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The foundation of so much doctrine in the Catholic perspective of life comes from the biblical account of creation. There is no attempt by the leaders of the Catholic Church to defend the biblical story of creation as exact science, but they do accept the theology or spirituality that lies behind the account, that is, within every human being who comes into existence lives the image of God. “Then God said: ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.’ God created man in him image, in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.”(Genesis 1:26).
Do you know the name of St. Peter’s mother-in-law? Nowhere in the Gospels do we learn the name of the mother of Peter’s wife, yet she becomes a model for us.
In his gospel Mark (1:21-28) tells a story of Jesus demonstrating his preaching authority and his ability to heal. In the midst of his preaching a man cries out in a crazy fashion: “Have you come to destroy us?” In the opinion of the audience this man had an “unclean spirit.” What would Jesus do?
There is a selection from the Gospel of Mark (1:14-20), the details of which seem slightly improbable. The story is about the fishermen who became the first disciples of Jesus. Simon, Andrew, James and John were fishing when Jesus, from the shore, yelled out to them: “Come after me and I will make you fishers of men. Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.” Similarly, when James and John heard Jesus calling them, they “left their father Zebedee in the boat along with the hired men and followed him” (Mark 1:17-20).