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CONFERENCE BY FR. IOANNES PETRUS ON "WHY GOD BECAME MAN"

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CONFERENCE CONSISTS OF FOUR AUDIO FILES

TOTAL LENGTH IS APPROXIMATELY 62 MINUTES

The First Three Ways

Conference on Why God Became Man - Part 1 of 4
Christ came on account of us men and for our salvation. Since the effects of Original Sin are manifold, so too the cure. The Church Fathers enumerated seven ways in which God saves fallen man: (1) Pedagogical, (2) Transactional / Redemption (3) Satisfaction / Reparation (4) Physical, (5) Sacrificial, (6) Meritorious and (7) Recapitulation. In this talk, we’ll briefly look at the first three, though our goal is to focus most on the fourth (on account of this being the Christmas Octave).
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Given by Fr. Ioannes Petrus, December 26, 2014 (Cur Deus Homo.)

Three More Ways

Conference on Why God Became Man - Part 2 of 4
Christ became man to give glory to God, to save man, and that God may be perfectly known and loved through the Hypostatic Union. Now we consider three more ways in which God saves us: by sacrifice, by merit, and by recapitulation. Just as our unity with Adam makes us participate in Original Sin, so everything must be united to Christ in order to be good and restored / redeemed.
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Given by Fr. Ioannes Petrus, December 27, 2014 (Cur Deus Homo.)

The Physical Way

Conference on Why God Became Man - Part 3 of 4
Christ saves us in a physical way. The Fathers taught, “What is not assumed by Christ is not redeemed by Christ,” which means He must have taken up a human body. Thus He affects all humans, and in some way human nature itself is ‘divinized.’ O wondrous interchange! God became man so that man might became god. The modernists have chosen to focus only on this way. They act as if this union of Christ with every man’s human nature makes salvation automatic for all and thus fall into the condemned heresy of Universalism. They forget that the Scriptures speak of Christ making divinization possible for all, but also that only those who cooperate with His grace will receive the full effect.
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Given by Fr. Ioannes Petrus, December 29, 2014 (Cur Deus Homo.)

Important Distinctions Needed to Avoid Heresy

Conference on Why God Became Man - Part 4 of 4
According to archmodernist Teilhard de Chardin, Christ is not just Jesus but a continuously evolving being. This cosmic {total) Christ includes the consciousness of all men and even the material of the whole universe, which is “God’s body.” All that is needed is for all men to become aware of this that we may reach an ‘omega point.’ Let us consider important philosophical distinctions to avoid such errors. (1) Christ did not assume every single person’s nature but rather one specific human nature, which He received from His Blessed Mother. (2) The unity of nature in God is not the same as the unity of nature in man. Thus, to be united to God we must make an act of the will, an act of love (it is not automatic!) (3) In the Incarnation, God united a human nature to Himself, and not that God united Himself forever to each man. We dare not invert the process! Else it leads to Karl Rahner’s error of the anonymous Christian and destroys the Church’s missionary efforts. Instead let us hold fast to infallible dogma and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (which beautifully contains all seven ways).
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Given by Fr. Ioannes Petrus, December 30, 2014 (Cur Deus Homo.)