Nobody would deny that the Catholic Faith has been lost by many. Even in the Church the Faith is often not even known. Stay around a Catholic parish long enough and you’ll hear errors being taught as doctrine.
Well, the way to combat ignorance is through the spiritual work of mercy – instruct the ignorant. Our Lord, after all, instructed His first followers. Yet once He had taught them, He sent them to teach us! It has to be done in the name of Our Lord. He is the Master; we his students. Teaching in His name is true charity: love of neighbor for the sake of God.
So here goes. Teaching and learning the Faith. The Baltimore Catechism is the source for the teaching. The comments are mine.
Q. 126. What do we mean by the “end of man”?
A. By the “end of man” we mean the purpose for which he was created: namely, to know, love, and serve God.
Brilliant. Memorize it. Pin it up on the bathroom mirror. Memorize it. Ponder it. Sing it even!
I used to think the end of man was Heaven. And I suppose it is the remote end. Yet, I am created to know, love, and served God in this world. Elsewhere there is teaching that asks: “Why did God make us?” And the answer is: “God made us to show forth His goodness, and share with us His everlasting happiness in Heaven.” Love it, don’t you? So the purpose of man’s existence is to reflect God’s goodness – show it to others! To do this one has to know Him, love Him, and serve Him. Yeeehaa!!!
Looking for your vocation in life? There is it is! What would the point be of being married with lots of wee ones; or of being a monk or a nun if one didn’t know Him, love Him, and serve Him. Anything without this purpose built into it misses the mark.
Today’s gift? Knowing that I must know Him, love Him, and serve Him.
Today’s task? To know Him, love Him, and serve Him.
Teaching others to do the same is a profound act of charity.