January 14, 2016
Ignorance May Not Be Bliss
“This is a work we perform often; whether we do it as a work of mercy is another matter. It might be helpful to give this work a different name: share the good news. We are not called to impart information, but to “make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence” (1 Pt 3:15). We are to share with others the heart of the Gospel, which Pope Francis describes in this way: ‘In this basic core, what shines forth is the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead’ (Evangelii Gaudium, 36).
We cannot share what we do not have. This work of mercy obliges us to deepen our knowledge of and love for our Catholic faith.” (Diocese of Oakland)
During this Year of Mercy, we are called to deepen every aspect of our faith life. There are many resources available to assist us on this path of knowledge. Just a few include Ascension Press, Word on Fire, or Loyola Press. Take an opportunity to review these websites and access their resources. In your efforts to fulfill the Corporal Work of Mercy entitled “Instruct the Ignorant,” you may just find out that you are the one mired in ignorance.
Year of Mercy Calendar for today: Study the Catechism and your faith. Begin by reading the paragraphs for this week (#661-682 and 1210-1252).