YOUCAT Series 4 – What We Believe: God Approaches Us Men
Questions 7 to 19
This section explains how God reveals Himself to us from the beginning of creation through the prophets and in the revelation of Jesus Christ.
Most importantly, in this question we find out that God reveals Himself when we read Sacred Scripture.
Here is a great article which sheds some light on the New Covenant that God gave His Church.
Another way that Jesus reveals Himself to us is in our suffering.
This piece about a dying 18-year-old demonstrates well how Jesus shows Himself to us when we suffer.
As Blessed Mother Theresa spoke:
One day I met a lady who was dying of cancer in a most terrible condition. And I told her, I say, “You know, this terrible pain is only the kiss of Jesus–a sign that you have come so close to Jesus on the cross that he can kiss you.” And she joined her hands together and said, “Mother Teresa, please tell Jesus to stop kissing me.”
An article on private revelation;
Public revelation is binding on all Christians, but private revelation is binding only on those who receive it. The Catholic Church teaches that public revelation was completed, and therefore was concluded, with the death of the last apostle (Vatican II, Dei Verbum 4), but private revelation has continued.
The next question in the YOUCAT talks about handing on the faith;
I believe our greatest challenge today as Catholics is to get people to think differently in a culture that has become highly secularized.
Indeed, Cardinal Ratzinger once said:
The Greek word for converting means: to rethink—to question one’s own and common way of living; to allow God to enter into the criteria of one’s life; to not merely judge according to the current opinions. Thereby, to convert means: not to live as all the others live, not do what all do, not feel justified in dubious, ambiguous, evil actions just because others do the same; begin to see one’s life through the eyes of God; thereby looking for the good, even if uncomfortable; not aiming at the judgment of the majority, of men, but on the justice of God—in other words: to look for a new style of life, a new life.
For the full-text of this essay see here.
This question sums up what it is to be a ‘child of light’, in other words, touched by God’s Word.
As Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical on the Splendor of Truth explains brilliantly,
Called to salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, “the true light that enlightens everyone” (Jn 1:9), people become “light in the Lord” and “children of light” (Eph 5:8), and are made holy by “obedience to the truth” (1 Pet 1:22).
What this quote means by truth is what is inspired by the Holy Spirit and preserved in the Apostolic Church by its teaching authority (the Magisterium).
“The task of authoritatively interpreting the word of God, whether written or handed on [Scripture or Tradition], has been entrusted exclusively to the living Magisterium of the Church, whose authority is exercised in the name of Jesus Christ.”
See the Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, from the Second Vatican Council – Dei Verbum
See Are the Gospels Myth?;
Christianity, more than any other religion, is rooted in history and makes strong — even shocking — claims about historical events, most notably that God became man and dwelt among us. Of course, some Christians of a less-than-orthodox persuasion are content to discard large chunks of the Gospels as unnecessary (or even “offensive”) or to interpret as “mythological” or “metaphorical” nearly each and every event and belief described therein. But such is not the belief of the Catholic Church (or of the Eastern Orthodox churches and most conservative Protestants). As the Catechism of the Catholic Church flatly states: “Belief in the true Incarnation of the Son of God is the distinctive sign of Christian faith” (CCC 463).
Here is a piece called, Approaching and Appreciating the Sacred Scriptures, which tells us, as well as what is described in its title, of the wonderful story of the conversion of Saint Augustine and his love of the Bible
In the following quote, Pope John Paul II discusses the meaning of the Old Testament in his encyclical Mulieris Dignitatem – On the Dignity and Vocation of Women,
The whole Old Testament is mainly concerned with revealing the truth about the oneness and unity of God. Within this fundamental truth about God the New Testament will reveal the inscrutable mystery of God’s inner life. God, who allows himself to be known by human beings through Christ, is the unity of the Trinity: unity in communion. In this way new light is also thrown on man’s image and likeness to God, spoken of in the Book of Genesis. The fact that man “created as man and woman” is the image of God means not only that each of them individually is like God, as a rational and free being. It also means that man and woman, created as a “unity of the two” in their common humanity, are called to live in a communion of love, and in this way to mirror in the world the communion of love that is in God, through which the Three Persons love each other in the intimate mystery of the one divine life. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God through the unity of the divinity, exist as persons through the inscrutable divine relationship. Only in this way can we understand the truth that God in himself is love (cf. 1 Jn 4:16).
Lastly, we move on to the New Testament which Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger described in his book, “The New Covenant: A Theology of Covenant in the New Testament”: ‘Christology thus appears as a synthesis of the covenantal theology of the New Testament, which is grounded in the unity of the entire Bible.’
See, The Mass is not entertainment ;
“Although the homily should be on the Scripture readings and the other liturgical texts, some way has to be found to cover the whole area of Catholic faith in a period of three years because many Catholics are really ignorant of fundamental matters. That is a fact nobody can deny.”
• How often do you contemplate the face of Jesus?
• What does the term ‘relativism’ mean?
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Posted on January 7, 2012, in Apologetics, Catholicism, Christianity, Historical, Jesus, Youcat, Youcat Study Group and tagged Bible, New Testament, Old Testament, Revelation, Saint Augustine, Scripture. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.