Catechist Know-How for June 2007
By Mary Lou Rosien
We have friends who have recently left the Catholic Church. Our hearts are breaking at the news, but I saw the beginnings of their change in attitude as early as last summer. They packed their kids off to a challenging, Bible-based, non-Catholic Vacation Bible School program. The children would come home with newly learned Bible verses and slowly, they took those verses (most out of context) and
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used them to challenge the Catholic faith.
As Catholics we must be careful to know and understand the Bible, so that we will see it in relation to all aspects of the faith. Take for example the commonly misquoted phrase, ““For by grace have you been saved through faith.” Eph. 2:8 Many use this scripture to say, “You have been saved by grace (faith) alone.” This scripture is further used to tell Catholics, You believe in getting to heaven by works and scripture says that is wrong. However, the word, “Alone” does not appear in the original scripture. Additionally, elsewhere Scripture states, “See how a person is justified by works and not by faith alone… so also faith without works is dead.” James 2: 24,26
Challenged with all the non-Catholic VBS programs out there each summer, Catholics can be better served by creating fun, faith-based VBS programs in our own churches.
Make VBS fun! If we market our VBS programs as well as some non-Catholic churches do, and if our programs are fun, entertaining and informational, we may see conversions to the Catholic faith and additional conviction and conversions in our own lives.
Mary Lou Rosien writes from N. Chili, NY, where she lives with her husband and seven children. She is the author of, Managing Stress with the Help of your Catholic Faith (OSV Publishing).
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