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Just Keep Swimming

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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). 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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Just Keep Swimming

  1. 1. BrianRegan
  2. 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. 3. A 3-D approach to keeping Faith.
  4. 4. Presentation Pathway FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion
  5. 5. Our Journeys Converge at “Red Night” Why are here?
  6. 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. 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. 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. 9. “…its still going to hit you right in the face.” “Pay it Forward”
  10. 10. “Hitting You in the Face”
  11. 11. “Hitting You in the Face - subtly”
  12. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 19. “The Emperor’s New Groove” “Uh... You guys are just confusing me”
  20. 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. 21. Rachel’sVineyardMinistries
  22. 22. I’m Ignorant – So What? • The Old Man from Scene 24
  23. 23. “… you have to know these things when you’re King.” “Search for the Holy Grail”
  24. 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. 25. Presentation Pathway FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion
  26. 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. 27. “That’s US, Dude!” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”
  28. 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. 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. 30. “It’s love that holds it all together… I just had to let you know.” Faith vs. Religion
  31. 31. Presentation Pathway FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion
  32. 32. “All we have to decide is what to do with the time we are given.” “Fellowship of the Ring”
  33. 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. 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. 35. FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion Presentation Pathway
  36. 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. 37. FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion Presentation Pathway
  38. 38. “The Wonder of it All (Next Year)”
  39. 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. 40. But its not always so simple
  41. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 48. “Reading the Bible” • “How do I fit into this story?”
  49. 49. “Reading the Bible” • Focus on a few Books • Genesis • Isaiah • Gospels • Paul’s Letters • Hebrews
  50. 50. “Reading the Bible” • Focus on the Stories of our Faith
  51. 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. 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. 53. “…its Possible.” “Pay it Forward”
  54. 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. 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. 56. “…we are all just dust in the wind, Dude.” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”
  57. 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. 58. 6 Discipline Ways to just keep swimming More Prayer Prayer is a Conversation with God
  59. 59. FaithFaith DecisionDecision IntermissionIntermission DisciplineDiscipline DevotionDevotion Presentation Pathway
  60. 60. “You can’t teach devotion.” Devotion Discipline leads to Devotion
  61. 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. 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. 63. “Just keep swimming” “Finding Nemo”

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