HIS Story is YOUR Story – Part 1

From the time that I was a small boy I’ve had an awareness of God, a hunger. As a teenager I looked into philosophy, eastern religions, music, and back-to-nature lifestyles to try to put life in perspective. At eighteen I accepted Jesus’ invitation to come follow Him and dedicated my life to Him. Through rebellion and anger I left the Catholic Church and fellowshipped among “independent” Christian churches. In fact, I became a Protestant pastor for twelve years. Independently I tried to listen to Him and over many years composed a theology similar to a patchwork quilt; insights and perspectives from various books, speakers and acquaintances that were often times very good.

While I’m very thankful for all I learned as a Protestant pastor, I became aware that I was not standing on objective truth. Rather, I was standing on subjective truth, truth as I perceived it. This left me with a foundation that was as big as myself. By studying salvation history I discovered that God, as a loving Father, was trying to raise a family, and it was within His family plan that truth was passed on. This realization, among others, led me back to the Catholic Church, the Church founded on Peter and the Apostles.

St. Peter's Basilica

When I returned to the Catholic Church I picked up the narrative thread of my story (Tweet this). I found the form and direction that gave me freedom and life. Accepting and embracing the Catholic Church brought a deep resonance of peace within my soul. For when I picked up the narrative thread of my story, I found that intertwined within that thread was His story.

Your Invitation

In this series we will look at how God gradually revealed Himself to man throughout history, starting with Adam and Eve, then culminating in what would finally become His one holy Catholic Church. Emphasis will be placed on both the role of “family” and the value of “story” in salvation history. Both are important in terms of personally and corporately embracing and transmitting the Church’s message. In addition we will discuss the importance of understanding the “big picture” within the Bible and introduce a practical way to read the books of the Bible as a contiguous narrative.

You are invited to come on this family adventure. Along the way you will begin to see why God created you and what your future holds. King David, Israel’s second king, sums up God’s desire to see all people as members of His family when he says in Psalm 68:6a (NIV), “God sets the lonely in families.”

Back in the 1970’s the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team was on a hot roll. The colors of black and yellow could be seen on the city’s every street corner. Every coffee shop and school was a buzz with pennant prognosticators. To sum up their sense of unity, pride and identity the city adopted the pop song “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. People often use the term “family” to describe people that are so close that they are…well, family. A business where associates work closely together is often referred to as “one big happy family.” In his Letter to Families, Pope John Paul II sums up how humanity views the concept of family as a universal integration point, the “fundamental community in which the whole network of social relations is grounded.”

This post is an excerpt from His Story Is Your Story, a chapter by Jeff Cavins in Catholic for a Reason: Scripture and the Mystery of the Family of God, by Scott Hahn. 

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Jeff Cavins

For thirty years, Jeff has dedicated his life to developing The Great Adventure, the visually engaging and interactive Bible study system that enables students to understand the chronological flow of Scripture. As the founding host of EWTN’s Life on the Rock, he has been recognized both nationally and internationally as an exciting public speaker who has a deep love for Jesus Christ and who communicates his zeal with clarity and enthusiasm. Jeff, his wife Emily, and their daughters live in Minnesota.

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  • Beverly Hagar-Schmerse

    I might add…Jesus summarized the ten commandments that the Father had given Moses…and they were simple: Love God (the first three commandments); Love others as yourself (the other seven)…And at the same time Jesus said, I did not come to do away with the Law, but to fulfill it. So through this, as I see it, God and Jesus are telling us first comes the Law; then there is Love and Mercy to cover over the Law…As I interpret this…The Law is important, necessary, and needed…however, it must be tempered entirely by Love, compassion, and Charity…It has been my experience that when I treat people in this way, I don’t destroy their ego, their self worth, or their Hope…So many times, I will accept misconceptions about myself simply because for that moment, I know that there is a reason God has presented that issue to me and the one I am communicating with…Do I concern myself about the “ins” and “outs” of it? I used to, but not anymore…I know, He is running this “ship” and has control…and I have decided not to “fight” Him anymore…We just will talk about my concerns…and I will express my questions, fears, and doubts…Then, I leave it at that…for I know in good time (His timing is perfect) He will provide an answer…Will it be in my time, maybe, maybe not…I don’t know…I am the one in charge!! I am just the “student”!! He is the “teacher”!!

  • Beverly Hagar-Schmerse

    I, also believe His story is Our story…I also believe in the importance of thinking of us as God’s family…But, I really don’t know of a family that can say that they don’t have some kind of brokenness that seems to run along the lines of the family; passed down from one generation to another…and yet at the same time we come in such a multi-varied way…that one in the family may respond in an analytical was; another in a creative way; and yet another in a more physical way…When I was teaching school, one of the things I found very helpful were to try and incooperate as many of the different learning styles in the lesson as possible…that way, those who learned cognitively got it their way; those who needed to learn it kinetically got it their way; those who needed to hear it heard it; etc. I tried to involve as many of the senses as possible…now it is just not possible for one person to do it “all.” So, I had set up the room with groups; and had two better students paired up with two or three others that may need further prompting…I always told them to discuss their questions with their table partners first before asking me…mainly, because I could invariably count on those asked at the tables to instinctive to be able to come up a way to get it across better than I could…Did it always happen that way? No, but it empowered the students and made them feel like they had a real say in their own learning…And I think this is also the way God works with us through Church…I am not worried so much about which Church someone goes to be “fulfilled” or to get on the road to following Jesus…It is the goal of all to just keep that in mind…and to move always towards that goal, encouraging others when they show signs of following the virtues that are markers to being on God’s path…We don’t have a “corner on the market” of that…just as no other Church does either…And my personality, and make up fits the Catholic Church…but there are many friends of mine who do not…but I am okay with that…and from what I get from them…they are, too!! Remember the rainbow set in the sky as God’s sign of promise that he would never destroy us by flood again? Well, look at one again closely…A rainbow has many different colors, which together we call a “bow”…they run parallel with each other…and the colors form a beautifully wonderful image…of what, I like to think, is God’s way of saying that “we can agree to disagree” and yet, still live together in perfect harmony…