Saturday, May 17, 2008
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
1. Which tribe of Israel were given the responsibility of the priesthood?
2. What was the role of the priesthood in the ancient Jewish faith?
3. How was the Jewish priests’ ministry insufficient?
4. Define the word “ordo”?
5. What are the three levels of Holy Orders?
6. When were the first deacons ordained, and what problem were they to address?
7. Compare and contrast the two types of Deacon. How are they similar? How are they different?
8. What are the main elements of a deacon’s ministry?
9. Why were priests ordained?
10. What is at the heart of the priest’s ministry?
11. What are the other elements of his ministry in addition to the primary one?
12. What are the two types of priest that we discussed?
13. What are the vestments of a priest and how are they different from those of a deacon?
14. Who were the first bishops?
15. What is the difference between an apostle and a disciple?
16. What are the symbols of a bishop and what do they represent?
17. What are the different types of bishop?
18. How does the appointment of a bishop take place?
19. What are the four aspects of formation for holy orders?
Study study study- i'll be available after school for questions.
Ad Jesum per Mariam,
Sunday, April 20, 2008
All of the power point notes from class are available on http://www.schoolweblcokers.com/
I wil be available after school until 4:oo if you have any questions.
Ad Jesum per Mariam,
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Pre-Christian Motives for Marriage
Compare and Contrast Christ’s view of marriage with that held by his contemporaries
a. Divorce was permissable
b. Contract vs. Covenant
Understand how a Christian Marriage is intended to be a “Reflection of Divine Love”
- The covenant of spouses is a mirror of the Covenant God made with mankind.
- This covenant is based on all three types of love
What are the three effects of the Sacrament of Marriage:
1. Perfects Human Love
2. Strengthens the Indissolubility of the Bond
3. Provides the Grace needed to be spouses & parents
Though these gifts are given initially at the wedding, they are renewed each day of the marriage.
The Celebration of Marriage (Wedding in the context of Mass)
A. Procession – in whatever order, it is a symbol of the Journey to God and draws attention to the fact that marriage is a means of sanctification of the spouses.
B. Liturgy of the Word – readings following the same format used at mass (Old Testament, Psalm, Epistle, Gospel). All of the readings reflect God’s plan for married love and the reflection of divine love found in the context of marriage.
C. Questions – to ensure the bride and groom are freely entering into marriage and understand what the mind of the Church is in regard to marriage.
D. Exchange of Consent (Vows) making a promise to be faithful for life
E. Exchange of Rings – a sign of permanent love and fidelity
F. Intercessions / Petitions
G. Liturgy of the Eucharist (with special NUPTIAL BLESSING before the sign of peace)
H. Cultural Rites
a. Taking flowers to the altar of the Blessed Virgin
b. joining with a double Rosary
c. Jumping the Broom
d. exchange of coins
e. binding wrists or draping with a tartan
f. the “unity candle”
Sexuality & Marriage
Opposition to Cohabitation
Temptation to Fornication
Violation of Chastiy
“Training for Divorce”
Opposition to Birth Control in All Forms
2. Chemical / Hormone
Humanae Vitae - Pope Paul VI
Evangelium Vitae – Pope John Paul II
Love & Responsibility – Pope John Paul II
When Things Fall Apart
annulment vs. divorce - how are they different?
Ad Jesum per Mariam,
Saturday, February 23, 2008
The Negative Response:
Those who say, "No, the single life is not a vocation" have a number of valid points:
1. The single state seems to be a transitional period. We are all born single, and we remain single only until we discern our calling to another state.
2. Scripture seems to suppor the idea that the single life was not part of God's plan for humanity.
In Genesis 2: 18 God says, "It is not good for man to be alone. I shall make a partner for him."
3. Unlike marriage, priesthood, or religious life, single life does not require a commitment to anything beyond one's self. A true vocation requires dedication to a person or group outside of yourself.
4. Most single people consider themselves open to the idea of marriage, but either have not found the right person, have given priority to their career, or simply are unwilling or unable to make the type of commitment required to enter into marriage or another vocation.
A metaphor to help understand this position would be that of an airplane. In this metaphor, an airplane on the ground would be the single life, and flying would be a vocation. When airplanes are made they are on the ground. Because of gravity, they remain on the ground. But airplanes are made to fly. Though they may wait at the airport for people to board the plane, or for repairs, or fuel, they eventually fulfill their purpose when they hit the runway and take off. Just because a plane might not be flying does not mean that it was built to sit on the ground.
The Positive Response:
Equally, those who support the idea of the single life as a vocation are not without their share of supporting arguments:
1. We know that by virtue of our baptism EVERY Christian shares in the Universal Call to Holiness. Therefore if someone is NOT called to the priesthood, marriage, or religious life they must be called to the single life as it is the only other option available.
2. Some people see their careers or other commitments as part of their vocation, and these commitments may not allow for marriage or entering into another vocation. For example careers in medicine and law require a high degree of dedication, which might preclude another vocation.
3. Scripture seems to support the idea that remaining single is preferable to marriage. In Matthew 19: 12 Jesus says, "Some have renounced marriage for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Whoever can accept this ought to accept it."
4. The Church opposes people engaging in homosexual relationships, and it cannot sanction or bless a so-called union of homosexual persons. Therefore, if one is a homosexual the dedicated single life is his or her vocation.
I don't have a metaphor for this one yet. I'm open to suggestions. You can e-mail them to me or submit them via school web lockers.
Take a look at this article for another perspective on the single vocation.
Until next time,
Ad Jesum per Mariam.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Every vocation has responsibilities and duties associate with it. In order to be prepared to undertake these responsibilities we go through a process of education and experience known as formation.
Your project is to first examine some Church documents regarding formation, then look to some real-life examples of how that formation takes place. You will put your findings together in a brief lesson and powerpoint presentation to share with the class.
Use the links at the left to assist you in your research.
The Lesson Plan should include the following areas:
Aspects of Formation
Length / Stages of Formation
Director(s) of Formation
Location of Formation
Goals of the Formation
The lesson should include a handout for members of the class highlighting the main points above. There should also be reflection questions for discussion.
You will need to consult the appropriate ecclesial documents for reference, as well as a variety of other sources (4 - 6 total).
Final product should be a power point presentation of 12 to 15 slides (max 20) to present the above material to your peers.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
So why, then, does every vocation involve sacrifice? Doesn't God want us to be happy?
Ultimately, yes He does, but knowing that sacrifice is salvific (that is, it aids us in our salvation), he calls us to imitate his Son who was the ultimate sacrifice for humanity.
Numerous times Jesus calls us to sacrifice in the Gospels.
Examine two of the following passages and write a paragraph answer the following questions:
1. Where is the call to sacrifice in this passage?
2. Who is Jesus calling to sacrifice?
3. How does the call relate to those living the life of discipleship in this, or any age?
6:19-21 Real Treasure
6:24 – You cannot serve both God and Wealth
8:18-22 Let the dead bury the dead. (the importance of dropping everything to follow Jesus)
10:37-39 The Conditions of Discipleship
16:24-48 More Conditions of Discipleship
19:1-12 Teaching on Celibacy
19:16-30 Giving up Everything
25:14-30 The parable of the talent
8:34-38 Conditions of Discipleship
9:33-37 Taking the Lowest Place among society
10:17-31 the Rich Young Man
12:41-44 The Poor Widow (sacrifice even when you have little)
5:1-11 Calling of Disciples
6:27-36 The importance of giving freely
9:23-26 Conditions of Discipleship
9:46-48 The least are the greatest
9:59-62 Would-be followers of Christ
12:13-15 Against Greed
12:16-21 Treasures in Heaven
12:22-34 Treasures in Heaven pt. 2
13:22-30 The Narrow Door
18:18-23 The Rich Official
18:24-30 Renounce Riches
21:1-4 The Poor Widow
Monday, February 4, 2008
We will then take a brief, but systematic look at the sacrifices that are part of any given vocation.
Before doing all of that, however, I would like to set you to work on your project for Unit 3, Formation. Simply stated, every vocation has responsibilities, and one must be prepared by education and experience to take on a responsibility. Therefore, every vocation is preceded by formation.
Rather than teach the unit myself, we will be breaking up the various vocations and you will be presenting on the formation for one specific vocation - while taking good notes as your peers present as well.
Helpful links can be found in the sidebar - please note that if you are studying single life I am yet to add these, but will do so shortly.
Ad Jesum per Mariam,
Thursday, January 10, 2008
For example, when a friend passes you a note and their penmanship is awful, you have to discern what it was that he wrote.
Question: Why, if God has a call for us, is it unclear or "hidden"? Why not just drop us a letter in the mail that reads,
"Dear Child, made in my own image, I call you to be a _________. Please amend your life accordingly.
Your (Almighty) Creator, God."
Answer: It is NOT that God wants you to suffer in confusion or darkness. Rather, God respects one of the characteristics with which he endowed each of us - Free Will. God wills that we desire to first of all discover our vocation, and then that we pursue it.
Helpful Tools in the Discernment Process:
Prayer - which is, of course, a conversation with God. In discerning God's will it is particularly important that we emphasize our listening role within that conversation. Reading scripture, attending Church, and participating in various devotions with an open heart and mind are good ways to "listen" to God.
God does not speak to us using a loud, booming voice. Instead it is a quiet, subtle voice, which requires us to make an effort to hear it. Consider this: In your car you probably have a radio with a number of pre-set station buttons. When you turn on the radio you do not hear all of these stations at the same time. You have to be "tuned in" to the right station (and therefore tune out the others).
Likewise, listening to God requires that we "tune out" many of the other voices in our lives in order to hear the voice of God. Consider some of the "pre-sets" that are always on your "life radio": 1. Television 2. Music 3. Friends 4. Parents & Siblings
All of these are telling us, directly or indirectly, what to think, what to do, even what to wear. Discernment is about tuning out many of those other voices and tuning in God's - maybe even putting him as your number 1 preset.
2. Experts - if you want to know more about a given vocation, it only makes sense that you would talk to someone who is currently living that vocation. You can gain invaluable insight from those who have been down the road upon which we are about to embark.
3. Reading - we may not have many living experts within the circle of people we know. However, the biographies and journals of these people are only as far away as the library or a bookstore. (Many such resources are even available on the internet.)
4. Outward Focus - President John F. Kennedy encouraged citizens with the oft-quoted phrase, "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country." This is the essence of an outward focus. Look at your community, or even the world at large, and ask yourself, "what does the world need from me?" This can open our eyes to things we never imagined as vocations.
5. Self-Knowledge - Discerning a vocation is pointless if we do not know who it is (ourselves) that God is calling. This means knowing our strengths, weaknesses, passions,
It is derived from the Latin word vocare meaning "to call".
Vocation is not limited to callings to the priesthood or other church-related roles. Likewise, Vocation can include (but is certainly not limited to) one's career.
The Vocations we will be examining this semester are:
- Religious Life
- Permanent Diaconate (Deacons)
- Committed Single Life
Finally, every vocation develops through stages, and all share five of these in common:
- Challenges / Sacrifice
We will discuss each stage in detail, beginning next time with Discernment. Until then,
Ad Jesum per Mariam,