God's loving embrace made visible
requires the skill of responding
we can be dulled to God's presence in the world by:
1. our preoccupations
2. feeling overwhelmed
3. not knowing where or how to encounter God in our midst
What increases sacramental awarness
openess to encountering the sacred in our daily life require a deeper look at reality
God is constanly communicaing and having unconditional love for us
God speaks to us how?
He speaks to us through the natureal and social world of our daily life, particulary through friendships
To maintain strong friendships with others and with God, what do we need
God pours out his love to us through what?
The 7 Sacraments
Communicating through symbols
Communicat meaning, see beyond surface, multiple meaning, associated by nature, stirs up emotions
Situationn, place, and group
Natural world and recognized in every culture
Observed with the senses and measured
Meanings @ many levels
necessary for commmunicating about spirtitual experiences
What are the invisible realities?
Love, hope, and faith
Symbols of Gods grace
Life events that have symbolic items, gestures and actions
Symbolic actions express our...
Beliefs, values, and concerns
Have a deeper meaning than practical actions of routines
Characteristics of rituals
Involves movements or gestures
connected to important events in our lives
link with the past
require whole <3 Ed particpation
Attempt to achieve harmony with spiritual powers
symbolic actions and words
cleansing and purifying
symbolizes death, life, adn rebirth nature and scripures
other symbols of Baptism
signing of the cross
the ongoing effect of baptism
you become a member of the church and you're called to witness faith
parents role: profess on babies behalf
godparents: support parents in youth's Christian growth
community: welcomes and supports
What is the RCIA
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
coming back together
essential rite of communion?
bread and wine
community recieving the body and blood of christ
not too bad.
you are in TROUBLE! Why did you have to shoot him?
most sacred moment in the mass
two parts of mass
liturgy of the word and liturgy of the Eucharist
personal sin allienates us from who
ourselves and God
how do we experience God's healing gift?
be truly sorry and try to change
what is the goal of reconcilitation
to change and rebuild relationships with groups