Catholic Teaching on Inter-Religious Dialogue

The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks clearly about the need for positive inter-religious encounters. It sees part of the mission of every Christian to include "a respectful dialogue with those who do not ... accept the Gospel. Believers can profit from this dialogue by learning to appreciate better 'those elements of truth and grace which are found among peoples [of other faiths], and which are, as it were, a secret presence of God'" (CCC, #856).Respectful dialogue and appreciative … [Read more...]

Contemplation and Mysticism

The same monk who asked me to define "ordinary mysticism" (see yesterday's post) also asked me to define the distinction between mysticism and contemplation. To do so, I thought I would turn to an authority that I suspect he would respect: the Catechism of the Catholic Church. First, let's see how the Catechism defines contemplation: Contemplation is a gaze of faith, fixed on Jesus. "I look at him and he looks at me": this is what a certain peasant of Ars in the time of his holy curé used to … [Read more...]