Salvation History Part 1 (feat. the Sisters of Life)

Salvation History Part 1 (feat. the Sisters of Life)

The Sisters of Life visit the classroom to introduce Religious Life, kicking off the start of Advent and Salvation History. Ever wanted to go through the Bible in 1.5 hours? Well here is your chance! This and the next class will create a powerful theme to all of Scripture, a particular lens that will change the way you look at God, yourself, and Scripture as a whole! Probably one of the most important classes throughout the whole process!

Matt’s keynote presentation: Salvation History

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The Mystery of Creation and Sin

The Mystery of Creation and Sin

Why did God create? How did God Create? What in the world did God Create? How did sin enter into the world? What was the sin and what does that mean for us? These and so many more questions will be answered as we walk through the early chapters of Genesis!

Matt’s keynote presentation: The Mystery of Creation and Sin

Homework:

  • Practice seeing everyone as an end to themselves and treat them in this way. Try to become aware of even the little place where we might reduce someone as a means to our own end/use them.

  • Every night before bed, ask God where your “perfectly redeemed day” did not come to fruition and ask Him for help to see why it did not. Ask God for the grace to live 1% more in His Love tomorrow. Thank him for those moments where His love prevailed in your life!

Additional Resources: Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraphs 279-421, Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed, pages 127-207, Love and Responsibility by Karol Wojtyla, Theology of the Body for Beginners by Christopher West, Theology of the Body Explained by Christopher West

Prayer Assignment:

  • Genesis .18-20
    Think about how God desires us to come to our own awareness of what brings us life and not forcing Himself upon us.

  • Matthew 5.27
    Pray through this passage through the lens of hope. That Christ is revealing the true problem with humanity for purpose of providing the antidote…Himself!

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The Mystery of God and the Trinity

The Mystery of God and the Trinity

What many have declared the most difficult class throughout the whole process, this class intends to shed true light onto Mystery of God in his Nature and Personhood. At the end of this class, the Trinity will no longer have some abstract meaning, but rather have a direct impact on how you live your day-to-day life.

Matt’s keynote presentation: Mystery of God and the Trinity

Homework: How am I reflecting the mystery of God in self-gift? What might I be holding back out that I ought not to for sake of love?

Additional Resources: Frank Sheed, Theology and Sanity, Chapters 3-8 and Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 199 - 278

Prayer Assignment: Sit with one of the following: Isaiah 55.8-11, Ex. 3.13-14, John 3.16, John 14.16-17, John 16.7

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God's Initiative and the Human Response

God's Initiative and the Human Response

From our capacity there are two foundation actions: 1) God’s Initiative which provokes our capacity; 2) Our response to God’s provocation. This class unfolds what God’s initiative really is and how we respond to Him.

Matt’s keynote presentation: God’s Initiative and the Human Response

Homework: Read about the life of one saint and how they respond to “God’s initiative” in their life.

Additional Resources: Catechism of the Catholic Church, Pages 13-50 and Saintly Solutions to Life’s Common Problems by Joseph M. Esper.

Prayer Assignment: Sit with Ephesians 6.10-17

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Our Capacity for God and the Religious Sense

Our Capacity for God and the Religious Sense

Matt begins by asking the most fundamental question: Do we have a capacity for God? God may exist but if we do not have the capacity to know him, then this class is futile. If we do have the capacity, what is that capacity and how do we use it to experience God? Matt answers these and the questions that naturally follow.

Matt’s keynote presentation: Our Capacity for God and the Religious Sense

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An Introduction to Prayer

An Introduction to Prayer

There isn’t just one way to pray. The Church has numerous prayers in her inventory. Some personalities pray better by following particular ways of prayer. Matt introduces these, and other ways to pray, as well as what prayer is truly for and how it differs from a self-help book.

Matt’s keynote presentation: Intro to Prayer

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Catholic Practicals

Catholic Practicals

Why do Catholics kneel and stand? Why do they carry prayer beads? What’s a sacrament? What’s the incense for? Why are the alter servers so small? Matt answers these questions and more as he walks through the traditions and actions found in the daily life of the Catholic Church.

Matt’s keynote presentation: Catholic Practicals

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Theology of the Mass

Theology of the Mass

With the Church introduced, Matt continues the conversation about the daily life in the Church with the theology found in the Mass by going through the history that made the Mass and what each of its parts mean, especially during the celebration.

Matt’s keynote presentation: Theology of the Mass

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Why Be Catholic?

Beginning with a guest speaker on liturgical music, Matt jumps into the “why” of Catholicism, defining how it differs from other Christian denominations, where it stands with Sacred Scripture and early Church History.

Matt’s keynote presentation: Why Be Catholic?

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Why Believe in God and Christianity

Why Believe in God and Christianity

Beginning with the basics, Matt ask the question: “Who is this God guy anyway?” and dives into what it means to believe in something that begins without anything before it and what, particularly, Christianity has to do with that.

Matt’s keynote presentation: Why Believe in God and Christianity?

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What Now?

Now that the class has come to the end of the Catechism, what do we do with it? Introducing the people who go into making Ministry happen, Matt has them talk about the different ways we can be involved in the Catholic Church as Catholics.

Matt's keynote presentation: What Now?

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The Virtuous Life: The Ten Commandments

Matt wraps up the year walking through the Ten Commandments and how to use them in practical life. He talks about their connection to the seven deadly sins and seven virtues.

Matt's keynote presentation: The Ten Commandments

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Introduction to Morality

With Easter season upon us, Matt introduces the moral life and what it means. He goes into the relationship between culpability and freedom, the foundations that build a moral life, and the dignity of pursuing a moral act.

Matt's keynote presentation: Intro to Morality

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The Sacraments of Healing

Finishing the Sacraments, Matt introduces the Sacraments of Healing, the Anointing of the Sick and Confession. He explains the Anointing of the Sick, its history, and use, as well as its deep connection to Confession.

Matt's keynote presentation: Sacraments of Healing

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The Sacraments of Initiation

Matt introduces the sacraments that RCIA is all about, Baptism, Confirmation, and the Holy Eucharist. He goes through each one and how they connect to each other and the rest of the Seven Sacraments.

Matt's keynote presentation: Sacraments of Initiation

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The Sacrament of Marriage and Human Sexuality

Matt introduces the sacrament of marriage and how what it means to live in the sacrament. He also addresses what the Church teaches about human sexuality, what chastity actual means, and how it fits into the sacrament.

Matt's keynote presentation: Sacrament of Marriage

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The Sacrament of Holy Orders and How to Make a Good Confession

Father Peter returns to talk about Holy Orders. He explains the history of the priesthood, its fulfillment in Christ, and what it means to be a priest. He also explains confession and how it works.

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