Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Why Catholic?

Last night was the first session of our Why Catholic? Journey Through The Catechism study group. We will meet weekly for 12 weeks for this part of the study called "The Profession of Faith-What We Believe".

As a Catholic, I want to nourish my faith and live it more fully....more authentically. It is my hope that this study will help me to do that.

Right off the bat, we started off discussing the fact that "as Catholics, we believe that the desire for God is written in the human heart because God creates us and constantly draws us to deeper communion (See CCC 27). There is within each person an internal desire for God, a deep yearning for the holy."

This first page of the Catechism quotes Vatican Council II as stating...."The dignity of man rests above all on the fact that he is called to communion with God. This invitation to converse with God is addressed to man as soon as he comes into being. For if man exists, it is because God has created him through love, and through love continues to hold him in existence. He cannot live fully according to truth unless he freely acknowledges that love and entrusts himself to his creator."

Isn't it incredible that the desire for God is written in our hearts as soon as we came into being?
We were created for a relationship with Him! Period! Bottom line! We all have a God sized hole in our hearts. Many of us spend lots of time....often our entire lives...searching for what will fill up that hole. We try many, alcohol, drugs, sex, wealth, work, material things, empty relationships. Nothing is going to fulfill us. Nothing is going to fill that hole, except God.

O God, our Father,
in response to your grace,
we are constantly searching for you.
Sometimes it is difficult to sustain this search.
Help us this day to listen
to the sound of your unhurrying feet,
as you reveal yourself to us
and seek us out in the crossroads of our conversations,
our busy actions,
and the empty silence of our lives.
Help us to be at rest in you.
We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord
in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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