he purpose of catechesis is to learn how to become a great lover.
This is the most human quest whether a person is young, old, single, married, celibate, widowed, disabled, sick or suffering.
Who can teach us how to love in the only way that will satisfy this ultimate desire of the human heart? Only Jesus Christ. Allowing ourselves to be drawn into a deeper intimacy with him is the purpose of all catechesis.
“At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father... who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever. To catechize is ‘to reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God’s eternal design reaching fulfillment in that Person. It is to seek to understand the meaning of Christ’s actions and words and of the signs worked by him.’ Catechesis aims at putting ‘people. . . in communion. . . with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.’” —CCC 426
Life After Sunday’s Intimate Path catechesis is a “spiritual direction” toward intimacy with Jesus Christ, created to help men and women link their personal experiences of love and friendship with the Lord’s living presence every day. Receiving this mystery of passionate love begins in the parish on Sunday and follows the timeless path of the saints throughout the rest of the week. This is a taste of the “abundant life” lived by the Bride of Christ in love with her Bridegroom.
This ongoing catechesis on the web is meant to support parish life so that priests and their parishioners can allow the Lord to form their hearts, and become his “great lovers,” everyday missionaries of charity out in the world.
“Jesus wants to establish with his friends a relationship which mirrors his own relationship with the Father: a relationship of reciprocal belonging in full trust, in intimate communion." -Pope Francis, April 21, 2013
The Path to a Fully Human Life
The path to a fully human life is this path of intimate communion. Every enduring relationship follows this path of authentic intimacy—most especially, the relationship between each human person and the Triune God.
This most original relationship—for which every human person was created and finds fulfillment—naturally follows these stages to deep, intimate union. This is the witness of the saints. This is the unique glory of the human person fully alive.
Where are you on your journey along the Intimate Path?