" If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you for ever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him, nor recognizes him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you." (John 14: 15-17)
I am packing for a journey, a great adventure of sorts. Do you want to join me ? Maybe you're not the courageous type, one to just get up and leave everything you know in an instant. Yet, would you be interested if I were to tell you this adventure encompasses the most riveting war of all time, an impending tragedy that must be prevented, the greatest love story of all time which ends in self-sacrifice, a hope beyond all hope, and all of these events focus on one person and that person is you? Do I have your attention now, are you sure you don't want to come along?
For the longest time we have been told what to believe by our parents, friends, society and even our Church, but at some point we must decide what we shall believe. Why do we Catholics reject 'sola scriptura', believe in the Eucharist, follow the Petrine Succession, teach about the afterlife and Purgatory, preach Mary is the Mother of God and was immaculately conceived, and adhere to the understanding that Christ rose triumphantly over the dead? It is in recognition to these questions and many more that I have decided to put the 'faith' and 'reason' I have always known to the test, and will be sharing this journey, to find 'the Spirit of truth', with you all via blog posts. Here you will find the first of a series of blog posts over the next few months which will entirely be focused on finding truth through Catholic apologetics.
Along this journey I will primarily be using the Beginning Catholic Apologetics by Fr. Frank Chacon and Mr. Jim Burham as a guide, the New Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and Truth Be Told by Mark Hart. Of course I can't promise there won't be other sources I find helpful and will cite those when appropriate. Anyways, it is time to start walking and journeying for truth. Pray for me, as I pray for you along this journey! I encourage you all to truly journey with me and engage with others in the comment box, friendly debate and discussion is encouraged, ask questions, get messy and above all let us be open to faith, truth and reason.
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