Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Time to Check In on the Formspring

Do you see that box in my left sidebar? Yea, the one you can type in, that's it. Well, I've been very neglectful of the poor thing. I don't look at her any more or even listen to what she has to say. Before we have a messy divorce and she takes everything "but mah bones" (Star Trek anyone?), I have decided to give her some attention and answer the questions that you have so lovingly given her.

Where is the most embarrassing place your cell phone has gone off?
In the confessional. Very embarrassing! Thankfully, the priest was also very understanding.

When Jesus died, he descended to hell to free those who were waiting for the Christ and were worthy of heaven. This implies that everyone went to hell(which has been defined as a total separation from God) that died before Jesus opened the gates of heaven. I don't get it.
Hades, as I understand it, was the abode of the dead where all souls went when they died. Within Hades, the righteous dwelt in the bosom of Abraham and the unrighteous experienced the fire and gnashing of teeth that we typically associate with hell. Gehenna is the name given for that portion of Hades that housed the unrighteous.

When Jesus descends into "hell" (Hades) he goes to where the righteous dwell, to preach the Gospel to them and allow them an explicit faith in Him. Then, He empties Hades of all the righteous souls, leading them to heaven. What remains is Gehenna, or "hell" as we typically understand it.

So, to summarize, every one went to Hades when they died, but their experience of Hades depended on how they lived their life. It should also be noted that even the righteous souls who dwelt in the bosom of Abraham experienced some sense of separation from the Lord. Hades probably provided some comfort, but the righteous were still devoid of the Beatific Vision and the unmediated presence of our Trinitarian Lord. That is why Hades, even for the righteous, is a sort of prison that they long to escape. Jesus, of course, is the answer to that longing.

For more on this, including all of the Scriptural evidence, see my two debates on this topic:

What does "phat" stand for?
My username is "phatcatholic" because of my association with Phatmass, where we Preach Holy Apostolic Truth.

In the readings for today, Gen 6:1-4 (New Jerusalem) they speak of "Sons of God and Daughters of Man". Can you explain?
See "Angels and Saints: Part 4" for my analysis of Gen 6 from back in 2007.

What is a professional catechist? What does he do?
A catechist is someone who teaches and/or passes on the Catholic faith. The word "catechist", like the other "cat-" words (catechesis, catechism, catechumenate, catechetics, etc.), comes from the Greek word katekhizein, which means "to echo down." As a catechist, that is essentially what I do: I take the echo of the faith that has reverberated through these many centuries, safeguarded by and entrusted to the Church, and send it out so that it can transform hearts and minds in its wake.

What are the precepts of the Church?
Funny you should ask! See my recent post, appropriately titled, "The Precepts of the Church."

That should do for now. There are still more questions left to answer, but I should not dote on the formspring, lest she begin to think too highly of herself.

Pax Christi,


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