The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic made it necessary to change our plans in ways we didn’t imagine. Due to the pandemic, we had to postpone the date of the First Holy Communion of the girls in Kianda. With the impossibility of teaching catechism classes at school, we decided to give the classes online and besides, to involve their parents since they were spending more time with their children at home.
Tag: South Africa
“I felt that I was not essential in addressing the social plight of the community.” - Marianella Mendoza
Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church teach us that there are two layers of meaning in the Bible: the literal sense and the spiritual sense. The Catechism of the Catholic Church no. 116 states: "The literal sense is the meaning conveyed by the words of Scripture and discovered by exegesis, following rules of sound interpretation." We know that it was the Holy Spirit that inspired the Bible, but he used some men as instruments - men from a specific time and culture, with their own language and traditions. The work of exegetes requires knowing the original language and cultural background of the writers. While it is Sacred Tradition that teaches us how we should interpret the literal meaning, to make it easier for us to determine how we should interpret certain passages in the Bible, Catholic versions of the Bible include footnotes which explain the more difficult passages.
Thato from South Africa shares her story with the Prelate of Opus Dei and the participants at the 2017 UNIV congress in Rome, describing how she arrived at the Catholic Church after a journey of searching. A few days after this get-together, Thato came into the Church during the celebration of the Easter Vigil.