|1 Corinthians 13:11|
|Thursday, September 01 2011|
As we grow as Catholics, our thought process should change:
"When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things." -1 Corinthians 13:11, NAB
Before we come to faith, we do not have the wisdom that comes from knowing the Lord. In essence, we have the mind and wisdom of a child. Then, as we begin to discover our faith in awe and wonder, like a child discovers the world, our knowledge and wisdom grows with each step along the path. As we experience new things, our faith grows right along with it.
Our faith will go through different stages of maturity, and these are not necessarily tied to our age. Someone who found faith later in life may be at a lesser maturity level in their faith than a younger person who has been an active Catholic their entire life. At the same time, we will all mature in our faith at different speeds. Generally, this is dependent on what you put into it. If, for instance, you immerse yourself in study, prayer, and the Sacraments, you will mature faster than someone who simply goes through the motions. It's all up to you.
As a site dedicated to those going through RCIA, Waking Up Catholic is designed to help you through the different maturity levels. As someone going through or who just completed RCIA, you may be very new to faith, and you may still be a toddler in your faith. No worries. It is not a competition. As you read on the various topics of the Church, spend time researching this and other sites on the topics that you struggle with the most. Through these daily Bible verses, the hope is that you will learn to make reading Scripture a daily practice. But, of course, how fast you grow is entirely up to you.
Of course, part of maturing as a Catholic is learning to put aside our old ways. Like an adult putting aside childish things, as mature Catholics, we must put aside the spiritually immature parts of our past. With a mature faith, we now understand the difference between right and wrong. With a mature faith, we must begin to set aside those things that stop us from deepening our relationship with Christ.
Faith is a journey, and one that we begin with the maturity of children. While we may mature in our faith, we will never stop growing. Just as soon as we think we have it all figured out, life comes along to show us that we don't. Where are you at it your spiritual journey?