I’ve become convinced that its important for the Church to inoculate our young people with a healthy dose of catechesis before we ship them off to college, just enough so that when they first hear about Nietzsche or really study Darwin they won’t freak out and presume that what the Church taught them in 6th grade confirmation is the only wisdom the Church has to offer.
Knowing most folks won’t read long boring books, I’ve been working on writing a catechism, a distillation of the faith into concise questions and answers with brief supporting scriptures that could be the starting point for a conversation.
You can find the previous posts here.
I. The Father
30. What Do We Mean by Miracles?
If God is the cause of all things, in every moment holding all things in existence, then a miracle is NOT a discrete moment in which God intervenes in a world where God is otherwise not involved.
A miracle, rather, is a discrete moment in the world when only God is involved.
A miracle is NOT a moment where God enters the world to act.
A miracle is a moment where God, who is already acting in the world at all moments, removes all other causes upon an object.
A miracle is NOT when God shows up.
God’s already there.
Always and by definition.
A miracle is when God acts to keep all other causes from ‘showing up.’
So then, just as Jesus displays what it is to be fully human, he also- in his miracles- shows us what it means for the world to be fully the world.
“Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them, and broke them, and kept giving them to the disciples to set before the people. And they all ate and were satisfied; and the broken pieces which they had left over were picked up, twelve baskets full.”
– Luke 9.17