For the summer I am participating in “Lawn Chair Catechism” with Sarah Reinhard at CatholicMom.com. We are using the book A Well-built Faith: a Catholic’s Guide to Knowing and Sharing What We Believe by Joe Paprocki. After reading Chapter 1, we reflect and discuss our responses to a series of questions. You can find the list of questions here.
These are my responses to each question:
- I believe that I have a “well-built faith” because I have lived with people whose faith was solid. In particular my father was a man of faith, and he took seriously his responsibility to form his children in the faith. Furthermore, I have had the opportunity from childhood on to receive a solid, rigorous education in the faith, and it included opportunities to practice the faith and to pray in community.
- To deepen my understanding of the faith I taught others. Having to explain the faith to others, both children and adults, motivated me to understand it better.
- I have several friends who have been role models of faith to me. I already mentioned my father. Also, one of my high school teachers gave me guidance in growing in virtue. I’m still in touch with her and we share our faith with one another.
- All the experiences of my life have shaped me into the person I have become. These include both the joyful and the sorrowful ones.
- An idea is a thought or a concept. It is intellectual. A belief is faith in something or someone that is rational, but not, necessarily able to be provable. Joe Paprocki indicated it involves the mind and the heart.
- I have wanted to express myself without words when words fall short or when an experience is ineffable.
- It is difficult to live moral lives because we have a fallen human nature. So we are prone to pride and the seven deadly sins. We are constantly tempted by the world, the flesh, and Satan.
- I have the best communication with my spiritual director, because I feel free to be open and honest with her about most aspects of my life, but especially about my relationship with God. There are others with whom I have good communication, but I tend to be more reserved about some things. With God I have complete trust in His love and mercy, so I have no difficulty confiding everything in Him. In fact, I assume that since He is God He knows all anyway. I’m not sure about using the word “good” about my communication with God. I tell others to “pray as you can, not as you can’t,” so I try to do that myself.
May God be praised!