Tag Archives: Catechism

I’m So Excited

PrayerPosition_BoyGreen. . . and I just can’t hide it! But I must. At least for a little while longer.

I received some very exciting news {exciting to me anyway} and I may burst before I can share it. The ideas are already swirling around in my head. I just hope I can get them all down on paper before they float away. You’d think I’d use this handy-dandy iPhone to take down notes, but that would be too easy.

With my new endeavor comes new research. The internet {and a few books I’ve purchased} is full of wonderful ideas to incorporate with my own. I’ll be posting my favorite ideas soon, so stay tuned! Things may never be the same.

God Comes to Meet Man, The Revelation of God

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section One
“I BELIEVE” – “WE BELIEVE”

Chapter Two
GOD COMES TO MEET MAN

THE REVELATION OF GOD

6. What does God reveal to man?

50-53, 68-69

God in his goodness and wisdom reveals himself. With deeds and words, he reveals himself and his plan of loving goodness which he decreed from all eternity in Christ. According to this plan, all people by the grace of the Holy Spirit are to share in the divine life as adopted “sons” in the only begotten Son of God.

7. What are the first stages of God’s Revelation?
54-58, 70-71

From the very beginning, God manifested himself to our first parents, Adam and Eve, and invited them to intimate communion with himself. After their fall, he did not cease his revelation to them but promised salvation for all their descendants. After the flood, he made a covenant with Noah, a covenant between himself and all living beings.

8. What are the next stages of God’s Revelation?
59-64, 72

God chose Abram, calling him out of his country, making him “the father of a multitude of nations” (Genesis 17:5), and promising to bless in him “all the nations of the earth” (Genesis 12:3). The people descended from Abraham would be the trustee of the divine promise made to the patriarchs. God formed Israel as his chosen people, freeing them from slavery in Egypt, establishing with them the covenant of Mount Sinai, and, through Moses, giving them his law. The prophets proclaimed a radical redemption of the people and a salvation which would include all nations in a new and everlasting covenant. From the people of Israel and from the house of King David, would be born the Messiah, Jesus.

9. What is the full and definitive stage of God’s Revelation?
65-66, 73

The full and definitive stage of God’s revelation is accomplished in his Word made flesh, Jesus Christ, the mediator and fullness of Revelation. He, being the only-begotten Son of God made man, is the perfect and definitive Word of the Father. In the sending of the Son and the gift of the Spirit, Revelation is now fully complete, although the faith of the Church must gradually grasp its full significance over the course of centuries.

“In giving us his Son, his only and definitive Word, God spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word, and he has no more to say.” (Saint John of the Cross)

10. What is the value of private revelations?
67

While not belonging to the deposit of faith, private revelations may help a person to live the faith as long as they lead us to Christ. The Magisterium of the Church, which has the duty of evaluating such private revelations, cannot accept those which claim to surpass or correct that definitive Revelation which is Christ.

May God bless you today and always,
Signature

Compendium-of-the-Catechism-of-the-Catholic-Church30793lgCOMPENDIUM Catechism of the Catholic Church
 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Man’s Capacity for God

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

Section One
“I BELIEVE” – “WE BELIEVE”

Chapter One
MAN’S CAPACITY FOR GOD

“You are great, O Lord, and greatly to be praised [ . . . ] You have made us for yourself and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” (Saint Augustine)
30

2.  Why does man have a desire for God?
27-30, 44-45

God himself, in creating man in his own image, has written upon his heart the desire to see him.  Even if this desire is often ignored, God never ceases to draw man to himself because only in God will he find and live the fullness of truth and happiness for which he never stops searching.  By nature and by vocation, therefore, man is a religious being, capable of entering into communion with God.  This intimate and vital bond with God confers on man his fundamental dignity.

3.  How is it possible to know God with only the light of human reason?
31-36, 46-47

Starting from creation, that is from the world and from the human person, through reason alone one can know God with certainty as the origin and end of the universe, as the highest good and as infinite truth and beauty.

4.  Is the light of reason alone sufficient to know the mystery of God?
37-38

In coming to a knowledge of God by the light of reason alone man experiences many difficulties.  Indeed, on his own he is unable to enter into the intimacy of the divine mystery.  This is why he stands in need of being enlightened by God’s revelation, not only about those things that exceed his understanding, but also about those religious and moral truths which of themselves are not beyond the grasp of human reason, so that even in the present condition of the human race, they can be known by all with ease, with firm certainty and with no admixture of error.

5.  How can we speak about God?
39-43, 48-49

By taking as our starting point the perfections of man and of the other creatures which are a reflection, albeit a limited one, of the infinite perfection of God, we are able to speak about God with all people.  We must, however, continually purify our language insofar as it is image-bound and imperfect, realizing that we can never fully express the infinite mystery of God.

May God bless you,
Signature

Compendium-of-the-Catechism-of-the-Catholic-Church30793lgCOMPENDIUM Catechism of the Catholic Church
 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

What is the Plan of God for Man?

A couple of weeks ago I was searching Pinterest for some fun activities to use in the CCD class of which I assist a wonderful teacher in the religious education of some phenomenal 2nd graders.  In my searching I came across a pin that read “Catechism of the Catholic Church for the Year of Faith”.  This pin lead me to a flocknote page where I entered my email address and began receiving daily readings from Catechism of the Catholic Church.  I enjoy my daily readings; however, I began on day 145.

I decided to stop receiving my daily readings and start from the beginning, and I invite you to accompany me.  I will be using COMPENDIUM, Catechism of the Catholic Church from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and sharing my readings here with you.

Part One
THE PROFESSION OF FAITH

SECTION ONE. “I BELIEVE” – “WE BELIEVE”

1.  What is the plan of God for man?
1-25

God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life.  In the fullness of time, God the Father sent his Son as the Redeemer and Savior of mankind, fallen into sin, thus calling all into his Church and, through the work of the Holy Spirit, making them adopted children and heirs of his eternal happiness.

May God bless you,
Signature

Compendium-of-the-Catechism-of-the-Catholic-Church30793lg COMPENDIUM, Catechism of the Catholic Church
 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

%d bloggers like this: