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The subject matter for last night’s class was not the most compelling, but we had a pretty good session anyway.

The overall subject was Grace, which we described as God’s love. We compared it to parental love. (This is a reinforcement of the discussion we had on October 6.) The Sacraments are God’s way of conveying his Grace / Love to us. We talked about how a demonstration of parental love (a hug, a word of encouragement, etc) can provide motivation. Similarly, Grace / God’s love gives us the strength and motivation to live good lives, etc.

We read the story of St Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus. We discussed how this was a vivid demonstration of receiving Grace. We talked about how God only rarely hits someone in such an unmistakable manner. Rather than shouting, God usually whispers, and it is we who must listen.

We lightly touched on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. We didn’t spend much time on them. That is a sufficiently large subject that we could spend several class sessions on them, and we don’t have time for that.

We read the story of Sister (Saint) Katherine Drexel, a missionary to Native Americans and African Americans in the late 19th and early 20th century.

We finished up with a “quiz bowl” reviewing some of the material we have covered to date.

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We have been putting new floors in our house this week, so both the house and my life are in disarray. Sorry for the late post. But moving on…

We had an interesting class Wednesday.

Our plan to conduct a Baptism demonstration was delayed, but there is some good news attached to that. A parish family with a child in CCD and another newborn baby, have agreed to allow the baby’s Baptism to be a part of the CCD program. We will do that in two weeks, on January 27. That should be very cool.

Father Mariusz stopped in and answered questions for nearly a half hour. He connected well with the students. He answered some of the questions that the students have asked Mrs. Worthington and myself, but would be better being answered by a priest, including:

  • What’s the story with “original sin?
  • What happens to a baby who dies before being baptized?
  • Why don’t priests get married?

Mrs. W asked Father M if priests ever had any fun. The students were impressed and surprised that Father M has a Wii and plays “Guitar Hero.”

When Father M left, we had only about 20 minutes left in the class, not enough time to do a full lesson. So we played “Catholic Hangman” for awhile.

Next week we talk about the concept of “grace,” and God’s “tough love” on St Paul on the road to Damascus.

The Baptism is scheduled for January 27.

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