Throughout Scripture, God’s presence is manifested symbolically, in a burning bush, a pillar of fire, a column of smoke, clouds on a mountaintop, a mighty wind, a whispering sound, a dove, or tongues of fire. God did not reveal himself as a hologram in the same fashion as Princess Leia appeared to Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan Kanobi in Star Wars. Instead, God chose to reveal his mysterious, transcendent, invisible, and intangible presence through tangible, visible signs. For this reason, the Catholic Church continues to speak God’s language by relying on signs and symbols to convey God’s presence. This is what makes us a sacramental Church, since signs and symbols are the essence of sacramental worship. In this episode of Pop-Up Catechesis, we look at the place of signs and symbols in the home (the domestic church) as a way of teaching and speaking God’s language.
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