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Now What?

Now What?

We are about to be Catholic? Now what? RCIA will end soon so how do we not retreat into simply a Sunday Mass goer, but truly engage the faith and the parish. This class talks about all the ways by which you can continue you formation and to be a gift back to the parish and greater community of Boulder.

Matt’s keynote presentations: The Virtue Driven Life

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Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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The Virtue Driven Life: The Ten Commandments

The Virtue Driven Life: The Ten Commandments

We end our discussion on Morality with a reflection on the last four of the Ten Commandments through the lens of virtue. With the foundational first three, how can the other four Commandments put an important framework in our pursuit of Holiness?

Matt’s keynote presentations: The Virtue Driven Life

Homework:

  • Pick one commandment that resonated with you. 

  • Determine the virtue that best overcomes a particular weakness for you within the commandment.

  • Ask Jesus for that virtue!

  • Commit to one thing each day (the night before) that intentionally engages that virtue in your life!

Additional Resources:

Prayer Practice:  Matthew 19:16-22

  • What am I clinging on to for self-preservation?

  • Where do I fall short in being a disciple of Jesus Christ?

  • What is one thing that would make me very sad if I did not have it any more?

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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Made for More Part 2: Living for Virtue

Made for More Part 2: Living for Virtue

We continue our discussion on Morality by looking at the fruits and gifts of the Holy Spirit and the Seven Deadly Sins, and reflecting on the first three Ten Commandments through the lens of virtue. How can the Ten Commandments put an important framework in our pursuit of Holiness?**

Matt’s keynote presentations: Made for More: An Introduction to Morality

Homework:

  • Obtain a liturgical calendar to begin living your life by.

  • Memorize:

    Cardinal Virtues

    Theological Virtues

    Gifts of Holy Spirit

    Fruits of Holy Spirit

    Seven Deadly Sins

Additional Resources:

  • Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church, Paragraphs 1691-2051.

  • An Introduction to Moral Theolgy by William May

  • After Virtue by Alasdair MacIntyre

Prayer Practice:  1 Corinthians 13

  • Use Examen to Prayer through passage in the context of living a Free, Total, Faithful and Fruitful life.

  • Ask:

    • How have I fulfilled this command today? Thank God!

    • Where have I failed this call? Ask God for forgiveness and healing.

    • Ask God for help making tomorrow a better day.

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

Music: Tenderness - Bensound.com

**apologies for the lateness and quality of the episode.

Living the Fulfilled Life

Living the Fulfilled Life

With Spring Break, there is no regular class, so here is a talk Matt gave for St. Valentine's Day, a kind of Theology of the Body class, about relationships and how man was made for more than a lofty misunderstanding of love.

Matt’s keynote presentations: None for this week.

This week we did not get to Homework, Additional Resources, and Prayer Practice this week.

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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Made for More Part 1: Living a Life of Virtue

Made for More Part 1: Living a Life of Virtue

We now end our exploration of the Sacraments and turn our attention toward how we live within this story that Sacraments plunged us into. Here we will talk about what morality is in general, how to determine what is immoral and moral, the two types of sin, and how virtue is the most effective antidote to sin.

Matt’s keynote presentations: Made for More: An Introduction to Morality

This week we did not get to Homework, Additional Resources, and Prayer Practice this week. They will be posted with the next class’s notes. If you would still like to view them, they are at the end of the keynote presentation (linked above).

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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The Sacraments of Healing

The Sacraments of Healing

We end the Sacramental life pillar with the Sacraments of Healing. Once we have received the one time Sacraments of Initiation, how are we to keep living in this state of Sacrament Grace? With the assistance of regular reception of the Sacraments of Healing. This class will talk about the importance of these Sacraments, what they are, their Biblical foundations, and how they strengthen us toward our path to Holiness!

Matt’s keynote presentations: Sacraments of Healing

Homework:

  • Spend 10 minutes a day preparing for your first confession/baptism through your examination of conscience?

Additional Resources:

Prayer Practice:  2 Corinthians 12:8-9

  • Ask: Where can God's power be made manifest in this (whatever you may be going through)?

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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Lent & the Sacraments of Initiation

Lent & the Sacraments of Initiation

Lent is upon us and in the wake of Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Gras in French) we will talk about how lent was the time meant particularly for those preparing to enter the Church. Following that, we begin the journey of discussing the Sacraments that you all will receive in one way or another at the end of Lent: Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion. We will talk about what makes them Sacraments of Initiation and how they differ from other sacraments.

Matt’s keynote presentations: Lent and Sacraments of Initiation

Homework: Prepare your personal mission statement for the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Additional Resources:

Prayer Practice:
Pray with Ezekiel 36:24-27

  • Ask Yourself During Prayer

    • What do I desire for my heart?

    • What do I need to be cleansed of so I can truly be free, total, faithful and fruitful?

    • Ask God for it.

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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The Sacrament of Marriage & Human Sexuality

The Sacrament of Marriage & Human Sexuality

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 bout 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.

Matt’s keynote presentations: The Sacrament of Marriage & Sexual Ethics

Homework:

  • Think of one person in your life that you have a tendency to put in a box (i.e. acts this way and that way all the time). Pray to Jesus for the grace to see them as He sees them: As a person to be continuously pursued as a gift to be discovered.

  • Then do one thing each day to learn more about this person to prevent numbing of the pursuit of discovery.

Additional Resources:

Prayer Practice:
Ask this of yourself when praying with Ephesians 5:21-33

  • What would need to happen to make this passage something desirable?

  • What would the man need to be like?

  • What would the woman need to be like?

  • How would the relationship need to look like?

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

Music: Tenderness - Bensound.com

Intercession of the Saints, The Four Last Things and an Introduction to Sacraments

Intercession of the Saints, The Four Last Things and an Introduction to Sacraments

As we approach the end of the Creed, we now deal with the last parts of life on earth as a Catholic. What happens after death? What roles does the body have in the afterlife? How are we judged? Why are we judged twice (did you know that?)? Is Hell real and why would a loving God “create” Hell?

We will then transition away from the Creed and in the Sacramental life of the Church. What is a Sacrament and how does the differ from many Christian demoniyatios? How do Sacraments change they we live our life? This section is about how we insert ourselves in the story of God’s love that we just learned about in the Creed.

Matt’s keynote presentations: Intercession of Saints, Four Last Things, Intro to Sacraments

Homework:
Practice incorporating one saint into your daily prayer life

  • Read about a saint for 15 minutes.

  • Look up on devotion to him/her?

  • Practice a devotion/incorporate him/her into your daily prayer life in some way.

Additional Resources: Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 988-1209, Theology and Sanity by Frank Sheed pages 326-357, Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialogue Somewhere Beyond Death by Peter Kreeft

Prayer Practice:
Ask this of yourself when praying with 1 Timothy 2:3-4

  • How does He desire YOU to be saved?

  • Where have you seen God in your life desiring you for Himself?

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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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!

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

Music: Tenderness - Bensound.com

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

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

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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

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

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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.

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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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

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

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Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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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

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

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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

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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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!

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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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

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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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

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

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Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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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

Live near Boulder, Colorado? Sign up with the RCIA Interview Form and join us every Tuesday night at 7pm in St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center.

Donate to help St. Thomas Aquinas.

Contact Matt: matthew.boettger@thomascenter.org

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