New Catholic Teachings II

 

New Catholic Teachings II:

God, God on earth:

  1. “By God’s grace, by the Spirit living in us, we can know God as Father.”
  2. “God … he is the ‘God with us,’ that he loves us, cares for each person. Even though God is in heaven, he is also on earth, because of this, ‘we don’t believe in a distant, indifferent entity.’ … makes us contemplate the mystery of a God who incessantly creates, redeems and sanctifies, always with love and for love, and to every creature that welcomes him, he gives the gift of reflecting a ray of his beauty, goodness and truth.”
  3. “If only God’s Word would come to us in the forms of the past, perhaps we would have an easier time recognizing it. But God has a habit of sending his Word (himself) in new ways.”
  4. “God the Father creates by his word.”
  5. “God presents himself and his graces in surprising ways. We have to make an effort to open our hearts and minds to accept the divine reality that presents itself to us. … For example, the people of Nazareth could not understand how Jesus, a simple carpenter with no formal education, could perform miracles and outdo even the scribes with his teachings.”

Spirit:

  1. “The Spirit of God guides us, inspires us.”
    • “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5)
    • “This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words.” (1 Corinthians 2:13)
    • “To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” (1 Corinthians 12:8-11)
  2. “The Spirit is the divine force that changes the world.”
  3. “It’s God’s great gift, the Holy Spirit. And we all have the Spirit inside, the Spirit is in our heart and soul and guides us in life.”

Radicalism & Conservatism as applied to Theology:

  1. “Earth shall become paradise.”
  2. “The righteous shall receive everlasting life.”

Living:

  1. “Use what you have to give/do for others. The relation between giving and receiving is proportional – the more you give/do for others, the more you will receive.”
    • “Give, and it will be given to you. A good amount will be poured into your lap. It will be pressed down, shaken together, and running over. The same amount you give will be measured out to you.” (Luke 6:38)
    • “When you give a banquet, invite those who are poor. Then you will be blessed. Your guests can’t pay you back. But you will be paid back when those who are right with God rise from the dead.” (Luke 14:13-14)
  2. Christian joy is peace, peace that is deeply rooted, peace in the heart, the peace that only God can give.”

Development, Economy:

  1. “People are encouraged to use their creativity for the good of others … putting their creativity at the service of the challenges of today’s world.”
  2. “… Call for an impartial authority to regulate financial markets.”
  3. Making a profit can be evangelical when it focuses on the human person.”

Medicine & Healing:

  1. “When Jesus encounters the sick, their lives are changed forever. Christ heals their physical disease.”
  2. “Church meets Union for the Fight against Muscular Dystrophy. … Cure for muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular diseases.”

Science & Faith:

  1. Integrating, creating a single vision because the past danger was having a radical separation of science and faith …  Incorporating sense of a mysterious, beautiful unfolding of the world where the ultimate destiny of the universe is in the fullness of God.”
  2. “Science and religion are not seen by the church as opposing forces, but distinct and valuable approaches to understanding the universe and our place in it. … Found God ‘on the very highway of science’ as well as in the simple prayers of his childhood.”
  3. “As scientists, it is always important to start by admitting there is much that we do not know.”

Technology as work of God:

  1. “The Internet is a gift from God. It widens the opportunities for so many.”

Challenges, issues of today’s world:

  1. “There’s a notable lack of Catholic voices and leaders who are opening paths to the Gospel in the worlds of business, university and especially politics … God must permeate throughout each one of their daily activities, just as early Christians lived.”
  2. Unemployment is one of most serious issues.”

World to come:

  1. “Christ Emmanuel holds keys to solving any problem in the world.”
  2. “Christ can heal any disease.”
  3. “Christ is the most beautiful person in the universe.”
    • “His eyes are as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he has in his right hand seven stars: and his countenance is as the sun shineth in his strength.” (Revelation 1:14-16)

Future of Church:

  1. “The church’s mission is to bring the faith to the ends of the earth. Church must go where people are indifferent to the faith.”
  2. “The church breathes with two lungs — East and West.”
  3. “Jesus looks for places untouched by hope. Those places are where he wants to go and he asks us to prepare his way.”
  4. “Sign of peace to each confirmed person challenges them to work toward communion within and outside the church, with enthusiasm and without being paralyzed by resistance.”
  5. “We understand our mission as that of helping all people, everyone in every place, to get to know Jesus.”
  6. “The job of the Church is to bring the ‘logic of the Gospel into the thinking and gestures’ of those who govern (government).”