1st Session- Who am I? & What is the meaning & purpose in life?

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1st Session- Who am I? & What is the meaning & purpose in life?

  1. 2. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process through which interested adults and older children are gradually introduced to the Roman Catholic faith and way of life.
  2. 3. It is a process through which an individual inquires and explores Christianity as a way of life in the Catholic Church.
  3. 4. Product…Process Mastery…Mystery Instants…Constants Ritual…Relationship Reaching…Becoming Convenience…Commitment
  4. 8. "I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better." Ephesians 1:17
  5. 9. Jesus says – “ You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength, this is the first commandment.” Mt. 22: 37-38
  6. 13. THE DIVINE INITIATIVE <ul><li>Adam: Where </li></ul><ul><li>are you? </li></ul><ul><li>LOST (a) Sheep (b) Coin (c) Son </li></ul>
  7. 14. <ul><li>Matthew/Peter/ </li></ul><ul><li>Samaritan Woman </li></ul><ul><li>Zachaeus </li></ul>THE DIVINE INITIATIVE * “You did not choose me, I chose you.” (Jn15:16)
  8. 15. God has been searching for you...!
  9. 17. Here Are Some Optical Illusions ( this is really cool )
  10. 18. WHO AM I?
  11. 19. Here Are Some Optical Illusions ( this is really cool )
  12. 20. WHO AM I?
  13. 21. WHO AM I? UT 1
  14. 22. Not because of who I am, But because of what you've done. Not because of what I've done, But because of who you are.
  15. 24. How we define ourselves <ul><li>What I do </li></ul><ul><li>What I have </li></ul><ul><li>What people think of me </li></ul>
  16. 25. <ul><li>The only way we can really see ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>is when we see ourselves reflected back to us from the eyes of someone </li></ul><ul><li>who truly loves us. </li></ul>
  17. 26. <ul><li>But the only one who can reflect back to us the fullness of our beauty is God, </li></ul><ul><li>for we are made in the very image of God. </li></ul><ul><li>This is what we experience when we come to experience God. </li></ul>
  18. 27. How we are defined by God <ul><li>Child </li></ul><ul><li>Beloved </li></ul><ul><li>Made in God’s image and likeness </li></ul>
  19. 28. How we are defined by God <ul><li>Child </li></ul><ul><li>Beloved </li></ul><ul><li>Made in God’s image and likeness </li></ul><ul><li>St Augustine of Hippo “The glory of God is the person fully alive.” </li></ul>
  20. 29. <ul><li>There is no deep </li></ul><ul><li>knowing of God Apart from knowing of self And no deep knowing </li></ul><ul><li>of self, </li></ul><ul><li>Apart from knowing of God. </li></ul><ul><li>John Calvin </li></ul>
  21. 30. <ul><li>All my existence, </li></ul><ul><li>my peace, my happiness depends on this – to discover myself in discovering God. </li></ul><ul><li>If I find him I find myself And if I find my true self </li></ul><ul><li>I find him. </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Merton. </li></ul>
  22. 31. &quot;This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!“ Matt 3:17
  23. 32. “ The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God's eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity and held safe in an everlasting embrace... We must dare to opt consciously for our chosenness and not allow our emotions, feelings, or passions to seduce us into self-rejection.” Henri J. M. Nouwen
  24. 33. “ But what I would like to say is that the spiritual life is a life in which you gradually learn to listen to a voice that says something else, that says, &quot;You are the beloved and on you my favour rests...
  25. 34. “ I want you to hear that voice. It is not a very loud voice because it is an intimate voice. It comes from a very deep place. It is soft and gentle. I want you to gradually hear that voice.
  26. 35. “ We both have to hear that voice and to claim for ourselves that that voice speaks the truth, our truth. It tells us who we are. That is where the spiritual life starts - by claiming the voice that calls us the beloved.” - Henri N.
  27. 37. WHAT ARE PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR IN LIFE?
  28. 38. HAPPINESS?
  29. 40. Cash Car Credit Card Career Certificate Condom Cyber Savy Chat Room Club Coffee Bean Carat ring Condo Cool Clothes Cell-phone Chic
  30. 41. We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. Success?
  31. 42. We spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less…
  32. 43. We have bigger houses, and smaller families; more conveniences, but less time.
  33. 44. We have more degrees, but less sense; more knowledge, but less judgment; more experts, but more problems; more medicine, but less wellness.
  34. 45. We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often.
  35. 46. We have learned how to make a living, but not how to live; we have added years to life, not life to years.
  36. 47. We have been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbour.
  37. 48. We have conquered outer space, but not inner space; we have cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul; we have split the atom, but not our prejudice.
  38. 49. We have higher incomes, but lower morals; we have become long on quantity, but short on quality.
  39. 50. These are the times of tall men and short character; steep profits and shallow relationships.
  40. 51. These are the times of more leisure, but less fun; more kinds of food but less nutrition.
  41. 52. These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce; of fancier houses but broken homes. -- Dr Bob Moorehead
  42. 55. BUYING, BEING, BECOMING & BELONGING
  43. 56. &quot;You who have been freed from the nightmare of Communist dictatorship, Dangerous & False Dreams
  44. 57. do not let yourselves be deceived by the false and dangerous dreams of consumerism. They also destroy the future.&quot; -- Address in Romania, May 9, 1999
  45. 58. “… societies where secularism and materialism have weakened many people's ability to respond to the Spirit and to discern God's loving call.” Address to Leaders of CCR, 14 March, 1992
  46. 59. Pope Benedict, World Youth Day, Australia, 2008 “ In so many of our societies, side by side with material prosperity, a spiritual desert is spreading –
  47. 60. Pope Benedict, World Youth Day, Australia, 2008 an interior emptiness, an unnamed fear, a quiet sense of despair.&quot;
  48. 61. &quot;Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.“ Ecclesiastes 1:2
  49. 63. “ God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.” St Augustine
  50. 64. &quot;This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased!“ Matt 3:17
  51. 65. “ For in him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28
  52. 66. ST PAUL’S JOURNEY MEANING & PURPOSE “ ...may (you) be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.” Eph. 2:18-19
  53. 68. Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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