From the moment we are baptized until we possess the beatific vision, we are all Unfinished Christians. And so, before we pass from the vale of tears, it is our duty to cooperate with God's plans for us to become saints. Blessed John of Avila said it best, "Your life consists in drawing nearer to God."
As Lent is completed and we celebrate the Sacred Triduum, we hope to have experienced at least some degree of transformation of faith that has given us the desire to dive a bit deeper into the mystery that is God. Traditionally, this period is known as the stage of Mystagogia. Mystagogia or Mystagogy comes from the Greek words meaning "to lead through the mysteries." It is the final stage for those who have gone through the RCIA program, but it is also a time of renewal and a deepening of faith for those who are already members of the Church. This period is intended as a time to further discover what it means to participate in the sacramental mysteries of the Catholic Church.
The period of Mystagogia traditionally goes from Easter to Pentecost, and the selection for the Spring Seasons of Reading program, Living the Mysteries: A Guide for Unfinished Christians, is a devotional that follows that custom. However, there is no reason that a reader could not use this devotional any time of the year. As Unfinished Christians on that lifetime journey to sainthood, we can be open to learning more about our faith during any season of the year.
Each day, Living the Mysteries provides a short reading from one of the Church Fathers intended for prayer and reflection as well as a recommendation for some practical application of that day's teaching. So, for anyone who has just completed RCIA to those who are cradle Catholics, this book can help all Unfinished Christians explore the mysteries of our faith and bring us nearer to God.
From now until June 30, Living the Mysteries: A Guide for Unfinished Christians, will be available for purchase or special order at St. Patrick Book & Gift for 20% off the regular retail price! This book would also make an excellent Confirmation gift.