Sacraments, Holy Orders, and How to Make a Good Confession (feat. Father Peter Mussett)

Sacraments, Holy Orders, and How to Make a Good Confession (feat. Father Peter Mussett)

The Sacrament of Marriage and Holy Orders are two sides of the same paternal/maternal coin. We are all called to love the highest calling of love is fruitful. This class talks about the paternal/maternal aspects of both vocations and explaining how every single human being is called to be a mother or father and what that means for people who simply love single lives.

If you’d like to hear more from Father Peter, check out the Lanky Guys’ Word on the Hill Podcast!

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Something About Mary

Something About Mary

The Church gives the highest form of veneration to Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. Why? What is veneration? Does veneration mean worship? What’s with all the crazy beliefs about Mary’s sinlessness and perpetual virginity? This topic is a loaded on for our non-Catholic Christian brothers and sisters so there is a lot to talk about here. 

Matt’s keynote presentations: Something About Mary

Homework: Read about one Marian apparition approved by the Catholic Church for at least 20 minutes (wiki “Marian Apparitions”).

Additional Resources: Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 963-975 and 946-962, Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed pages 231-246 & 319-326, Hail Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God by Scott Hahn, Rethinking Mary in the New Testament: What the Bible Tells Us about the Mother of the Messiah by Ted Sri.

Prayer Practice: Pray with Luke 1.46-55

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The Holy Spirit and the Church

The Holy Spirit and the Church

With Christ’s ascension, the second greatest gift (beside the Cross itself) is given to humanity: the Holy Spirit? Who is He? What role does he play in our lives? How is the Holy Spirit related to the birth of the Church? What is the Church? This class unpacks all these questions and more.

Matt’s keynote presentations: The Holy Spirit and the Church

Homework: Memorize the 7 gifts and 12 fruits of the Holy Spirit!

Additional Resources: Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 683-945, Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed pages 279-336, Lumen Gentium - Second Vatican Council.

Prayer Practice: Pray with Colossians 1.24-26

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Christ’s Death, Resurrection, and Ascension

Christ’s Death, Resurrection, and Ascension

Why did Christ die? What does mean that Christ descended into “hell”? Is the resurrection believable? Why an ascension? All these questions will probed and answered at this class!

Matt’s keynote presentations: Death to Ascension

Homework:

  • Read the Gospel of Mark, asking:
    Where is Christ in my suffering?
    Where is the gift in my suffering?
    What is one thing I can do tomorrow to respond more faithfully to Christ in my suffering?

  • Journal your experience for at least five minutes a day.

Additional Resources: Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 570-682, Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed pages 242-278, Jesus and the Eyewitnesses by Richard Baukham.

Prayer Practice: Work through the following questions at your own time with Christ.

  • When have I loved others selflessly?
    Thank God

  • When have I been loved selflessly?
    Thank God

  • When have i failed to love others selflessly?
    Examine where God was during those moments. Talk to Him.
    Seek his loving forgiveness.

  • When have others failed to love me selflessly?
    Ask for God’s Grace to forgive.

  • Make a concrete act of change with Grace.

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The Incarnation of Christ

The Incarnation of Christ

We can’t begin the semester without diving into the subject of Christ’s life as we prepare for Lent and Easter. We will learn about the meaning of the incarnation along with many ways by which Jesus reveals himself and our very selves to use by His life recorded in Scripture.

Matt’s keynote presentations: Incarnation and Life of Christ

Homework:

  • Read the gospel of Matthew asking yourself two questions: Who is Jesus? What does it mean to be a disciple?

  • Write at least three bullet points for each question to bring to class next week.

Additional Resources: Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 422-570, Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed pages 231-278, Jesus and the Victory of God by N.T. Write.

Prayer Assignment: Sit with Philippians 2.4-14

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Salvation History Part 2

Salvation History Part 2

Part 2 of the class that will create a powerful theme to all of Scripture, a particular lens that will change they way you look at God, yourself, and Scripture as a whole! Probably one of the most important classes throughout the whole process! We examine Advent and how it leads to Christmas, and begin looking at the Life of Christ.

Matt’s keynote presentations: Salvation History & Advent & Incarnation and Life of Christ

Homework:

  • For the next 7 days, examine your day at the end, reviewing where you may have held too tightly to your own name. Ask Christ to help you make tomorrow more grounded in Him.

Additional Resources: A Father who Keeps His Promise by Dr. Scott Hahn, Walking with God by Dr. Tim gray and Jeff Cavins, Ignatian Study Bible, The Bible Timeline

Prayer Assignment: Pray with John 3.16-21

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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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