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A Pilgrim's Catechism

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

Towards the Reign of God 

 Duccio di Buoninsegna:  The Calling of Peter and Andrew

 

Who is called?

Jesus began his public ministry first by calling his disciples.  The history of salvation is marked over and over by divine calling.  Abraham was called out of his home in Haran.  God called Moses to lead the people out of slavery.  The prophets were called to confront the people that they mioght give up their sinful ways.

 

In fact to be human is always to be called.  We are first called in our mother’s womb when we are challenged by the Word in the power of Holy Spirit to accept the offer of God’s own life and to become a human being.

 

At every successive moment of our lives even into the world to come, the Word of God is there calling us to grow further in God’s life offered to all of us.  In our sinfulness the Word calls us to repentance, to accept God’s forgiveness and to move on in our journey of constant growth in divine life.

 

We answer the ever present call from God by accepting the gift of the Spirit ever more fully and by sharing that gift with all of our sisters and brothers.

 

 

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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?”