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A Pilgrim's Catechism

The Occasional Thoughts of a 21st-Century Roman Catholic on Journey

Towards the Reign of God 

 

 Giovanni Bellini:  St. Fransic in Ecstasy

Can a human being interact with God?

 

God in every moment reveals himself and offers a share in his life to every human person.  That is what defines humanity.

 

When the person responds, in proportion to the response, the person is caught up in the inner life of God which is one of giving, receiving and loving.

 

God, however, is unchanging and does not respond in turn.  In his one eternal act that his is being, God’s offer to grow in his life remains constant and the human person is challenged in the successive created moment to accept it more fully and to grow in the divine life more completely.

 

Since God is boundless, growth in his life can never be exhausted, even in the world to come.

 

 

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 HUMANITY

What is a human being?

A creature composed of body and soul?

Made in the image and likeness of God?

When does human life begin?

When is there a human person?

What is the fundamental human experience?

What does it mean for human beings to be responsible?

Can a human being interact with God?

Who is called?

Who is sent?

All are called but does not each individual have a special vocation?

Is faith to be found outside the Church?

Is true freedom “from” or “for?”

What does it mean, “to follow one’s conscience?”