Mystagogy

The concept of “mystagogy” is generally associated with the fourth stage of the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA). From now until the celebration of Pentecost – 50 days from Easter and referred to as “Eastertide”, Christians are invited to try and gain “an awareness that one’s life is being progressively transformed by the holy mysteries being celebrated.” For new entrants into the Catholic faith (neophytes) they have much to learn about what it means to be Catholic. I believe that this is a time that all of us can use to further our knowledge of the faith and to fully participate in the sacramental mysteries of the church. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, do not look at Easter as the end of a holiday, but the beginning of something so much bigger. 

Section 64 of Pope Benedicts XVI’s encyclical “Sacramentum Caritatis” is entitled “Mystagogical Catechesis” and the Pope says:

“The aim of all Christian education, moreover, is to train the believer in an adult faith that can make him a “new creation”, capable of bearing witness in his surroundings to the Christian hope that inspires him.”

Ways to enhance this mystical time of learning include getting connected to a small faith community, regular adoration, prayerful contemplation, Mass, celebrating the Eucharist, etc. If anyone is interested in learning more about this please let me know and we can setup a separate Discussion group for those interested.

More about Mystagogy at:

http://catholicexchange.com/the-mystery-of-mystagogy-catholic-education-is-an-education-in-the-liturgynothing-else

God Bless

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