Updated: Mar 11
The ancient church used the season of Lent as a time to prepare unchurched people for their new life in Christ. If you were writing the curriculum for the catechumen, what are some things you would include that you feel are essential to your life as a Christian?
I hope all of you are also doing well. On reflecting, I believe there is not much I could add to provide a thoughtful response adding to others learning about or preparing for the birth of Christ and the functioning of our beloved Trinity, for the following: reasons:
1. During the past 6+ years of my active participation in Sharon Crandall’s Centering Prayer group. I HAVE learned something about the art of not talking just to hear myself talk.
2. I am grateful for the reading and discussion Brother Dennis fosters in his “Sacred Journey” book readings/ discussions, and I HAVE learned a lot. The current book being discussed is Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste” - about us humans and our cultures that serve to separate us into groups based on no logical reason, so that some groups are more important and other groups are less.
a. But we ourselves have devised a caste system for our religion - Jews (old testament and wrathful
God), heterodox Christians (Apostle’s Creed and belief in resurrection of the body, judgement of
our resurrected body at the last day, separation us into eternal bliss and eternal damnation / torture).
b. I know these concepts come from humanity and not from God.
3. A loving God is what we believe in. I am anxious to continue to learn about our loving God; the reflections of our parish community I know will teach me a lot.
COLLECT OF THE DAY
O Lord, we beseech you mercifully to hear us; and grant that we, to whom you have given a fervent desire to pray, may, by your mighty aid, be defended and comforted in all dangers and adversities; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
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