Why did John the Baptist have trouble recognizing Jesus? (and more!)

by Jimmy Akin

in Apologetics, Bible, Podcasts, Radio Shows

CatholicAnswersLogoIn this episode of Catholic Answers Live (1/6/15), Jimmy answers the following questions:

  • I don’t feel that receiving communion in the hand is appropriate. If indeed, this is the Real Presence and every particle is fully Jesus, why was it approved to receive communion in the hand in the first place given the ability to unintentionally desecrate the consecrated host?
  • If the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin, did she experience a natural death?
  • How can I effectively talk to people about the Faith without being abrasive?
  • Wasn’t the original intent for receiving Holy Communion on the tongue to avoid spillage of the particles of the consecrated host rather than for reverence?
  • Does the Church teach that Mary directly helps us or is her assistance via her intercession for us to God
  • How can someone be tempted to do something that’s impossible for them to do?
  • In the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, I have a problem with the statement, “Eternal Father, I offer You the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ…”   Can you explain the meaning of this line in the Chaplet?
  • Since John the Baptist’s mother recognized the Savior in Mary’s womb, why didn’t John himself recognize Him?
  • If Catholics receive grace through the sacraments, how do non-Catholics receive the sanctifying grace to be saved?
  • What is the Church’s stand on pornography from a pro-life perspective?
  • How can you speak with adult children who are leaning toward New Age thinking, expressing that love is the most important thing, finding that the riches of the Vatican are a problem, etc.?

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Sue Joan January 14, 2015 at 11:55 am

Actually I researched the issue of Communion in the Hand in the Homilectic Journal which is an excellent source for theology… turns out that receiving on the tongue is more appropriate according to the theologians because it is believed that Jesus did feed the Apostles Communion on the tongue – apparently, the some of the Seder dinner is “fed” to the participants (which the First Communion was). I ended up researching this because a student of mine was given a hard time by one of the priests for wanting to receive on the tongue. I had no idea that this was likely the Jesus fed the Apostles and of course, there are many other reasons, including reverence, and since the priest is a “other Jesus”, symbolically, makes more sense to receive on the tongue. I have received myself on the tongue since my research although I still end up handling the Blessed Sacrament because I am an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist who visits shut-in’s once a week.

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