The Foundations of the Catholic Faith 4 – The Incarnation: In Jesus Christ God is made man

Foundations of the Catholic Faith artwork for podcast“In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son.” Hebrews 1: 1-2. CCC 65 continues: ‘Christ, the Son of God made man, is the Father’s one, perfect, and unsurpassable Word. In him he has said everything: there will be no other word than this one.’ In this lecture, Fr Guy de Gaynesford examines our belief that the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth is God made man: the second person of the Trinity. He gives an overview of the controversies in the early Church in this regard, culminating in the famous Christological definition of the Council of Chalcedon (451AD). A crucial lecture to further understanding of the Catholic faith.

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A lecture given during a conference at the School of the Annunciation in October 2015. We are grateful to the School for giving permission to publish this talk.

The Foundations of the Catholic Faith 3 – The Catechism and Holy Scripture by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Foundations of the Catholic Faith artwork for podcastCCC 11: ‘This Catechism aims at presenting an organic synthesis of the essential and fundamental contents of Catholic doctrine, as regards both faith and morals in the light of the 2nd Vatican Council and the whole of the Church’s Tradition. Its principal sources are the Sacred Scriptures, the Fathers of the Church, the liturgy and the Church’s Magisterium.’ The Scriptures are listed first in order of importance. Fr Guy further examines this often overlooked principle of Catholic teaching and shows how the Holy Scriptures are the prime source of all Catholic doctrine, contrary to what many may believe.

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A lecture given during the conference ‘Who do you say that I am?’ at the School of the Annunciation in October 2015. We are grateful to the School for giving permission to publish this talk.

The Foundations of the Catholic Faith 2 – The Hierarchy of Truths by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Foundations of the Catholic Faith artwork for podcastIn the Catechism we find this paragraph describing the cohesiveness, the wholeness, the unity, of the Catholic Faith: ‘The mutual connections between dogmas, and their coherence, can be found in the whole of the Revelation of the mystery of Christ’. Quoting from the document Unitatis Redintegratio of the Second Vatican Council on Ecumenism, the paragraph continues: ‘In Catholic doctrine there exists an order or “hierarchy” of truths, since they vary in their relation to the foundation of the Christian faith.’ (CCC 90)  Fr Guy discusses this further and very usefully lists the five foundational truths of the Catholic faith and gives a brief overview of each: the Trinity, the Incarnation, the Paschal Mystery, the Dignity of Man and the Church.

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A lecture given during the conference ‘Who do you say that I am?’ at the School of the Annunciation in October 2015. We are grateful to the School for giving permission to publish this talk.

The Foundations of the Catholic Faith-1 – The Most Holy Trinity by Fr Guy de Gaynesford

Foundations of the Catholic Faith artwork for podcastThis is the first lecture in an occasional series examining the foundational truths of the Catholic faith. In this talk Fr Guy de Gaynesford looks at the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and shows how it permeates the whole of what we believe as Catholics. The Catechism states: “The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the ‘hierarchy of the truths of the faith'” (CCC 234). Fr Guy unpacks the truth of this statement in this clear and compelling study.

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A lecture given during the conference ‘Who do you say that I am?’ at the School of the Annunciation in October 2015. We are grateful to the School for giving permission to publish this talk.