I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions just as I handed them on to you. For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you(cf. 1 Cor 11:2, 23 NRSV)
On The Porch …
There are people who would tell us that we should look forward without remembering the past. We have a different perspective.
In our world, to live your best life in the moment (now), you have to remember where you’ve been as you look forward to where you’re going. The past, present, and future all work together to make up what we call “eternity.”
The wise person does not throw any of it out.
It Is Written …
Sacred Tradition! It has been a vital part of the Church since the very beginning. In fact, it kept the Church going during those first (nearly) 400 years when there was no Bible.
The Bible is the story of the Creation, Fall, and Redemption of mankind. It is inspired by God and is without error. One of the things that it tells us is that it does not contain everything Jesus did — that would simply be impossible (Jn 21:25),
And so, Sacred Tradition and Sacred Scripture have worked together for many centuries to guide the people God puts in place to lead the Church Jesus established.
Life Goes On …
That brings us to “The Good Old Days.” We’re writing the stories now. We anticipate that this will be a five-part series. That means five “short and tall tales” for you, focusing on building a bright tomorrow while remembering the lesson of yesterday.
The story starts with a phone call to Bishop Jacques from the Vatican. Bishop Jacques is the newly installed bishop of “Chucktown,” our fictional diocese. He is a joy-filled leader and is surprised when Papa tells him that the good old days are gone forever. After a brief discussion, Papa asks the new bishop to investigate the good old days and determine if they really exist or not.
That sets the stage for the episodes ahead.
We’ll use these short and tall tales (short stories with greatly embellished facts) and the Bible to inspire our readers with hope and joy too. Hopefully, when you’ve completed this journey with us, you’ll have new insights that will encourage you in your daily life!
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