O God, I am like a catechumen who is allowed to remain at Mass during the Liturgy of the Word but is required to leave during the Liturgy of the Eucharist. You give me small foretastes of that wonderful joy, of that full joy, found in heaven — that perfect praise of you.
– Prayer Journal, July 14, 2015
In the early Church, catechumens were those who had not yet been initiated into the sacred mysteries but were preparing for full admission to the Mass of the Faithful. Likewise, at fifteen years old, Isaac saw his earthly pilgrimage as a preparation for perfect praise of heaven, with joy being the foretaste.
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