No. 2226 and 2688, page 537 and 646 respectively of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Libreria Editrice Vaticana: Urbi Et Orbi Communications:
Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. (35). The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.
The catechesis of children, young people, and adults aims at teaching them to meditate on The Word of God in personal prayer, practicing it in liturgical prayer, and internalizing it at all times in order to bear fruit in a new life. Catechesis is also a time for the discernment and education of popular piety (46). The memorization of basic prayers offers an essential support to the life of prayer, but it is important to help learners savor their meaning.
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I asked her what exactly she had been healed of. "When I came in here tonight, I was blind, "she replied. "And now I can see!" Her husband came running over, hugged her and cried. He was almost delirious. We all stopped what we were doing and began to sing and praise God. She had tremendous faith, faith enough to believe that she was going to be healed of blindness. And she was.
On another occasion, I was in a hotel in San Diego following a local television appearance. It was past midnight after a charismatic conference that was being held there, and many participants were jostling to be prayed over before leaving. There was one fellow who kept getting pushed out of the way. He waited until everyone else was finished, then came up to me. I asked his need and he let me know that he had a congenital total deafness, with consequent impairment of speech. Through a genetic inheritance factor, every member of his family had no eardrums. This was a brilliant young man who could speak seven languages but could hear none of them.
He was certain he was going to be healed. As we prayed over him he heard something pop in his right ear. He was amazed for now he could hear in his right ear. We told him to check with a doctor which he did the following day. He went to his own specialist, a Jewish doctor who did not believe in Christ as a Healer or in miraculous healing. Upon examining this patient, however, he was astonished at what he saw. An eardrum had grown in the man's right ear and he could pass the hearing tests! Still deaf in the left ear, he now had perfect hearing in the right ear. With unquestioning faith, the young man invited the flabbergasted doctor to attend the charismatic conference with him the following night to watch the other ear get healed!
I had breakfast with the healed man the next morning. I asked how he liked his gift of hearing. He said, "This is an unbelievable experience. I often wondered what a barking dog sounded like and this morning I heard a dog bark. What an experience! And I've never been able to hear my girlfriend's voice. Today I heard her voice. I'd never used a telephone before today. I called San Francisco from San Diego and talked to my friends who were elated and couldn't believe I was using a phone. They are so excited that they are flying down this afternoon to celebrate the miracle with me!"
One ear at a time was healed - a two-phase miracle. This young man had no-doubt faith, which enabled others to see that God is alive, really alive. He wants to do things for us - all we have to do is release His power by exercising faith.
Next week: High Octane Healing - part two