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ONLINE DISCIPLESHIP TRAINING: LESSON 1
THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH, THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS, THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, THE RESURRECTION OF THE BODY AND LIFE EVERLASTING.
- What do you believe about the Resurrection of the Body? What does that mean exactly??
“Faith in the resurrection of our bodies is inseparable from our faith in the Resurrection of Christ’s body from the dead. He rose as our head, as the pattern of our rising…..
All the dead will rise when Jesus comes again to judge the living and the dead. In the final resurrection, our bodies will be transformed, though we do not know precisely how. The manner of our resurrection exceeds our understanding and imagination and is accessible only to our faith.” USCCA, pg 156.
- Considering that the early Christians were being burned at the stake, eaten by lions, and extremely persecuted, why do you think this dogma was so important to the early Church?
Jesus was truly resurrected and encountered by his Disciples. He was seen differently as a Resurrected Body but was a physical body that ate, drank and touched his disciples.
John 20:24-29 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus Appears to Thomas
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Our bodies are important and how each of us uses our body matters. Our physical bodies help us to encounter God in the world we live in. Our bodies are sacred and we are called to treat them as Sacred. The body is our physical elements, our emotions, and our soul.
Our teaching on sexuality and morality are all based off of the belief that each person is sacred and need to be treated as sacred.
- Please write out any questions you have about the Resurrection of the body?
Have you ever lost someone close to you? Did you feel like you could still feel this person? Feeling like they are still present to us somehow… This is the spirit of the doctrine behind the Communion of Saints. We believe that we somehow have access to the saints and martyrs who will help us intercede with God when we need them.
This is called the Communion of Saints:
- Explain what you think is the difference between asking for their intercession and worshiping them.
During the middle ages people were full of piety (they were peasants and serfs who felt they were not even good enough to pray to God themselves…they needed someone to intercede for them just like they would ask a person higher up in status than them to intercede on their behalf with the king.)
5. Which saint are you named after? What are they known for? (Use your middle name if you have to.)
People who become saints of the church are predominately people who loved hard!! They loved through their pain, through their sorrow and depression – they modeled the love that God offers us – a never ending compassionate stream of concern.
What about Mother Teresa??? Did you know that she had to fight the church to let her go to India in the first place? Then when she got there she had to fight the politicians in India to leave her a building where she could treat the poorest of the poor. The culture wanted them out of sight – out of mind.
Today we Americans are not being threatened by outside forces to renounce our faith – although this is happening in the Middle East, China and many other countries around the world.
Go online and google “voice of the martyr” and check out the website.
As human beings we want to be part of the group – we feel more secure there – that’s why we often follow whatever anyone else is doing around us. There is a saying that if you stop in on the sidewalk in any major city and start looking up – you will gather a group around you of other people looking up.
It’s a contradiction of what we think of ourselves. We think we are all unique individuals. Each one special – and so we are. But we are still human beings and we still seek the safely of numbers and conform to the behavior of those around us.
So if our instincts are leading us to act like everyone else and the standards of society and good business practices are forcing us to think and act a certain way in order to be successful, how are we going to be authentic people living out our beliefs?
How are we to be followers of Christ in a world where spirituality is often considered weird, or worse…considered to be a sign of weakness.
6. What steps can you take or changes can you make to truly live out the principles we believe?
In America our challenge is to keep our faith alive during a time of great apathy . Today we seek all the answers through science.
Science cannot be pro Christian because it cannot quantify miracles and issues of the heart: Take a look at this trailer I found about a main stream movie that shows how today’s scientists continue to suppress even talk about God or Intelligent Design.
7. Did any of you see this movie in the theater? Did any of you even see the trailers? 8. Why do you think that is??
The Church & Science
- The Church does not work against the world of Science, but instead recognizes that the human person is so much more than facts and statistics.
- The Church’s goal is to work with Science to maintain a balance between gathering knowledge and destroying life.
- The Church’s position on life issues is rooted in the belief that our natural desire is to live. It is based on our recognition that God is within each of us. In turn we are called to treat our bodies with care. We are called to use our bodies to bring God to the world.
Catholic Social Teaching
- Catholic Social Teaching is often referred to as the best kept secret in the Catholic Church.
- Catholic Social Teaching challenges all believers to see dignity in all people we encounter. It acts as our Moral Compass.
- Catholic Social Teaching reminds us that each of us has a responsibility to make the world better because we are in it.
Seven Principals of Catholic Social Teaching
- The Human Dignity of every person
- The Right to Life
- The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
- The Call to Family and Community Participation
- Solidarity with all people
- The Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- Care for God’s Creation
Further explanation of Catholic Social Teachings.
1.`Protection of Human Life:
“Every human life, from the moment of conception until natural death, is sacred because the human person has been willed for its own sake in the image and likeness of the living and holy God.” (CCC #2319)
- Respect for Human Dignity:
“Being in the image and likeness of God the human person possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone. He is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely giving himself and entering into community with other persons. And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give in his stead.” (CCC #357)
- Community & Associations:
” To promote the participation of the greatest number in the life of the society, the creation of voluntary associations and institutions must be encouraged. Sport – professional, political, etc..” (CCC #1882)
- Social Participation:
“Participation is the voluntary and generous engagement of a person in social interchange. It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person.” (CCC #1913)
- Preference for the Poor and Vulnerable:
“the Father is pleased to reveal what remains hidden from the wise and the learned’ Jesus identifies himself with the poor of every kind and makes active love towards them the conditions for entering the kingdom.” (CCC #544)
solidarity of the poor among themselves, between rich and poor, solidarity among nations and people. (CCC #1941)
- Stewardship of Nature:
“The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. “(CCC #2415)
“…always with a view to the common good.” (CCC # 1883)
- Human Equality:
“Created in the image of the one God and equally endowed with rational souls, all men have the same nature and same origin – all therefore enjoy an equal dignity.” (CCC #1934)
- Common Good:
“ The common good concerns the life of all. It calls for prudence from each, and even more from those who exercise the office of authority. “(CCC #1906)
SCENARIOS : Answer each scenario please.
What is the best response for a person who considered themselves a Christian? Use the Catholic Social Teachings for reference. Be sure to include how their actions effect themselves, others in their lives, God, and the world at large.
- You love the power you feel behind the wheel, and you want to see what it feels like to drive fast. You get your chance while driving alone in the car. The speed limit is 50, but there’s no traffic on the road. What will you do?
- A group of friends is saying some pretty mean things about another friend. Some of what they’re saying is true, but then sometimes those things are true of you, too. Much of what is being said is not ture “Hey,” someone says, calling your name, “you haven’t said anything. What do you think? You agree with us, don’t you?” What will you do?
- You’re tired of blending in and want to be noticed. With the right clothing styles, you will be noticed, and other kids dress that way. Yet your parents will not be comfortable with what you are wearing and you also are not comfortable. What will you do?
- I cheated in the math yesterday. I was nervous but I ended up copying few sums from Lucy, sitting next to me. If everyone is doing it, why shouldn’t I? It was just a matter of few marks. After all, I’m didn’t copy the entire paper. What will you do?
- It seems that just about everywhere you look — grocery stores, convenience stores, TV, billboards — you see pictures of people wearing revealing clothes. Some of your close friends encourage you to join them looking at and access sites where they can see even more. What will you do?
- You heard your best friend and some others lying to the principal about who started a fight. You didn’t see the fight, but your friend told you another good friend of yours started it. Now an innocent person has been blamed and will be suspended from school. What will you do?
NAILS IN THE FENCE
There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him
a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must
hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had
driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned
to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually
dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to
drive those nails into the fence.
Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He
told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out
one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father
that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led
him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the
holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say
things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put
a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you
say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”
A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. Friends are very rare
jewels, indeed! They make you smile and encourage you to succeed. They
lend an ear, they share words of praise and they always want to open
their heart to us.”
Often we do and say things in reaction to our temper getting the better of us. When we do, it is usually those that are closest to us that bear the brunt of our fury. This little story brings home a very real truth. We can be the source of hurt feelings, and we can be truly sorry and ask for forgiveness. Our friends and loved ones will usually be gracious and we will be forgiven: However there may be a scar.
In our relationships with one another we can recall past hurts and resurrect them – a problem in itself. In our relationship with God, it doesn’t work that way. When God forgives, it is forgotten. We are redeemed. That means that Jesus freely laid down his life for us. Taking our sins upon Himself as though they were his own. When our sins are forgiven, they are forgiven and forgotten – gone, as if they had never existed.
I remember as a child being told that if we confess our sins and received forgiveness, then got hit by a bus; at the pearly gates if I were to ask God about my sin, He would say “What sin?“ Sound too simple doesn’t it, yet it is exactly that simple. Care to know why it’s that simple? Because we are God’s beloved. Imagine that. You, me, all of us were created in the image and likeness of God as his beloved. Like any lover, God yearns to be with us. But God wants this to last for all eternity and to make that a reality, God readily forgives our sin. Forgiveness doesn’t come as easy as it sounds. While we benefit from God’s gift of forgiveness, Jesus paid for it with his life. He “got hammered” becoming the fence for all of us and he has the nail holes to prove it.
PRAYER ASSIGNMENT FOR WEDNESDAY MARCH 25TH:
Lesson 10 link here: Make up Session # 10 homeshool
PRINT OUT THE FOLLOWING WORKSHEET TITLED: On Trial for Being a Christian.
PLEASE PUT YOURSELF IN A QUIET PLACE – MAYBE LIGHT A CANDLE AND DO THIS EXERCISE PRAYERFULLY.
click here to print a pdf: ON TRIAL FOR BEING A CHRISTIAN
THEN SIMPLY SIT BACK AND LISTEN TO THE MEDITATION PRAYER BELOW. THIS IS ONE OF THE PRAYER FORMS WE WANT TO TEACH YOU SO WE ASK YOU TO TAKE IT SERIOUSLY AND ENTER INTO THE SPIRIT OF THE PRAYER.
WE WILL TALK ABOUT IT AT OUR NEXT SMALL GROUP EVENT.
for Confirmation 4-1-2020
Make up lesson 11 link here: Make up Session #11 for missing homeschoolers
Please find a place to watch this clip where you can make it prayer. This is a little longer media clip so make sure you give yourself about 15 – 20 minutes to watch the clip and reflect on its meaning in your experience right now.
- What did you hear? What is this media clip about in your mind.
- What does this reflection share about the kind of relationship that God seeks to have with You?
- After finishing this clip, how can I develop a deeper relationship with God?
PLEASE BE PREPARED TO DISCUSS THIS CLIP AT NEXT WEEKS SESSION – WEDNESDAY APRIL 15TH AT 7:45 = WATCH FOR LINK TO JOIN US ON ZOOM
Today we got the following notice from the office of the Bishop:“Please know that, at this time, Bishop Kettler has postponed all Spring Confirmations that were scheduled to be held through May 17, 2020. Those Confirmations will be rescheduled at a later date and you will again be contacted by Chancery staff with new information.”The last two Discipleship Training Classes that we had scheduled for the whole group won’t happen until the two weeks prior to Confirmation – whenever that is – we will give you all three dates when we get them.So here is what our plan is, continue to finish up your requirements – the journal, the liturgy sheets, the WordSearch’s at home and we will be in touch with you when we get any more information.Spring Discipleship Session for next Wednesday is still on so we will see you at 7:45 next Wednesday, April 13th.Sorry about this guys….I’m disappointed too, but God has a plan and until we figure out what it is, we will roll with the punches together!Stay healthy! Blessings, ginny d