Typically, I don't post things on my blog that are particular to my parish or my city because, well, there aren't that many people from Owensboro who actually read my blog. But, I think I will make an exception in this case.
My parish will soon begin "Catholicism", Fr. Robert Barron's 10-part video series and study on the beauty of the Catholic faith (click the link for more information). I wrote the following for the parish bulletin to encourage people to attend. Even if you don't go to Blessed Mother Church or even live in the area, this post may still inspire you to attend a "Catholicism" study in your neck of the woods or to bring it to your own parish.
Why should I join the 10-part “Catholicism” study that is coming soon to this parish?
First of all, it is saturated in the real and majestic beauty of our faith, and beauty is a very attractive thing.
Some people are compelled by doctrinal arguments to embrace Catholicism. Others are convinced by their experience, by the emotions they feel when they go to Mass or interact with their Catholic friends and family. But, everyone is attracted to beauty. God placed it in our hearts to be attracted to it. After all, God is Himself beautiful, and so an attraction to beauty draws us closer to Him.
It makes since that Catholicism, which provides the fullest experience of God, would itself be a beautiful religion. And it is. Sometimes we forget how beautiful our faith is. This study and video series by Fr. Robert Barron reminds us of that. Faith, especially for life-long Catholics, can grow mundane and stale. In times like this, we need to be reminded of what makes Catholicism so special, and attractive and appealing, much like how a husband needs to be occasionally reminded of how beautiful his wife is.
If you need to be reminded of why you’re a Catholic, why you go to Mass every Sunday and go through the motions, then come to this study. If you have a friend or a family member who has been thus far unconvinced by your doctrinal arguments in defense of the faith, bring him to this study. Maybe the beauty of Catholicism is what will finally appeal to him.
Another reason to come to this study is because it is profoundly catechetical. By that I mean, you will certainly learn a thing or two! Fr. Robert Barron, who is your tour guide through the vast Catholic world, is one of the greatest religion teachers of our time. I wholeheartedly believe that. He reminds me of Fulton Sheen in his ability to teach the faith and tell stories and interact with his audience in a way that is engaging and personable.
What this means for you is that you will be entertained, but you will also come to understand your faith better. If you have never felt like one of those Catholics who can talk about his faith with others or answer their questions, this study is for you. Fr. Barron operates on your level … and on every level for that matter. The material he presents is very accessible, no matter where you are in your faith journey or understanding of Catholicism.
Our first session is Mon., Feb. 20, at 10 AM in the Youth Room, or Tues., Feb. 21 at 7 PM in the Parish Hall, whichever one you prefer. The price is only $15! Please join us! Bring a friend!