Study

The foundational sources of study are the Bible and the Catechism.

-Meditate Scripture and continue our Catholic formation. "That he may teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths" -Isaiah 2:3  We can never grow tired of seeking to know Jesus and His Church.  

-Study the Catechism. There are various courses.  To Read the Catechism in one year

-Reflect upon what the Lord has taught in the community. This unites us as a family in light of what God has called us to be.

-Read Catholic books and literature. The community has several recommended books that help us get started to know our faith and our community way of life. God wants to transform un into Christ and this is a lifelong process.  

"We have to re-learn these essentials: conversion, prayer, penance, and the theological virtues" -Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010

Ponder Scripture to think with Christ
"We should follow the "lectio divina," listening in the Scriptures to the thought of Christ, learning to think with Christ, thinking the thought of Christ and thus having the same feelings of Christ, being capable of giving Christ's thought and feelings to others." -Benedict XVI, >>> 

Notice the steps to become one with Christ: 
1-Listen to the thought of Christ
2-Learn to think with Christ 
3-Thinking the thoughts of Christ (constantly thinking according to Christ, thus thinking as God thinks not as men do)
4-Having the same feelings of Christ
5-Ability to give Christ's thought and feeling to others.

"We must then dig deeply in Christ. He is like a rich mine with many pockets containing treasures: however deep we dig we will never find their end or their limit." -St John of the Cross.

Pope Francis exhorts us to ask questions after pondering the Bible:

*Lord, what does this text say to me?
*What is it about my life that you want to change by this text? What troubles me about this text?
*Why am I not interested in this? Or perhaps: What do I find pleasant in this text?
*What is it about this word that moves me? What attracts me? Why does it attract me?
When we make an effort to listen to the Lord, temptations usually arise. One of them is simply to feel troubled or burdened, and to turn away. Another common temptation is to think about what the text means for other people, and so avoid applying it to our own life. It can also happen that we look for excuses to water down the clear meaning of the text.
-Evangelii Gaudium, n. 153

"We ourselves must therefore recover this content, as a wealth of unity, not a packet of dogmas and orders but a unique reality which is revealed in its depths and beauty." Benedict XVI >>>

 

 


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