Fr. Virgilio Elizondo makes clear that the catechetical core of the Church is knowing, living, remembering, proclaiming, and celebrating Jesus of Nazareth, who becomes alive in each one of us as our Savior. Elizondo mentions that Church teaching in the past encouraged many beautiful and legitimate devotions, but none replaces a personal encounter with Jesus.
Elizondo integrates his talk about Jesus with two basic tenets of faith: In all creation only man and woman are created in the image of God; and all of us need to contend with the mystery of evil.
This presentation was recorded before an audience at the 1996 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.