3So What If . . . Mattie Stepanek, February 1998 What if the world fills upwith so many peoplethat the earth can’t hold us all?Is that a reason for war?No.Is that a reason not to love unborn babies?Is that a reason to let sick people die?It is a reason we need to make extra room,first in our hearts and then into our worldIt is a reason to make room for prayerbecause God is the only “I AM.”Who can answer such a “What If?”
4If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Happy moments, praise God.Difficult moments, seek God.Quiet moments, worship God.Painful moments, trust God.Every moment, thank God.
5P R A Y Emphasizes various prayer forms Communal Private Traditional SpontaneousGestureSongMeditationContemplationNational Directory for Catechesis,Chapter 5, Liturgical Catechesis
6Context and Meaning NDC: Chapter 2 Evangelization The six principle tasks of catechesisKnowledge of the FaithParticipation in liturgical and sacramental lifeMoral FormationLearning to PrayPreparation and participation in faith communityDeveloping a missionary spirit
7Eight Components of Youth Ministry Community Life/SocialJustice & ServiceEvangelizationLeadership DevelopmentPastoral CarePrayer & WorshipAdvocacyEducation/ Catechesis
8COMMUNITY LIFE Evangelization Community Life is present in all other components of Youth Ministry. Anytime the youth gather they experience Community Life. Furthermore on some level the other components are present at any purely social/community outing, activity, or event. Evangelization-All components must proclaim their faith.
9An American Baptist and world-renowned senior theologian, Langdon Gilkey, identified the Protestant understanding of Catholicism's distinguishing characteristics. In Catholicism Confronts Modernity, page 23, he summarizes these as:The people as communityThe reality of traditionThe grace of caritasThe sacramental sense of the living presence of GodThe rationality of the traditional faith
10Thomas Groome in EDUCATING FOR LIFE, A Spiritual Vision for Every Teacher and Parent, page 59-60, elaborates and updates the five suggested in Gilkey's schema and adds three of his own.Positive anthropologyIts conviction about the sacramentality of lifeIts relationship on relationship and communityIts commitment to history and traditionCatholicism's appreciation of a wisdom rationalitySpirituality - On seeking "holiness" of lifeWorking for justice and the social values of God's reignCatholicity itself - Being open to truth wherever it can be found
11To create conditions for learning, the following must exist LEARNRS SAFETYAbsence of threatCONNECTIONConnection with others whom they will trustEXPRESSIONOpportunity to express oneselfACTIVATIONActicvate prior relevant learning
12RITUAL and NOVELTY A B a l a n c e Rituals ensure a high level of predictability, but they can become boring.If there is simply new stimulus or novelty, it becomes chaoticIt is necessary to have both of them for a balanced environment.
13ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT PHYSICAL ACTIVITY TIME TO DISCUSS OPTIONS Have people go for a walk with a partner and in that time answer three questionsWhat are you grateful for?What are the highs and lows you have experienced today?What do you want to get out of our time together?
14CATHOLIC ANTHROPOLOGY How the Catholic perspective shapes:Our way of lifeOur way of relating to selfOur way of relating to othersOur way of relating to the worldOur entire modus operandi ashuman beings (persons)
15How do you look at the world? What’s your story of life From beginning to end?
16Here are two stories Which one do you prefer? The first story begins like this:Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there was a series of accidents. Energy and matter and molecules collided and somehow you are here today. Here by coincidence. Here by chance.The second story starts this way:In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And you are here today, not by accident, but because he designed you, and loves you and wants to have a relationship with you.
17Here are two stories Which one do you prefer? The first story continues:The fit live.The weak die.So kill or be killed. Survival is the name of the game.Look out for number one.And here’s how the second story goes:Blessed are the meek. Blessed are the poor. Blessed are the peacemakers.Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
18Here are two stories Which one do you prefer? The first story finishes like this:You die.The end.And the second story? Actually the second story has no end at all:“For Jesus said, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.’”
19Here are two stories Two stories to explain the world No one can prove which one is true.No scientist, no philosopher, no politician, no theologian, no priest.It is up to you to choose.So here are two stories.Which one do you prefer?Telling the Bible, Bob Hartman
20Catholic Anthropolgy GOD IS the Beginning & End of human existence With what kind of eyes do you look out upon the world?ElohistYahwist
21Creation Stories - Elohist Does God Have a Big Toe?:Stories About Stories in the BibleAuthors:Rabbi Marc Gellman,Oscar De Mejo(Illustrator)
22Creation stories - Yahwist Ethiopian Tattoo ShopAuthor:Father Edward Hays
23What story do you like best? TODAY – Right Now! What story best describes your view of life and the way you approach every day with God?Which story symbolizes your view of God the Creator?Which story would you choose to tell and why?Sharing one’s faith is catechesis
24God Created the World Authors: Sheila Cassidy, Emma Hunk (Illustrator) The Creation:The Story of HowGod Created the World Authors: Sheila Cassidy,Emma Hunk (Illustrator)
25Telling the Stories of Scripture STORIE S CREATING COMMUNITY – People feel a part of God’s family by knowing how the church began or what happened when Jesus was born.STORIES REINFORCING VALUES – Stories teach what is essential and the roots of decisions.STORIES ALLOWING MEANINGFUL FAITH CONCLUSIONS – Faith in a story outlasts logical arguments, it inspires belief.
26Disciples Called to Witness Part III Jesus Christ offers us new hope through a New Evangelization. Through the re-proposing of the Gospel, the Church seeks to comfort all those who are burdened by offering faith, hope, love, and the gift of new life in Christ.
27Re-propose: Decalogue – 10 Commandments Catholic Catechism for Adults Believe in the True GodReverence God’s NameLove the Lord’s DayStrengthen Your FamilyPromote the Culture of LifeMarital FidelityDo Not Steal – Act JustlyTell the TruthPractice Purity of HeartEmbrace Poverty of Spirit
33Where is the Source of Hope? Who is the Source of Hope We brought burgers to the park and church broke out. Burgers, hot dogs, pickles, potato chips and brownies. There were no bricks, no stained glass and no pews with kneelers. There would be no scripture readings, but there was plenty of scriptural action: no Mass, but an active Eucharist.
35T R I N I T Y What do we call Y-O-U Tale of a Bishop’s EncounterNames of GOD – your turnNames you know/use for God or one of the persons in GodDescriptive words/phrases associated with…We receive names from relationshipsIn Hebrew culture, “To benameless is to be worthless.”
36Names for God In God’s Name Author: Sandy Eisenberg Sassso Phoebe Stone(Illustrator)
38GOD IS You want to know me? You want to see my face? I do not age with time;I do not fit into a spaceI transcend the capacity ofyour eye,so who am I?
39GOD IS It is the question of the moment; It is the question for all timeI am you and you are mineI am the beginning in the endI am the faith in your believingI am the color of truthI am the dreamer of your dreamsI am the falling in your loveI am the words of a prayerI am the silence in the musicI am the music in the silence
40GOD IS I am your father; I am your mother I am the man who cannot cry I am the story in your eyesI am the orphan of warI am the leper begging on the cornerI am the black slave in chainsI am the Muslim bride who cannotshow her faceI’m the cross you carry again
41God Is I am the beginning in the end I am the faith in your believing I am the color of truthI am the dreamer of your dreamsI am the falling in your loveI am the words of a prayerI am the silence in the musicI am the music in the silence
42GOD IS I’m all you have forgotten I am all that you have not been I am in you – all that is within youLet the journey begin. AmenI am in you, Amen.
43God Is I am the beginning in the end I am the faith in your believing I am the color of truthI am the dreamer of your dreamsI am the falling in your loveI am the words of a prayerI am the silence in the musicI am the music in the silence
44CAIN and ABEL CAIN & ABEL: Finding the Fruits of Peace Author Sandy Eisenberg SassoIllustrated byJoani Keller Rothenberg
45Cain and Abel – Today A Boy in a Bed in the Dark Born with a cleft palate, My two-year-old brother, Recovering from yet another surgery, Toddled into our bedroom Toppled a tower of blocks That I had patiently built And in a five-year-old's fury I grabbed a fallen block And winged it at him Ripping open his carefully reconstructed lip.
46Cain and Abel – Today A Boy in a Bed in the Dark The next hours were gruesomely compressed Ending with a boy in a bed in the dark Mute with fear Staring out into the hallway with horror As the pediatrician went in and out of the bathroom With one vast blood-soaked towel after another Shaking his head worriedly.
47"A Boy in a Bed in the Dark" by Brad Sachs, from In the Desperate Kingdom of Love: Poems 2001-2004. My brother's howls And my parents' cooed comfort Became the soundtrack to this milky movie That plays In my darkest theatre, The one that I sidle past each night With a shudder And a throb in my fist.
48Belief in the Resurrection If the Witch knew the true meaning of sacrifice, she might have interpreted the deep magic differently. That when a willing victim who has committed no treachery, is killed in a traitor's stead, the stone table will crack, and even death itself would turn backwards.
49P A S S I N GSpiritual Cinema Circle2009Volume I
50T I P S a n d T O O L SYouth do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.The relationship you develop with your students will be the single most important thing you do to encourage learning.The most important clues you get from your students are non-verbal:
51T I P S a n d T O O L S continued NON VERBALPostureBreathingTonalityTempoGesturesThese behaviors are accurate indicators of where you are with each other.
52Cannot Keep it to Yourself If you can learn to share with those with whom you worship and serve together, If you start to overflow with the presence of God in your life, If you begin to see everything you do as gifts of grace, THIS IS GOOD NEWS YOU WILL SHARE WITH THOSE NOT AT CHURCH.
53Be still and know that I am God “For many people, silence is the way God speaks to us, and when we ourselves are in silence, we are speaking the language of the soul.” George ProchnikCultivate Deaf Space, an appealing philosophy of architecture that emphasizes natural light, soft shapes, and colonnades and porches—“space that helps people remain in each other’s visual embrace.”
54Blessing One Another Henri Nouwen To bless means to say good things. We have to bless one another constantly. Parents need to bless their children, children their parents, husbands their wives, wives their husbands, friends their friends.
55Blessing One Another Henri Nouwen In our society, so full of curses, we must fill each place we enter with our blessings. We forget so quickly that we are God's beloved children and allow the many curses of our world to darken our hearts.
56Blessing One Another Henri Nouwen Therefore we have to be reminded of our belovedness and remind others of theirs. Whether the blessing is given in words or with gestures, in a solemn or an informal way, our lives need to be blessed lives.
57B L E S S I N G What is a blessing but a rain of grace, falling generously into the lives of those in need;and who among us is without need?
58B L E S S I N GThe first element in any blessing is that there has to be a relationship with God. When we bless, when we ask for goodness, we ask from the source of all goodness, we ask God. When things are going well in our lives – when the road seems to rise and meet us – our relationship with God will be positive.Cursing is the furthest thing from our minds.
59B L E S S I N GWhen things are not going so well in our lives – when the road does not rise to meet us – everything in life can seem like an uphill struggle. It is during these times that we run the risk of losing our relationship with God. If we allow this to happen, we are unable to bless. We become like the embittered psalmist who can only curse. Relationship with and belief in God are essential to blessing.
60B L E S S I N GThe second element in a blessing is the ritual of transfer of the blessing or the goodness. Historically, this transfer of the blessing takes place physically through words that we pronounce and gestures that we make, such as uplifted arms or actual laying-on of hands.The person giving the blessing transfers the blessing in such a manner that it will somehow be experienced by the receiver.
61B L E S S I N GThe sense of touch, whether it is the wind at your back, the sun shining upon your face or the firm hand of a person signing your forehead, can convey an enormous life-sustaining power.A blessing is the bridge between heaven and earth. The transfer of the divine that occurs when we bless is truly a sacred moment.
62B L E S S I N GThe third element of a blessing is the enhancement of the receiver, wherein we envision the goodness of the blessing. Even Jesus, when he pronounced the Beatitudes, envisioned a goodness that would give comfort and hope to millennia of believers. We have in our possession the ability to envision virtually any future for humanity.The power to bless is incredibly awesome. It is the vision of divine enhancement, of a people resting in the palm of God’s hand, that is the hallmark of a blessing.
63B L E S S I N G Your TurnBless (Give)and be Blessed (Receive)
64B L E S S I N G May your voice this day be a voice of encouragement. May your life be an answer to someone's prayer.May you have enough joy to fire your hope, enough pain to make you wise.May the lamp of your life shine upon all you meet this day.May you know that though the storm might rage, not a hair of your head will be harmed. -Macrina Wiederkehr
65B L E S S I N G May the day never burden your mind. May there be kindness in your gaze when you look within.May dawn find hope in your heart.May evening find you gracious and fulfilled.May you go into the night blessed, sheltered and protected.May your soul calm, console and renew you.To Bless the Space Between Us, John O’Donohue