My family name is Eckstein, German for “cornerstone.” The Scripture passages about Christ being “the cornerstone” (see Ephesians 2:19-22) have always meant something special to me.
Stones that are used for the foundation of a structure must be solid to hold the weight of the structure. So must our foundation of faith be solid if it is to sustain us through the many challenges we face in our lives.
Father Michael Himes offers insights into the building blocks of faith in the DVD set Foundations of Christianity
. In five 25-minute presentations, he covers the topics of mystery, conversion, faith, hope and love. I’ve selected a clip from the first program, “Mystery,” to share with you (Media Player
These presentations, rich with symbolism and examples, are great for groups of adults looking to revitalize their understanding and living of the faith. Consider making this your Lenten adult faith formation offering or encouraging small groups to use it over a series of gatherings. Perhaps you have parish renewal groups who wish to continue meeting and are looking for material to use. A free leader’s guide is available online
Move into this new year with the confidence that comes from having a strong foundation of faith—and invite others to join you.
Peace to you in this new year—and always!