January 12, 2000
volume 11, no. 8

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    Every day we present a short point that helps bring into focus the treasures of the Roman Catholic Church that comprise the great Deposit of Faith.

      It is no secret that over the past thirty years fewer and fewer know their Faith and it shows with the declining number of vocations, parish participation and attendance at Holy Mass. We have the new Catechism of the Catholic Church but for the common man, the one brought up on sound bites and instant gratification, it is more of a text book and that in itself prompts them to shy away from such a tome. So what's a loyal Catholic to do in evangelizing to fellow Catholics and understand their Faith? Our answer: go back to basics - to the great Deposit of Faith. We have the Baltimore Catechism which, for unknown and ridiculous reasons, was shelved after Vatican II. We have the Holy Bible but there are so many newer versions that the Douay-Rheims and Confraternity Latin Vulgate in English versions, the ones used for so long as the official Scriptural text authorized by the Church, seem lost in a maze of new interpretations that water down the Word. This is further complicated by the fact there are so few Douay-Rheims editions in circulation though it is available on the net at DOUAY-RHEIMS BIBLE. We have so many Vatican documents available at the Vatican web site and other excellent Catholic resource sites that detail Doctrine, Dogma and Canon Law. We have the traditions, and the means of grace but how do we consolidate all these sources into one where it is succinct and easy to understand? We have the perfect vehicle. It is called "My Catholic Faith", now out of print, that was compiled by Bishop Louis Laravoire Morrow and published by My Mission House. This work ties in Scriptural references, the Sacraments, Dogmas, Doctrines, Traditions, Church documents, Encyclical and Papal decrees to clearly illustrate the Faith in simple, solid and concise terms that all can understand and put into practice. We will quote from this work while adding in more recent events and persons when applicable since the book was written in the late forties during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII. We also quote from the Catholic Almanac published by Our Sunday Visitor for the Roman Curial offices and from Old Testament Confraternity Edition and New Testament Confraternity Edition of the Saint Joseph New Catholic Edition of the Holy Bible.

    Nothing in Holy Mother Church's teaching has changed and therefore we feel confident that these daily "points of enlightenment" will help more Catholics better understand their faith, especially those who were not blessed with early formation of the faith in the home and their parish school. Regardless of where any Catholic is in his or her journey toward salvation, he or she has to recognize that the Faith they were initiated into at the Sacrament of Baptism is the most precious gift they have been given in life. For points covered thus far, click on APPRECIATING THE PRECIOUS GIFT OF OUR FAITH

installment 86:    The First Epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians
    Corinth was a Roman colony built upon the remains of an old Greek city. At the time of the Apostles it was materially prosperous and morally corrupt.

    On his second missionary journey, Saint Paul the Apostle preached about two years in Corinth, first to the Jews in the synagogues and then to the Gentiles in the house of Titus Justus (Acts 18, 1-18). After his disappointment in the use of a philosophical approach to Chritianity at Athens (Acts 17, 15ff), Paul used at Corinth a simpler presentation of his doctrine. According to the divine promise (Acts 18, 9f), he made many converts, but suffered much from the hostility of the Jews. He left for Ephesus some time after Gallio became proconsul of Achaia, i.e., about 52 A.D.

    It is quite probable that St. Paul wrote an Epistle to the Corinthians prior to the two that we now possess (1 Cor. 5; 9). The Epistle called St. Paul's First to the Corinthians was occasioned by the visit to Ephesus of members of the Corinthian church (1 Cor. 1, 11; 16, 12, 17). St. Paul, who had meanwhile returned to Antioch and undertaken his third missinary journey, learned from these messengers of certain disorders in the church at Corinth. Questions were also proposed by the neophytes to their spiritual father for solution. To correct those disorders and to answer these questins, St. Paul wrote this masterly Epistle.

    From 1 Cor. 16, 5-8 it is clear that the letter was written at Ephesus, probably in the beginning of the year 57 A.D.

Tomorrow: Second Corinthians


January 12, 2000
volume 11, no. 8

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