Learn the faith

From the Aug. 24-25, 2013, bulletin of St. Martin of Tours parish, Gaithersburg, Md.

It’s that time of year again!  For the last few weeks, they’ve been getting ready:  buying new clothes, new backpacks, notebooks and pencils and other supplies.  And very soon—even this Monday morning—these students will be headed back to school, to new teachers, new classmates, new things to learn and do.

For these students and their parents, this time of year brings plenty of change and lots of different emotions.  And even for the rest of us looking on, don’t we feel a certain excitement as we remember what it was like to embark on new projects of learning?

There’s no need to be left out!  Especially during this Year of Faith, we are invited to learn more about our faith and so to grow in our love of God, who wants us to know him.  Our Lord Jesus invites us, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me” (Matt 11:29), and we know that his disciples did exactly that.  The Catechism explains (158):  “It is intrinsic to faith that a believer desires to know better the One in whom he has put his faith, and to understand better what He has revealed; a more penetrating knowledge will in turn call forth a greater faith, increasingly set afire by love.”

How can we do this?  Here are some possibilities:

  • Read through one or more of the Gospels.
  • Read the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, which is helpfully arranged in chapters. (bit.ly/17EWP2H)
  • Make sure your home has a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and read up on any topics that interest you or your family.  (bit.ly/a9XSf)
  • Take the online, dynamic “Living Catholic” course, and the “Faith Foundation” courses that follow it.  (bit.ly/194EThL)

Ready?  Set?  Learn!

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