Eight months after knee surgery to fix a soccer injury, my doctor has finally given me the go-ahead to kick around the soccer ball again. Nothing too complicated quite yet, but some dribbles up and down the field and passing back and forth are allowed. And even though I’m back to just the basics, I’m finding it’s these fundamental moves that are once again igniting my love for the game.
It seems for a lot of things that have become a part of us—faith included—sometimes a refresher course in the basics is needed before we can ever begin to take greater strides ahead.
Case in point: despite the many months it’s been since the new language of the Mass has been adopted, I still find myself sometimes stumbling through the Nicene Creed if I don’t have the words right in front of me. Gone are the days of being able to rely on mere recitation (which, I admit, I was guilty of far too often). Now, I’m forced to slow down and really concentrate on what I’m saying, and because of this, I’ve rediscovered the deeper meaning of the Mass and my faith has been renewed.
The new I Believe newsletter from Franciscan Media and Servant Books strives to remind us of these foundational elements of our faith. It brings us back to our core beliefs, as outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Fittingly, the first 12 issues of I Believe focuses on the Nicene Creed, guiding us step by step through the meaning of each statement we speak so often but, for me at least, rarely really hear.
No matter how much time passes, I’m sure an occasional “and also with you” or “we believe” will continue to slip out of my mouth—old habits are hard to break—but I also know by remembering what’s at the core of my beliefs, my faith (and soccer skills) will become anything but a habit.
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