During the years he was pastor, he remembers the many questions he received like the one he heard from the 6- grade child. Many of our Catholics, he said, feel uncomfortable answering these questions. They have many of their own doubts, though generally unspoken, considering them arrogant and irreverent, and possibly sinful.
How much theology do we need to speak about the basics of our faith? Asking this question he wonders how many will complain that they are plenty busy making enough to eat and live. But if religion is going to be more than a hobby or a leisure-time activity, he says we, like the child mentioned, have to find the questions we have within us, and then to the best of our ability try to answer them.
Don't we need enough theology to ask the meaning for the existence of God, for my own existence and that of humanity, and to look for the reasons for the things we see all around us? And the reasons we work so hard to raise our families? And why we have to forgive? All are questions we have to ask ourselves, he maintains. When one of my brothers or sisters is hurting because of the society in which we live, don't we have to ask ourselves why? By nurturing such a faith, we become mature Christians, able to take our stand in the modern world.