I am not a Roman Catholic; reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church is not something that would have ever occurred to me to do. But I kept running into Catholic writers, one after another, who wrote about faith and life with a richness I hadn’t seen before: Walker Percy, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Merton, James Martin, and Jean Vanier to name a few. So I spent several years looking into Roman Catholicism in depth, which included reading through the Catechism…twice.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The heart is the dwelling–place where I am, where I live…the place “to which I withdraw.” The heart is our hidden center, beyond the grasp of our reason and of others…The heart is the place of decision, deeper than our psychic drives. It is the place of truth, where we choose life or death.
“…only the Spirit of God can fathom the human heart and know it fully.”
— Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 2563
What happened in February?
We continued to look at scriptures that talk about light and its incompatibility with darkness in our lives.
We considered prayers begging for the very basics of eternal life and for divine mercy.
We looked at writings from the Catholic Catechism, Thomas Merton, Mary Oliver, and Frederick Buechner that considered how we can know what is true about the world around us and about our own identities, what the final purpose of life is, and the nature of prayer.
- Real reality
- Identify yourself!
- Frederick Buechner – Truth beyond all truths
- Prayer – a surge of the heart
- So many coats – Mary Oliver
Online community is a tricky thing. I don’t think it takes the place of physical, in-your-face community, but I do think it can be valuable, maybe even a lifeline at times. I welcome any thoughts you’d like to share.
I’m glad to know you are stopping by and I hope and pray becomingflame is an encouragement to you. Grace and peace to you…
p.s. Click here if you’d like to see what we did in January.
According to Scripture, it is the heart that prays. If our heart is far from God, the words of prayer are in vain.
“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
— St. Thérèse of Lisieux, as quoted in paragraph 2558
— Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 2562, 2558