On the web page found at
we find the following statement By Father Duggan of
Father Duggan and The Catechetical Revolution
Until the 1960s catechesis was primarily doctrinal - an accurate account of the truths revealed by God and entrusted for safe keeping and accurate exposition to the Catholic Church.
The term for this in the early Church was "didache", which was the instruction given to converts to the Faith before they received the Sacrament of Baptism. There is some evidence that it was expressed in a set form of words and was learned by heart, as was the practice in Rabbinic Judaism. We seem to have traces of this in the First Letter to the Corinthians, in which
Later still, the whole content of the Church’s teaching was divided into four parts: Creed, Commandments, Sacraments and Prayer and this division has been accepted in the recent Catechism of The Catholic Church, published in 1991.
In the 19th century there were the Baltimore Catechism used in schools in the United States and the so-called Penny Catechism, authorised for use in schools by the Bishops of England and Wales. Given to G.K. Chesterton by the parish priest when G.K.C. approached him about entering the Catholic Church, the great thinker described the little booklet as "a marvellous compendium of Christian wisdom. "
This doctrinal catechesis and the books which embodied it were discarded in the 1960s in favour of a new catechetical method called experiential. This had as its starting-point the religious experience of the child, the result of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, one of the effects of the reception of the Sacrament of Baptism.
In 1983, on a visit to
Returning to “A Period of Grace “
I have maintained, and will continue to do so that I am not holy. I can and do repeat what my teachers have taught me over the years especially my early years at
Grace is a magnificent gift, and that is what it is. It is inspired, for want of a better word, in us by the use of prayer, the Sacraments, our holy Actions of Charity and by the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit of supernatural love and sanctifying grace that unites the Father and the Son. Some of the graceful gifts are not sanctifying. Paul writes of gifts in First Corinthians, he names them in descending order. St Faustina labels some of them as lower gifts.
The greatest gift is building up the Church, which in reality is bringing our neighbors into the Church and showing them how to save their soul. I have been at one time godfather eight times in a short space of time. That time has passed by and I know the reason. I look to the time when that happens again.
What have I done, together with three of my sisters in Christ ,we asked for healing for tired, creatures who were in pain and sick, and every time healing was given. Let me give you one or two examples. When the four of us in the previous blog started to pray together “L” said we should pray over “M”. We all agreed. This is what we knew, she supported herself by manual labor but was in terrible pain from a bad back which would not bend. She could not bend her neck in any meaning you would wish to consider. So we prayed over her. “L” received the pain for a short while and it suddenly left. We knew it was a healing because “L” went into ecstasy as we prayed told us it was so. Mary spoke through her and I also remind you of “L’s” prayer. She would take on any suffering if she was cured. Go back to the previous blog. Three days later, I had a conversation with “M”. Here it is. I believe you cured me as I have been under physiotherapy for some years and yesterday the therapist said, “What has happened to your back it was so knotted I could not separate the sinews. Now it is so pliable,” Carrying on she said, “I know I should say you healed me but I cannot believe in you, you have no followers”. “My answer, the only one it could be was, "If I had any I would shoot them, they are not mine in any shape or form, they are Christ’s”. I only ever spoke to her again once. Perhaps I was too forthright for her psyche.
Before I continue, many times, as we prayed over people there were witnesses and I know now, they did not see what happened. They prayed the Rosary with us and were not or some were not privy the conversation that we had with Mary. I remember a little girl of Polish descent, who the doctor could not heal. Her mother said, “Yes we could pray over her” We did and the pain in her stomach left. “L” had it for some moments and then later the girl’s doctor found the mono. I had been warned by a priest that there would be aches, pains and illnesses that would not be cured. The reason was simple, there was a cure for it already. That is the blasphemy of today’s medicine. It is a revelation by God to man for his good. Medical professors today use this knowledge to do homicidal acts or use it to be creators and that is God’s work not man’s. Often I am reminded of the punch line, “Get your own dirt”
I am always conscious that if these healings are from the evil one then they will not last. But also I know that a lack of faith or belief of any kind causes God to withdraw. It is, “You do not want My Gift, and you do not thank me. You do not know Me and I do not know you”. How many theological misfits in the Church today are able to bring themselves to believe this? None I should think.
Here is an example of the above.
I did have a business and why it failed is no mystery to me. A man, retired, often came to help me. Two of the things that we disagreed on was sex among the unmarried and he used a statement taken from Parisian Orthodox theologian and ecumenist Dr. Paul Evdokimov: "While opened the Bible unites us. But when we turn its pages, the open Bible divides us. We interpret it differently. We read different truths in it" His quote was a paraphrase that whistled around in the seventies and eighties that an open bible causes bad feelings. A fact publicly stated in Le Monde in 1975. Another of those shots that echoed round the world.
“A” came and watched us pray over different people who asked for help. He was a severe manic-depressive by his own admittance and wanted so badly to be helped. We agreed, made a date, and proceeded along the road Jesus and His Mother, Mary, had pointed us. Was I rushing? Well that is a later story. “L” asked him when we had prayed and seemed to be nothing else to pray for, if he had hurt his shoulder badly? Yes was the answer but it seems to have gone. “I thought so, because my shoulder hurts quite badly”. A few days later, “A” and I were alone and said, “You know, I still have the manic depression. I did not tell you I had prostrate cancer some time ago. Everything was removed. Early this morning I had to use the bathroom and when I got there I had an erection. I've not had one from the time of the procedure. Later he died from cancer.
In retrospect what have I learnt from this episode? Well if I had known about the cancer and specifically prayed for that it too might have been cured or perhaps his thoughts on the scripture and some other problems needed to be altered first. I also know that there are one or two silly puffed up catholics who have said, “You only tell us of these faux miracles when people are dead”. My answer is, “I could not embarrass them when they are alive. If they did not pass it on themselves, then I could not at the time”. Their answer, “You should of ,so we could question them”. Pharisaical heh? What else is there I learnt from this? I must be specific in what I pray for. As you always get what you pray for. Also for those of our faith, both sides of the laid on hands must truly believe in the healing. Let me give you an example. Many in the Church are sick and many masses are offered and many prayers are said and the healings requested and even pleaded for, do not take place. But I tell you the gift is still there waiting. I believe it is because some one in the prayer equation does not truly believe in the power of prayer. I know God does, but do you and I?
Perhaps what I write is too simple even to being impossible to believe. Consider it this way if Christ said his yoke was light could that not mean stop looking for gigantic miracles and find the simple easy way. Found without straining one's mind under the weight of heavy thought.
More to come, come back later.