January 11, 2019

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New year’s resolution: Take advantage of resources and live our Catholic faith

It seems that many Catholics today have decided that what they learned in religious education as a child is adequate in sustaining them throughout their lifetime.

I once heard a person who was giving the announcements at Mass claim that the program they had for adults was basically what they had learned in religion class as children.

Similarly, when a local pastor asked someone why they never attended adult education programs, the person said, “I know enough, and others need it more than me.”

Why do we rely so much on what we learned as children, perhaps decades ago? How will Jesus address this complacency at our judgment?

Let us rise up from being lukewarm and complacent this new year by striving to mature in our faith. God is infinite, and we must continue to learn by studying sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the lives of the saints, and more.

We are blessed with so many great resources. Let us take advantage of them this year and live our Catholic faith!

- Phillip Rahman | Fulda

Retired columnist Cynthia Dewes is thankful for readers’ kind and thoughtful words

This letter is addressed to the kind people who have sent me generous messages of my retirement from writing the ”Cornucopia” column for The Criterion.

Thank you so much. Your words are much appreciated.

God bless you and send you a Happy New Year!

- Cynthia Dewes | Greencastle

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