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Sacraments. Chapter 1 Encountering the Sacred. Listening for the Thunder. In nature when we hear thunder we know it means a change of weather is coming. There is also the “thunder” we hear in our hearts There are distractions that will keep us from hearing our own inner thunder.

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Sacraments

Sacraments

Chapter 1

Encountering the Sacred


Listening for the thunder
Listening for the Thunder

  • In nature when we hear thunder we know it means a change of weather is coming.

  • There is also the “thunder” we hear in our hearts

  • There are distractions that will keep us from hearing our own inner thunder.


Thinking about it
Thinking about it

  • What are some distractions that may keep us from hearing any thunder in our lives?

  • What are some examples of people who “heard the thunder” in their own lives? How do you know?

  • Do you think YOU have heard any thunder in your life?How did it change you? How does it challenge you?


Sacramental awareness
Sacramental Awareness

  • “Sacramental awareness” is appreciation for the sacred in the world.

  • “Sacred” means “holy” or “set aside for God” That which is sacred points to God

  • You are part of God’s world

  • You are sacred too!


Wait a minuet
Wait a minuet!

  • Are we saying that we can encounter God through creation? How do we do THAT?

  • Catholic belief is that God communicates through the people, place, actions, events and experiences that shape a person’s life,Write about a time you think God helped you through the efforts of another person.


Sacramental dullness
Sacramental Dullness

  • Not everyone sees the sacred in the world around them.

  • Sometimes even we fail to see God in action in our lives.

  • This is called “Sacramental Dullness”


Writing it down
Writing it down

  • How would you define “Sacramental Awareness”?

  • How would you define “Sacred”?

  • How would you define “sacramental dullness”?

  • What are some things that cause sacramental dullness?

  • What are some cures for sacramental dullness?


Taking a second look
Taking a second look

Write about a time in your life when you might have “missed” God speaking to you through nature, others or events.

What can you do to be more aware of God in your life?

What can T.G. do to help you become more aware of God in your life?


Spirituality action plan
Spirituality Action Plan

  • From: Handout 1-A

  • We often set goals for different areas of our lives.

  • Activities, family, friends, academics in all these area we can set specific goals.

  • We can do the same in our spiritual lives.


Spiritual action plan con t
Spiritual Action Plan Con’t.

  • Where have you been? Can you remember an early faith moment?

  • Where are you now?

  • Believer, wonderer, doubter, just not “into it”

  • Where do you want to be?

  • How can you get there?


Our second concept grace
Our second concept:Grace

  • Grace is God’s gift of love to us and to all creation

  • God is everywhere “ God speaks to us in many ways”’

  • Our human flesh expresses our human heart>>>>>Body Language!


God s body language
God’s Body Language

  • Because God wants to communicate with us God uses the physical world to speak to us.

  • We are physical, God uses the physical to communicate with us.

  • God’s “body language”!


How we humans communicate
How we humans communicate

  • Our bodies express our inner thoughts and feelings.

  • We communicate verbally and also Non-verbally


Examples from the bible
Examples from the Bible

  • God’s body language is seen in nature, people and events.

  • BIBLE SEARCH!!

    In your notebook

    *Briefly write down what happens in your selected reading

    * What does the story teach us about God?

  • How does this story challenge us?


Places to look in the bible for examples of god s body language
Places to look in the Bible for examples of God’s body language.

  • Gn 1,1-31

  • Ex 3,1-14

  • Mt 8,1-4

  • Mt 8,23-27

  • Mk 6,45-62

  • Lk 17,11-19

  • Mt 18,10-14

  • Lk 10,29-37

  • Lk 15,1-7

  • Lk 15,8-10

  • Lk 15,11-32


My first sacraments quiz
My first Sacraments Quiz language

  • Briefly define these terms:

  • Sacramental awareness

  • Sacramental blindness

  • Grace

  • Spirituality

    Thought Question:

    1) Recall a sacramental moment from your own life-an occasion when you felt especially attuned to God’s presence. Write about your experience. Include some details and background


First quiz continued
First Quiz continued language

  • Thought question:

  • 2) EXPLAIN HOW HUMAN FRIENDSHIP CAN BE A SACRAMENT, DEFENDING YOUR ANSWER WITH EXAMPLES FROM YOUR OWN LIFE OR THE LIVES OF OTHERS. YOU MAY USE FICTIONAL CHARACTERS FROM STORIES OR MOVIES.

    ( PG 14-15)

  • 3) WHAT TWO SKILLS ARE NEEDED FOR GOOD, HONEST COMMUNICATION BETWEEN FRIENDS?WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE, IF ANY, BETWEEN HOW WE COMMUNICATE WITH OUR FRIENDS AND HOW WE COMMUNICATE WITH GOD? ( PG 17-18)


Concept c receiving god s offer of friendship 15 21
Concept C:Receiving God’s languageOffer Of Friendship(15-21)

  • Strong healthy friendships depends on honest communication

  • The same is true for establishing and maintaining a friendship with God

  • Real communication happens when messages are both sent and received.


Concept c continued
Concept C: Continued language

  • Pg 15-16 “Evening comes quickly to Camp La Crosse….”

  • How did Jonathan and Matt say yes to God’s offer of friendship?

  • Once we begin to learn the skills of sacramental awareness, we start to recognize many events in our daily life as experiences of God’s loving presence.


Sacramental moments in daily life
Sacramental Moments in Daily life language

  • Read page 19-20

  • What are two skills necessary for sacramental awareness?

  • Why are these skills important for celebrating the sacraments?

  • What is a sacramental moment?


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