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 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.

Our participation in Christ's sacrifice. CCC 618 Martyr - A person who willingly suffers death rather than renounce his or her religion. We are called to be Martyrs in our lives according to Matthew 16:24 “If anyone is willing to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. When we are persecuted as Christians, we...