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God loves His children. He cares for them and values the relationship they share with Him on a daily basis more than any other relationship in this world. So what does our relationship with God teach us about other, less divine acquaintances? Without any hesitation, our relationship with God should define how we perceive those who God brings into our lives. We should see the rest of the world as God does. The people we run across in every circumstance are also made in His image. They can also love Him, serve Him and live eternally with Him right alongside of us. When we realize that everyone else can connect to God in the same deeply meaningful way we do, it should be easy to find reasons to deeply connect with them.

Our appreciation of their soul and its well-being should encourage a relationship that is significant, selfless and sacrificial. A relationship defined by mutual appreciation of the One who made us is a relationship that will endure. In those instances, it will be a relationship devoid of all the stuff that makes our world unbearable and the people we run across insufferable. When we realize He has time for each of us, patience for each of us and genuinely loves us the same, we should find time to reciprocate that love in return.

When we value people for who they are and not what they do for us, we begin to see them as God does. I pray for these followers of Christ who suffer and wonder and struggle and rail and radiate a strange kind of joy, anonymously and in silence. They are poor in spirit and rich in love. They inspire and sustain and continually convert me. The true evangelizers, then as now, are those who are humble enough to know they are sick and need to be healed. Tell Me Your Pain. Enough with the polemics. Aleteia 15th July Perhaps we do not spend enough time with the Book of Lamentations.

In this book the people of God see little hope after the destruction of Jerusalem, but remain faithful in common prayer. Thank you, Paul, for this heartfelt, beautiful comment. Those in the Church who are suffering, and are doing it in communion with Christ in their own special ways, may not be great catechists or new evangelists, but nonetheless may be some of His great saints. Thank you, too. I hear you, and my heart goes out to you and your relatives.

We are a worldwide Church, so what we teach in catechesis, I believe, should be generic in that sense — being very sensitive to culture, especially at the local level — but cautious about any secular or non-Catholic socio-cultural bias, which is a different matter entirely. I also do think that Dr. Jay Boyd makes a legitimate critique of what an over-emphasis and over-exaggeration of this experiential dimension of faith can bring. Yes, the Magisterium since the Second Vatican Council, especially in the writings of Pope Saint John Paul II, have had a personalistic emphasis, and have rightly emphasized the experiential dimension of the faith.

Yet, this must be viewed within the hermeneutic of continuity within the larger part of the magisterial and theological tradition of the Church. I think that it is more apt to say that the goal of the new evangelization should be helping people from traditionally Catholic cultures, and raised in a Catholic family, to live in a filial relationship, and a spousal relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ. This point is particularly highlighted by the Jesuit Fr. We are not just called to have a personal relationship with Jesus like we would another person.

We are called to spiritual maturity in Christ through a lived faith relationship in Christ Rm ; Col ; Eph through which we grow beyond spiritual immaturity, or childishness, brought about by our wounded sinfulness to full spiritual adulthood and espousalment.

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To say I have a personal relationship with Jesus, does not capture the dynamic reality of the relationship of faith, and the fulfillment and destiny to which we are called to in God, by virtue of our baptism. This is what Dr. Pius X — Pascendi Dominici Gregis, n. Thus, faith both includes experience, but is more than it — its about losing and finding oneself in Christ the Beloved, loving Him on His terms, not just on my terms, and loving my neighbor as God loves them.

It is also allowing Christ to fully increase in me mystically through grace — to be born again in me, to be crucified and to die again in me, to rise and be glorified again in me, so that I am created into the new person, according to God, in justice and the Holiness of Truth Eph Most people are at different levels of spiritual maturity, and the Church has a responsibility to both reach people where they are, and bring them to Christ.

I think Dr. Everything else is built upon it. This is why the vocation of parents in virtue of the sacrament of marriage, and baptizing their children in the Church, is to teach them about the faith — both via Catechesis and evangelization in their living out a Holy Marriage — in which their love becomes an icon of the love between Christ and His Church.

This then also helps children to see the presence of God working mystically in their lives, and manifesting His love for them on a personal level. This is why Catholics begin to capitulate to the world, and their own roundedness, because they cannot perceive and enter into the mystery of faith, so they seek it in immanence, and turn to things like porn, drugs, alcohol, addictive, sinful behavior, and the like.

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This is ultimately why there is some truth behind the personal relationship with Jesus language. But, at the same time, it ultimately falls short, because it is often employed in a way that is divorced from the sacramental, spiritual, historical, and theological patrimony of the Church which, in the end, infantilizes and distorts the faith. On the other hand, any kind of language, even traditional language, can be a stumbling block for many people in any number of circumstances.

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Marriage is a partnership. It always has been and is especially true today.

A more apt metaphor, and one more applicable today would be that of being apprentices to the master builder. We are obliged more to teach and be taught the faith, as if it were a classroom. We are urged to live the faith in the world, to be an example, an inviting witness for others. As such, we try this life under the tutelage of One who, as a person, has a relationship with us, and is intimately concerned with our fruitfulness and faithfulness. We use them in my parish.

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But perhaps some perceive a pricked conscience. Are we all doing everything we can to move beyond old ways and into new opportunities? Even if it creates friction with a more traditional brand of Catholicism? Hi Todd. Interesting comments. With any books I read, I sort of absorb the ideas, but then let them inform my thinking on any situation, rather than allowing them form any blueprint, because every situation, every person, and every parish and group is slightly different. Fr Matthew. Thank you for such a helpful and balanced comment. Thanks for replying, Paul. I largely reject the notion of a hermeneutic of continuity.

Keep in mind the lives of so many saints. Many people abandoned former lives to take up the mantle of Christ.

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Perhaps Peter retained his skills as a fisherman, but he left his nets and followed, as the Bible tells us. It might be that more Catholics today are being urged, nudged, and poked by the Holy Spirit to move beyond old ways of thinking and doing things. We live in challenging times. The hermeneutic of continuity, in such a setting, may be a security blanket, a way to avoid a demanding and challenging call.