Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | August 14, 2009

Reflection for 20th Su in OT

Prov 9, 1-6; Ps 34, 2-7; Eph 2, 5, 15-20; Jn 6, 51-58

“Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord”

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!

Many of you have not been to Classes on the Catechsim since 8th grade, High School, whenever your diocese has the Sacrament of Confirmation given by the Bishop.

Think about this for a min, you come to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass every Sunday, and Father is trying to teach many different levels of education in our Faith varying from a very beginning education in the Faith to an advanced education in the Faith.

What good is your Faith if you don’t know anything about it? What good does it do to profess being a Catholic, yet you do not know what as Catholics we believe on various issues of the day? What good is anything if you don’t know something about it?

It is not possible to function in anything without knowledge of the subject that you’re studying.

I can not communicate in English without knowing the sentence structure, verb tenses and the gramatical rules of English. I can not teach Math without knowledge of the numerical system and Algebra…

Am I asking that all of you be world renown Scriputre Scholars and Catholic “experts?” Of course not, what I mean by your call to know your Faith as much as possible is to not just settle for the bare minimum. Catechesis and that’s it. What I mean is to find out why we practice things in the Faith the way that we do, or why do we kneel, or why Communion is an act of reception rather than taking, these kinds of things. Knowing your Faith will corralate to a deeper love of your Faith.

“Wisdom has built her house, she has set up her seven columns;”

The Church has 7 Sacraments

Baptism
Penance
Holy Communion
Confirmation
Holy Orders
Marriage
Extreme Unction (Annointing of the Sick)

These 7 are the Columns for our Sacramental life. Of course 3 of them we can repeat (Penance, Holy Communion, and Extreme Unction), the rest are a one time deal.

I’m not going to sit and explain each Sacrament at this point, but all of you should know your 7 Sacraments…They provide grace, something you’ll need if you plan to get to know your Faith more fully.

In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!

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