The Veritas Podcast
The Veritas Podcast
Family at War - Aaron Rose
As we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, which falls on the night of our Monk's Cellar event, we do well to meditate on the seer's eerie prophesy: "The final battle between the Lord and the kingdom of Satan will be about Marriage and the Family.’ Don't be afraid, she added, because whoever works for the sanctity of Marriage and the Family will always be fought against and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. Then she concluded: ‘nevertheless, Our Lady has already crushed his head’.”
How can we promote the sanctity of the Family in the midst a hostile culture? Is starting a family while this "final battle" rages something to be avoided? Is it time to head for the hills? Tune in to find out!
Aaron is a life-long Catholic and a Knight of Columbus. He has lived in Auburn, CA, for most of his life. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and currently works as a Real Estate Mortgage Professional and a Retail Grocery Clerk. Aaron is a proud uncle of 2 nieces, and enjoys spending time with his extended family. Due to the grace of God and the generosity of the parishioners in the Diocese of Sacramento, Aaron holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from Mount Angel Seminary, in Oregon, and a Bachelors in Sacred Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. Aaron has traveled to a variety of countries, including Hawaii, Japan, Okinawa, Australia, Mexico, and Poland. In his free time, Aaron enjoys working with his brother and volunteers teaching Adult Faith Formation at St Josephs and St. Teresa of Avila parishes in Auburn.
The Enduring Liturgical Vision of Pope Benedict XVI - Fr. Colin Wen
Pope Benedict Emeritus tells us that we have lost the sacramental idea. In our contemporary world, we see all reality in terms of function and practicality. We have reduced all things to matter and matter to material that is to be used. We do not see all of reality open to eternity. No wonder then that regular attendance at Mass and participation in all the sacraments has declined. We perceive them as empty rituals that do not fulfill our desires for immediate gratification. It is as Jesus says through the Prophet Isaiah: “Gross is the heart of this people, they will hardly hear with their ears, they have closed their eyes, lest they see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and be converted, and I heal them” (Mt 13:15).
How do we rediscover the sacramental idea? How do we renew the great gift of the liturgy? How do we bring people back to the Church? Pope Benedict Emeritus speaks to this great challenge. Perhaps he has some wisdom for us.
Fr. Colin Wen was born and raised in Palo Alto, CA. He received his BA in Sociology at UC Davis in 2005 before spending a year in Los Angeles volunteering on skidrow. From there he discerned a calling to the priesthood, joining the Diocese of Sacramento and entering St. Patrick’s Seminary in 2006, where he spent his first two years of pre-theology. In 2008, he was sent to Rome to complete his theological studies, receiving an STB as well as an STL in Moral Theology at the Angelicum. He was ordained in 2013 and has served in Grass Valley, Nevada City, Downieville, and Dixon. On July 1st, 2014, Bishop Soto appointed him as Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent Ferrer in Vallejo. And on July 1st, 2017 he was appointed as Parochial Administrator of St. Katharine Drexel in Amador County.
The Most Blessed Sacrament & the Holy Priesthood - Fr. Cassian DiRocco
Today’s podcast features a homily by Fr. Cassian DiRocco. After having served as a school psychologist on the West and East Coasts, he discerned a calling to the Holy Priesthood. His priestly studies were completed in Rome, where he obtained a doctoral degree in theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. He is currently ministering at St. Stephen the First Martyr Parish in Sacramento, California, an apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
This episode is Fr. Cassian’s Holy Thursday homily on the Most Blessed Sacrament & the Holy Priesthood. Along with Fr. Cassian, we’d like to wish you and your loved ones a happy and glorious Easter. God bless!
Marriage & Nuptial Mystery - Fr. Cassian DiRocco
At this Month's Veritas meeting, we will continue with a theme and look at the tremendous importance which marriage has in a true understanding of the Catholic Faith as a whole: the sacramental life, the spiritual life, the moral life, and how all of this is a part of Christ’s redeeming and spousal love for the Church, His Bride. The talk will also include a brief history of magisterial teaching on marriage from the Council of Trent onward, and give particular focus to the importance of sexual complementarity, chastity, and an honest look at the threat which contraception increasingly poses to the marital bond.
Father Cassian DiRocco is a native of Southern California. After having served as a school psychologist on the West and East Coasts, he discerned a calling to the Holy Priesthood. His priestly studies were completed in Rome, where he obtained a doctoral degree in theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. He is currently ministering at St. Stephen the First Martyr Parish in Sacramento, California, an apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
Sex and the Nuisance of Sin - Fr. Francisco Nahoe
In Genesis 2, the Lord God declares, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helpmate suited to him” (2:18). Thus man and woman become one flesh by God’s design. The Sacred Scriptures further affirm that the nakedness of the one before the other produces no shame in either. Nevertheless, only a few short verses later, that praiseworthy alliance of two bodies and and two souls will wither under the angry glare of shame and guilt. What happened to the man and the woman that human sexual union — to be numbered among the greater goods that God bestows — should ever after find itself so vulnerable to disgrace and dysfunction? Our speaker, Fr Francisco Nahoe OFMConv, explores the implications of the Genesis narrative for meaningful spiritual and affective growth in the contemporary disciple.
Friar Francisco came to the Franciscans at the age of twenty-two, out of college, where he’d been involved in a campus ministry that provided an exceptionally rich experience of Catholic spirituality and tradition. Since then, he’s served the Church and the Order in California, Costa Rica, Italy, Poland, Massachusetts, Nevada and Vietnam and has ministered in Catholic education, Catholic campus ministry, Franciscan formation, Catholic radio, adult faith formation, parochial ministry, teaching ESL and mission promotion. At present, he preaches mission appeals throughout the western United States. The beauty, dignity and solemnity of the Roman Liturgy well celebrated first led him to join the Order and to seek ordination to the priesthood. Even today he would say that his greatest joy derives from participating in the sacred mysteries. An ethnic Polynesian, Fr Francisco travels frequently to his family’s home on Rapa Nui (Easter Island) in the South Pacific.
St. Joseph, Protector of the Church - Fr. Matthew Spencer
In a time of great crisis in the Church, Pope Blessed Pius IX declared St. Joseph the Patron and Protector of the Church. With so many crises facing the Church in our own times, it is more urgent than ever that we turn again to the Husband of Mary and implore his help. Fr. Matthew will explore not only the role of St. Joseph in the Church universal today, but will also reflect on why our own personal devotion to the earthly father of Jesus is so essential right now.
Fr. Matthew Spencer is an Oblate of St. Joseph and host of the Internationally broadcasted radio program, St. Joseph's Workshop. He has spoken at Veritas events many times to great acclaim.
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