Finally, the promised series on human formation is here. As I mentioned a couple of months ago in our last reflection on the Creed, “in the coming weeks and months, I will be offering reflections on human formation and how the necessary healing and development of our human nature helps us to believe in and live everything we have been reflecting on in our Series on the Creed. Human formation is an indispensable part of every vocation and it is my hope that these reflections will in some way help all of us to open our nature more and more to God’s grace.”
Human formation is indispensable because God’s grace, which is His very life, builds on our human nature. Put another way, our human nature was made for the grace of God. The Church teaches “the desire for God is written in the human heart, because man is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw man to himself. Only in God will he find the truth and happiness he never stops searching for…” (CCC, 27).
We’re created “by God and for God”. Our study of humanity in general and human formation specifically must start with God because He is our origin and goal! That’s why I began with some reflections on the Apostles Creed. The truth about man is relative to the truth about God! And the truth about God is that He loves us! Human formation is about preparing our nature to receive this Love, which is the foundation of every vocation.
As we reflected on the first two articles of the Creed we read:
“You have a Father in heaven, God, who created you. Even before the world began to exist, God your eternal Father thought of you, knew you, loved you, wanted you, and brought you into being. Your life is from Him. Although you need not have existed, He wanted you to exist, and therefore you do exist. Your life was given to you so that you might come to know how much He loves you and to love him in return…. Although you do not comprehend how much he loves you and adores you, He has provided a way for you to come to know His incredible love for you….[That way] is Jesus of Nazareth, the eternal Son. He is looking for you. He sees you, he knows you through and through, and he loves you. He reveals his love to you in a special way.
God really does love us! Ponder that and stay tuned for the second part of our series.
God bless you all,
Fr. Isaac Spinharney, CFR
St. Joseph Friary