Schneider on the Immutability of the Catholic Faith

Two new DVDs have just been released by St Anthony Communications. The first, entitled The Crisis of Faith in Our Days, has two talks by His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider which were delivered during his visit to Ramsgate, Kent in February 2016. The first talk, 'The Immutability of the Catholic Faith and the Crisis of Faith in Our Days,' draws upon Scripture, Tradition, and Magisterial teaching to address the challenges today and offers a sure guide for Catholics to navigate through these turbulent times. The second talk, 'Blessed John Henry Newman and the Sacredness of the Liturgy,' considers the prescient writings of Newman on the importance of sacredness in worship, and demonstrates the errors that follow from inappropriate and informal approaches to liturgy. Bishop Schneider stresses the importance of Eucharistic devotion and reverent reception of Holy Communion. Also included are highlights from the Holy Hour and Benediction, with Bishop Schneider reading meditations by Saint Peter Julian Eymard.

The second DVD entitled Grace, is presented by Fr Marcus Holden and Fr Andrew Pinsent. From the website: "What is grace? What is its purpose? How do we receive it? Who can receive it? Are there different types of grace? Are there mistaken or erroneous teachings about grace? How does modern research help us understand the idea of grace? In Christian theology, the various names and types of grace share one key idea: a second birth into a new and holy life, like a seed in the ground that grows into a plant and bears fruit. In this new life of grace, a human being participates in the life of God, becoming one of His adopted children, and calling Him 'Father'. St Augustine, as a young man in the Roman Empire, speculated about the existence and nature of divinity. Only after his conversion into the life of grace, however, did he speak to God in personal, passionate, and intimate terms: 'Late have I loved You, O beauty so ancient and so new; late have I loved You!'”

A trailer for Grace follows below:

Both DVDs are now available from St Anthony Communications.

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