Thursday, July 19, 2012

The Splendor of Our Catholic Faith

So I have been writing about this "thing" called "sacramental imagination" a.k.a. the "Catholic imagination" which results in a way of being Christian that is "traditional" (it is the original way Christianity was lived and developed in the first several centuries of the Church) and positively embraces creation, human culture, and human relationships to image, i.e. perceive and grasp in some way the reality of God.

Jesus Christ is described in the New Testament as The Image of God (see Colossians 1:15). He was part of creation as having flesh. He lived in a human culture and indeed made things himself as a carpenter. His relationship with God was imaged as that of God the Father and the Beloved Son. He inspired and instituted in the Church which he established by his Death and Resurrection the use of creation and human realities including relationships in the Seven Sacraments and in the way Catholics (and Orthodox Christians) worship and express devotion.

This week, I hope you get a chance to view this Youtube Video (HERE) on Fr. Robert Barron’s Book and DVD series on Catholicism. See the use of images and human culture as communicating the Catholic Faith through the generations and across the world today. This is an example of what is meant by the Catholic sacramental imagination.