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Lord Jesus Christ,We thank you for having called us together here.We offer you what we are about to undertake,everything we think, do and experienceduring these coming days in your honor.We also offer you the fatigue of this week,and from the various events of this day,because this – too - is our “daily bread.”Grant that we may begin this retreatwith a spirit of hope and anticipationThat you will feed our hearts and souls in the time ahead...in the name of the Father and of the Sonand of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Pathway – Tuesday BIG PICTURE - Us, The Church& the New Evangelization: New paradigms ! Sacred vs. Secular Call & Mission & The “Affirmative Way”
Pathway – Wednesday “Year of Faith” – Mary as the Model From Genesis 14:18 – 20 (Feast of Corpus Christi) Identity of the issue Source of the problem Antidote to the dilemma Examples of hope Options: Office vs. Talent vs. Charism Resources and signs of hope “out there”
Current View of the Catholic ChurchInteractionwith CurrentCultureSeparatist Restorers Cultural
Current View of the Catholic ChurchInteractionwith CurrentCultureSEPARATISTInsidersCulturalWarriorsEvangelizers
Current View of the Catholic ChurchInteraction withCurrent CultureCULTURALBlendersPhilanthropists
Current View of the Catholic ChurchInteractionwith CurrentCultureRESTORERS
Current View of the Catholic ChurchCHANNELSOFCULTURALINFULENCEMediaEducationArts &EnvironmentBusinessGovernmentSocialOutreachChurch
The Catholic Church and the New EvangelizationCHURCHMediaEducationArts &EnvironmentBusinessGovernmentSocialOutreachCulture
New Evangelization –Changes, Challenges and Context To see the world in a new light To see the Church in a new light To see ourselves in a new light
New Evangelization –Changes, Challenges and ContextPope John Paul II, 1988 US Bishops, 1980 & 1995
VATICAN II Changed view of the laity: From being simply disciples … Merely receive the spiritual gifts of the Church “Pray, Pay and Obey” “Meet my friend Sherri. She’s not ordained.” (…with no context i.t.o. her as disciple/apostle) …To disciples AND apostles (people who are sent)
SACRED VS. SECULAR Church was place we went to: Hide from the world Rest from the world Problem is when “secular” (area of the laity)is seen in opposition to the world.
SACRED VS. SECULAR John Paul II: “Secular” is theological term The place to where we are sent Locus where we achieve holiness Laity possess “secular character” (cf charism)
NEW EVANGELIZATION Paradigms are shifting: In terms of Church Paradigm: Not just the parish area… From model where campus, rectory, convent, etc…support the church building and the school.. Moving into the home, workplace, university, entertainmentcenters …
NEW EVANGELIZATION In terms of Personal Paradigm: From street corner, testimonial, Bible thumping To Pope John Paul II’s “New Humanism.” Exactly what you are, who you are, what you do naturally ,what you do well, where you are. Bringing Christ to others in a redemptive way. Confer Gabe Lyons, “Next Christians.”
NEW EVANGELIZATION Grace flows through us in exactly the wayGod has made you. Sharing your “faith experiences” with others by: Simply being who you are, and…. Using your gifts in a natural way.
VATICAN II If sent, you need to know:Where you are sent.To whom you are sentWhat to do once you get there.
Pathway – Wednesday Charisms, Personalities andDiscernment Signs of Charisms Evaluation Additional Resources Next Steps
The “Affirmative Way” ALL Catholics have been givena mandate: Authority Power Jurisdiction ALL Catholics are consecratedfor mission: Catholics find themselves in the world, Directed towards and for the world, And achieve holiness within the world.
The “Affirmative Way” All Catholics are called to spiritual transformation.. In the midst of loving the world, ..and being in the midst of the world. The world is the “agent” of your holiness. Bishops and priests provide the tradition Narrow focus The laity take it, and apply it in the world Broad focus From Catherine of Siena to Palestrina.
The “Affirmative Way” The world is the “agent” of your holiness. Bishops and priests provide the tradition Narrow focus The laity take it, and apply it in the world Broad focus From Catherine of Siena to Palestrina.
WE WILL NOT CHANGE THESTRUCTURES OF SOCIETY ACCORDINGTO SOME PRESCRIBED BLUEPRINT.The “Affirmative Way”
THIS IS NOT A USER FRIENDLY WORLD VIEWThe “Affirmative Way”
BUT IT IS A SCRIPTURAL WORLD VIEWThe “Affirmative Way”
Charisms in Scripture Examples: Romans 12 I Corinthians 12 Ephesians 4 Elsewhere ..
Signs of Charisms Christians are to expect that charisms are to be present. Scriptural basis of what it means to be “Catholic.” (Yet, prudence and wisdom in dispensing the gift/charism.) This has not been the case/experience of most Catholics. Exceptions – Charismatic Renewal, Cursillo, Marriage Encounter Beginning to manifest itself as fewer priests/sisters available.
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AM I REALLY ALLOWED TO DO THIS ?OFFICE VS. CHARISM
AUTHORITY Ability to act: In the place of Jesus or.. In the place of the Church Priest by nature of Sacramentof Ordination Laity by nature of Sacramentof Baptism
POWER Practical ability to do something and get something done. To do the job for which you have been sent.
JURISDICTION A setting, occasion, arena or an area of life… ..in which power and authority are exercised. Example: Parents (not the Archbishop) have jurisdiction over thehousehold. Pastor (not the parents) has jurisdiction over the parish. Principal (not the Pastor) has jurisdiction over the school.
LAY JURISDICTIONTemporary or Permanent? Examples: Parents’ jurisdiction overtheir children (permanent). Counseling a friend about arelationship, job or vocation(temporary).
LAY JURISDICTION Let’s say…someone seeks Christ in some way. Your call to act is NOT VAGUE. It is specific! You have been chosen, called and sent: To that particular person/group, In a particular situation/moment, With your particular charism(s), For a particular mission.
LAY JURISDICTION If you do NOT act, The person may be lost or, May have lost the opportunity to encounter Jesusin that particular moment.
“OFFICIAL” LAY JURISDICTION Vatican II and reform of Canon Law First half of new Code talks about laity: Rights Responsibilities Duties Obligations Jurisdiction Mandate to Act
THUS LAITY HAVE OFFICIALLYBEEN GIVEN AN OFFICEBY THE CHURCH!“OFFICIAL” LAYJURISDICTION
CONSECRATION AND MISSION From Yves Congar, O.P. With Baptism, You have been consecrated (“set apart”) For something or for someone.
The “Affirmative Way” St. Francis of Xavier on the shores of Japan Had a mission, a mandate… Didn’t have a CLUE on what to do. Takes vision, creativity and imagination. A LONG WAY from “pray, pay and obey.”
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Catechists ...• Are called to holiness.• Are characterized by a love for God.• Live a life of faith, hope and love.• Manifests Christ by daily piety and life.• Possess an apostolic spirit and missionary zeal.• Love their brothers and sisters.• Are willing to give generous service.• Engage in personal prayer.• Participate in parish life.• Have a devotion to the Eucharist and Mary
Catechists need...• Level 1:▫ To grow as a person of faith.▫ Development of their a spiritual life.• Level 2:▫ Effective teaching/facilitating skills.▫ Essential areas of theological training (Scripture,Creed & morality).From Archdioceses of New York/Philadelphia
Faith Applied in Action:• Discern for yourself what the Lord is telling youduring your retreat this year.• Discuss this three times with at least one personover the course of the next year.
Faith Applied in Action:• There are 18 Marian celebrations and feastdays…• Celebrate just one of these days that honor Marythis year.
Faith Applied in Action:• Commit to saying the Rosary (or Divine Chaplet)daily during October, the month dedicated toOur Lady of the Rosary.
Faith Applied in Action:• Mary is mentioned close to 50 times in the NewTestament. …• Over the next year, chose and read just oneMarian story or passage. Sit with and pray withthis passage for one week from one Saturday tothe next.
Mary as the ModelWhat you might experience:When you do this:• Joy• Trepidation• Trust• Confusion• Wonder• Treasuring Memories▫ “Pondering”• Meditation▫ “Reflecting”• Tasting▫ The fruits
END OFPRESENTATIONChanging Water Into WineBecoming the Person God Created You To BeD I R E C T O R S / C O O R D I N A T O R S O F R E L I G I O U S E D U C A T I O NM A L V E R N R E T R E A T H O U S EJ U N E 4 - 5 , 2 0 1 3
WHAT’S OUT THERECatechesis for Youth:* Stewardship and Mission - Youth/Schools* Theology of the Body - Teens* Theology of the Body – Young Adults
What’s Out There... Youth Scripture Study Great Adventure Kids – Smaller Children(Ascension Press) Encounter – Middle School (Ascension Press) T# - Teen Timeline (Ascension Press) YDisciple (Augustine Institute)
What’s Out There... Adult Scripture Study Great Adventure – Entire Bible(Ascension Press) Great Adventure – Select Books(Ascension Press) Opening the Word (Augustine Institute)
WHAT’S OUT THEREAdult Catechesis and Faith Formation:* Alpha for Catholics* Theology of the Body* Walking with PurposeThe King’ Men
WHAT’S OUT THERELeadership:* Stewardship and Mission* Catholic Leadership Institute* Leadership Roundtable