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This presentation is given to youth and young adults groups. The focus is on maintaining your faith through the critical transitional stages of life (e.g. going to college, entering high school). …

This presentation is given to youth and young adults groups. The focus is on maintaining your faith through the critical transitional stages of life (e.g. going to college, entering high school). Highlights core elements essential for a foundation in faith.

This presentation is offered for viewing by Roger Jay Schroeder of Comprise | Enrichment & Consulting.

More information on keynote, presentation, topical research, and staff development services offered by Comprise are located on the web at http://comprise.rohair.com/

Peace be with you.

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  • I don’t like to introduce myself,
    - but you do deserve to know who you’re dealing with tonight.
    - SPECIFICALLY:
    - Why I was invited to speak to you tonight.
    I have just earned a Masters Degree in PA
    - Theology & How to apply theology in caring for people in the workplace
    I do a lot of presentations, and very much enjoy sharing my knowledge & experience to try to help people.
    - 10 year experience doing that.
    - retreats, writing, small faith groups
    Basically, I’m, just an ordinary person able to be a public witness to our Christian Faith.
  • God made, Jesus saves, Spirit guides me every day… when I let it…
    That’s my Faith Journey
  • We’re all in this together
    Different places and stages of faith journey, but all together
  • 3D | Decision-Discipline-Devotion
  • So… here’s the content for the rest of the evening.
  • Thanks to Amanda for the invitation
    Thanks to you for being here.
    Whatever the reason you are here, thank you for being here.
    WHY DOES HE CARE THAT I’M HERE???
    But what’s more important?
    Your Academic Training to meet the challenges of the WORLD is at minimum 5X than Spiritual Training
  • Familiaris Consortio. John Paul states, “[the parents] role as educators is so decisive that scarcely anything can compensate for their failure in it.” (36).
  • “Baptism is the sacrament of faith. But faith needs the community of believers”. (CCC 1253).
  • "Lumen Gentium" is a dogmatic constitution, a document of the highest level of the ordinary magisterium
    - teaching authority of the Church - embodied in the episcopacy, which is the aggregation of the current bishops of the Church in union with the Pope
    “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations... teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (MT 28:19-20).
    - we all do that in our own unique and gifted ways.
  • WHY THIS DISCUSSION???
    Here’s one reason from the movie…
    Well… that’s encouraging, isn’t it?
  • “Hey, it’s a free country… he’s entitled to his opinion.
    TRUE – but that does not mean that we – AS CHRISTIANS - have to just sit back and take is.
  • If you tell someone often enough that they CAN’T do something… they won’t be able to.
    Prepare you for the *WORLD* that awaits you
  • Jesus said “My kingdom is not of this world”
    But you and I are placed in this world, and we cannot avoid interacting with it
    …. Unless Hermit
  • “Life being true Christ is a whole lot better than life without Christ”
  • So what happens when YOU need or want to make an important decision?
  • Because of a long, slow decrease in the understanding of my faith, I allowed, and even encouraged not one abortion, but two.
    Now… when I was 15… there’s NO WAY that would have happened.
    But degradation of my faith
  • Rachel’s Vinyard
  • “He will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire." MT 3:12
  • Italian priest of the Catholic Church in the Dominican Order,
    immensely influential philosopher and theologian
    Aquinas was celebrating the Mass of St Nicholas when he heard Jesus talk to him. Jesus asked him what he wanted due to his good deeds, but he replied "Only you Lord. Only you.“
    Because of what he saw, he abandoned his routine and refused to dictate.
    When he was begged to get back to work, Aquinas replied: “I cannot, because all that I have written seems like straw to me."
  • Faith is an entirely free gift that God makes to man.
    We must nourish it
    not parents, friends, the Church
    each of us as individuals
  • WE HAVE A REPSONSIBILITY TO THE WORLD
  • Discipline = Freedom
  • I don’t like to introduce myself,
    - but you do deserve to know who you’re dealing with tonight.
    - SPECIFICALLY:
    - Why I was invited to speak to you tonight.
    I have just earned a Masters Degree in PA
    - Theology & How to apply theology in caring for people in the workplace
    I do a lot of presentations, and very much enjoy sharing my knowledge & experience to try to help people.
    - 10 year experience doing that.
    - retreats, writing, small faith groups
    Basically, I’m, just an ordinary person able to be a public witness to our Christian Faith.
  • Little Bits at a time
    Follow the Footnotes
    Especially what Jesus says
    Don’t set “Accomplishment Goals”
    Cover to cover
    One year
    Set aside time
    Best time of the day for your to read
    Its okay if you fall asleep
  • Exodus
    Abraham & Isaac
    Samuel
    Esther
  • I don’t like to introduce myself,
    - but you do deserve to know who you’re dealing with tonight.
    - SPECIFICALLY:
    - Why I was invited to speak to you tonight.
    I have just earned a Masters Degree in PA
    - Theology & How to apply theology in caring for people in the workplace
    I do a lot of presentations, and very much enjoy sharing my knowledge & experience to try to help people.
    - 10 year experience doing that.
    - retreats, writing, small faith groups
    Basically, I’m, just an ordinary person able to be a public witness to our Christian Faith.
  • Transcript

    • 1. BrianRegan
    • 2. • What to do with our time??? • Do some theology (thinking/discussing God) • When Faith and *WORLD* collide • “Just Keep Swimming” • 3D approach to living Faith • Intermission • Q&A • Help from the Trinity Our Journeys Converge at “Red Night”
    • 3. A 3-D approach to keeping Faith.
    • 4. Presentation Pathway FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion
    • 5. Our Journeys Converge at “Red Night” Why are here?
    • 6. Why are we having this discussion? • parents are 1st teachers of the faith • some parents are not able/do not desire to FULLY accept this role • “the faith community welcomes you with great joy” • other people care about you • Catechism of the Catholic Church; 1253 • Responsibility – Universal Call to Holiness • Lumen Gentium 39 • MT 28:19-20 • Sharing insight/wisdom is a responsible activity • Someday your life of faith will all fall on you. • Prepare you for the *WORLD* that awaits you Universal Call to Holiness, sculpted by George Carr. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    • 7. Why are we having this discussion? • parents are 1st teachers of the faith • some parents are not able/do not desire to FULLY accept this role • “the faith community welcomes you with great joy” • other people care about you • Catechism of the Catholic Church; 1253 • Responsibility – Universal Call to Holiness • Lumen Gentium 39 • MT 28:19-20 • Sharing insight/wisdom is a responsible activity • Someday your life of faith will all fall on you. • Prepare you for the *WORLD* that awaits you Universal Call to Holiness, sculpted by George Carr. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    • 8. Why are we having this discussion? • parents are 1st teachers of the faith • some parents are not able/do not desire to FULLY accept this role • “the faith community welcomes you with great joy” • other people care about you • Catechism of the Catholic Church; 1253 • Responsibility – Universal Call to Holiness • Lumen Gentium 39 • MT 28:19-20 • Sharing insight/wisdom is a responsible activity • Someday your life of faith will all fall on you. • Prepare you for the *WORLD* that awaits you Universal Call to Holiness, sculpted by George Carr. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
    • 9. “…its still going to hit you right in the face.” “Pay it Forward”
    • 10. “Hitting You in the Face”
    • 11. “Hitting You in the Face - subtly”
    • 12. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 GodS cale Joy P roblems God Impact Timeline – Roger Schroeder - Your primary relationship
    • 13. John Cavadini - “Ignorant Catholics” (Commonweal 2004)  1 / 2 Number of natures in the Trinity  1 / 3 guess at the number of Gospels  1 / 4 Immaculate Conception ?  1 / 5 knew what the Exodus referred to Religious Illiteracy
    • 14. Religious Illiteracy John Cavadini - “Ignorant Catholics” (Commonweal 2004)  1 / 2 Number of natures in the Trinity  1 / 3 guess at the number of Gospels  1 / 4 Immaculate Conception ?  1 / 5 knew what the Exodus referred to
    • 15. Religious Illiteracy John Cavadini - “Ignorant Catholics” (Commonweal 2004)  1 / 2 Number of natures in the Trinity  1 / 3 guess at the number of Gospels  1 / 4 Immaculate Conception ?  1 / 5 knew what the Exodus referred to
    • 16. Religious Illiteracy John Cavadini - “Ignorant Catholics” (Commonweal 2004)  1 / 2 Number of natures in the Trinity  1 / 3 guess at the number of Gospels  1 / 4 Immaculate Conception ?  1 / 5 knew what the Exodus referred to
    • 17. Religious Illiteracy John Cavadini - “Ignorant Catholics” (Commonweal 2004)  1 / 2 Number of natures in the Trinity  1 / 3 guess at the number of Gospels  1 / 4 Immaculate Conception ?  1 / 5 knew what the Exodus referred to
    • 18. I’m Ignorant – So What? • Your Ignorance affects others • Parents • Friends • Community [anywhere] • Issues of importance • YOU! • making “the right” decision • confusion • apathy
    • 19. “The Emperor’s New Groove” “Uh... You guys are just confusing me”
    • 20. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 GodS cale Joy P roblems
    • 21. Rachel’sVineyardMinistries
    • 22. I’m Ignorant – So What? • The Old Man from Scene 24
    • 23. “… you have to know these things when you’re King.” “Search for the Holy Grail”
    • 24. I’m Ignorant – So What? • The Old Man from Scene 24 • Your SALVATION! • MT 3:12 • Jesus give many descriptions of salvation and damnation • He also gives us invitation to choose one from the other
    • 25. Presentation Pathway FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion
    • 26. “…all that I have written seems like straw” | Aquinas Before we do Theology • Theologizing ground rules from St. Thomas Aquinas (1225- 1274) 1. Our words cannot come close to fully describing God 2. It is useful to discuss God (theology) so let’s do the best we can 3. All our description have to be grounded in truth
    • 27. “That’s US, Dude!” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”
    • 28. “…your faith has made you well” | MT 12:4 “What is Faith?” 162 Faith is an entirely free gift that God makes to man. We can lose this priceless gift, as St. Paul indicated to St. Timothy: "Wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have made shipwreck of their faith."44 To live, grow and persevere in the faith until the end we must nourish it with the word of God; we must beg the Lord to increase our faith;45 it must be "working through charity," abounding in hope, and rooted in the faith of the Church.46 • 44 | 1 Tim 1:18-19. • 45 | Mk 9:24; Lk 17:5; 22:32. • 46 | Gal 5:6; Rom 15:13; cf. Jas 2:14-26.
    • 29. “…all life… all holiness comes from you” | Eucharistic Prayer “Universal Call to Holiness” Lumen Gentium - Dogmatic Constitution on the Church CHAPTER V: THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS IN THE CHURCH 39. The Church… is believed to be indefectibly holy. Indeed Christ… who is praised as "uniquely holy," loved the Church … that He might sanctify her.(214). Therefore in the Church, everyone … is called to holiness… In other words… We owe it to Jesus to try to be Holy.
    • 30. “It’s love that holds it all together… I just had to let you know.” Faith vs. Religion
    • 31. Presentation Pathway FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion
    • 32. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time we are given.” “Fellowship of the Ring”
    • 33. “The Faith of Your Fathers” • This IS your Grandma’s faith • This is NOT your Grandma’s faith • You own it • Make it your own • What will you decide
    • 34. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 GodS cale Joy P roblems “My prayer for you is that it does not come to such an end.”
    • 35. FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion Presentation Pathway
    • 36. “The wonder of it all is we’re still standing.” “The Wonder of it All” - Monday Morning Video footage including: Lou Brock Marta Vieira de Silva Michael Jordan Wayne Gretzky Kobe Bryant Sydney Crosby Mia Hamm Julie Foudy Diana Turasi Lindsay Whalen
    • 37. FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion Presentation Pathway
    • 38. “The Wonder of it All (Next Year)”
    • 39. 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 GodS cale Joy P roblems
    • 40. But its not always so simple
    • 41. 5 1 2 3 4 6 Source & Summit Prayer Teach Your Faith Community Word of God Discipline Ways to just keep swimming More Prayer
    • 42. 5 1 2 3 4 6 Source & Summit Prayer Teach Your Faith Community Word of God Discipline Ways to just keep swimming More Prayer
    • 43. 1 Prayer Discipline Ways to just keep swimming “All things are possible through Christ who strengthens me.” • Memorized • Spontaneous • Adoration • Simply in the Presence • Locust Tree • Devoting Your Day • an action • Prayers of Thought
    • 44. 5 1 2 3 4 6 Source & Summit Prayer Teach Your Faith Community Word of God Discipline Ways to just keep swimming More Prayer
    • 45. 2 Source & Summit Discipline Ways to just keep swimming • CHRIST IS PRESENT • Eucharist • Word of God • Priest Presider • Community Gathered • Unifying actions • Amen • Song • Gestures • Focal Points of the Mass
    • 46. 5 1 2 3 4 6 Source & Summit Prayer Teach Your Faith Community Word of God Discipline Ways to just keep swimming More Prayer
    • 47. 3 Word of God Discipline Ways to just keep swimming • Catholics get a bad rap • We hear much of the Word of God through Liturgy • Cycle A, B, C • Our teaching is based on God’s Word • Faith Formation • Mass readings • If you want to start reading the Bible…
    • 48. “Reading the Bible” • “How do I fit into this story?”
    • 49. “Reading the Bible” • Focus on a few Books • Genesis • Isaiah • Gospels • Paul’s Letters • Hebrews
    • 50. “Reading the Bible” • Focus on the Stories of our Faith
    • 51. 5 1 2 3 4 6 Source & Summit Prayer Teach Your Faith Community Word of God Discipline Ways to just keep swimming More Prayer
    • 52. 4 Community Discipline Ways to just keep swimming • Faith in Action • Service to those less able/willing/fortunate • Become a part of your faith Community Worship • Don’t have to be perfect • Just be involved • Youth Group • Got an idea? • Share it!
    • 53. “…its Possible.” “Pay it Forward”
    • 54. 5 1 2 3 4 6 Source & Summit Prayer Teach Your Faith Community Word of God Discipline Ways to just keep swimming More Prayer
    • 55. 5 Teach Your Faith Discipline Ways to just keep swimming • “The best way to learn something is to teach it.” • Siblings • Parents • Friends • Through your Creativity • Designs, Art, Music, Writing, Building
    • 56. “…we are all just dust in the wind, Dude.” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”
    • 57. 5 1 2 3 4 6 Source & Summit Prayer Teach Your Faith Community Word of God Discipline Ways to just keep swimming More Prayer
    • 58. 6 Discipline Ways to just keep swimming More Prayer Prayer is a Conversation with God
    • 59. FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion Presentation Pathway
    • 60. “You can’t teach devotion.” Devotion Discipline leads to Devotion
    • 61. Help from the Trinity IS IS IS GOD Father Spirit Son is NOT isNOT is NO T • The Father, the Almighty; maker of Heaven and Earth • For us and for our Salvation • The Lord, the giver of life
    • 62. Help from the Trinity “I will place my law within them, and write it upon their hearts.” Jer 31:33 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. MT 5:17 Jesus is written on your heart.
    • 63. “Just keep swimming” “Finding Nemo”

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