Saturday, May 23, 2009

Thoughts on Catholic Catechism Chapter 2: Apostolic Succession

Now that we understand Jesus Christ is the Revelation for salvation, let’s take a look at how He chose to deliver His message and live out His mission. The Holy Bible as we know it hadn’t been written yet, though the Old Testament was used in temples of the day.

In the Gospels we learn that Jesus called His disciples, inviting them to accept an apostolic mission. It became their own mission to share the Word of God with others. Where did they get their information, and how do we know it is accurate?

The Catholic Catechism clearly teaches that the apostles learned from the master, Jesus Christ, directly and indirectly. Just like children learn from their parents and teachers, the apostles learned from Jesus by listening to Him, watching Him, copying Him, and also applying the inspirations of their hearts, given by the Holy Spirit.

All of these things generated into a dynamic faith shared by word, deed, and document. The lives of the apostles carried on the Tradition of the Church, and became the foundation for a living faith that would last for centuries to come.

The Catholic Catechism believes and teaches the validity of apostolic succession, manifested by the communication of God, through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, leading believers to the full truth of the Revelation of Christ, in a faith that continues to be actively alive today.

Vonda Sines has written a brief, yet informative, biography on the apostle, Peter. He is the first pope in the Catholic Church, and lived an interesting life as a fisherman.

Hugh McNichol discusses the role of our Catholic Pope, and why his significance in our faith matters so much.

Marybeth Springett shares how the church has changed through the centuries, sometimes straying from its apostolic foundation.