Hey guys! Apologies for the late CCC reflections! Nevertheless, here they are. The CCC reflections are written by volunteers of the session who want to further their study/meditation on the episode we watch every Sunday. We share it here so we can all benefit :-). Hopefully you can meditate on the great lessons we have learnt over weeks. Last Sunday we watched the Symbolon episode on Mary and the Saints (a summary of the session will be posted soon) which explained the four basic dogmas the Church teaches about Mary:
  1. She is the Immaculate Conception: CCC 490–493
  2. She is the Mother of God: CCC 495
  3. She is a Perpetual Virgin: CCC 496–500 
  4. She assumed into heaven CCC 966) 
This time in addition to the summaries from our volunteers, we've found short videos to help explain the 4 dogmas of Mary further. Happy Meditating!

CCC 861 & 862: The Bishops - successors of the apostles
I was a mass servant for a long time; almost 14 years! Within that time, I had the rare opportunity of serving countless priests, Bishops and Arch Bishops. However, there was always the thrill of serving at the Bishop's mass; something I never understood why until of recent. And since then, I will never let a priest or a bishop pass by without asking for His blessing / grace. You want to know why?

CCC 815 We get asked this question by others, 'why do you need the church?' We in turn find ourselves asking the same  question. 'Am I going to mark register? I can just stay at home and read my bible'. However in the grand scheme of things, this could be similarly compared to asking, 'why do I need my father, my mother, my brother, or my sister?' Yes, it is similar to asking 'why do I need my family'. For the family can be described as the nucleus of the church, from a human perspective at least, and the church is GOD's family.

So last week’s Young & Catholic Nigeria meeting was a rather special one as we were hosted by His Grace, Archbishop Adewale Martins at Holy Cross, Marina. The Symbolon topic was 'Why do I need the church?' and it was pretty amazing to have His Grace present as we learnt about the role the church has to play in our spiritual lives. It was our biggest audience yet with 40 people coming through to party with us!

CCC 830-831  The Church is catholic.      Cath.o.lic Adjective Comprehensive, Universal, broad in sympathies or tastes or interests Synonyms: wide, broad, all encompassing, comprehensive, all inclusive I have looked for different dictionary definitions of the word catholic and they all sing a similar tune, catholic means universal. The church is catholic because Christ is present in the Church and The church has been sent out by Christ on a mission to the whole human race- the whole Universe!

CCC 857 In the reflection today (the Church being Apostolic) we try to understand the Church, the Apostolic (or Apostles mission) and what this means for “The Church to be Apostolic” The Church is Christ, founded by Him; and through this Holy Church we receive the graces of Christ. If we think back to when our Lord started his mission, he did not go about it alone. Instead, he met with Peter and the rest of the 12 apostles and called upon them to follow him. Then he went about with his 12 apostles, throughout his 3 short but effective years of teachings. He called these 12 to be witnesses to his word and to learn from him in order to carry out his teachings after his ascension into heaven.

CCC 823 - 825 The Church is in its fullness and totality is holy. This is because the profoundness of its identity is that the Church is the body of Christ, the Son of God. With the Father and the Spirit hailed as 'alone holy' Christ loved the Church as his Bride and gave himself as his body and endowed her with the gift of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God.

Good day beautiful, we hope you are having a blessed Monday. We want to say a big thank you to the 40 (the biggest crowd yet!) people that showed up. Soon will be doing it in stadiums? Our last Symbolon episode was on why we need the church and the church's role on our religious and spiritual life. We went through a variety of themes relating to this topic. • How communion with the Church is directly related to our relationship with Christ • How the Church is more than a human institution • Why Jesus established only one Church • The four marks (or chief characteristics) of the Church • How the Church can be holy when it is filled with sinners • Why we call the Church “Catholic”