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Developing a Process “And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all that were in his house.” Acts 16:32 In part one we established the rationale for the wise process of the RCIA to move to the forefront of our endeavors for evangelization and catechesis of entire families. Taking guidance from the Directory for Catechesis , our focus is on a “catechesis of catechumenal inspiration for those who have received the sacraments of initiation but are not yet sufficiently evangelized or catechized or for those who desire to resume the journey of faith.” [1] This article... Read more
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“For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.” Acts 2:39 Challenging times require innovative solutions. These are indeed challenging times, both in our world and in the Church. It is important for lay catechists to shine as beacons of light in the darkness to draw entire families to the one, true Light—that of Christ himself in the Catholic Church. Most importantly, it is the time for the wise process of the RCIA to move to the forefront of our endeavors for... Read more
Introducción A lo largo de las últimas décadas, los teólogos dedicados a la reflexión sobre la evangelización en general, y sobre el momento de la catequesis, dentro de ella, en particular, han reflexionado y atendido considerablemente al tema del kerigma, y eso, muy acertadamente. El kerigma puede ser entendido adecuadamente como la síntesis del Evangelio, y, como tal, siempre merece un estudio más atento, especialmente así en un tiempo en donde el catolicismo está menguando en muchas partes. En esta serie de tres partes, yo explico qué es el kerigma y por qué es importante. En la primera edición, ofrecí... Read more
Cómo las obras se relacionan con el proceso de la salvación En el último número, enfoqué cómo avanza una persona desde ser no salvada (es decir, no estar en un estado de gracia- NEG) a ser salvada (en un estado de gracia – EG) y cómo ninguna obra de la ley moral (CIC 1950 ff .) puede colocarle a la persona en un estado de gracia (Ef 2,8-10, CIC 2010). Este artículo enfocará el papel crítico de las obras en el proceso de la salvación, y, aunque las obras no nos puedan colocar en un estado de gracia, veremos cómo... Read more
How Works Relate to the Salvation Process In the last issue I focused on how one moves from being unsaved (not in a state of grace—NSG) to being saved (in a state of grace—SG) and how no work of the moral law (CCC 1950 ff.) can place one into a state of grace (Eph 2:8-10, CCC 2010). This article will focus on the crucial role of works in the salvation process and, while works cannot put us into a state of grace, how they are directly related to retaining or losing our state of grace. There have been many joys... Read more
Desde que me hice católico en el 2004, me he encontrado con muchos, muchos católicos que no comprenden a la gracia, la salvación, o cómo se les concede el acceso al cielo. Muchos han revelado que viven con el miedo de ir al infierno debido a algún pecado desconocido no confesado o que su comprensión de cómo son salvados se basa exclusivamente en sus obras. Estos católicos no comprenden como la fe y las obras se relacionan con la salvación. En breve, no comprenden la fuente de su salvación. El Dr. Peter Kreeft explica el problema en su libro, Catholics... Read more
Since becoming Catholic in 2004, I have encountered many, many Catholics who do not understand grace, salvation, or how they are granted access to heaven. Many have revealed they live in fear of going to hell because of some unknown, unconfessed sin or that their understanding of how they are saved is solely based on their works. These Catholics do not understand how faith and works relate to salvation. In short, they do not understand the source of their salvation. Dr. Peter Kreeft explains the problem in his book, Catholics and Protestants: What Can We Learn from Each Other? [1]... Read more
In the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults there are several aspects of formation and many moving parts that all contribute to the overall formation of the catechumens and the candidates. The pastoral aspect of formation concerns itself with the overall discipleship development of the catechumens, while the catechetical aspect helps them come to know the Word of God and brings them into intimacy with Jesus Christ. However, it is sometimes easy to forget that the RCIA is a liturgical rite and that the liturgical rites provide the grace and supernatural power that transforms the catechumens to become more like... Read more
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