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Unit 10: Who makes up the Church?
Join Emily and Edmund as they dive into the gift of our heavenly friends, the saints. In this unit, Real+True explores the power of role models, and the communion of saints. Our hosts explains who the saints are, how we can have a relationship with them, and what role they can play in our lives. Watch out for news about Real+True presenting at the Vatican this fall.
Unit 9: The church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic
Join Emily and Edmund as they dive into the mystery of the Church! Unit 9 is all about the Church as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. This episode breaks open the invitation of unity offered to us by the Catholic Church, and reveals how the Catechism articulates that invitation. Emily references Star Wars, and Edmund reflects on how we can transform our attitudes toward our neighborhoods. Take a listen!
(00:11) Your hosts Emily and Edmund welcome you to the Unit 9 podcast. This unit’s theme is The church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. It covers CCC 748-945, 963-975. Emily shares the video titles: Proclamation: The difference between given and chosen families Explanation: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. Connection: “Church” vs “church” Edmund shares this was a fun unit to create.
(04:57) Proclamation video: The difference between given and chosen families. Emily references a Han Solo Movie quote that outlines that ‘tribe’ and ‘family’ can mean the same thing for some, but not for all. Edmund shares “God is not like a family. Families are like God.” As evangelizers, we must keep in mind that people come from various backgrounds and experiences of family.
(9:48) Stand Out Catechism Paragraph: Edmund was struck by CCC https://www.catholiccrossreference.online/catechism/#!/search/772 (772) “It is in the Church that Christ fulfills and reveals his own mystery as the purpose of God's plan: "to unite all things in him." St. Paul calls the nuptial union of Christ and the Church "a great mystery." Because she is united to Christ as to her bridegroom, she becomes a mystery in her turn. Contemplating this mystery in her, Paul exclaims: "Christ in you, the hope of glory." This passage moved him because it reminds him that the Church is a joyful invitation to unity. Emily’s stand out Catechism paragraph for this unit is, “806 In the unity of this Body, there is a diversity of members and functions. All members are linked to one another, especially to those who are suffering, to the poor and persecuted.” She liked this passage because it articulates how linked we are together through the body of Christ.
(18:48) Explanation video: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. Emily talks about the Catholic church as more than a building. Emily shares how the Church doesn’t always align with modern values but that the Church is bigger than social currents and movements.
(24:37) Connection video: Edmund asks the question, “How can we bring more ‘church’ to our neighborhood instead of bringing our neighborhood to church?” Emily shares that a grace of conversion was realizing how deeply she belongs in the Church, “I am the church! You are part of the Church. You are the branch of the church wherever you go.” You’re invited to visit realtrue.org to connect with Real+True.
Unit 8: The Holy Spirit is the Lord and Giver of Life
This unit is all about the Holy Spirit. Join Real+True as we explore God’s breath, and how we are transformed by the Holy Spirit. Edmund gives us a new tool for teaching about the Holy Spirit. Emily shares behind-the-scenes insights about a major Real+True announcement. Together they explain how the Holy Spirit wants to lead us and guide us on our faith journey.
(00:11) Emily and Edmund welcome you to this episode and announce the big news that Real+True has received the official endorsement (patronage) of the Holy See through the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. This honor comes after Real+True was presented to leaders in the Vatican.
(04:21) Edmund introduces Unit 8. The thesis: The Holy Spirit is the Lord and Giver of Life and covers CCC 683-747, the section entitled, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” The Proclamation video is entitled, “The Power of Breath.” The Explanation video asks the question,” Who is the Holy Spirit?” And finally, the Connection video poses the question, “What it means to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.” Together, they discuss the Proclamation video and how considering breath can lead us to understand the Holy Spirit in a deeper way.
(10:35) Stand out Section:
Emily highlights CCC 736, “By this power of the Spirit, God's children can bear much fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear "the fruit of the Spirit: . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… Through the HolySpirit, we are restored to paradise, lead back to the kingdom of heaven. " This passage has encouraged her to invite the Holy Spirit into her life.
Edmund shares CCC 684 “Through his grace, the Holy Spirit is the first to awaken faith in us and to communicate to us the new life, which is to "know the Father and the one whom he has sent, Jesus Christ." But the Spirit is the last of the persons of the Holy Trinity to be revealed. St. Gregory of Nazianzus, the Theologian, explains this progression in terms of the pedagogy of divine "condescension".
(16:30) The Explanation tackles the question, “Who is the Holy Spirit?” The hosts discuss how the Holy Spirit can seem distant or vague, but the Creed and Scripture reveal to us ways to understand the Holy Spirit. The Connection video is titled “What it means to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.” The video shoot at a pottery studio is discussed, including a mishap with the firing of two vases. Emily makes the point that pottery is sealed through fire, and we are “sealed with the Holy Spirit” in Confirmation.
(25:023) Emily reminds us that each unit has a discussion guide at realtrue.org. Like the videos, all resources on the realtrue.org website are free and easy to use. Thanks for listening.
Eucharistic Revival: The Eucharist is Sacrifice and Communion.
This episode enters into the mystery of the Eucharist- as sacrifice and communion. This is the first themed Unit for Real + True. It is inspired by the USCCB’s Eucharistic Revival that launches this summer. Take a listen as Emily and Edmund explain the decisions behind using the story of St. Maximilian Kolbe, imagery from Frank Sheed, and the power of Eucharistic Adoration. Learn more about the power and practice of sitting with Jesus in silence. Take a listen!
Unit 7: Jesus is true God and true man
Summary: Dive into Unit 7, which brings to focus the center of our faith: Jesus Christ. Explore the heart of the Catechism as your hosts Emily and Edmund explain how these videos can be used to share the faith. Learn about a strategy change for the Proclamation video, and learn what lines are “worth the whole Catechism” in the Explanation video. We touch on feedback from a listener, newly published discussion guides, and much more. Take a listen!
Unit 6: God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth
Join Emily and Edmund as they dive into Unit 6. This podcast is packed. You’ll hear about Emily’s wonder at creation, Edmund’s favorite Catechism passage, and some listener feedback. A highlight of this episode is the process around animating imagery for the Trinity; Emily explains the “why” behind what you’ll see in Unit 6. Edmund takes on a Catechism Challenge in this episode. And finally, learn about this Real + True project being presented to the Vatican. Take a listen!
The love that never ends…
We are all searching. This podcast connects listeners to that search in a contemporary way. The creators define their target audience as Gen Z and I believe they are accurate in their assessment. As a target of their secondary audience, I am excited about this tool to use as support for others I might encounter. I taught religious education for several years long ago and wish I had access to a mission like this at that time! This is so much a part of the new evangelization! Bravo!