Wednesday, February 19, 2014

RCIA and the New Evangelization



Would that RCIA directors around the country would be mandated to use FR. Barron's Series to prepare catechuemens. When I was a sponsor, I would have given anyething had we heard something like the following, rather than the lukewarm, bubble gum Catholicism in vogue in so many parishes:

In his series and book, Catholicism, Father Robert Barron eloquently spoke to the insecure temptation to which we all...are subject.
“One of the most fundamental problems in the spiritual order is that we sense within ourselves the hunger for God, but we attempt to satisfy it with some created good that is less than God. Thomas Aquinas said that the four typical substitutes for God are wealth, pleasure, power, and honor. Sensing the void within, we attempt to fill it up with some combination of these four things, but only by emptying out the self in love can we make the space for God to fill us…
When we try to satisfy the hunger for God with something less than God, we will naturally be frustrated, and then in our frustration, we will convince ourselves that we need more of that finite good, so we will struggle to achieve it, only to find ourselves again, necessarily, dissatisfied. At this point, a sort of spiritual panic sets in, and we can find ourselves turning obsessively around this creaturely good that can never in principle make us happy.”