Happy Feast Day … New CDs … New weekly bulletins from me … Facebook Live Videos resume on Sat, Dec 9 … Free Advent/Christmas gift for you: one free hour lesson (or TWO!) on any topic you like!
I hope you and yours enjoyed a blessed Feast of the Immaculate Conception today. May Our Lady’s loving maternal intercession bring many graces from God to you and your loved ones this day, and in all the days to come!
Please know that I and my family pray for you and yours every day as well, in our daily rosaries, novenas (such as the St. Andrew Novena we currently pray, which we began on his feast day on November 30 and pray each night until Christmas), and many other daily prayers.
One of the discs in a new multi-CD set I’m finishing up entitled “The Problem with Protestantism” is dedicated to showing you how you can lovingly, patiently prove to any Protestant willing to open his or her Bible with you that absolutely everything the Catholic Church teaches about Mary — including her immaculate conception — is supported by Scripture. The problem is, Protestants just don’t see it.
(Other discs in the set deal with all the classic obstacles Protestants have to seeing the Biblical basis of Catholic teaching on other controverted points, such as salvation, the sacraments, the saints, the papacy, purgatory, etc. I’ll be providing more details about this new set in the first of my new, now-weekly bulletins I’ll be posting from now on each Sunday on this website — www.gerrymatatics.org — and on my public figure Facebook page — www.facebook.com/catholicapologist — as well as distributing to my e-mailing list.
Don’t you love it when God continually gives us fresh opportunities to begin anew? Every day is just such an opportunity, of course, but I further appreciate other such occasions: every Sunday (the first day of the week — not the last day of the weekend!); every first day of the month; New Year’s Day; and the real CATHOLIC New Year’s Day, the first Sunday of the new Church year (i.e., the first Sunday of Advent, which we celebrated at the beginning of this week).
Many of us resolve anew to enter more deeply into the mysteries of the Church year at this time of Advent, and our family is no exception. We not only use Fr. Goffine’s one-volume The Church’s Year (available from our online store, www.gerrymatatics.org/shop, for still only $39.95 for this magnificent nearly-800-page book), some of us read Dom Guéranger’s 15-volume masterpiece The Liturgical Year (also available from our online store).
You will recall that a year ago I launched a series of free broadcasts on Facebook Live (which you don't need a Facebook account to be able to see) to discuss each week the readings for that previous week in Guéranger’s work. The series went on for many weeks but eventually fizzled out some time around Easter due to insufficient interest in it and support for it.
But I’m not a quitter! So we’ll try it again — with all-new talks this year, and hopefully with more desire to keep up with it among the listeners/viewers this time through. The first broadcast will be tomorrow night, Saturday, December 9, at 9 pm Eastern Time. In tomorrow’s broadcast we’ll discuss the readings for this past week, the week on which the broadcast ends, i.e., from the First Sunday of Advent to the First Saturday of Advent.