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McShain-Horstmann Family Retreat & Reunion

  1. 1. McShain – Horstmann Spiritual Reunion - Family Retreat “Have you ‘friended’ Jesus yet?” Malvern Retreat House November 8 – 10, 2013
  2. 2. Trail Guide  Introduction & Prayer The FRONT: Context - The Catholic Church Today 1. (7:00 PM Friday) 2. (9:30 AM Saturday) Origin – How Jesus “Friends” Us 3. (3:30 PM Saturday) Destiny – Consubstantiation and Understanding Changes 4. (6:45 PM Saturday) Morality and the Sacraments (with Confessions) 5. (9:30 PM Saturday) Young Adult “Chalk Talk”
  3. 3.  Lord Jesus Christ,  We thank you for having called us together here. We offer you what we are called to be and to do as the People of God for your greater glory and the coming of your Kingdom.  Grant that we may begin this time with a spirit of hope and anticipation, and that you will guide and feed our minds, our hearts and souls in the days ahead... in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
  4. 4. Conference #1 THE FRONT END: Context & The Catholic Church Today
  5. 5. Current View of the Catholic Church
  6. 6. Current View of the Catholic Church
  7. 7. Current View of the Catholic Church
  8. 8. Current View of the Catholic Church
  9. 9. Current View of the Catholic Church
  10. 10. The Catholic Church and the New Evangelization
  11. 11. Catholic Church – Shadow Trends Radical Rapid shifts in secular culture changes in Western Catholic culture Diversity of expectations for priests and laity (especially women) Decrease in candidates for priesthood
  12. 12. Catholic Church – Trends of Light  1.   2.   3.  Initial trust: Someone makes a positive association with Jesus, the Church, or a Christian believer. Spiritual curiosity: Person intrigued by / desires to know more about Jesus, his life, his teachings or some aspect of the Christian faith. Spiritual openness: Person acknowledges to himself/herself and to God that he or she is open to the possibility of personal and spiritual change.
  13. 13. Catholic Church – Trends of Light  4. Spiritual seeking:  Person moves from being essentially passive to actively seeking to know the God who is calling him or her.  5. Intentional discipleship:  Personal decision to “drop one’s nets.” To make a conscious commitment to follow Jesus in the midst of his Church as an obedient disciple and to reorder one’s life accordingly.
  14. 14. Catholic Church – Trends of Light ? 1. Initial trust 2. Spiritual curiosity 3. Spiritual openness 4. Spiritual seeking 5. Intentional discipleship 70% - 80% of Catholics 3% of the Parish
  15. 15. Roles and Identity (Christifideles Laici) Only from inside the Church's mystery of communion is the "identity" of the lay faithful made known, and their fundamental dignity revealed. Only within the context of this dignity can their vocation and mission in the Church and in the world be defined and renewed.
  16. 16. Catholic Church - Needs  New Fire of Jesus Christ :  His love  His vision  Through the “New Evangelization” (“Year of Faith”)  New relationships between laity and priests based on a clear understanding of:  Identity This is the “friending” part  Roles (More on this later...)
  17. 17. “The New Evangelization”  Audience:  Not directed at non-Catholics, non-Christians, non-believers.  Purpose:  Not about proselytizing, baptizing new converts, increasing numbers of new church members.  Not about passing on doctrine.  (Catechesis important - but from a different perspective and for a different purpose)
  18. 18. “The New Evangelization”  IS directed at believers  IS about Leading them to personal/intimate relationship with Christ:  Evangelism - Starting the Conversation  Fellowship - Gathering around “a” Table  Worship - Gathering around “the” Table  Discipleship - Completing the mission of Christ  Ministry - Revitalizing the members.
  19. 19. New Evangelization” Goals  Focus on the laity.  Know Christ and be his follower.  Deeper individual conversion.  Deepening  How? religious experiences and commitment. – FORMATION, GIFTS & CHARISMS (Conference #2)
  20. 20. CONFERENCE #1 THE FRONT END: Context & The Catholic Church Today – QUESTIONS: Surprises - What did you see / hear that’s new? • What did you see / hear that’s not? Is this good or bad? • What’s on the horizon that gives you hope? • What will be the biggest challenges for the institution? • What will be the biggest challenges for the you? •
  21. 21. McShain – Horstmann Spiritual Reunion - Family Retreat “Have you ‘friended’ Jesus yet?” Malvern Retreat House November 8 – 10, 2013
  22. 22. CONFERENCE #2 Origin – How Jesus “Friends” Us Lay Formation through Discovering & Discerning Gifts and Charisms
  23. 23. Lay Formation: Discerning Gifts and Charisms • Shepherding • Serving • Strengthening • Salvation • Spiritual Insights
  24. 24. Gifts and Charisms – Difference:  Gifts     Galatians 5:22-23, Aquinas, Catechism (and elsewhere) Given to us Purpose: for our inner transformation JESUS “FRIENDING” US  Charisms:    Talents to be given to others How God enters world through our consent JESUS “FRIENDS” THE WORLD THROUH US
  25. 25. Gifts and Charisms Shepherding Serving  Governance/Ruling  Helping  Pastoring/Shepherding  Hospitality  Apostleship  Martyrdom  Teaching  Evangelization
  26. 26. Gifts and Charisms Strengthening Salvation  Charity  Poverty – Obedience - Chastity  Exhorting  Exorcism, Miracles & Healing  Silence & Solitude  Prayer  Penance/Confession  Showing Mercy   Faith Giving
  27. 27. Gifts and Charisms Spiritual Insights  Words of Knowledge  Words of Wisdom  Tongues  Interpretation  Discernment  Prophesy HOW DO YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A CHARISM? • Effectiveness externally • Emotional experience internally • Confirmation from others
  28. 28. Gifts and Charisms Key:  An awareness of presence of “Spiritual Gifts”  An awareness of one’s own “Human Charisms”  On individual and parish level Leads to  Better understanding of one’s specific vocation.  Provides outline of your mission & tasks to be done.
  29. 29. Formation of the Parish It’s not just about having activities... It’s about becoming disciples ! Adult Faith Formation Religious Education (Summer & Fall) Middle School Senior High & Teens Catechists, Leaders & Shepherds Sacramental Prep
  30. 30. Formation of the Individual Individual Prayer Community Prayer (Small Groups) Community Worship (Mass) Sacramental Preparation Catechesis Spiritual Direction Personal Guidance/Mentoring Leisure and Social Pastoral Outreach
  31. 31. The Current Challenge of Formation Individual Prayer Community Prayer (Small Groups) Community Worship (Mass) Sacramental Preparation Catechesis (“Catholic School / CCD”) Spiritual Direction Personal Guidance/Mentoring Leisure and Social Pastoral Outreach
  32. 32. Lay Faithful (Closing Thought) Lay faithful must be formed according to the union which exists from their being parishioners of the Church and citizens of human society. There cannot be two parallel lives in their existence: on the one hand, the so-called "spiritual life” with its values and demands; and on the other, the so-called "secular life” that is life in a family, at work, in social relationships, in the responsibilities of public life and in culture. (Charles Chaput)
  33. 33. CONFERENCE #2 Origin & How Jesus “Friends” Us: QUESTIONS: • • • • Who am I? Why am I here? What are my gifts and charisms (see slide)? How is Jesus “friending me” through the gifts/charisms he has given me?
  34. 34. McShain – Horstmann Spiritual Reunion - Family Retreat “Have you ‘friended’ Jesus yet?” Malvern Retreat House November 8 – 10, 2013
  35. 35. CONFERENCE #3 Destiny: Consubstantiation and Understanding Changes
  36. 36. Substance defined: Essential nature “To stand under” “To be under” “To be present”
  37. 37. “Transubstantiation 101” - Scriptural References: Matthew 26:17-30, Mark 14:12-26 & Luke 22:7-39  At the Last Supper:  ”This is my Body – This is my Blood.”  “Do this in memory of me.” John  “I 13:1-17:26 am the Bread of Life”
  38. 38. “Transubstantiation 101”- Catechism References:  Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper, the night before He died. (Catechism 873)  Eucharist  It strictly means “pleasing” or “thanksgiving” renders us most pleasing to God:  By the grace it imparts  By giving us the best means of thanking Him for all His blessings (Catechism 869)  This is how WE “Friend” God
  39. 39. “Transubstantiation 101”- Catechism References:  When Our Lord said, “This is my body,” the substance of the bread was changed into the substance of His body  When He said, “This is my blood,” the substance of the wine was changed into the substance of His blood.
  40. 40. Q: How do we know that it is possible to change one substance into another?  A. We know that it is possible to change one substance into another, because:  God changed water into blood during the plagues of Egypt.  Christ changed water into wine at the marriage of Cana.  Our food is daily changed into the substance of our own flesh and blood, so....  What God does gradually in our nature, He can also do instantly by an act of His will.
  41. 41. Pope Benedict XVI - Analogies  You can't see an electric current, but you can see light.  You can see and eat food but you don’t see the food “change into” your body.  You cannot see the human soul, but you can see the soul in action through words and actions.
  42. 42. CONFERENCE #3 Destiny: Consubstantiation and Understanding Changes  Remember this ?
  43. 43. Stages
  44. 44. Stages of Love = Stages of Prayer  Attraction  Clinging  Enjoyment  Union of Wills
  45. 45. “Friend-ing” Jesus Fundamentals of Accepting the Mystery of the Eucharist QUIET! Time of day Length Location Accoutrements
  46. 46. CONFERENCE #3 - Destiny, Consubstantiation and Understanding Changes QUESTIONS: The Practical: • Describe what your prayer time looks like. • Think about your prayer life. “How’s that workin’ for ya?” Trans – substance – tiation and your prayer life: • How has your prayer life “changed” over time? • How has your prayer life “changed” you? Christ and You: • Where does the “Prayer of the Church” (The Eucharist) fit in your life right now? • What challenges you about The Eucharist?
  47. 47. CONFERENCE #4 – Morality: Reconciliation and the Sacraments
  48. 48. The Theology of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Video)
  49. 49. The Sacrament of Reconciliation It’s not just about “confession” any more
  50. 50. “Confession” From the Greek: “To say the same thing” “To agree with” Practically  Going speaking: the same direction  Making Progress  Being in “Right Relationship”
  51. 51. John Adair's “Action Centered Leadership ”
  52. 52. Jesus Christ’s “Action Centered Life?” Eucharist (“Task”) Reconciliation (“Individual”) Matrimony (“Team”)
  53. 53. CONFERENCE #4 – Morality and the Sacraments: QUESTIONS: Why is this GOOD? • Why is this HARD? • Where do I start? • Where do we start? •
  54. 54. - THE BACK END: Meaning & Sending Forth
  55. 55. The need today: The Holy Spirit continues to renew ...the ...Church and ... has inspired new aspirations towards holiness and the participation of many lay faithful. (Christifideles Laici)
  56. 56. The Challenge and Approach: Moving from “theory” to “practice” Aka, “Formation”
  57. 57. Formation – What and Why  What: A Comprehensive Integrated Program for Living an Integrated Life  A Continual Personal Process of Maturation  Adapting “An Approach”  Why:  Discover vocation and mission  “Renew the face of the earth”  Discovering and Discerning Gifts and Charisms
  58. 58. The “What “ of Lay Formation: Two Approaches
  59. 59. Discovery – Vocation and Mission  Legionaries of Christ: Personal Prayer Communal Prayer and/or Worship  Self Awareness Program  Vocation  “Apostolate" 
  60. 60. Discovery - Vocation and Mission “I Will give You Shepherds” Human (For you) Intellectual (For you)  Spiritual (For you)  Pastoral (For them) 
  61. 61. - THE BACK END Meaning & Sending Forth – QUESTIONS: How has the papacy of Francis changed things? • Is the change Positive? Negative? Neutral? Why do you say that? • What is left to do... • As a church? • As a parish? • As individuals? (What? Thought you get a free ride?) •
  62. 62. Consubstantiation and Understanding Changes ... ...through PRAYER
  63. 63. Prayer Traditions Types (Resources) and Stages Fundamentals (How to...)
  64. 64. Prayer 1988 - Archbishop Anthony Bevilacqua, Archdiocese of Philadelphia 12 priests ask to leave. In interview...from “Did” to “When.” Rationale and background.
  65. 65. Types and Stages of Prayer • Formal (Liturgy of the Hours) • Devotional (Rosary) • Vocal vs. Mental • Contemplative • Contemplation – Meditation - Mystical Union • “7 Mansions” (Teresa of Avila) Lectio Divina
  66. 66. Prayer Traditions
  67. 67. Traditions  Carmelite:  About love  Little Flower, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross
  68. 68. Traditions  Dominicans  About truth  Thomas Aquinas, Dominic, Catherine of Siena, GarrigouLagrange, Congar, Rhine Mystics (Hildegard, Eckhart)
  69. 69. Traditions  Jesuits:  About knowing yourself  Ignatius, Bellarmine, DeLubac, Rahner
  70. 70. Traditions Franciscan:  About simplicity  Francis, Bernardin of Siena, Anthony (of PADUA, not the desert guy), Bonaventure
  71. 71. Traditions  Salesian:  About practical spirituality & everyday living  Francis deSales, John Bosco
  72. 72. Traditions  Benedictine:  About the rule and “The Work”  (btw The Work = Prayer)  Benedict, Bede
  73. 73. Traditions • Marian The Mother of God... you know who! • Louis de Montfort, Maximilian Kolbe •
  74. 74. Traditions Other:  Adrienne von Spyer and Hans von von Balthasar,  Catherine Doherty, Dorothy Day  Imitation of Christ  Catherine of Genoa  Cloud of Unknowing/Trappist Centering (Keating, Pennington, Meninger)  Charismatic
  75. 75. Traditions Doctors of the Church What Basilicas / Cathedras do we see here?
  76. 76. Not this..

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