July 3, 2019
Heaven – Part 3
Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck finish the seventh chapter of volume five in Fr. Spitzer’s Big Book, concluding their discussion on Heaven, a Central Doctrine of Our Faith.
1. Since the Eucharist is our medicine of immortality without which there is no life within us, doesn’t it then follow that there is no salvation outside the Church, so that the Protestants (and countless others) will not be saved?
2. Why is the second largest religious group in the United States ex-Catholic not only people who never found the Catholic Church but actually in some way found it wanting enough to leave.
3. I’ve read that non-Catholics can, if they try to live their lives to the best of their ability, enter heaven. What about those extreme cases in which people ae committing intrinsically wrong acts in the name of what they believe to be the Truth? Take, for instance, 9/11. Would it be possible for terrorists to enter heaven, since they believe themselves to be doing good?
4. If God kicked Lucifer out of Heaven for disobeying him, then why give us free will? How can an angel be bad? What was it that Lucifer refused to do? The whole thing doesn’t make sense to me because of the differences between human beings and angels. When exactly did this happen, and if Lucifer hadn’t gotten kicked out of heaven would there be a hell?
5. I am concerned about the concept of predestination. Does God give more graces to some than to others in order to be saved? Mary says devotion to her rosary is a great sign of predestination. Does it mean that God knows who will respond to His graces and be saved? Does God love us all equally or not? Are only some “destined” to be saved?
June 26, 2019
Heaven – Part 2
Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck continue the seventh chapter of volume five in Fr. Spitzer’s Big Book, discussing Heaven, a Central Doctrine of Our Faith.
1. The Church teaches that God is outside of time. Some Church fathers also explain Purgatory as being outside of time. So, wouldn’t Heaven be outside of time? If Heaven is outside of time, wouldn’t it be entirely possible that a person reaching heaven today could potentially be arriving at St. Peter’s gate at the same time as someone who died 1800 years ago?
2. I watched your last program about Heaven, and I’m pondering about where Heaven will be when Jesus returns to Earth for His 1,000-year reign, as we are told in Revelation. What does the Church teach of the “New Jerusalem”? Initially, I thought it would not be on Earth, but my priest tells me it will replace the physical Jerusalem that we now know.
3. Fr. Spitzer, I’ve read that blood samples taken from the Eucharistic miracle in Argentina and Lanciano, as well as the Shroud of Turin, and the Sudarium of Oviedo have all tested positive for AB+ blood, the rarest in the world. Are there any plans for the church to determine the DNA on these items to identify the human source? Would this be morally dangerous?
4. What are differences between prophets, mystics, and psychics? Is there a way to discern someone who is a messenger of God vs. someone with an outside influence? I have a relative who claims to have psychic ability since youth, who experiences things that others go through. He doesn’t talk much about it, however. I want to be sure that we are faithful to God.
June 19, 2019
Heaven – Part 1
Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck begin the seventh chapter of volume five in Fr. Spitzer’s Big Book, examining Heaven, a Central Doctrine of Our Faith.
1. Some churches in California have Aztec-like dancers during Mass. At a recent congress, a group was even greeting others by the name of a sun god. We all have pagan forbearers, but Christ has won for us a name above all others by his resurrection. Are these instances random or do local Bishops have to approve it? What would it take to stop this?
2. Despite all of the recent discussion, I am still very conflicted on the topic of abortion. I accept the position that we as Catholics are pro-life and against abortion, but I also believe that no one should have authority over a woman’s body. How can I justify these positions while also being a devout Catholic? I would love to hear your thoughts.
3. After years of being away from the Church, I had a major conversion and went back to confession. I now have an active faith life. What about the sins I had forgotten to confess after my conversion? Do I have to go back to my youth and confess all my individual sins from the past if I received this conversion by the Father through Christ?
4. What is your interpretation of “many Rooms” in John 14? “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” Please elaborate.
5. My identical twin sister passed away a little over a year ago in a car accident. My faith and family has held me together and I believe I have even grown in my faith but I miss her so much every day. Based on near death experiences, do you think our departed ones miss us, too? I know there is no unhappiness in Heaven, but we were so close.
6. I know that when we are in Heaven, the most important aspect will be the Beatific Vision, but will we have anything to do in terms of serving Our Lord, work, or serving others? I know this might seem trivial, but I am just wondering what else we might be doing.
June 5, 2019
Further Reflections on Jesus’s Conception and the Virgin Birth
Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck explore the sixth chapter of volume five in Fr. Spitzer’s Big Book, continuing upon the Central Doctrine that Our Blessed Mother conceived our Savior and preserved her virginity.
1. My grown children resent my newfound love for The Church. They are all baptized Catholic, but we were not practicing the Faith when they were growing up. How can I bring them to The Church without driving them away? Will I be punished for failing to raise my children stronger in the Catholic faith?
2. I heard about a scientific study where a measurable surge of energy and light was detected at the moment of human conception. Since then, I have formed a beautiful mental picture of God’s Hand imparting a soul to the fertilized egg at this moment of conception. Do you have any information of such a study?
3. Why do you think the speed of light should figure into Einstein’s gravitational and relativity equations? Why should the speed of light have anything to do with gravity or relativity? Does it have anything to do with God’s presence in the universe, as in “God from God, light from light?”
4. Since Mary contributed Jesus’ only DNA, wouldn’t this reinforce the fact that the Immaculate Conception is scientifically necessary for Christ not to be touched by sin? Also, we say that Jesus sits at God’s right hand, but where are Jesus’s resurrected body and Mary’s assumed body presently located in relation to our heavenly Father?
5. I have read many times that the proper way for us to go to Jesus is through Mary just as He came to us through her from the Father, and that all graces we receive from, through her. Should this be the way that all Christians understand the path to Jesus? Should we always go through Mary?
6. Is it safe to say that because of Mary’s faith and prayers during her young life that God answered her prayers choosing her to be the Mother of the long-awaited Messiah? Her fiat response found in scripture seems to indicate so.
May 29, 2019
The Virginal Conception of Jesus
Fr. Robert Spitzer and Doug Keck examine an important Central Doctrine of the Catholic Church — that Our Blessed Mother conceived our Savior and preserved her virginity.
1. Given your explanations of the Incarnation and Trinity in recent programs, what can be said of Jesus’s status post Resurrection, especially after his Ascension? Did he shed his human nature or maintain it somehow in a timeless fashion? Would this have any connection with the real presence in the Eucharist?
2. You recently discussed Jesus and the Virgin Mary as the new Adam and Eve. On one level, I can make this correlation. However, this seems somewhat confusing since Jesus is God & Man, while our Blessed Mother, although made perfect by God is NOT God or divine. Please explain the correct context/correlations.
3. Our Catholic faith teaches us that after a person passes away, many go to purgatory to be cleansed before going to heaven. Why do some spirits liger for long periods of time before entering into the light? There is documentation of men who fought in the Civil War roaming the Earth. Such spirits do not seem to be at peace.
4. After reading Revelation, I am wondering a couple of things. Could the woman clothed with the sun be a prefigurement of Fatima? Could the battle mentioned be about the original battle between the angels?
5. Here in Ireland we have many megalithic/Neolithic tombs etc. Some dating back 4000/5000 years. To me these monuments, although not Christian, do strongly indicate the builders had a very deep sense of the Divine. Please comment on such ancient sites, as they can be reconciled with Our Faith.
6. Is it possible for a deceased loved one to become an “angel” in our lives, especially if we are having a hard time dealing with their loss? Recently I was missing my loved one so much and a day or two later, had a strong sense that he was watching over me.
7. Do you believe it’s possible for the unrepentant thief at the crucifixion to have had a last moment conversion before death? Couldn’t it state to reason that the other thief’s admonishment and sorrow could have touched the unrepentant criminal? What are your thoughts about this?