Thinking Faith!

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This is a podcast brought to you by the Archdiocese of Regina where we attempt to navigate this winding road of faith in Jesus Christ so that we might know him more intimately, love him more profoundly and together serve him more deeply in our daily lives.

Have a question you'd like us to address on the show? Email Eric at egurashatarchregina [dot] sk [dot] ca.

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So you're sitting around the table at your up-coming Christmas Family Feast and right after grace, in between "pass the turkey" and "where's the cranberries?" your cousin Rene comments on how spiritual you are closing with "I'm spiritual, but not religious".  How do you respond? Don't let fear and trepidation seal your lips. On this part 1 of 2 episodes of Thinking Faith, Eric and Brett will begin discussing what those words mean, and what they don't. We'll see just how much common ground you share with your beloved cousin (or uncle, or sibling), and the opportunity for some interesting conversation around the plum pudding!

Mailbag episodes are one of our favorites to do. There's something really engaging and relational about engaging topics that an active listener has sent in. This week Eric and Brett take a look at a few of the emails they've received, answer a couple of quick ones, plan for future shows and then jump into one listener's questions about the last days and what the heck is up with Final Judgement?

 

There's something unique and mysterious that happens whenever we remember anything. Our brains and our bodies have been gifted with this remarkable ability to radically return to the past and make it present to us right here and now.  This week Eric and Brett conclude their three-part look at the theology of the Eucharist for Catechists and parents by discussing this very phenomenon and how God uses it as the centerpiece of this ultimate encounter with Jesus Christ. Everything old is new again on this week's Thinking Faith!

TF62: The Eucharist Part Two - Meal and Sacrifice

Last updated on November 21, 2017

This week Eric and Brett continue the discussion of the theology behind the sacrament of the Eucharist for Catechists and parents. They'll look that the Eucharist as a meal and as a sacrifice and talk about why it's important not to emphasize one over the other and how, each can actually help us understand the Eucharist in new ways. Hope you're hungry because we've got a feast for you on this week's Thinking Faith!

TF61: The Eucharist Part 1

Last updated on November 14, 2017

Continuing their series on Sacramental Preparation, Eric and Brett begin taking a look at the 'Source and Sumit of the whole Christian life' - the Eucharist. They examine the theme of Presence and Transformation discussing what we mean when we're speaking about the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and the kinds of changes that do and do not happen. get your climbing gear on 'cuz we're headed right to the top of this one this week on Thinking Faith!

TF60: Thinking About Baptism Part 2

Last updated on November 7, 2017

Continuing their Sacramental preparation series Eric and Brett discuss some practical approaches to Baptism preparation with parents. They'll look at ways to introduce parents to the core story of our faith, and connect it to their daily lives and discuss the importance of fostering on-going, transformative encounters with Jesus Christ. Take the plunge and join the discussion on this week's Thinking Faith!

Links we promised to share in this episode;

90-Day Bible Reading Plan

The Action Bible

On this 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, Eric and Brett welcome Archdiocese of Regina Ecumenical officer Nick Jessen into the studio to talk about how his office works towards Christian unity within the Archdiocese of Regina. We'll also discuss the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, global efforts among Christian Churches working towards unity and offer some tips on how Catholics can best commemorate the anniversary of an event that has had a major impact on Christians for the past 500 years. You'll want to make sure to nail this one to the wall, so you don't miss it!

 

In the show, we mention our good friend, Catholic Apologist Matt Nelson of Shaunovan, SK, and his blog. You can find the article we reference at reasonablecatholic.com

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TF58: Thinking About Baptism Part 1

Last updated on October 24, 2017

Continuing their series on sacramental preparations, Eric and Bret take time this week to discuss some of the basic theology underlying the sacrament of baptism. Specifically, they'll discuss the theme of death and resurrection - what we call the 'Pascal Mystery'. We'll discuss how Christ's dying and rising serves to 'unlock' themes of death and resurrection in the Old Testament and can help us to understand just what we are entering into when we are baptized and when we prepare to baptize our children. A great episode for Catechists and to share with parents...you'll be dying (and rising!) to hear this all plays out on this week's Thinking Faith!

Eric and Brett sit down with Donor Services Coordinator Denise Walsh to take a peek behind the scenes of this year's 2017 "Hope, Born of Mercy" Archbishop's Annual Appeal. We'll discuss the purpose and goal of the Appeal, what you'll find in your Fall mailing (and why we do them), talk about the kinds of accountability and transparency that are built into Archbishop Appeal communications, and different ways to give. Best of all, we'll meet perhaps the most responsible and organized person in the entire building - the amazing woman who helps to make sure the ministry of Jesus Christ in our Archdiocese can actually happen. We're peeling back the curtain and visiting with the wizard on this week's Thinking Faith!

Find out more about this year’s Appeal by following the links below:

Ways to Give 

2017 “Hope, Born of Mercy’ Archbishop’s Annual Appeal Video

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It's fine to speak about coaching families and adults, about accompanying and apprenticing others in the faith, but how does one actually do this?  What does Catechesis - teaching the faith - look like for adults, for kids, for intergenerational families and parish groups? Eric and Brett discuss the challenges and share some practical tips this week on Thinking Faith!

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