RCL Benziger and the Formative Journey
Every day, along every step of the way, here are resources to help you grow in your relationship with God. “The Christian faith is, above all, conversion to Jesus Christ, full adherence to his person and the decision to walk in his footsteps” (NDC, #29B). We call this the formative journey. It’s the process of growing deeper in faith, stronger in discipleship, and converted in mind and heart to God through every phase of our lives.
RCL Benziger provides catechetical resources to support the ongoing faith formation of the People of God. Our resources nurture children, families, and adults in their conversion to Jesus Christ as they decide each day to choose life in Christ, and live as active, committed members of the Catholic Church. Children, families, religious educators, and adults are supported to go forth sharing the Good News.
The General Directory for Catechesis (#145) uses the phrase “the formative journey” to describe our ongoing formation and dialogue with God; it is a life-long journey of faith which helps us understand the action of God in our lives. The term used to describe God’s action in our lives is called “Divine Pedagogy” or “Divine Methodology.” In other words, it is the way God calls us to hand on our faith from one generation to the next. Both the General Directory (#143) and the National Directory (#28B) list the seven elements of God’s methodology.
Your partner on the formative journey,
RCL Benziger products and resources are grounded in the solid catechetical methodology recommended by the General Directory for Catechesis:
1. Emphasizes God’s loving initiative and the person’s free response
God lovingly creates us and first invites us to freely respond to him in faith and love.
2. Accepts the progressive nature of Revelation, the transcendence and mysterious nature of the Word of God, and the Word’s adaptation to different persons and cultures
Revelation is God making himself and his divine plan of Salvation known to us. God speaks to us through Creation, through people, and through his Word in the Sacred Scriptures. God is most fully revealed through his only Son, Jesus Christ, the Word of God. God’s Revelation is intended for all people and cultures of every time and place.
3. Recognizes that the centrality of Jesus Christ is the ultimate communication of God
God’s Revelation is fulfilled in Jesus. Through Jesus’ actions and words, we come to know God. Teaching and learning about Jesus is the heart of all catechesis.
4. Values the community experience of faith
Christ calls us together in the community of the Church. When we come to know Jesus, we do so through his Church and her doctrines, which enable us to know what Catholics believe, celebrate, live, and pray.
5. Is rooted in interpersonal relations and makes its own the process of dialogue
Catechists help children to grow in faith by building community among our students. We provide opportunities for interaction and discussion through diverse activities that enable children to connect faith and their life experience. The “dialogue” of catechesis is an ongoing conversation among the catechist, students, and parents. We support parents, recognizing that faith is nurtured and lived at home on a daily basis.
6. Utilizes signs, which link words and deeds, teaching and experience
When catechesis is effective, everything we learn about our faith prompts a response. As faith is nurtured, we find God in our human experience.
7. Draws its power of truth, and its task to bear witness to the truth, from the Holy Spirit
Catechesis happens through the gift and action of the Holy Spirit. Saints and holy people give witness to belief in Jesus, model discipleship for us, and inspire us to respond in faith.
Adapted from the GDC, #143