Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thoughts on Catechism Chapter 2: Stages of Revelation

So how has God revealed Himself through time, you might ask? Well, the first thing He did was introduce Himself to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Later, the floods came, and mercifully, He commissioned Noah to build an ark, thus saving creation for future generations.

As the human race grew, people ended up scattered all over the earth. God spoke to Abram, renaming him Abraham, and said, “In you all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.” The Catholic Church honors our heritage, stemming from the Old Testament, and uniting believers as one.

Of course, God didn’t stop reaching out to man; He freed the people enslaved in Egypt, making a covenant with Moses, and revealing His message to all of us in the 10 Commandments at Mount Sinai.

These prophets, and many others, even in recent history have revealed the saving power of God, and exposed His willingness to communicate with us throughout the course of time. Often choosing unsuspecting people, God revealed His plan of salvation and hope for everyone.

Belle Starr speaks about the important role of women in the Catholic Church. Women have always been held in high esteem, and are honored as mothers, teachers, contemplatives, and humble servants of God.

Carolyn Tytler affirms the sacredness of Mary, the Virgin of Guadalupe, as she describes the events that happened to St. Juan Diego in 1531. Chapter 2 of the Catholic Catechism speaks joyfully about women in our faith, referring to Mary as “the purest figure among them.”

Hannah Curtis explains how St. Francis made peace with the Sultan of Egypt during the Crusades in 1219. Her article reveals that God is active in all generations, helping all those who listen to His voice.