Friday, May 22, 2009

Thoughts on Catechism Chapter 2: Fullness of Revelation

Do you ever wonder where all the answers of faith are hidden? Why does it seem so hard to believe sometimes? God is the only good there is, so how can we dare to even approach Him?

Funny, we never think about the fact that God already knew our feelings and hesitations, before we withdrew and relied on ourselves. So, because He loves us so much, God gave us the Word. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

It is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. It means that the answers are in Jesus Christ alone. Without Jesus, we have nothing, not even Holy Scripture. Prophecy has been fulfilled in Christ. The New Testament has affirmed His deity and mission.

This doesn’t mean that faith development stopped short when Jesus resurrected. “…it remains for Christian faith to gradually grasp its full significance over the course of the centuries.”

Private revelations are approached with learned discernment by the Catholic Church; they are welcomed when authenticated, as being consistent with Christ and His mission. Any revelation that detracts from the fulfillment of Jesus as the full and complete Revelation of God, and undermining the truth thereby revealed in Him, will not be accepted or promoted as valid.

Peter Menkin has written a passionate biography of Thomas Aquinas, saint and doctor of the Catholic Church. Aquinas shared his spiritual insights and revelations with all of us during his pilgrimage on earth.

Lily A. Thorns shares some of her thoughts on common misconceptions about what Catholics believe, in an effort to respond to some of our critics.

Ken Allen has composed a beautiful poem, giving credit to God for the direction of his life.