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The Culture of Death

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The Flesh and the Spirit

“The concern of the flesh is hostility toward God; it does not submit to the law of God”

5th Sunday of Lent (A)

Romans 8:5-11 talks about the contrast between the mind set on the flesh and the mind set on the Spirit. The former leads to death, while the latter leads to life and peace. It explains that those who live according to the flesh cannot please God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in those who belong to Christ. The passage emphasizes the importance of setting our minds on the things of the Spirit, which leads to life.

The video highlights the warning given by Saint John Paul II about the “culture of death” that seeks to impose itself on the desire to live and live fully. The Holy Father preached about this during his homily at the World Youth Day Mass in Denver in 1993, highlighting the social and institutional form it has taken to legalize horrible crimes against humanity. He warned that failure to defend life could lead to terrible chastisements and afflictions, echoing the prophetic warnings found in the Bible. The video also mentions Saint John Paul II’s invocation of Our Lady of Guadalupe as his guide, entrusting to her the ecclesial work of all her sons and daughters of America. The video concludes with hopes for the New Era of Peace prophesied by Our Lady of Fatima and Saint John Paul II.

In comparison, John Paul II’s concept of the culture of death vs. culture of life relates to the broader societal values and practices. He argued that the culture of death is characterized by a disregard for the dignity of human life, including abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty, as well as a focus on personal pleasure and material possessions. On the other hand, the culture of life embraces the fundamental value of human life, and promotes the protection of life at all stages. This includes respect for the sanctity of life, from conception to natural death, as well as a commitment to social justice and the common good.

While Romans 8:5-11 focuses on the individual’s mindset and choices, John Paul II’s concept of culture of death vs. culture of life highlights the larger societal norms and values that shape those choices. Both perspectives emphasize the importance of choosing life-giving values and practices, and rejecting those that lead to death and destruction.

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In this preview of the Catholic Studies Academy’s course in Fundamental Theology, Richard Bluzacchelli, S.T.D. explains that original sin ushered in the culture of death, but because sin was passed on to all through the fault of one person, it leaves open the possibility that the righteousness of all can be gained through one person as well.Show less

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