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Covers key foundational concepts

Types of Prayers (Rosary Prayers)

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Discernment

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Prayer

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Staying on Track/Revelation

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The Incarnation

The Incarnation is Jesus. The Incarnation emphasizes that Jesus is fully God and fully human. To explain this is to talk about Jesus but it is better to actually get to know Jesus.

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Humanity

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Trinity

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Attributes of God

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D0 Discipleship

This is the core MAYO formation course. It covers the foundational topics of the Catholic faith. The full plan is here which is also in development.

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A3 Flat Earth

There are many people who think the Catholic Church once believed the earth was flat and warned Columbus that he might fall off the end of the earth. This is totally false. The Ancient Greeks knew the earth was round. Aristotle (4th century B.C.) supported the theory that the earth was round with observations such as that the southern constellations rise higher in the sky when a person travels south. He also noted that during a lunar eclipse, the Earth’s shadow is round. This understanding was taught by Catholic scholars such as St. Augustine (354–430), “it be supposed or scientifically demonstrated that the world is of a round and spherical form.” (De Civitate Dei, Book XVI, Chapter 9). St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) wrote, "For the astronomer and the physicist both may prove the same conclusion: that the earth, for instance, is round: the astronomer by means of mathematics (i.e. abstracting from matter), but the physicist by means of matter itself." (ST I, 1, 1, ad2).

There was no one in Columbus' day (he set sail in 1492) that thought he was going to fall off the end of the earth. What they were worried about was whether he had enough provisions to make it to a continent that might not be there. The earliest example of the idea that Catholics believed in a flat earth was in Washington Irving's A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus (1828). Since then the idea has spread and unfortunately is believed by many to be true.

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