Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Catechetical Scenes Vol. 2 (Christ Our Redeemer)

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Here is the pictures of my Volume 2 out-of-print "pop-up" book.....

Christ, our Teacher & Friend...

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The Annunciation...

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The Birth of Christ.... 

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The Magi.... 

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Hidden Life of Christ....

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When He was 12......

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When He was 30, He was baptized by John...

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First Miracle: changing water into wine...

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Raised the dead to life....

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Casted out demons....

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Cured the blind....

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The Transfiguration....

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The Betrayal....

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Judged by Pilate...

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Carried His own Cross....

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Died on the Cross....

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Went to Limbo...

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Rose from the dead....

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Ascended into Heaven....

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Will judge the living & the dead....

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LINK TO VOLUME ONE

LINK TO VOLUME THREE

Summary for RCIA

Tonight, I helped out the Chinese RCIA @ CC. I gave them a talk on Jesus Christ. And I drew tables to summarize the class. I also included the English tables for the English RCIA participants @ St. Pats....

 

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INCARNATION

What?

The Son of God became Man
Why? To Save Us (the name "Jesus" means "God saves")
How? By the power of the Holy Spirit, 
born of the Virgin Mary
Who? Jesus (1 Person, 
2 Natures: God & Man)
When? Annunciation Day (Feast: March 25) & Christmas Day (Feast: December 25)
Where? Nazareth & Bethlehem

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Jesus is our

Prophet                King                         Priest

(Teach)                (Govern)               (Make Holy)


Some Essential Teachings of Christ 
Believe Behave Pray
Trinity Love Our Father
Jesus is God Cross Qualities of Good Prayer: Persevere, Humility, Trust, Love
Church 8 Beatitudes 7 Sacraments


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Redemption

What ? Christ dies for our sins
Why ? To save us
The Cross teaches us:
1. God loves us
2. the horrors of sin
3. The example to follow
How ? Suffered, Died, Rose on the 3rd Day
Who ? Jesus (God & Man)
When ? Good Friday (conquered sin), Easter Sunday (conquered death)
Where ? Calvary, the Garden

**** For the English RCIA of St. Pats, here are the summaries on the CHURCH....

Both the words "church" & "school" can refer to both people & building. The school has 2 groups of people: teachers & students. The Church also has 2 groups of people: clergy & faithful. Students learn from teachers & the faithful learn from the clergy. The head of the school is the principal & the head of the Church is the Pope.

The Church is the Mystical Body of Christ. Christ is the Head of the Body, we are the members. Our Lady is the neck that connect us with Jesus. The Soul of the Church is the Holy Spirit, and the Life of the Church is Grace. Christ gave life to the Church by dying on the Cross on Good Friday. The Blood & Water from the Heart of Jesus is the source of Grace, the Life of the Church. Christ gave the Church her Soul on Pentecost Sunday when He send the Holy Spirit.

The Church continues to saving works of Christ byteaching, making holy and ruling.

The Church

What ? The Mystical Body of Christ
Why ? To bring all people to Heaven (Salvation)
How ? By the power of the Holy Spirit
Who ? Jesus (Head) & us (members)
When ? Good Friday & Pentecost Sunday
Where ? Calvary & Jerusalem

The 4 Marks of the Church are:

1. One (one in Faith, Sacrifice, Sacramental System & Head)

2. Holy (Holy Founder: Jesus, holy teachings, means to holiness & holy members: saints) 

3. Catholic (universal: include people from all time & place; preach to all nations all the truths)

4. Apostolic (founded on the Apostles; Teachings & Sacramental came down from the Apostles; Governed by lawful successors of the Apostles, i.e. Bishops)

The 3 attributes of the Catholic Church:

Authority

Infallibility

Indefectibility

Authority: The mother church of the diocese is the "Cathedral". The word "cathedral" came from the word "cathedra". It is a Greek word means "a seat of authority". It is the seat of the Bishop. When a new Bishop is installed he is usually led by the Papal Nuncio or Apostolic Delegate to the throne. The authority of the Bishop ties up with the authority of the Pope.

 

Infallibility: The Pope's decisions are infallible when all of the 4 conditions are fulfilled:

1. The Pope must speak as Vicar of Christ.

2. He must show clearly that he is speaking infallibly; he does this when he uses such phrases aswe define or we proclaim.

3. He must be treating of matters of faith or morals.

4. He must make it plain that he intends to bind the whole Church.

Indefectibility:

"Have confidence, I have overcome the world" (John 16:33)

"the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:19)

"I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world" (Mat. 28:20)

"You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be witnesses for me in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and even to the very ends of the earth" (Acts 1:7)

Although there have been many persecutions against the Church, the Church is still standing today, and it will stand until the end of time.

Talk on Spiritual Direction

 

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Yesterday, we had an informal monthly gathering of priests. Father Joseph Soria, an Opus Dei priest, gave us a beautiful talk on Spiritual Direction.

Father Joseph Soria was the physician of St. Josemaria Escriva, the Founder of Opus Dei. He was with the saint, when the saint died on June 26, 1975. 

This talk is intended to be the 1st of a series of talks to be given Father Soria on Spiritual Direction. The next talk will be on November. God willing, I shall post all the talks by Father Soria on Spiritual Direction.

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ON SPIRITUAL DIRECTION (TALK ONE)

Spiritual Direction is a stable relationship in spiritual life.

This topic is not often taught in many seminaries.

Father Thomas Dubay's book:  Seeking Spiritual Direction: How to Grow the Divine Life Within sheds light on the subject.

Spiritual Direction, though not absolutely necessary for sanctification, is very helpful.

WHY?

It is very easy for people to rationalize their own defects. Hence, we need someone to point them out for us.

Also Spiritual Direction helps us to:

1. recognize possible obstacles on spiritual journey

2. set goals for spiritual life

3. overcome spiritual tiredness & discouragement

4. combat sins (both mortal & venial)

5. open to new ascetical horizon

If you Google "Spiritual Direction", you will find that many people's ideas of spiritual direction have to do with "Pop Psychology" (i.e. to help ones feel good, to raise one's consciousness, & to get rid of one's sense of guilt).

But the target of Spiritual Direction is not just human maturity, but to grow into spiritual maturity according to the vocation of each one (i.e. Sanctity through ordinariness).

DISPOSITIONS OF THE ONE BEING DIRECTED:

1. Faith (supernatural outlook)

if this disposition is lacking than spiritual direction is reduced to the mere exchanging of opinions. We seek spiritual direction, not just because we need someone to listen to us, but because we desire to grow and to be guided.

The ultimate Spiritual Director is the Holy Spirit. The priest is the instrument of God.

2. Sincerity

If the one being directed is not sincere, then the hands of the director is tied.

Sincerity means that we should admit our defects & wrongdoings. We should tell both the shadow & light of our life with true sincerity.

A sign of insincerity is being too "generic" when accusing one's sins. Examples: "I lack charity", "I was overcome be laziness", & "I am too proud".

3. Docility

Docility is the art of knowing how to be corrected.

Lack of docility leads to resistance to the Grace of God. For God often gives us light through our spiritual guides.

In general we should obey the spiritual director. The exception to the rule is when we are asked to do something that conflicts our conscience.

If we are asked to do something difficult, not something that is offensive to God, then we should talk the matter over with our spiritual director. But we should obey his final decision.

Theresa the Little Flower

Today is the 111th Anniversary of the death of St. Theresa. I shared her story & pictures with the school students @ St. Pats.

Theresa was born on January 2nd, 1874...

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Her mother died when she was only 4...

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Theresa was a sensitive, touchy little girl.....

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She missed her 2 older sisters, who became nuns...

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At 10, she got very sick, but Our Lady smiled at her & cured her...

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At 14 on Christmas, Theresa experienced the grace to control her emotions & to grow in maturity.

She prayed for the conversion of a condemned criminal. He died showing sign of repentant...

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Theresa would like to become a nun immediately, but the rule of the time was that you need to be at least 16 to be a nun...

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Finally, Theresa was allow to become a nun at 15...

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Theresa did many simple tasks in the convent. But she did them with great love & patience...

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Theresa & her sisters were nuns in the same community...

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Theresa was sick & died at the age of 24 on September 30th, 1897....

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St. Theresa is now busy in Heaven showering down roses & praying for us....

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An important lesson we learn from her life is: To be holy, we do not need to do extraordinary things. We need to do ordinary simple things with pure intention, great love, & great patience.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Feast of the Archangels

Today is the Feast of the Archangels. We had the meeting of the Queen of Angels Group @ St. Pats.

The group is growing..... this time we had about 20 young people.

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I told them stories about the 3 Archangels we celebrated today. And we played the game: The New Catholic Catechism Learning System

You have to answer questions.......

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Earlier today, we had priests gathering. Father Joseph Soria from Opus Dei gave us a wonderful talk on Spiritual Direction. I had taken notes of his beautiful talk, and I will post them later this week.

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SAINTM~2 TOJESU~2

Quite often funerals come in 2 or 3. I haven't done any funeral in months. But today I got 3 funeral requests. I can only take 2. One on Friday @ Corpus Christi & one on Saturday @ St. Pats. May all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.