MONDAY HOMILY - Feed your faith through the Catechism
lives. By relating the Church's teaching to concrete Scriptural foundations - the Biblical references in the Catechism are particularly useful for seeing the connection between Scripture and doctrine - the Catechism becomes a type of Scriptural commentary on the content of the faith.
Accompanied by prayer, the study of the faith has the potential to intensify the believer's experience of God's revelation and to lead one to a deeper trust and confidence in Him.
Today in the Holy Mass, the Church's prayer refers to St. Theresa's teaching as "heavenly food." This description also applies to the teaching of the Church as a whole. If we want our faith to grow, it needs to be fed. The Word of God and the Catechism offer essential intellectual nutrition for our spiritual development in the Year of Faith. May we take advantage of them.
Fr. Stephen B. Reynolds is pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land, Tx, a suburb of Houston. You may visit the parish website at: www.SugarLandCatholic.com.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Catechism, Teresa of Avila, faith, Year of Faith, trust, pastoral, Vatican II, Sugar Land, culture, prayer, spirit of the council
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