Welcome to this blog with the header till Christ is formed prompted by the words of St Paul to his community in Galatians (Gal) 4, 19.
Centering on the Sunday gospel with the Paschal Mystery as both life and integrating principle flowing out into diverse pastoral ministries, these notes — initially intended for myself — are shared with other pastoral agents, especially those I had the occasion and privilege to work with over the decades and those assigned to remote rural areas with scarce library and other resources.
The subheader Word becoming flesh is inspired by John (Joh) 1, 14 to highlight the divine initiative inviting contextual faith reflection and living.
Our human response in faith known, lived, celebrated, and prayed is guided by the tasks of catechesis delineated in the General Directory for Catechesis (GDC) 84 and correspond to the four respective parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).
The remaining two catechetical tasks of living out faith by the Christian community and proclaimed in mission underscore the thrust of this local Church in transforming parishes into communions of communities — such as basic ecclesial communities (BECs) — for mission, striving in so doing to become a new way of being Church.
The posts published in this blog follow the above headings:
Faith known connects the Sunday gospel verses with excerpts from the CCC to enable catechists of adults, adolescents, and children to use the main themes generated to foster faith.
To simplify, the traditional categories
Word – Creed (CCC Part One: The Profession of Faith),
Worship – Cult (CCC Part Two: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery),
Witness – Code (CCC Part Three: Life in Christ), and
Christian Prayer (CCC Part Four: Christian Prayer)
delineate the particular parts of the Catechism appropriated in catechesis.
Faith lived correlates the Sunday gospel text with societal concerns and issues linking them primarily with the Social Teaching of the Church as synthesized in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (CSD).
Faith converted integrates all the above in an ongoing journey of growing in God’s love … till Christ is formed … in me and each of us.