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Foundation of Catholicism Midterm
Terms in this set (26)
What is the basic question confronting Everyman?
It is the question of human identity, of knowing who we are here, why we are here, and why anything exists
What is a liberal education and why is it necessary to have one?
the pursuit of intellectual excellence for its own sake. It is something we are not at liberty to exclude because at the deepest level they determine what it means to be a complete human being
What are the three great Transcendentals? Have they got anything to do with an ideal of education?
Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. The three most basic dimensions of the human soul are: the desire to know the truth of reality (intellect), the aspiration to be good (will), and the faculty for taking delight in the beautiful (sensibility)
Identify that immense sea of being separating two very different worlds, which no human being has the power to cross over. Is there any way, therefore, to bridge that gap, that infinite difference? If so, how?
The infinitive qualitative difference between human history and divine mystery no amount of mere human striving can succeed in crossing over.
Only in the Event of Jesus Christ and His Church are we enabled to bridge the gap.
What is the single most important question facing men and women of faith?
Whether or not it is possible for human beings to believe?
How does Giussani propose that we answer that question?
Through one's experience of one's own humanity. That faith perfectly corresponds to the needs and desires of the human heart,
What specific discovery did Father Giussani make in the course of attempting to teach his young students back in the early 1950s in Milan?
They all appeared to know the content of the faith from the outside, but had no inner conviction of its relevance to their own lives.
"How can we contrive to be at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it?" Who wrote that? What does it mean?
It is the fundamental problem troubling us all: To find the world at once fascinatingly foreign and familiar, strange and sedate, terrible and tame, exotic yet everyday.
According to Giussani, what is the "formula" for the ultimate journey to the meaning of being? In three words. Then tell me what it means.
"Living the real."
In order to become "truly and faithfully religious.. is to live always the real intensely, without preclusion, without negating or forgetting anything."
"In the experience of a great love, all that happens becomes an event related to that love." Explain.
The Event of Christ becomes totalizing, inclusive of all else; that everything is now or ever will be must unfold from within the ambit, the horizon set by Christ.
If the exercise of right reason means living one's finite life in conscious relation to the infinite, then in what ways might man become unreasonable?
For such a man, life is a series of ways to escape, of taking flight from reason.
Three kinds of men:
1) happy and reasonable - those who have sought for God all one's life, He, at last, is found
2) unhappy yet reasonable - those who search but have not yet found
3) unhappy and unreasonable - those who neither search nor find
What is the point of the story Giussani tells of the time he found himself lost in the woods?
Man is he who searches; That there is a reason for this search, namely the fact that you are lost; Man has got to cry out, to externalize his fear of being lost, his need to be rescued.
Identify and describe the 4 elements of which the Church's catechesis consists (be sure and include the corresponding virtue).
CREED - The Apostle's/Nicene Creed (Faith)
Everything we must believe is laid out in the creeds
CODE - 10 Commandments and the Beatitudes (Charity)
Relate the Old and New Testaments
CONSOLATION - Our Father (Hope)
Represents everything we hope for
CENTER - Sacramentality
Center/heart of Christianity is the encounter
Elements on which faith, hope, and charity are based
What does it mean to designate a virtue as being Theological?
Theological: "study of God"
Comes directly from God and habituates you to a life in God
The aim of Father McBride's book is to open up the Church's Catechism, which provides a "comprehensive, systematic, and authoritative presentation of the truths of the Catholic Church." What do those words mean?
Everything to be Catholic
Arranged according to a certain structure
Dependable and speaks with authority
Whom are we to encounter at the heart of the Church's catechesis?
To catechize is:
"To reveal in the Person of Christ the whole of God's eternal design reaching fulfillment in that Person."
What does it mean to speak of the desire for God as having been written in the human heart? (Be prepared to adduce both St. Augustine and George Hebert on the matter)
God and man are related as "myself and my Creator," two polarities
We naturally desire to be united at the religious equator
We all desire something and are trying to seek it
If we follow Christ, who is the Way, we will come to know God, who is the true source and summit of our desire.
Reproduce the conversation between the Lady Julian of Norwich and Christ regarding "a little thing, the size of a hazelnut". What 3 truths emerge?
Lady Julian was given a hazelnut and she realized it represented all that is and was ever made.
God loves it and it has being because God is love
God made it
God loves it
God looks after it
Using the example from the Rilke poem, discuss the tension at the heart of all created being.
"we are all falling... and yet there is one who holds this falling endlessly gently in his hands."
- tension between a life force and a death force
- tension between entropy (a measure of disorder and order) and ecstasy (a state in which a person transcends their consciousness)
- this tension is ultimately resolved when we die because in death we will be with God, which is where our true longing and desire lie.
Is Divine Revelation necessary? (Note: in answering the question cite two reasons listed in the Catechism)
God reveals His plan/blueprint
If He didn't reveal Himself in Revelation, we may never come to Him
There are things God wants to share that reason alone does not allow us to know
God's life in the Trinity, and other truths that are beyond the light of reason.
What are the 2 high points in the history and theology in Revelation?
1) Exodus 3: "I am who I am"
2) 1 John: God is love
- Ultimately this is the summit of Revelation that who God is, is being alone
In our journey home there are 3 stages. What are they?
1) By the light of reason in which we behold God's presence and existence
2) By the light of faith we encounter the revelation of God's inner life and the divine plan of salvation
3) By the light of glory, we will one day, with His grace, enjoy Him face to face
In getting a fix on faith there are 2 Scripture passages that provide a perfect point of entry. Describe them.
"In the beginning was the Word."
Refers to when God became Man; the word incarnate
The origin of faith is the Word incarnate
"Faith comes from what is heard."
Faith is attached to the Word, which depends on having heard the spoken Word
In what 2 ways are Faith and Philosophy different?
"I think philosophy, but receive the faith."
Philosophy grows out of my thought and experience
Faith is never a result of me reflecting on reality, but rather something spoken
Faith is always outside of me, and philosophy is internal thoughts
If the ultimate source on which we depend for eternal life is God, in what way might the Church constitute the proximate source?
Everything traces back to Him
God reveals ways to reach it through Sacred Scripture, the Church, Tradition
"You can't have God for Father without the Church as Mother."
Describe the "Chord of Catholicity."
1) the Word we proclaim
- Holy Scripture
2) Sacrament we celebrate
- The priest is speaking the Words of God in mass during the consecration
3) Office of unity
- Church wouldn't be holy, Catholic, and Apostolic if she isn't one
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