Coming for Fall Studies!
All New CSS Bible Study for FALL!!
LUKE: The Gospel of Mercy
18 part Bible Study
Dr. Paul Thigpen and Fr. Jeffrey Kirby
Join us for the exciting all new Bible Study from Catholic Scripture Study! You’ll discover a state-of-the-art new video format with music, stunning videography shot on location in Rome, a powerful teaching segment with comprehensive written commentary, and a life application video with for each of the 18 sessions.
Of all four Gospels, only Luke is known as “The Gospel of Mercy.” And it is Luke that the Church draws from in a special way during this Jubilee Year.
One of the most striking parables that Jesus ever told is the parable of the Prodigal Son. It is remarkable for the image it gives us of the Divine Mercy: God as the father of a wayward child, who rushes out to meet him while he is still far off.
But the parable of the Prodigal Son is remarkable for another reason: It is found only in the Gospel of Luke.
Luke gives us several unique parables of God’s mercy. The woman who seeks the lost coin. The shepherd who goes after the lost sheep. The Good Samaritan, who has pity on the misery of the waylaid traveler, who cares for him, and restores him to health.
This Fall, join prolific author and speaker, Dr. Paul Thigpen, and Doors of Mercy host Fr. Jeffrey Kirby, in exploring Luke: The Gospel of Mercy.
Come discover the unique insights the great evangelist St. Luke gives us into the Heart of God. Come find in Luke, the God who is rich in mercy, the God whose mercy is “from generation to generation.”
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. An Introduction to Luke
2. Annunciation and Visitation
3. Birth and Childhood
4. Baptism and Start of Ministry
5. Mission of Mercy
6. Call of the Apostles
7. The Sinful Woman
8. Child, Rise!
9. The Good Samaritan
10. The Rich Fool
11. The Cure on the Sabbath
12. The Prodigal Son
13. Lazarus and the Rich Man
14. The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
16. The New Covenant
17. The Good Thief
18. The Road to Emmaus
“I had the pleasure of examining a wonderful program offered by Catholic Scripture Study International, which I believe, surpasses any other program I have seen. In addition to materials which do not insult the intelligence of the Catholic seeker of truth, this program covers all the desirable bases – thorough textual analysis and exegesis, stimulating questions to engage the individual subscriber, and direct and faithful connections of what has been studied to the Catechism, and to the magisterial writings of the Church. I can easily assure any pastor, that this program will not only enhance the spiritual lives of your people individually, but also the level of spiritual vitality of your parish. For these reasons, and more, I heartily recommend this program to priests, deacons, educators, and any individual wishing to have a closer and deeper understanding of God’s word in Sacred Scripture, when ‘the Father, who is in heaven comes lovingly to meet his children, and talks with them.’ (Catechism #104)”
Please watch this CSS Intro by Gail Buckley.
This playlist includes samples of our video lectures.
Ever Wonder why Catholics believe certain things and worship the way they do? Where did the Catholic beliefs and practices come from?
The Catholic Church draws not only from what was written down in the Bible but also from Tradition as handed down to us through the apostles and safeguarded to this day by the Church. This teaching authority or teaching office of the Church is called the Magisterium. Most Protestant churches believe in sola scriptura (Latin for scripture alone or scripture only). Catholics believe that our faith draws on three elements, Tradition, Scripture and Magisterium. (You will find these words on the CSS Logo)
If you are a CSS student you know that Catholic Scripture Study International is more than a Bible Study, it is a faithful source for Catholic Catechesis. Each lesson incorporates teachings from the Catechism along with Papal teachings and Saint quotes and students are given the opportunity to discover the basis for the teachings of the Catholic Church.
From my very first CSS class I realized that despite being well catechized, I was learning truths about my faith than I was unaware of. I was excited about what I was learning and I wanted to share it with everyone. I kept thinking that the faithful Catholic who comes to Church every Sunday needs to know these teachings. They need to know and understand the richness and beauty of their Church, the Holy Roman Catholic Church.
After speaking with my pastor, he gave permission for a weekly post in our parish bulletin and so began the series called Ever Wonder. These are just simple little facts about our faith that hopefully, will not only be informative, but also prompt you to dig deeper. We’re going to begin exploring these beliefs and at times expand on them. Look for more in the weeks to come and learn more about your faith.
Sandra Bennett Fountain
CSS Executive Director
If our beliefs come from the Bible and the teachings of the apostles, why does the Church make changes?
To answer that question, we need to know the difference between dogma and canon.
Dogma/Doctrine never changes. When the Church defines dogma it exercises the authority it holds from Christ to proclaim the revealed teachings of Christ. The faithful are obliged to believe these truths or dogmas.
Canon law or the rules of the Church can and do change in order to provide norms for good order in the visible society of the Church.
Want to know more?
More from the Catechism of the Catholic Church–
CCC 88 The Church’s Magisterium exercises the authority it holds from Christ to the fullest extent when it defines dogmas, that is, when it proposes, in a form obliging the Christian people to an irrevocable adherence of faith, truths contained in divine Revelation or also when it proposes, in a definitive way, truths having a necessary connection with these.
Glossary: CANON LAW: The rules (canons or laws) which provide the norms for good order in the visible society of the Church. Those canon laws that apply universally are contained in the Codes of Canon Law. The most recent Code of Canon Law was promulgated in 1983 for the Latin (Western) Church and in 1991 for the Eastern Church (The Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches).