See the daily excerpt from the preparatory catechesis for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”
195. The reason that they had the wisdom which the King’s magicians did not possess was that they had conformed their lives to faith in the one true God. They said their prayers and maintained key Jewish disciplines (such as dietary restrictions). They were leaven in a pagan palace because they knew who they were. They knew how to be in a particular social world but not of it. And they knew when not to compromise — they knew that their religious identity would sometimes be costly — and they accepted the lions’ den and the fiery furnace rather than betray their God and worship idols.
In its introduction, the document says its aim is to present “Catholic teaching in a way that is fresh, insightful, and accessible to contemporary Catholics and all people of good will.” The catechesis “offers a narrative beginning with our creation, soberly noting our fall and the challenges we face, but emphasizing God’s plan for our salvation. Love is our mission, and it is by loving God and one another that we will be fully alive.”
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