The Challenge of the Modern World
Our experience as teachers has taught us a lot over the years especially when it comes to an effective delivery when it comes to sharing the Church's teachings with the modern world. From the bombardment of information from various media sources to the opposition of an overwhelming number of industries who seek to oppose to mission of the Catholic Church with each of these entities having in most cases, more resources and manpower.
Aside from that, we have a culture that promotes the idea of science and reason over religious belief, which they at times see as something worthy of suspicion since it supposedly contains a number of outdated superstitions. Sadly, such an idea is being sold to a mass of people who seem to accept it without question, which is why we wish to correct some falsities that are being sold to the rest of the world. In doing so we wish to show how the Church was always a big supporter of the connection between faith and science and how that continues to this day.
Unfortunately, we are also faced with a number of Catholics who are also unaware of many of the Church's official teachings. It is certainly important for us to see why this is so while taking every opportunity to further educate the flock on the theological and historical truths that remain through the centuries. Thankfully, in many cases we have also seen the impact it has had on such people during many of our past presentations as well as the yay people have reacted to our blogs and podcasts, which in many cases, confirmed the truths that they had carried in their hearts. Of course, such experiences could only occur through the grace of God.
Who We Are
We are Humana Corpus Dignitate (HCD for short) and are a 501(c)(3) non-profit Catholic ministry (https://www.hcdtalks.com/). We have been active in the Southwestern part of the United States since the fall of 2019, which includes appearances at schools and parishes in the Diocese of Tucson as well as the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. We also host our own podcast called Anchored in Faith where we invite people in the world of Catholic ministry to share their stories (https://www.hcdtalks.com/podcast), have appeared on numerous radio shows and podcasts, given talks at events such as the Living Pro-Life Conference as well as events put on by Smart Catholics while continuing to network what we have to offer to other communities around the country.
Our other co-founder Angelica Delalallana has been a nurse for over 12 years and is a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner working in a small community clinic that serves the underserved population and is an adjunct professor of nursing, teaching nursing students in the clinical setting. Angelica is also in the process of becoming certified in Natural Family Planning, the Creighton Model through the St. Paul VI Institute.
We have also been blessed to have our ministry approved by Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger from the Diocese of Tucson as well as Bishop Marc V. Trudeau, who is the auxiliary Bishop from the San Pedro region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Our current spiritual advisers are Fr. Martin Martinez, who is the pastor at San Martin de Porres parish in Sahuarita, AZ and Fr. Jeffrey Smialek, who is the campus minister at Joliet Catholic Academy in Joliet, IL.
The origin of our ministry began when the two of us began to see how our fields of expertise could in fact benefit the other when it comes to sharing the teachings of the Church. In creating this partnership we are able to offer a sound theological presentation that makes use of medical data in order to give substance to the Church's teaching on topics such as the biblical vision of humanity, life issues and various other topics that deal with the well being of the human person. In doing this we are showing how religion and science do in fact work together when it comes to unfolding the truth of who the human person is as well as God's purpose for our lives.
First and foremost, we recognize that everyone is a child of God. If anyone is in error, we need to know what has led them into such errors while finding ways to dialogue with them in order to find a way to at least plant the right seeds on fertile soil that will allow the truth to grow within them. For those who are closer to having an understanding of the truth, it may be a matter of simply steering them in the right direction. In either case, we do our best to act as Christ who both came to the people and listened to their stories.
Our Lord, like the prophets of the Old Testament knew of the influence and in many cases, the temptations that the people of God faced when it came to the influence of the culture around them. This also means that he knows of the regret many people felt by turning away from God as well as the anger they may have felt after being misled into sin. We too have fallen short with our own lives so we are not afraid to share such experiences in order to show that we are in need of the same Savior that we share with others.
Our Lord also addressed many of the hard topics from His time period and we too have answered that call. This is also where our use of medical data and at times, the history of how popular thought evolved in order to show how the culture has carefully come for the hearts of the masses. Yes, we should listen to the feelings and experiences of everyone involved, but in our efforts to get along with everyone we at times fail to remember a very uncomfortable truth that still is, and that is the existence of sin. The effects or sin continue to hurt ourselves as well as our loved ones and we can help correct those errors by learning and embracing the truths of how God made our bodies. Jesus Himself said that He did not come to condemn but in doing that He also did not condone sinful behavior (See John 8:1-11). We make use of this approach when discussing life issues, the Catholic view of marriage, sexual ethics as well as many of the current cultural issues and trends.
In order to avoid as much of the confusion that surrounds these topics, our presentations always make use of Church approved translations of the bible, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, official Church documents, Papal Encyclicals as well as periodicals published by respected teachers of the faith. It has already been a very eye-opening experience for us to see the reaction of most people who were previously unaware of the Church's position on many of these issues before we incorporate facts from the medical world to further enforce the Church's position on such issues.
The same method can be used when it comes to discussing other Catholic teachings such as our beliefs in purgatory, devotion to Mary & the Saints, the Sacraments, the male priesthood, etc. While science at times cam assist us in unfolding these teachings we also know that history is a great resource to offer a deeper understanding of such teachings. Many times we are misled by secular versions of such events, thus convincing both Catholics and the rest of the world of false beliefs concerning the theological teachings of the Church along with some popular historical beliefs. Again, careful research into all of the facts helps us have a clearer understanding of what really happened as well as why the Church holds to her position on such issues.
What To Expect from HCD Blogs
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone from the Diocese of Tucson to our blog. We would also like to thank everyone at The New Outlook for inviting us to contribute to their weekly periodical in order to share what our ministry has to offer.
We are excited to share much of what we have to offer and look forward to your feedback. While we accept the challenge of what will be required of us to take on many of the hard topics we also want to celebrate and share the richness of our faith. While we will certainly address many of the pressing issues in the world today we will also discuss many of the other beautiful Catholic beliefs and traditions that we all hold dear to our hearts. At times we will also share our reflections on anything from the weekly Gospel readings to the stories of many of our faith heroes...and much more!
We also look forward to seeing some of you in person at future events that will take place in the Diocese of Tucson, at your local parishes & schools as well as online events. We are available for in person and virtual talks with it being easiest to reach us through our website: https://www.hcdtalks.com/ or at firstname.lastname@example.org
God bless you all!