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The Life of Man – to Know and Love God by Maria Cusack

“God, infinitely perfect and blessed in himself, in a plan of sheer goodness freely created man to make him share in his own blessed life. For this reason, at every time and in every place, God draws close to man.” (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 1)

God draws close to man! And man too must open himself to God and accept the gift of grace that the Father is constantly extending. Man, in order to partake in the sheer goodness of the Father, must continually turn towards God.

But how do we do this? Life is so hard and complicated and there are too many things to remember!

Fear not! Sincere prayer and fasting will always help draw us closer to God and open us up to His abundant graces! And, in His divine omnipotence, the Father knew we would need help. So, He sent His Son to die for our sins and establish His Church on earth. The magisterium of the Church is a teaching body established by Christ to instruct us how to live our lives in a way that will lead to our true happiness. It is such a gift! And thanks to the magisterium, we have the Catechism of the Catholic Church to help us learn to live well. See, we are not alone!

Each week we will go through part of the Catechism to learn how we can live more fully in accordance with the Father’s plan of loving goodness.  For, we are called to a joyful Christian exuberance! So tune in next week for the start of our study on the Profession of Faith!

Challenge for the week: Let us consider our own lives and how we can come to know and love God better. Let us bring this challenge to prayer and fasting!

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