Why God Matters begins with a forward that briefly explains the process by which early converts were brought into the Church, and the reality that the early Church recognized, that conversion was not a single moment or decision, but an ongoing process that takes place over a lifetime.
In Why God Matters, Deacon Steve and Karina mix stories of personal experiences with scripture and Church teachings and then give suggestions to help the reader think, act and pray to grow spiritually.
Deacon Steve offers the perspective of a convert, who attended Mass with his wife and children for years before taking the step to begin RCIA. He began by believing that it didn’t matter what Church a person attended as long as they loved God, but gradually began to realize that the spiritual hunger that he felt could only be satisfied by the Catholic Mass. In time he realized that what he believed were the “hang-ups” of faith were not actually barriers at all but support, which would help his faith to grow and flourish.
Karina, offers another perspective. She was raised in the Church, but notes that “religion was not a big deal in our house.” Once in college however she made a survey of different faiths and returned to Catholicism. After being confirmed while in the Air Force as an adult she has continued to grow in faith, raising a family, writing for her diocese newspaper and attending Mass.
Why God Matters shows how God’s hand can be seen moving in everyday experiences, if we allow ourselves to be open to His will for our lives. Karina and Deacon Steve’s stories show us how God can be found in ordinary, everyday experiences and how those experiences can draw us closer to God.
I especially enjoyed the way Why God Matters linked quotes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church with relevant stories from Deacon Steve and Karina’s lives. It inspired me to open up our copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and I’ve now promised myself that I’m going to read it cover to cover. Reading Why God Matters helped me to see that I’d missed out on the beauty of the Catechism by relying overly much on the Compendium of the Catechism that we’d also received in RCIA . Deacon Steve and Karina’s stories alongside the Catechism quotes reminded me of just how relevant the Catechism is in our everyday lives.
God can be seen in ordinary moments and how it is often through those ordinary moments and decisions that we draw closer to Him.
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