Cathars dating back to the disciples
He or she will not dismiss “God talk” but will not initiate such conversations. Sometimes it is better to let the curious work through things themselves for a while and make the answers their own.They will be quietly “taking it in.” They are intrigued and may find themselves surfing the Web furtively to explore something or other about Jesus or the Faith, or wondering about some theological question prompted by anything from a half-remembered Bible verse to a speculation prompted by a science-fiction story they saw on TV. In our own lives, it is good to cultivate an attitude of curiosity as well so that we can pass it on to others.
Because of this jitteriness (and because we ourselves may share it even if we are cradle Catholics), some rules of thumb might be helpful both in helping others and in passing this threshold ourselves.And that desire will, if all goes well, lead to the crisis of spiritual openness.I call it a crisis because spiritual openness is the stage in the spiritual journey that is most difficult for commitment-averse postmoderns to navigate because it represents the point in the journey where serious choices need to be made.Nevertheless, a person at the threshold of curiosity is not yet open to personal change.Curiosity is still essentially passive, but it’s more than mere trust. “Was John’s baptism of heavenly or of human origin? “Whose image is this and whose inscription” is on this coin (Mt )?Those who cultivate spiritual curiosity in themselves and others are on a trajectory, not only to learn more about God, but about everything, because God is the author of everything.
But they are not yet worshipping, for they are not yet acting as intentional disciples.
His exposure to the Gospel consisted of a brief stab at reading Genesis and Revelation, coupled with some anti-Catholic Chick tracts, plus a few pious types he remembered from high school who might as well have spoken Greek for all the sense their lingo made to him.
He knew essentially nothing about Christ and did not trust Christians.
Worship (and fear) only began when he learned who was there, not when he didn’t know who was there.
In short, wonder is the common root of all art, philosophy, science — and religious experience. The critical point when a person acknowledges to him or herself and to God that he or she is open to the possibility of personal and spiritual change.
I know this guy’s story because he is married to my wife.