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CCD hs: grace + sin + service journal (day 9)

November 17, 2009 Leave a comment

In our high school Confirmation class, we reviewed everything we learned to date using handouts of outlined points covered each day (basically our catechist notes).  I then covered GRACE, SIN, and CONFESSION.  The visual illustrations are my own (in parenthesis) that I used to teach these “highly religious” words to 7th graders years ago.  (If you have any other suggestions or comments, please let me know.)

Holy = to be set apart and united with God.

Grace = free and undeserved gift of God’s love and life.  (like “air”)

Sanctifying Grace = supernatural gift from God where our sins are forgiven & are made holy. First receive thru Baptism & continually sanctified through all sacraments.  (like “clean air“)  Lost by mortal sin.

Actual Grace = God’s impulse to help in our everyday lives.  (like “sweet smells”)

Sacramental Grace = graces specific to each sacrament.  (like “satellite TV”)

Sin = freely choosing to do something that we know is wrong and against God’s will; we can sin in thought, word, action, or by omission.  (like “rejecting air”)

Mortal Sin = serious offense that breaks our relationship with God & His grace. (like “holding your breath”)  Requirements are …

  1. it must be a grave matter
  2. we must know we are sinning
  3. we must freely choose to sin

Venial Sin = a less serious offense that weakens our relationship with God.  (like “smoking”)

Sacrament of Reconciliation = by confessing mortal sins with a contrite heart to a priest (in persona Christi = in the person of Christ), we are reconciled with God and with the Church, the Body of Christ.  Penance is the whole cycle of conversion, forgiveness and making reparation (repaying any debt) for our sins.  This strengthens us to resist future temptations.

CONFESSION Procedure

  1. Spend some time reflecting on your actions and do a thorough examination of conscience.
  2. Go in the confessional & greet the priest.
  3. Make the sign of the cross together.
  4. Begin: “Bless me Father for I have sinned.  It has been (time) since my last confession.”
  5. Confess your sins.
  6. Priest will speak to you and/or share something from Scripture.
  7. Priest will give you your penance.
  8. You will say the Act of Contrition.
  9. Priest will pray the prayer of absolution.
  10. Thank the priest & leave confessional.
  11. Spend some time doing your penance.

We finished the class by giving examples on their “Christian Service” Journal reflection that is due next time.

CCD hs: Old Testament + CCC (day 7)

November 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Today, in our high school Confirmation class, we covered Chapter 3 on Old Testament.  We also included in introduction the the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) with a project assignment (a report or display or collage) based on individually assigned CCC quotes.

St Veronica (“bearer of victory”) wiped the face of Jesus on the road to Calvary.  His image remained on the cloth. Her feast day is July 12, same day as the Holy Face of Jesus.

Interpreting the Bible

  • –Literalist
  • –Contextualist

“Four Religious Truths” ( 2nd Creation Story)

  • –God is one
  • –God planned creation
  • –God created everything good
  • –God made the Sabbath holy

Sin, Personal Sin, Social Sin, Original Sin

Bible books (p34)

Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)

  • –Part 1: CREED (Prof of Faith)
  • –Part 2: SACRAMENTS (Celebrate Mystery)
  • –Part 3: MORALITY (Life in Christ)
  • –Part 4: PRAYER

HOMEWORK:

(1)  handout  “Rays of Hope” Links, and (2) assigned CCC project (report or display)

songs for prayer + formal prayers

September 18, 2009 Leave a comment

These links are scattered on by blog, but wanted them easy to access.  I added the following to the bottom of my PRAYER page.  I hope they help you pray!


FORMAL PRAYERS:


SONG FOR PRAYER:

Spiderman & Venom

Spiderman 3 posterI saw Spiderman 3 today, all 2.5 hours of light-speed CGI fight scenes separated by long relationship breaks and some cheesy musical dance numbers by Tobey Maguire.  Not being a really big Spiderman fan, I found Venom to be an very interesting character that I knew little about.  As an alien symbiote organism that needs to bond and feed off a living host, it gives the host enhanced physical abilities, at the cost of fatally draining them of adrenaline, eventually killing the host.  This particular parasite (attached to Spiderman), however, wants to bond with its host instead. It seems to feed off Spiderman’s weaknesses, anger and revenge, and multiplies its devastating, yet tempting (at times) effects.  The rejection of the symbiote leave it extremely bitter toward Spiderman, a trait it shares with its future hosts.  The movie’s byline reads “the greatest battle lies within.”

What I saw was an extreme visual for our own “dark-sides,” manifested in Venom, who exploits our weaknesses because we’ve fed and allowed it to grow for so long.  I don’t know if that’s the intention of the character, but I couldn’t help but connect Venom with deep-rooted sin that’s ignored and allowed to grow.  If we could only “see” what our sins do to others, ourselves and, above all, our Savior, we would run to cross in humble submission to His grace & mercy.  In ministry, demonstrating that in love & mercy is not done through our own ability, but through our own submission to the “Anti-Venom” that we invite everyday (not just one conversion experience) as a light to our darkness.