Personally Catholic (5:13) — This video was produced by ReEngaged Ministries and recorded at Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Newtown PA.
Having A Catholic and Personal Relationship with God!
...the mystery was made known to me by revelation. It was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (Eph 3:5-6)
by Fr. Clement D. Thibodeau
God takes the initiative in leading us to religious faith. It is our personal experience that God is always the initiator when it comes to salvation. We do not have to go chasing after God as if God were hidden and avoiding detection.
God reaches out into the ordinary happenings of our lives where we go about the daily business of work, family, and friends. God reaches into those secret places in our hearts where no one else has seen anything, where we ourselves are hardly aware of any existence of any event. We may appear to be simply doing our daily work and just simply living our lives, but God is there with power and with love. God is there with self-revelation.
Our ordinariness is blown wide open with the revelation of God’s love and concern for the person, the individual. Personal and unique are always characteristics of God’s approach to any human being.
Are there ever any hints that God is up to something? Are we sometimes forewarned that God is about to show that God is there with love and compassion? Yes. At times, those moments of divine self-revelation are preceded by a series of community-based or family-type experiences. Most often, we encounter God when we have just encountered some powerful experience of love on the human level. All of a sudden, it seems, God is there, where God had seemed absent for so long!
Our personal moment of “epiphany,” a moment of God’s revelation of presence, power, and love, happens in God’s own good time. Having just come through some transforming event, glad or sad, in our lives, we are suddenly ushered into the presence of the Lord Most High! That is our experience of God’s ‘Epiphany.”
After such experiences of God’s presence and love, we come together with others of similar experience to share, to support one another, to worship, and to serve together. Thus, Church happens.
Ever since the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) especially, the Church has come to acknowledge that God is at work and can be found in all the great religions of the world.
The faith of the Jewish people continues to be a valid and God-given work of the Lord for the Jewish people.
Islam proclaims the unique sacredness of Allah and the duty of its followers to be faithful.
The holiness of the universe has been the witness of Hinduism.
Buddhism continues to call people to an inner surrender to the holiness within each person.
Native religions on all continents testify to the presence of God within creation.
The Book of Daniel contains some of this same kind of prophetic literature: Apocalyptic.
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Although Christianity is the fullness of Truth, other religions, to a certain degree, participate in that Truth. The Magi, coming from Gentile cultures, seek the truth and find it in Christ.
ECHOING GOD'S WORD – © 2017 Rev. Clement D. Thibodeau (1932-2017); Adapted; Used with permission.
50 By natural reason man can know God with certainty, on the basis of his works. But there is another order of knowledge, which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of divine Revelation. Through an utterly free decision, God has revealed himself and given himself to man. This he does by revealing the mystery, his plan of loving goodness, formed from all eternity in Christ, for the benefit of all men. God has fully revealed this plan by sending us his beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.
51 "It pleased God, in his goodness and wisdom, to reveal himself and to make known the mystery of his will. His will was that men should have access to the Father, through Christ, the Word made flesh, in the Holy Spirit, and thus become sharers in the divine nature."
52 God, who "dwells in unapproachable light", wants to communicate his own divine life to the men he freely created, in order to adopt them as his sons in his only-begotten Son. By revealing himself God wishes to make them capable of responding to him, and of knowing him and of loving him far beyond their own natural capacity.
53 The divine plan of Revelation is realized simultaneously "by deeds and words which are intrinsically bound up with each other" and shed light on each another. It involves a specific divine pedagogy: God communicates himself to man gradually. He prepares him to welcome by stages the supernatural Revelation that is to culminate in the person and mission of the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ.
St. Irenaeus of Lyons repeatedly speaks of this divine pedagogy using the image of God and man becoming accustomed to one another: The Word of God dwelt in man and became the Son of man in order to accustom man to perceive God and to accustom God to dwell in man, according to the Father's pleasure.
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