Introduction to the Faith, Talk 3
JESUS CHRIST: HUMAN AND DIVINE
Following the Fall of Man, Man and God were in a state of separation. Ancient Man sought to bridge the gap between himself and God by offering up animal sacrifices. Through Moses God instituted the Passover Feast and later the Jewish people offered up sacrifices to God in the Temple.more info here »
In His great love, God decided to send His Son (the Second Person of the Trinity) to earth as Jesus Christ. He became the Passover Lamb and died to take away sin and death. This great Sacrifice is offered to the Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Introduction to the Faith, Talk 4
THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Summary: Jesus Christ founded His Church on Peter, the Rock (Matt 16:18), giving him to the power to make infallible declarations regarding faith and morals. This power was passed down through all of the bishops of Rome, down to Pope Francis in our own day. The Apostles were given the power to forgive sins in Christ's name and to celebrate the Mass. This power has been passed down through bishops (and to priests) through Apostolic Succession. In this way, there is an unbroken chain connecting today's ordained ministers in the Catholic Church to the Apostles. Other Christian denominations (Protestants) were started by individuals throughout history and do not have Apostolic Succession.more info here »
In Heaven, we do not merely experience perfect human happiness. Because we participate in the very Body and Blood of Christ, the Church is the Bride of Christ and experiences in Heaven a perfect unity with God. In Heaven we enjoy the very Divine Life of God.