Chapter 2 – God reveals himself…

Chapter 1 spoke about our thirst for God, the longing we have for God by the very nature of our having been created by God and in his image.  Our reason alone can confirm for us that God exists, but doesn’t let us know a great deal about God, not in any case on a personal level.   This chapter highlights that God has taken the initiative to introduce himself to us.  This journey of faith is an effort to be more intentional about seeking out what he has revealed about himself, not for an academic type of curiosity but because ….  fill in the blank, why attend to the self revelation of God?

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FTF is a 125th Anniversary Journey of Faith of the Diocese of Belleville through the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.
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3 Responses to Chapter 2 – God reveals himself…

  1. wth3 says:

    I liked the catechisms description of our place in Culture. We are as responsible for where we are as a person fixed in the melting pot of society as those “others.” No man is an island and that is equally true in our relationships and sharing with those not quite like us. In this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, I offer: Until all Christians can be willing to acknowledge our commonalities, communio will not be a reality.
    I am repeatedly called upon to share the message of Vatican II in relation to challenges by evangelical Christian denominations. Unitatis Redintegratio, the Decree on Ecumenism, begins by stating the importance of the “the restoration of unity among all Christians” as a primary focus of Vatican II. Many of the evangelicals hold that they are the only purveyors of Truth and openly challenge Catholics as not being “saved.”
    One such incident played out at a local public high school. Three high school girls are on staff at the local paper. They were assigned to attend and report on an event titled, “See you at the Pole.” This was listed as an ecumenical opportunity for youth in a secular setting. Upon beginning their interview with several of the young organizers, the tables were turned and the interviewers were admonished in an abrasive manner and chided for their lack of knowledge of the Bible, Jesus Christ and salvation. The three tried in vain to share their faith, but, were only shouted down. Eventually, they were reduced to tears of frustration and shock at the whole affair. Lumen Gentium 15 states how Catholics are to hold in honor and respect the faith and Baptism of all Christians of every faith. “They lovingly believe in God the Father Almighty and in Christ, the Son of God and Savior.” The operative word here is, “lovingly.”
    As reporters for the school paper, these girls had the opportunity to supply the last word. And they did by writing about the incident and describing in an honest fashion their reaction to being verbally attacked during a supposedly ecumenical assembly for youth. They pointed out that if the world of their adult lives continues to be viewed in the division and separateness of today’s world, we all should despair.
    I responded with a personal letter to them in which I thanked them for their honest assessment and witness to Christ and Catholicism. I included the introduction to Unitatis Redintegratio and asked them to contact me if they would like more information.
    I am always surprised at the absoluteness of some. I agree with the fictional, philosopher and liberation theologian, Pogo, who restated, “I have seen the enemy and he is us!”
    The Kingdom of God is at hand, Jesus said. It is also being created on this earth-right now. How we experience and share God’s revelation is important. The choice for each of us, individually, is what truths have been revealed to us and the loving manner in which we share them.

  2. karenseaborn says:

    How sad I felt reading the story of the three young women interviewers and the reception they received at the Pole – a place of coming together in prayer. Ah! So much work still to be done in our work toward Christian unity and realizing the hopes and dreams of the Vatican Council fathers! If only we could see beyond our divisions to the one thread that unites us all – our baptism into the one Body of Christ! That connection is so far greater than our ideologies! I am also reminded of Francis of Assisi “preach the Gospel at all times and, if necessary, use words.” The students at the pole may have thought they were preaching the Gospel, but certainly their actions belied their words. Hmmmmmm….. I wonder how many times my own actions say something different than the words I preach? Challenging to be sure!

  3. Laurie Edwards says:

    This morning Pope Benedict met with an ecumenical group and addressed the need for Christian unity, “…especially with regard to the proper understanding of human nature and its dignity. There is a need for Christians to arrive at a profound agreement on matters of anthropology, which can then help society and politicians to make wise and just decisions regarding important questions in the area of human life, family and sexuality.”

    He urged Christians to renew our commitment to imitate Christ in life and action, and he concluded with, “Our longing for the full, visible unity of Christians requires patient and trustful waiting not in a spirit of helplessness or passivity, but with deep trust that the unity of all Christians in one Church is truly God’s gift and not our own achievement. Such patient waiting, in prayerful hope, transforms us and prepares us for visible unity not as we plan it, but as God grants it”.

    May God grant the grace that our journey this year, equips us to better imitate Jesus Christ in life and action and equips us also to give an articulate reason for our faith, with both truth and love, preparing us too for visible unity as God grants it.

    The high school students mentioned above – those offended, those offending, and those watching – and the adults guiding them and being examples to them are in my prayers! Thank you for sharing.

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