Faith and the Catholic teacher

John Lydon

This is the first in a series of articles to mark the Year of Faith. It looks at key themes in the context of faith and the Catholic teacher. John Lydon is senior lecturer in Catholic School Leadership at St Mary?s University College, Twickenham.

?By faith, the Apostles left everything to follow their Master (cf. Mk 10.28). They believed the words with which he proclaimed the Kingdom of God present and fulfilled in his person (cf. Lk 11.20). They lived in communion of life with Jesus who instructed them with his teaching, leaving them a new rule of life, by which they would be recognized as his disciples after his death?

The above statement, taken from Pope Benedict XVI?s announcement of the Year of Faith1 beginning on 11 October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, highlights four key themes in the context of faith and the Catholic teacher:
??? The faith of the disciples of Jesus
???? Faith and the teacher ? Vatican II and subsequent documents
???? Christian community life
? ? Integrity of Life

The faith of the disciples of Jesus
In a previous article for the Pastoral Review2 I highlighted the significance of the response of the first disciples of Jesus to his call, encapsulated in the use of the Greek word aphentes, translated in most texts as ?they left? but denoting a radical break with the past and a commitment to a new venture. (Mark 1.16-18).

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