Thursday, October 16, 2008

High School Catechism

Tonight, we had High School Catechism Class. Our class is small but fun. There were 6 students, 4 haven't confirmed yet.

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The topic tonight is Divine Revelation. Here is a summary of what I taught.

Natural Revelation: Creation (outside us) & Conscience (inside us)

Divine Revelation: Holy Scripture (Bible) & Divine Tradition

Holy Scripture: the collection of books written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

Divine Tradition: the unwritten word of God (Doctrines of faith or morals which were taught by Christ and originally handed down from the Apostles, but not recorded in the inspired books)

Inspiration:

1. God enlightened the mind & moved the will of the sacred writers to write the Bible

2. The sacred writers only wrote what God intended (no more, no less)

3. The sacred writers were protected from errors

Old Testament: 46 Books

New Testament: 27 Books

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It is through the Church that we received the Bible, so the Church is the only authorized guardian and the only infallible interpreter of the meaning of the Sacred Scriptures.

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Sacred Scriptures & Divine Tradition are of EQUAL VALUE as sources of Revelation. Since both have God as their source it could not be otherwise. They deserve equal esteem and reverence.

Records of Tradition:

1. Decrees of popes and councils

2. Liturgical books

3. Acts of martyrs

4. Writings of the Fathers and the Doctors of the Church

5. The Creeds

Fathers of the Church:

Greek Fathers

1. St. Athanasius

2. St. Basil the Great

3. St. Gregory Nazianzen

4. St. John Chrysostom

Latin Fathers

1. St. Ambrose

2. St. Augustine

3. St. Jerome

4. St. Gregory the Great

At the end of the class, we played the game Pictionary. Look @ the pictures and try to guess the word for each picture....

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Answer:

Old Testament

Devil

Inspiration

Hail Mary

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