Exploration vs. Indoctrination

“The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.”
— Psalm 14:2.

The Holy Spirit is tugging at our souls and the curious are following the tug back to its source. The curious want to find out why.  Why does God love us?

We are involved in the enterprise of exploring the mystery, majesty and magnificence of God.

God is something we find not something we memorize. We are explorers not parrots who merely hear and mindlessly repeat. 

We go on safari. We do not read about or think about or hear a lecture about or take a class about going on safari.

There is the difference. 

This is why our raison d'etre is exploration rather than indoctrination. Kinesis rather than catechesis. We become Christians feet first not head first. God did not look down from heaven to see whose thinking is 100% consubstantial with the official thinking of Church. God looked down from heaven to see who is seeking God. What defines us as Catholic is not our thinking. What defines us is our seeking. Catholics seek God at the Catholic holy places.

Seeking is the dog and thinking is the tail. The dog wags the tail not the other way around.

We have explored the continents. We have explored beneath the sea. We have explored outer space. We have explored the genetic constituents of our very being. Yet, mankind’s grandest adventure is still the exploration of the mystery, majesty and magnificence of God.
— John Bosco
“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
— Psalm 8:4