Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

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WM1 – “Why Religion Matters” – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas

In this introductory episode of this series, we discuss “Why Religion Matters.”  Archbishop Lucas also addresses why Christianity matters and the importance of having a relationship with God.  

History shows that men and women, in good times and bad, seek truth outside themselves as well as within. And they follow the answers they receive. In our contemporary world, human knowledge through science and technological advances, have offered more choices and possibilities than ever before.  Our horizons seem to stretch thinner and move faster than we are capable of handling.  But in the end, we are same spiritual beings.  Throughout our journeys the longing within endures.

WM2 – “Why Being Catholic Matters” – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

Episode 2 “Why Being Catholic Matters” – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas

In this episode, we discuss “Why Being Catholic Matters.”  Archbishop Lucas also talks about the “Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” and in particular “The Rite of Election” where those who are seeking to be brought into full communion with the Catholic Church are received by the bishop of a diocese.  The activity of grace which is experienced in our sacramental activity is touched upon by Archbishop Lucas, as well as the Period of Purification and Enlightenment which touches on our experience of Lent today.  He also responds to some of the challenges which may confront Catholics out in the world and what our response should be.

From DOGMATIC CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH – LUMEN GENTIUM no. 14

Basing itself on scripture and tradition, it teaches that the Church, a pilgrim now on earth, is necessary for salvation: the one Christ is mediator and the way of salvation; he is present to us in his body which is the Church. He himself explicitly asserted the necessity of faith and baptism (cf. Mk. 16:16; Jn. 3:5), and thereby affirmed at the same time the necessity of the Church which men enter through baptism as through a door. Hence they could not be saved who, knowing that the Catholic Church was founded as necessary by God through Christ, would refuse either to enter it, or to remain in it.

WM3 – “Why Baptism Matters” – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

In this episode, we discuss “Why Being Baptism Matters.”  Archbishop Lucas contiures to disucss why being a Catholic matters and moves into the importance of Baptism.

From DOGMATIC CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH – LUMEN GENTIUM no.  1267

1267 Baptism makes us members of the Body of Christ: “Therefore . . . we are members one of another.”72 Baptism incorporates us into the Church. From the baptismal fonts is born the one People of God of the New Covenant, which transcends all the natural or human limits of nations, cultures, races, and sexes: “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.”73

From CHRISTIFIDELES LAICI  no.  12

In the words of Saint Paul we find again the faithful echo of the teaching of Jesus himself, which reveals the mystical unity of Christ with his disciples and the disciples with each other, presenting it as an image and extension of that mystical communion that binds the Father to the Son and the Son to the Father in the bond of love, the Holy Spirit (cf. Jn 17:21). Jesus refers to this same unity in the image of the vine and the branches: “I am the vine, you the branches” (Jn 15:5), an image that sheds light not only on the deep intimacy of the disciples with Jesus but on the necessity of a vital communion of the disciples with each other: all are branches of a single vine.

From DOGMATIC CONSTITUTION ON THE CHURCH – LUMEN GENTIUM no.  32

32. By divine institution Holy Church is ordered and governed with a wonderful diversity. “For just as in one body we have many members, yet all the members have not the same function, so we, the many, are one body in Christ, but severally members one of another”.(191) Therefore, the chosen People of God is one: “one Lord, one faith, one baptism”(192); sharing a common dignity as members from their regeneration in Christ, having the same filial grace and the same vocation to perfection; possessing in common one salvation, one hope and one undivided charity. There is, therefore, in Christ and in the Church no inequality on the basis of race or nationality, social condition or sex, because “there is neither Jew nor Greek: there is neither bond nor free: there is neither male nor female. For you are all ‘one’ in Christ Jesus”.(193)

WM4 – Infant Baptism: Welcoming our Children – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

In this episode we continue our conversation on why baptism matters.  We will discuss, among other things, the reason for infant baptisms in the life of the Church, the vital role the parents have in nurturing baptismal grace in the hearts of their children and how godparents, grandparents and the entire parish community contribute to the life of faith of the newly baptized child.

WM5 – Baptism: Why the Parish and the Saints Matter – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

Episode 5  “Baptism:  Why the Parish and the Saints Matter” – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas In this episode, we continue our conversation on why baptism matters.  We will discuss, among other things, the importance of the parish community and the need to support parents in witness and catechesis.  … Read more

WM6 – Baptism: Liberation and Communion – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

Episode 6  “Baptism: Liberation and Communion” – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas In this episode, we continue our conversation on why baptism matters.  We will discuss, among other things, the experience of exorcism contained within the rite, the blessing of the water, and the action of baptism with the … Read more

WM7 – “GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE” by Pope Francis pt.1 – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

Episode 7  “GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE”  by Pope Francis pt.1 – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas In this episode, Archbishop Lucas reflects on the April 2018 Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be glad)” given to the faithful by Pope Francis.  We discuss Chapter 1, entitled “The Call to … Read more

WM8 – “GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE” by Pope Francis pt. 2 – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

Episode 8  “GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE”  by Pope Francis pt.2 – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas In this episode, Archbishop Lucas continues the conversation on various aspects of the April 2018 Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be glad)” given to the faithful by Pope Francis.  We conclude our … Read more

WM9 – “GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE” by Pope Francis pt. 3 – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

Episode 9  “GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE”  by Pope Francis pt.3 – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas In this episode, Archbishop Lucas continues the conversation on various aspects of the April 2018 Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and be glad)” given to the faithful by Pope Francis.  We conclude our … Read more

WM10 – Why the Priesthood Matters – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

Episode 10  Why the Priesthood Matters – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas In this episode with Archbishop Lucas we begin the conversation about the Sacrament of Holy Orders and why the priesthood matters? From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: In the person of Christ the Head . . . 1548 In … Read more

WM11 – Why Confirmation Matters – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

Episode 11  Why Confirmation Matters – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas In this episode with Archbishop Lucas we begin the conversation about the action of the Holy Spirit and why the Sacrament of Confirmation matters? From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1309 Preparation for Confirmation should aim at … Read more

WM12 – Why Confirmation Matters pt. 2 – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

Episode 12  Why Confirmation Matters – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas In this episode with Archbishop Lucas we continue the conversation about the action of the Holy Spirit and why the Sacrament of Confirmation matters? From the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 1309 Preparation for Confirmation should aim at … Read more

WM-Special – The Clerical Abuse Crisis and the Response by the Bishops – Why it Matters: An Exploration of Faith with Archbishop George Lucas Podcast

In this episode, Archbishop Lucas addresses the Clerical Abuse Crisis now plaguing the Roman Catholic Church and the deeply disturbing behavior of the former Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Washington D.C.,Theodore McCarrick.  He also discusses the allegations of the former Papal Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, that the Holy See, and in particular Pope Francis, was aware of  McCarrick’s actions, yet allowed him to maintain a high profile role in the Church.  

Archbishop Lucas also speaks of the need to protect the young and the vulnerable, as well as the concerns for seminarians and the state of our seminary system in the United States. He unequivocally states that we should not be afraid of the truth in dealing with this serious situation.  He reiterates the vital need for transparency in this matter and the necessity of listening deeply to the pain brought about by this grave and disturbing sin.  He joins with his brother bishops in their call for answers to the questions brought forward by this issue in order to restore trust,  reestablish integrity, and bring about healing, through Jesus Christ, to all those touched by this crisis.