Archive for March, 2010

After a week off, we ended up in a wide ranging discussion, from the meaning of The Lord’s Prayer to the origin of sin.

We began by finishing up the last chapter on The Lord’s Prayer. For many people, especially children, prayers are simply words to be memorized. They recite a prayer without really knowing the meaning of what they are saying. We walked our way through the Our Father and talked about the meaning of each line.

We moved to the next chapter. It started with an exercise that involved a list of personal characteristics, some good (generous, kind, respectful, etc) and some less desirous (selfish, rough, lazy, etc.). The students were asked to circle ten attributes that applied to them, both good and bad. It provoked an interesting discussion. Surprisingly, they were quite willing to grab onto some of the negative labels. I’m not sure what that means.

From there, we went on to the biblical story of Adam and Eve and the origin of sin and evil.  We covered free will, heaven, hell and purgatory. We talked about what their impressions of heaven and hell might be.

The key point to the discussion was that our happiness and reward / punishment in the next life will depend on the choices we make in this one.

We have no class next week, March 31, due to Holy Week.  When we come back on April 7, we will cover the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick.  This is actually one of our better class sessions. We will talk about the four stages of forgiveness and get into some role playing. In the past, the classes have gotten very engaged. I hope the same for this group. So if you are not doing anything on Wednesday, April 7, come on by and join the fun.

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We had a lively session on Wednesday, which is the way I like it.

The main subject of the class was prayer and specifically the Lords Prayer.

We discussed questions like:

How do you pray?

Does God hear all prayers?

What should you pray (or not pray for)?

We ended up in a wide ranging discussion on subject ranging from whether the world is really going to end in 2012 to why Jews don’t believe Jesus is the Son of God.

We ran out of time before we ran out of topics for discussion. Too bad.

There will be no class next week on St Patrick’s Day, but we’re back for one class on March 24, before spring break the following week.

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As we continued our journey through the sacraments, we covered the Eucharist this week.

We pointed out that the Eucharist is the most important of all the sacraments and the Church’s celebrations.

We also emphasized Catholics’ belief that the consecrated bread and wine in the wine actually is the essence, the body and blood, of Jesus Christ, and not simply a symbol, as believed my most non-Catholic churches.

We reviewed the biblical/historical origin of the sacrament in Jesus’s actions at the Last Supper.

We have class this week, March 10, but will have no class on St Patrick’s Day, March 17.

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