• Michael Haldas

Learning


“…a [spiritual] learning process involves an ongoing, cooperative, synergistic struggle on the part of the faithful. It requires us to find teachers who know the truth and are able to impart what they know, and it requires us to be students who are open to learning. Our success in this endeavor depends upon our attitude as trainees. We need to acquire a thirst for ferreting out the truth, and cultivate minds and hearts that are willing to dig down deep into the substance of the faith…As Christians, we find ourselves on a learning curve called discipleship…” (Dynamis 5/20/2015, 12/18/14)

"Christian learning and growth is more formational than informational, meaning that the process is the means by which we learn and grow. It’s not that we believe that study can’t open our heart, but rather study is but one component of an active [spiritual] life. Opening our heart is what truly leads to an ongoing encounter with Christ and understanding of truth.” (Sacramental Living)

“Where can we look to find reliable sketches of our true selves, made in the image of God? As Christians, we are always called to look first to the words and images of Scripture. But we have also been blessed with holy women and men who, through the centuries, have proven to be reliable guides to learning about God and ourselves. The portrayals of human experience they have left us are still useful and dependable.” (Rev. Christopher H. Martin)

“God did not send His only begotten Son to us for us to crucify Him, so that we could fast, do good, and have a new worldview or religion. God took on flesh to join Himself to us and allow us to join ourselves to Him. Fasting, worship, and almsgiving are the process of our union with God, not our goal. Knowing the truth about God, man and the world is not the goal, but part of the process of learning to commune with the living God. He gave us a way through the Church to receive Him and share in His life.” (Bishop John)

“Theology is like the map. Merely learning and thinking about the Christian doctrines, if you stop there, is less real and less exciting...Doctrines are not God: they are only a kind of map. But that map is based on the experience of hundreds of people who really were in touch with God." (C. S. Lewis)

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