Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Questions such as, “Why am I here?”, “What is the meaning of life?”, “Why is the world such a mess?” are not often considered in our journey along today’s crazy and sometimes mixed-up world. More often than not, these questions will only surface (hopefully) when we experience some significant setbacks, such as the diagnosis of some terminal illness or perhaps the death of a loved one.
Amidst the “busy-ness” of our personal lives, the pursuit of our careers, never-ending “doing” of so many other things and the seduction of endless worldly gadgets, it is challenging to find a little quiet time for spiritual reading; essential for the formation of our own faith and spiritual life.
In our pursuit of “success”, the depths of our human heart continues to echo what St. Augustine said centuries ago, “You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
This simple but effective book aims to satisfy the desire for your personal spiritual growth and faith enrichment; at your own convenience and pace. At the end of it all, you will surely improve the knowledge of your faith and in the process, radiate more joy from knowing, loving and serving God a little bit more intimately. There is a familiar saying that goes, “transformed people, transform lives”.
This book is very reader-friendly and takes one, regardless of your background, through God’s plan for our lives, reaffirming whether there is a God to be known and leading on to knowing God through the scripture, the sacraments and various moral teachings of the church. There are also straight-talk about issues like abortion, human freedom and social justice. Most impressive of all, the book takes you through, chapter-by-chapter, each of the Ten Commandments, more appropriately called, the laws of love because it originates from the loving heart of God.
The simplicity of this book lies with the clarity in which the author, Father Oscar Lukefahr, shares each topic; inter-twined with his entertaining style. The book also incorporates reflections for study and pondering, including a workbook to help understand and appreciate the main points of each chapter.
Through this book, the reader will understand that to know, love and serve God is never pointless. It leads to a promise of abundant life here and now. It is not enough to know about God. We must know God.
You may not be able to find this book in any of the local bookshop. Best of all, you can request for this good book, absolutely free-of-charge, online from Catholic Home Study Service at http://www.amm.org/chss.htm
Catholic Home Study Service, has been offering a whole series of free courses on the Catholic Faith worldwide for more than seventy years. A simple enrolment is required but that is only to facilitate the dispatch of the free reading materials to you and subsequent optional submission of the completed workbook, whereby you will be awarded with a certificate.
Now, anyone, young or not-so-young, can take the first step, to discover or re-discover the treasures of the catholic faith, scripture and teachings of the Church. In the words of Mother Teresa, “To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it”.
So, make that pit-stop and re-fuel now!