Posted by: akostecka | September 9, 2008

What Came First?

Chicken before Egg?  No.  Wrong question.

Catechesis before Evangelization or Evangelization before Catechesis?

When will adults “get it” in terms of catechesis; that it is for adults so they have a faith (are evangelized) and some knowledge of it (are catechized) to pass on to children?  When will they desire permanent catechesis?   When will parents be parents?  When will people engage the culture?  When will we act with love living out our Catholic faith at home, at work and even in the public square?  What comes first?  The desire to learn or the need for a savior?  What came first, the C or the E?

Evangelization and Catechesis work in symphony.  BOTH MUST HAPPEN. 

Here are some local implications and possible solutions:

1.       Now that some have been evangelized, they need permanent catechesis, and they need to be taught their need for it and ongoing conversion.

2.       Now that some people have completed the RCIA, they also need ongoing and permanent catechesis and community support.

3.       That some parishioners don’t know their personal need for a savior, they need to be taught (or brought to) such a need.     retreat, parish mission, small faith community

4.       That some parishioners don’t know if they believe in God, they need to be taught about him.        Logic, Salvation History, truth

5.       That some parishioners don’t know that God established a Church, they need to be taught about her.          apologetics, Catholic Scripture Study

6.       I see potential for new and returning Catholics in each of these stages.  Come on Home!

 

Finally, when catechesis and evangelization’s results are realized, we will change the culture from the inside out.  

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