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The Catechism is not a textbook, a collection of ideas, or a set of rules. It is the faithful echo of a God who wishes to reveal himself to us and desires us to respond. Our mission is to pass down and pass along the gift of our faith by creating beautiful, captivating, and relevant content inspired by the Catechism of the Catholic Church. And we are making this content in multiple languages and accessible for free to people all over the world. Real+True is part of The Catechism Project, a global initiative sponsored by Our Sunday Visitor and supported by people like you who join in our mission. Visit realtrue.org to watch the videos and join the movement.

Unit 12: Jesus died to destroy death and rose to restore life until he comes again
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Unit 12: Jesus died to destroy death and rose to restore life until he comes again
Show Notes:  (00:11) Your hosts Emily and Edmund welcome you to the Unit 12 podcast. This unit’s theme is: Jesus died to destroy death and rose to restore life until he comes again. These videos cover Catechism paragraphs: (988-1065). Proclamation video: How to die well. Explanation video: What happens after we die?  Connection video: Why Catholics believe in “life everlasting” (02:40) The Proclamation video is highlighted. Edmund and Emily discuss how to have a healthy relationship with death, which is the Christian approach. Some people avoid the topic altogether, while others can become obsessed or preoccupied. But our faith informs how we can die well, which means that we’ve lived well. Emily highlights the Hail Mary prayer that ends, “pray for us now and at the hour of our death.”   (10:38) Stand out Catechism paragraph: Edmund’s favorite passage was CCC (1018) “As a consequence of original sin, man must suffer "bodily death, from which man would have been immune had he not sinned.” Edmund liked this passage because it helped him see that Christ freely chose to die for us.  Emily chose: CCC 1039 “In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man's relationship with God will be laid bare. The Last Judgment will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life.” This section caught her eye because it brings to light the right vision for how we view our death.  (19:09) Explanation video: Our hosts marvel at the unbelievable reality that our bodies will be resurrected at the end of time, both the just and the unjust alike. Emily makes the point that “Jesus’ resurrected body gives us hope, that the things that he said will come true.” Edmund points out that Jesus appeared many times in his resurrected body, and the accounts are credible and logical to believe in.  (25:27) Connection: Edmund shares that our belief about the resurrection of our bodies should change how we treat our bodies now.  “What is the truth that Jesus came to reveal to us about our bodies? It is through our bodies that we are called to experience communion with others, and with God.”  (31:47) Recapping Pillar I of Real+True. Our hosts reflect on the past year, and the 13 units Real+True has published so far. Emily shares that she hopes the Real+True audience grows to appreciate how the Catechism is a living voice for the Church.
Unit 11: Jesus gave the Apostles and the Church the power to forgive sins
Sep 2 2022
Unit 11: Jesus gave the Apostles and the Church the power to forgive sins
Show Notes:  (00:11) Your hosts Emily and Edmund welcome you to the Unit 11 podcast. This unit’s theme is: Jesus gave the Apostles and the Church the power to forgive sins. These videos cover Catechism paragraphs (976-987): Proclamation video: Is there room for mercy in the justice system? Explanation video: How does the Catholic Church forgive sins? Connection video: How to forgive (and why it's important) (05:55) The Proclamation video is discussed: Edmund shares about his own experience with justice and reconciliation. Emily shares that her father studied restorative justice and how this shifted her vision for how reconciliation can happen in a society. Edmund shares that he is inspired by those who have hopeful dreams for the legal system. They hosts express gratitude to our animation team and their new brainstorming for the next set of Catechism videos.  (11:27) Stand out Catechism paragraph: Edmund’s favorite passage was CCC 982 There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive. "There is no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for forgiveness, provided his repentance is honest. Christ who died for all men desires that in his Church the gates of forgiveness should always be open to anyone who turns away from sin.” This struck Edmund because he felt “the gates of forgiveness” was a beautiful image for how gracious God is toward us.  Emily chose: CCC 979 - "If the Church has the power to forgive sins, then Baptism cannot be her only means of using the keys of the Kingdom of heaven received from Jesus Christ. the Church must be able to forgive all penitents their offenses, even if they should sin until the last moment of their lives.” (17:06) Explanation video: “Has it ever been hard for you to forgive?” Emily highlights that God desires to forgive us, and that we would forgive each other. Edmund shares that making these videos prompted him to really ask himself, “do I really believe in forgiveness?”  (23:32) Connection: practical application of forgiveness. This video gives a step-by-steep guide to how to ask for forgiveness, and offer forgiveness to others. Emily shares that her dream for this video is that it would help people who are dealing with unforgiveness find peace through forgiveness. Edmund underlines that forgiveness is hard, and that it takes courage and God’s grace to live in a culture of forgiveness. Thanks for listening!
Unit 10: Who makes up the Church?
Jul 30 2022
Unit 10: Who makes up the Church?
Join Emily and Edmund as they dive into the gift of our heavenly friends, the saints. In this unit, Real+True explores the power of role models, and the communion of saints. Our hosts explains who the saints are, how we can have a relationship with them, and what role they can play in our lives. Watch out for news about Real+True presenting at the Vatican this fall. (00:08) Your hosts Emily and Edmund welcome you to the Unit 10 podcast. This unit’s theme is The Church is a communion of God’s family. This section of the Catechism highlights how connected we are to each other in the Church. This unit covers CCC (946-962). Emily shares the video titles: Proclamation: Who are the best role models? Explanation: What is the 'communion of saints'? Connection: Two things to know about the communion of saints.  (05:03)  Proclamation video: Emily talks about the guest for the Proclamation video, who says in the video, “I encourage my students to have role models because as a teacher, I try to provide both windows and mirrors for students to help in their development. So for example, students need “mirrors.” They discuss the power of witnesses and how they’ve been personally impacted by role models.  (12:28) Stand Out Catechism Paragraph: Emily’s standout paragraph of the Catechism for this section is, “We believe in the communion of all the faithful of Christ, those who are pilgrims on earth, the dead who are being purified, and the blessed in heaven, all together forming one Church; and we believe that in this communion, the merciful love of God and his saints is always [attentive] to our prayers” This reminded Emily that there are holy people that she can ask for intercession, people who might not have been officially canonized yet.  Edmund’s paragraph is CCC959 “In the one family of God. "For if we continue to love one another and to join in praising the Most Holy Trinity — all of us who are sons of God and form one family in Christ — we will be faithful to the deepest vocation of the Church." He was moved by this because it brought his made to the question, “what is church?”  (19:02) Explanation video: Emily comments on learning a lot through creating this video. Edmund shares that we are not alone as we struggle and suffer. We can win grace for each other. But also, have the ability to hurt each other in our sin. This connectedness is radical. “How would this belief change the way we interact and encounter each other?”  (25:05) Connection video: Mother Teresa! Austin Weigel's story is highlighted and displays the rippling effects of holiness. Edmund says that we share in the virtues of one another. Emily tells us that the story of the saints are powerful to share with those we’re sharing the faith with, or who are suffering. Edmund has been inspired by St. Francis of Assisi. Emily has felt moved by St. Paul, and St. Augustine. Emily shares an exciting update that some of the Real+True team is traveling to Rome in September for the International Congress for Catechesis. They will present some of the Real+True content to the Congress at the Vatican.
Unit 9: The church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic
Jun 30 2022
Unit 9: The church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic
Join Emily and Edmund as they dive into the mystery of the Church! Unit 9 is all about the Church as one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. This episode breaks open the invitation of unity offered to us by the Catholic Church, and reveals how the Catechism articulates that invitation. Emily references Star Wars, and Edmund reflects on how we can transform our attitudes toward our neighborhoods. Take a listen!  Show Notes: (00:11) Your hosts Emily and Edmund welcome you to the Unit 9 podcast. This unit’s theme is  The church is one, holy, catholic, and apostolic. It covers CCC 748-945, 963-975. Emily shares the video titles: Proclamation: The difference between given and chosen families Explanation: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. Connection: “Church” vs “church” Edmund shares this was a fun unit to create.  (04:57) Proclamation video: The difference between given and chosen families. Emily references a Han Solo Movie quote that outlines that ‘tribe’ and ‘family’ can mean the same thing for some, but not for all. Edmund shares  “God is not like a family. Families are like God.” As evangelizers, we must keep in mind that people come from various backgrounds and experiences of family.    (9:48) Stand Out Catechism Paragraph: Edmund was struck by CCC (772) “It is in the Church that Christ fulfills and reveals his own mystery as the purpose of God's plan: "to unite all things in him." St. Paul calls the nuptial union of Christ and the Church "a great mystery." Because she is united to Christ as to her bridegroom, she becomes a mystery in her turn. Contemplating this mystery in her, Paul exclaims: "Christ in you, the hope of glory." This passage moved him because it reminds him that the Church is a joyful invitation to unity. Emily’s stand out Catechism paragraph for this unit is, “806 In the unity of this Body, there is a diversity of members and functions. All members are linked to one another, especially to those who are suffering, to the poor and persecuted.” She liked this passage because it articulates how linked we are together through the body of Christ.  (18:48) Explanation video: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic. Emily talks about the Catholic church as more than a building. Emily shares  how the Church doesn’t always align with modern values but that the Church is bigger than social currents and movements.  (24:37) Connection video: Edmund asks the question, “How can we bring more ‘church’ to our neighborhood instead of bringing our neighborhood to church?” Emily shares that a grace of conversion was realizing how deeply she belongs in the Church, “I am the church! You are part of the Church. You are the branch of the church wherever you go.” You’re invited to visit realtrue.org to connect with Real+True.
Unit 8: The Holy Spirit is the Lord and Giver of Life
Jun 8 2022
Unit 8: The Holy Spirit is the Lord and Giver of Life
This unit is all about the Holy Spirit. Join Real+True as we explore God’s breath, and how we are transformed by the Holy Spirit. Edmund gives us a new tool for teaching about the Holy Spirit. Emily shares behind-the-scenes insights about a major Real+True announcement. Together they explain how the Holy Spirit wants to lead us and guide us on our faith journey.  (00:11) Emily and Edmund welcome you to this episode and announce the big news that Real+True has received the official endorsement (patronage) of the Holy See through the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. This honor comes after Real+True was presented to leaders in the Vatican.  (04:21) Edmund introduces Unit 8. The thesis: The Holy Spirit is the Lord and Giver of Life and covers CCC 683-747, the section entitled, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” The Proclamation video is entitled, “The Power of Breath.” The Explanation video asks the question,” Who is the Holy Spirit?” And finally, the Connection video poses the question, “What it means to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.”  Together, they discuss the Proclamation video and how considering breath can lead us to understand the Holy Spirit in a deeper way. (10:35) Stand out Section:  Emily highlights CCC 736, “By this power of the Spirit, God's children can bear much fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear "the fruit of the Spirit: . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control… Through the HolySpirit, we are restored to paradise, lead back to the kingdom of heaven. "   This passage has encouraged her to invite the Holy Spirit into her life. Edmund shares CCC 684 “Through his grace, the Holy Spirit is the first to awaken faith in us and to communicate to us the new life, which is to "know the Father and the one whom he has sent, Jesus Christ." But the Spirit is the last of the persons of the Holy Trinity to be revealed. St. Gregory of Nazianzus, the Theologian, explains this progression in terms of the pedagogy of divine "condescension". (16:30) The Explanation tackles the question, “Who is the Holy Spirit?” The hosts discuss how the Holy Spirit can seem distant or vague, but the Creed and Scripture reveal to us ways to understand the Holy Spirit. The Connection video is titled “What it means to be transformed by the Holy Spirit.” The video shoot at a pottery studio is discussed, including a mishap with the firing of two vases. Emily makes the point that pottery is sealed through fire, and we are “sealed with the Holy Spirit” in Confirmation.   (25:023) Emily reminds us that each unit has a discussion guide at realtrue.org. Like the videos, all resources on the realtrue.org website are free and easy to use. Thanks for listening.
Eucharistic Revival: The Eucharist is Sacrifice and Communion.
May 13 2022
Eucharistic Revival: The Eucharist is Sacrifice and Communion.
Summary: Why do we take pictures of our food for social media? This episode enters into the mystery of the Eucharist- as sacrifice and communion. This is the first themed Unit for Real + True. It is inspired by the USCCB’s Eucharistic Revival that launches this summer. Take a listen as Emily and Edmund explain the decisions behind using the story of St. Maximilian Kolbe, imagery from Frank Sheed, and the power of Eucharistic Adoration. Learn more about the power and practice of sitting with Jesus in silence. Take a listen!  Shownotes:  (00:11) Edmund Mitchell and Emily Mentock welcome you to this first themed episode of the Real + True podcast. Emily shares that this unit focuses on the Eucharistic. The thesis of this unit: the Eucharist is sacrifice and communion. This Eucharistic Revival unit joins an initiative of the USCCB, a movement to “start a fire” of devotion and belief in the Eucharist. The US Bishops are responding to widespread disbelief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The document from the USCCB on the Eucharistic Revival,“The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church” influenced this unit. (4:19) Proclamation video: this video starts with explaining, “what is sacrifice?” Sacrifices are deeply spiritual acts. As an opener, this video tells the story of St. Maximilian Kolbe- an example of a sacrifice for something greater than us. Originally, the production team considered using the story of someone who donated their kidney, but the final decision was made to use the story of Maximilian Kolbe because it best mirrored the gift Jesus made for us on the Cross. Edmund mentions that Pope Benedict XVI wrote that through the Eucharist, “we enter into the very dynamic of his self-giving." The Mass re-presents to us the real sacrifice of Christ.  (9:05) Stand out section: with this special episode, Emily and Edmund share their favorite quotes from the document on the Eucharist from the USCCB: “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church.” Edmund’s stand out section is, “The love that we celebrate in the sacrament is not something we can keep to ourselves. By its very nature it demands to be shared with all.” This is a quote from Pope Benedict XVI (No. 56.) He liked this quote because it highlights the reality that once we encounter Jesus in the Eucharist, we share this good news with others.  Emily’s stand out paragraph is: The Sacrament of the Eucharist is called Holy Communion precisely because, by placing us in intimate communion with the sacrifice of Christ, we are placed in intimate communion with him and, through him, with each other.” (No. 25) Emily felt this quote was important because it emphasizes that the Eucharist brings us together as a Church.  (13:30) Explanation video: The Eucharist as Communion and Sacrifice. This video opens with the idea of all meals including death and community. Emily mentions that the trend to take photos on social media possibly stems from a natural instinct to share our food with others, because meals are communal. Frank Sheed’s image of cells in a body is used in this video to explain how the Eucharist transforms us into God. Emily notes that this video includes some of the strongest imagery of any video so far.  (18:27) Connection video: How silence can change your life. The focus of this video is on Eucharistic Adoration. Edmund draws the audience’s attention to the power of silence. “It’s free and personal” is how Emily explains Eucharistic Adoration. They discuss how the Mass can be a richer and more prayerful experience if we enter into prayer outside of Mass in Eucharistic Adoration. In Adoration, we can bring our head, hand, and heart to God, and he brings us into a place of rest. (23:32) This unit is special because it pulls from both the Catechism and the USCCB document. The beauty of the Catechism highlights the movement of the Holy Spirit in the Church in the United States as we focus on the...
Unit 7: Jesus is true God and true man
Apr 3 2022
Unit 7: Jesus is true God and true man
Summary: Dive into Unit 7, which brings to focus the center of our faith: Jesus Christ. Explore the heart of the Catechism as your hosts Emily and Edmund explain how these videos can be used to share the faith. Learn about a strategy change for the Proclamation video, and learn what lines are “worth the whole Catechism” in the Explanation video. We touch on feedback from a listener, newly published discussion guides, and much more. Take a listen! Shownotes:  (00:11) Edmund Mitchell and Emily Mentock welcome you to this episode of the Real + True podcast. This episode brings to life Unit 7, which covers CCC 422-682 and its thesis is: Jesus Christ is true God and true man. The three videos for this unit are: Proclamation: Was Jesus a real person (or really God)? Explanation: Why did God become man? Connection:  What does it mean to have a relationship with God?  (3:00) Emily addresses a strategy change for this unit. This includes a shift from the usual focus of the first video in the unit. The proclamation is typically less religious and focuses on creating common ground with the audience, and drawing from their own life experiences. Because Jesus is the focus of this unit, the first unit includes a discussion about Jesus. The focus is on Jesus as a historical figure, and not so much as a religious leader.  (5:54) Edmund reminds us that “All of Catechesis directs itself back to Jesus Christ.” CCC 426  “At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus “ Every doctrine is related to Jesus. Catechesis is not about learning facts or truths but is about encountering the person of Jesus.  (8:22) The almost-interview: Edmund shares a story of his friend JP meeting Gordon Ramsey. The story illustrates the point that we can know a lot about someone but encountering someone person-to-person is a very different thing. A personal relationship is built when we encounter someone personally. Edmund mentions Walker Percy’s The Loss of the Creature.  (14:00) Stand out Catechism paragraph: Edmund’s standout section is CCC 460: “The Word became flesh to make us "partakers of the divine nature": "For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God." This caught his because it illustrates how radical it is that God calls us to share in the divine life of God.” Emily’s standout passage is CCC 561: "The whole of Christ's life was a continual teaching: his silences, his miracles, his gestures, his prayer, his love for people, his special affection for the little and the poor, his acceptance of the total sacrifice on the Cross for the redemption of the world, and his Resurrection are the actualization of his word and the fulfillment of Revelation". This statement was powerful to Emily because it displays God’s model for how we can live in relation to others.  (20:12) Shout out to a listener: Roy Sibaja! (24:02) The Unit 7 Explanation video explores the mystery of “why did God become man?” Emily and Edmund share about their childhood images of what God looks like. And how the focus of the video brings to light the reasons God became man: love, reconciliation, holiness, and the divine life. Barbara Morgan, the founder of the Catechetics department at the Franciscan University of Steubenville would say, “These four paragraphs are worth the whole Catechism.” (24:48) Connection Video: What does it mean to have a relationship with God? This video is a fun and dynamic video which asks questions that prompt the watchers to encounter the truth of who Jesus is. “That’s what all of it is about.” Edmund shares about how his experience in college of friends who talked about Jesus in a personal way helped Edmund re-evaluate how he was relating to Jesus. “Rules without relationship lead to rebellion.”  (36:26) Real + True Discussion Guides...
Unit 6: God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth
Mar 6 2022
Unit 6: God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth
Join Emily and Edmund as they dive into Unit 6. This podcast is packed. You’ll hear about Emily’s wonder at creation, Edmund’s favorite Catechism passage, and some listener feedback. A highlight of this episode is the process around animating imagery for the Trinity; Emily explains the “why” behind what you’ll see in Unit 6. Edmund takes on a Catechism Challenge in this episode. And finally, learn about this Real + True project being presented to the Vatican. Take a listen! Show Notes: [00:10] Introduction + Overview of Episode The Thesis of Unit 6 is “God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth” and covers Catechism sections 232-421. This Unit has three videos: Proclamation: The Mystery of Life, Explanation: The Story of Creation, Connection: Your story and THE story.   [04:24] Proclamation: Wonder and Awe  Emily shares her experience of wonder at creation, and how a course through UC Berkeley, encountering nature in the Midwest, and Planet Earth have shaped her heart to wonder at the world around her. Emily dissects the difference between awe and shame. Creation is complicated but humility helps us find our place within the huge diversity, vastness, and beauty of what God has made. [11:30] Standout Section of the Catechism: Edmund and Emily’s Favorite Passages Emily was most moved by Catechism 384: “Revelation makes known to us the state of original holiness and justice of man and woman before sin: from their friendship with God flowed the happiness of their existence in paradise.” Emily loved this section because it reminds her that God created us for peace and justice. Edmund’s stand-out section was Catechism 286: “Human intelligence is surely already capable of finding a response to the question of origins. The existence of God the Creator can be known with certainty through his works, by the light of human reason, even if this knowledge is often obscured and disfigured by error. This is why faith comes to confirm and enlighten reason in the correct understanding of this truth: "By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear’” Edmund was moved because this statement honors man’s dignity, that our intellects can find God through creation.   [17:10]  Animating the Mystery of the Trinity: Edmund shares wisdom from a theology professor. Emily shares an insight for the animation behind images of the Trinity in the Real + True videos. The challenge to capture visually what we believe about the Trinity resulted in the kaleidoscope imagery. [20:53] Shoutout to A Podcast Listener: Our listeners (that’s YOU) play an important part in making the Catechism come to life. In this section, Emily shares feedback we received from a listener. The listener shared that Real + True is being used at his parish for those considering baptism and entering the Catholic Church. [21:33] The Story Mechanism: the Explanation Video Emily shares that there is much more to the creation story than she knew. Edmund shares about how in his childhood he did not understand that his life was part of the larger story of creation. Edmund references good storytelling in movies, and how God is the best storyteller.  [24:44] The Connection Video: Your story and THE story The film Noah is used as an example of how important storytelling is. The analogy used in the Connection video is explained in more depth. Edmund tells us that Catholic doctrines and teachings can often seem like disconnected beads but the power of storytelling is that it threads the beads of our beliefs together to create a unified understanding of Creation. The readings at the Easter Vigil are a powerful experience of encountering the story of Creation and Salvation.   [32:37] A Catechism Game Emily challenges Edmund by choosing “random” parts of Catholicism and asks him to relate it back to “the story” of salvation. Edmund shares how the...
Unit 5: I believe in God
Feb 5 2022
Unit 5: I believe in God
This Unit 5 podcast is packed! Your hosts Emily and Edmund share about animating the burning bush, the power of knowing God’s name, and much more. The thesis for Unit 5 is, “I believe in God.” Belief in God as a person, not as a distant concept is addressed. Edmund shares about being cast as an astronaut for a day and the power of the Creed. Emily shares a story of persecuted Christians professing the Creed in the face of opposition. The episode closes with an exciting announcement about the global reach of Real + True. Take a listen! [00:12] Introduction + Overview of Episode Your Real + True hosts Edmund and Emily introduce themselves and this Unit 5 podcast. This Unit covers CCC 185-231 and the thesis of the episode is: “I believe in God.” The Unit includes three videos: Proclamation: What’s in a name? Explanation: “Who is God?” Connection: “What is the Creed? And why is it important?” In this Unit of videos, you’re invited to consider, “God is a person; how do we relate to God?” The hosts mention the Rock family, who is interviewed for one of the videos for this unit. [06:40] Proclamation Video: The Implications of Knowing God’s Name Emily challenges listeners, “We talk about ‘God’ but do we really stop and think about what that means?” God has revealed himself to us. The burning bush scene from scripture is discussed. It was a particularly fun scene to write and animate for the team; they enjoyed bringing it to life. The power of knowing someone’s name is addressed. Emily asks, “Do you know what Jesus’ name means?” Jesus’ identity is his mission. [9:35] Favorite Part of the Episode: Standout Catechism Paragraph Edmund and Emily share what paragraphs stood out to them. Edmund was moved by paragraph CCC 229: “Faith in God leads us to turn to him alone as our first origin and our ultimate goal, and neither to prefer anything to him nor to substitute anything for him.” This challenged Edmund to think, “Do I prefer God over everything else?” Emily was most struck by CCC 222-227. This section discusses the great consequences of believing in God, namely, it means coming to know God’s greatness and majesty, living in thanksgiving, knowing the unity and true dignity of all men, making good use of created things, and trusting God in every circumstance. Emily attests to the fact that her trust in God increased while working on this project through encountering this section. [15:05] Explanation Video: The concepts that inspired this video are addressed. Edmund talks about the first time he encountered the concept of God. Emily explains that faith is the belief in a “who” not a “what.” God wants us to know him as a person, not as a distant concept. The statement, “I believe in God” changes everything about our lives. [20:17] Connection Video: “I believe in God.” Perhaps this is the part of the Mass that is most memorized. Edmund shares his experience of being an astronaut for a day. Edmund explains that the Creed unifies the faithful, and is a powerful statement of belief in God. Emily mentions a powerful story of Christians who professed the Creed together in the face of persecution. The hosts pose the question, “Does the Creed really change our lives?” [27:05] Announcement: Real + Verdadero has launched! Real + True is a global project, releasing videos in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and French. New this week, this Real + True podcast is now available in Spanish. The goal is that all people would encounter the heart of the Catechism: Jesus Christ. [28:08] Recap + Mission: The Catechism is a faithful echo of a God who desires to reveal himself to us. Real + True transforms the Catechism into a living voice for the modern world. Connect with Real + True through the Real + True newsletter, facebook, instagram, twitter, LinkedIn, realtrue.org, and this podcast. Share with a friend.
Unit 4: Faith is a free and personal response to God
Jan 5 2022
Unit 4: Faith is a free and personal response to God
In our Unit 4 Podcast, we discuss the thesis of this unit: Faith is a free and personal response to God made possible by grace. To highlight what trust in God really is, Emily shares a childhood experience that went into the scripts, and Edmund gives insight into a fatherhood moment with his kids. Plus: We have an announcement about our animation team, and share the news that we’re out of the pilot stage! [00:53] Welcome and Unit Overview! Edmund and Emily welcome you to the fourth Real + True podcast. In this installment, they discuss Unit Four which covers Catechisms paragraphs 142-184. [01:49] Proclamation Video: The topic for this video is: "The power of call and response in music." Edmund shares about his friend Matt, and how Matt uses “call and response” in worship. They discuss how this dynamic is used in liturgy and in the Mass. Emily shares about her experience with “call and response” in sports situations. [09:40] Stand Out Paragraphs: Edmund shares about the section that stood out to him, CCC 170, "We do not believe in formulas, but in those realities they express which faith allows us to touch. The believers act of faith does not terminate in the propositions, but in the realities, which they express." Emily shares her stand out section, CCC 154, "Believing is possible only by grace and the interior helps of the holy spirit, but it is no less true that believing is an authentically human act." What’s your stand out section? Share on social media! [14:11] Explanation Video + Spiderman The thesis of this video is, “Faith is a free and personal response to God made possible by grace."” Edmund uses the example of Spinderman falling to illustrate this point. Emily recounts the story of the diving board referenced in the video. [20:05] News: New Animation Team + Post- Pilot Stage We’re excited to announce that we’ve officially moved out of the pilot stage of this project. We’d like to thank Our Sunday Visitor and everyone who has supported the project.. With this new stage, we’ve hired a new animation team. And we’re very excited about it. [20:54] Connection Video The thesis of this video is, "Do you trust me?" Edmund and Emily discuss how our inclinations toward or against trusting others can affect how we relate to God. [22:57] Edmund Fathering His Son: Edmund tells a story from his own life as a father that illustrates the point that trust is built on a relationship with a person, not just the words spoken by the person. [24:43] Final Thoughts, an Announcement, and Closing: Emily and Edmund share that being in relationship with God is not like being a robot. Relationship with God requires our intellect and will. We trust Him because He has revealed Himself to be trustworthy. Thank you for being part of Real + True! Let’s reach another million viewers! (Support Real + True Podcast)
Unit 3: God Desires to Reveal Himself to Us
Nov 16 2021
Unit 3: God Desires to Reveal Himself to Us
In this episode, we discuss the videos from Unit 03. The Real + True Podcast is a place for us to discuss the unit of videos in more detail, dive deeper into the content, and share a bit of the behind the scenes of working toward our mission. In this episode, we'll cover the videos from Unit 03 which explore the Catechism paragraph 50-141. *[00:53] Welcome and Unit Overview! * Emily and Edmund open the third episode sharing a brief overview of the videos from Unit 03 and the thesis statement that holds it all together. “God Desires to Reveal Himself to Us." [01:45] Proclamation Video We explain the content strategy behind the Proclamation Video, and a little behind the scenes of how we brainstormed and came up with the approach to this video. [05:35] Stand Out Catechism Paragraphs In this segment, we share one catechism paragraph from the unit that stood out to us. We'd love for you to pray and read through the catechism yourself, and let us know what paragraph stood out to you and why. Let us know on social media! [06:57] Divine Revelation and the Jewish Wedding Feast In this segment, we talk about the deposit of faith and revelation as it relates to a story of an ancient Jewish wedding tradition of veiling the bride. [14:01] Explanation and Connection Videos Discussion of the Explanation and Connection Videos from Unit 03. [18:24] Closing Thoughts We are so excited about the reaction to the pilot and reaching 1 million views! We've launched the first three units of Real + True. We hope you join us in sharing unit three with your friends and family. Thanks for joining us in the mission of Real + True! (Support Real + True Podcast)
Unit 1: The life of man is to know and love God
Jul 19 2021
Unit 1: The life of man is to know and love God
The Real + True Podcast is a place for us to discuss the unit of videos in more detail, dive deeper into the content, and share a bit of the behind the scenes of working toward our mission. In this episode, we cover the videos from Unit 01 which explore the Catechism paragraph 1-25. *[00:30] Welcome and Updates! * Emily and Edmund open the first episode sharing about the launch of Real + True and set the tone for the purpose of this podcast and what we'll cover in each episode. *[01:47] Unit Overview * A brief overview of the videos from Unit 01 and the thesis statment that holds it all together. [03:04] Content Strategy and The Ecclesial Method We explain the content strategy behind Real + True, and the catechetical method that influenced this strategy - the Ecclesial Method. [05:13] Unit 01 Thesis: The Life of Man is to Know and Love God. Emily and Edmund break down the thesis statement for Unit 01. [06:58] Proclamation Video Emily and Edmund discuss the Proclamation Video from Unit 01, what they loved and what they hope it accomplishes for people curious about the faith. [09:13] Explanation Video Discussion of the Explanation Video from Unit 01. [11:10] Stand Out Catechism Paragraphs In this segment, we share one catechism paragraph from the unit that stood out to us. We'd love for you to pray and read through the catechism yourself, and let us know what paragraph stood out to you and why. Let us know on social media! [16:00] Mission of Real + True We discuss the mission and vision behind Real + True in more detail, and share our heart for the project and hopes for its future. (Support Real + True Podcast) Links: (The Mystery We Proclaim) (Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa Sermon to the Papal Household on the Catechism) — " in short, we need to discover the CCC’s pulsating heart. And what is this heart? It is not a dogma or a truth, a doctrine or an ethical principle. It is a Person: Jesus Christ!" (Catechism Paragraphs 1-25)