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CCD hs: Faith + Vocations + St Teresa of Avila (day 4)

October 13, 2009 Leave a comment

Opening prayer song reflection, (live crowd) “Amazing Grace” by Paul Oakley

[Book QUIZ] on Chapter 1 (Faith)

St Teresa of Avila – (16th century mystic Carmelite religious sister, feast Oct 15) as a teen she lost interest in her faith, instead falling in love with boys & chivalry, mother died as a teen, placed in monastery, love of God rekindled, suffered repeated serious illnesses, struggled with prayer, experienced mystical visions of Christ, raptures (joyful unions with God), taught on prayer, “doctor of the Church” (influential writings).

VOCATION = “a call” by God to holiness

Primary” Vocation … “to be a beloved child to our heavenly Father”

State of Life” Vocation

  • Single, Consecrated Single
  • Married (husband/father, wife/mother)
  • Religious sister or brother
  • Priesthood (clergy)

Service” Vocation … career, ministry, etc.

Mother Teresa + Sophists

September 5, 2007 Leave a comment

Mother TeresaMASS – (Fr Vallee) — at the 10 year anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Fr Vallee noted how newly release letters reveal she experienced long periods of “darkness” when she couldn’t feel God.  She would even refer to Jesus as “the absent one” at times.  Lately, the media is questioning her canonization with such “revelation,” not realizing all go through such times in the spiritual lives.  Even St Augustine, St Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross would echo such experiences.  We, just as Mother Teresa, are called to continue through times of spiritual desolation with patience and faithfulness, knowing consolation will come.  — even in seminary, I’m anticipating highs and lows.

MODERN PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — we covered the resurgence of math and rise of modern science.  Notable line: “Psychology is the questionable child of philosophy.”

Art n Ideas with Fr ValleeANCIENT PHILOSOPHY – (Fr Santos) — we covered the Sophists.  — The politics of today has only perfected the art of rhetoric from the Greeks.

ARTS & IDEAS – (Fr Vallee) — we continued with some slides of paintings and began reading his 40+ page handout on the Ancient Philosophy period.  — The power went out during class and lasted through worklist.

worklist dustingWED WORKLIST — Some of our worklist jobs were changed, but I remained in “Sacristy,” where I dusted pews, organized songbooks and collected some garbage.  It was hot (no A/C) but fruitful.

BenedictionWED HOLY HOUR — We had benediction and silent prayer time, where I used my new St Joseph’s Prayerbook (that I just realized I left in the cafeteria) and found some great prayers “Before the Blessed Sacrament.”