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1 Following Jesus in a Culture of Death. 2 Prayer to Saint Michael St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness.

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1 1 Following Jesus in a Culture of Death

2 2 Prayer to Saint Michael St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. St. Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

3 3 Ice Breaker We need two boys and two girls to volunteer to help. We need two boys and two girls to volunteer to help. Your job is to hold up your sign on whether you believe the following practice is Right or Wrong. Your job is to hold up your sign on whether you believe the following practice is Right or Wrong. When there is disagreement each side has to explain why they chose as they did. When there is disagreement each side has to explain why they chose as they did.

4 4 The Death Penalty

5 5 Abortion

6 6 Stealing Bread to feed your hungry family

7 7 Missing Mass on Sundays without good reason

8 8 Lying to your friend so that their feelings wont be hurt

9 9 Downloading Copyrighted music without paying

10 10 The Culture of Death The term Culture of Death was made famous by Pope John Paul II. The term Culture of Death was made famous by Pope John Paul II. There are two major characteristics of the culture of death There are two major characteristics of the culture of death Ethical Relativism Ethical Relativism Secular Humanism Secular Humanism

11 11 Ethical Relativism This is when culture, society, and the individual begin to determine for themselves what is morally right and wrong This is when culture, society, and the individual begin to determine for themselves what is morally right and wrong What is wrong for you can be right for me? What is wrong for you can be right for me? Or Who are you to tell me what I can do in my bedroom? Or with my body? Or Who are you to tell me what I can do in my bedroom? Or with my body? It is the thought that I decide what is right and what is wrong. It is the thought that I decide what is right and what is wrong.

12 12 Secular Humanism This is when people place Man not God as the center of reality. This is when people place Man not God as the center of reality. We live in a culture that is essentially Atheist in the way it operates. We live in a culture that is essentially Atheist in the way it operates. We can see this in our treatment of life. We can see this in our treatment of life. A baby can be aborted because it is called a part of the womans body and not a gift from God. A baby can be aborted because it is called a part of the womans body and not a gift from God. Youth are exalted and the old are cast away as bad. Youth are exalted and the old are cast away as bad. This promotes life without pain or consequences. This promotes life without pain or consequences.

13 13 Satan and Our Culture We should never forget that in the same way God protects us and guides us, that Satan attacks us and distracts us. We should never forget that in the same way God protects us and guides us, that Satan attacks us and distracts us. Satan is keenly aware of our weakness and wants to destroy you. Satan is keenly aware of our weakness and wants to destroy you. The same as God has a plan for our salvation, Satan has plan for our destruction. The same as God has a plan for our salvation, Satan has plan for our destruction. If you get the chance, read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. If you get the chance, read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. The effects of Secular Humanism and Ethical Relativism can be seen by how we treat sex. The effects of Secular Humanism and Ethical Relativism can be seen by how we treat sex.

14 14 Satans Spectacularly Successful Seven Step Sexual Strategy Control the media Control the media Promote the Sexual Revolution Promote the Sexual Revolution Undermine fidelity and chastity Undermine fidelity and chastity Make marriages unstable Make marriages unstable Make society unstable Make society unstable Steal souls from God. Steal souls from God. This is credited to Prof. Peter Kreeft - Boston College

15 15 Satans Strategy Report Card The average person is subjected to over 14,000 sexual innuendos in the media in a single year. The average person is subjected to over 14,000 sexual innuendos in the media in a single year. The amount of sexually suggestive images on TV and the Internet dwarfs the number of innuendos. The amount of sexually suggestive images on TV and the Internet dwarfs the number of innuendos. Many people do not wait until marriage and adultery is laughed at on TV. Many people do not wait until marriage and adultery is laughed at on TV. The divorce rate is staggering and romance seems to be lost The divorce rate is staggering and romance seems to be lost Many people are choosing pleasure over love and are losing their souls to sin. Many people are choosing pleasure over love and are losing their souls to sin.

16 16 Unpacking the Lies Satan is known as the Father of Lies for a reason. Satan is known as the Father of Lies for a reason. To say that what is wrong for you can be right for me is very dangerous. To say that what is wrong for you can be right for me is very dangerous. More blood has been spilled from this philosophy than every theology combined since the beginning of time. More blood has been spilled from this philosophy than every theology combined since the beginning of time. When we see things taken to the extreme the value of it is more noticeable. When we see things taken to the extreme the value of it is more noticeable. What is wrong for an American can be right for a Nazi? Like murdering millions in the Holocaust. What is wrong for an American can be right for a Nazi? Like murdering millions in the Holocaust. What is wrong for a democratic country can be right for Communist Country? Like murdering millions of peasants. What is wrong for a democratic country can be right for Communist Country? Like murdering millions of peasants.

17 17 Unpacking the Lies In order for there to be Truth, it must be objective, meaning that it must exist outside of you. In order for there to be Truth, it must be objective, meaning that it must exist outside of you. If truth were subjective, how you see it, the truth is reduced to opinion. If truth were subjective, how you see it, the truth is reduced to opinion. If then, there are two opinions that disagree it is not logical that both are true. If then, there are two opinions that disagree it is not logical that both are true. If I say Jesus is God and you say Jesus is not, and we both say, This is true for me. If I say Jesus is God and you say Jesus is not, and we both say, This is true for me. Can both things really be true? Can both things really be true?

18 18 Unpacking the Lies Can Jesus be God and not God at the same time? Can Jesus be God and not God at the same time? This doesnt make sense. This doesnt make sense. As we discussed before the truth cannot contradict itself. As we discussed before the truth cannot contradict itself. Therefore there can only be one truth no matter what peoples opinions are about it. Therefore there can only be one truth no matter what peoples opinions are about it. Therefore truth must be objective. Therefore truth must be objective. We may wish to believe that if we jump out a two story window that well fly, but objectively youll fall and get hurt or worse. We may wish to believe that if we jump out a two story window that well fly, but objectively youll fall and get hurt or worse.

19 19 Catholic Counter Strategy We must always be ready to give an account for the Hope we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15) We must always be ready to give an account for the Hope we have in Christ (1 Peter 3:15) Have as your attitude love and service, not condemnation or power. Have as your attitude love and service, not condemnation or power. Never impose your faith and beliefs on others, but make your life so attractive that others come to ask you about Christ (Colossians 3:12-14). Never impose your faith and beliefs on others, but make your life so attractive that others come to ask you about Christ (Colossians 3:12-14). Be rooted in the Faith (Luke 6:47-49). Be rooted in the Faith (Luke 6:47-49). Be willing to be singled out, but remember Christ is always with you (Matthew 28:20) Be willing to be singled out, but remember Christ is always with you (Matthew 28:20)

20 20 Catholic Counter Strategy Do good things for those who persecute you (Romans 12:18-21). Do good things for those who persecute you (Romans 12:18-21). Research and study more about Gods teaching, dont be ignorant of them. It is a choice not to take the time to know the truth so choose to research it (Psalm 1:1-3). Research and study more about Gods teaching, dont be ignorant of them. It is a choice not to take the time to know the truth so choose to research it (Psalm 1:1-3). Be holy and spend your time in pray – Pray always. Be holy and spend your time in pray – Pray always. Everywhere you go you are an example and witness of Catholic Life, we should avoid scandalous behavior. Everywhere you go you are an example and witness of Catholic Life, we should avoid scandalous behavior. We all have a responsibility to spread the word of God. We all have a responsibility to spread the word of God. The greatest witnesses to the faith have been the thousands of martyrs who gave their life in love and defense of the Truth. The greatest witnesses to the faith have been the thousands of martyrs who gave their life in love and defense of the Truth.

21 21 The Martyrs Study of the Martyrs Study of the Martyrs A Martyr is someone who dies as a witness to the faith. A Martyr is someone who dies as a witness to the faith. They show that their devotion to Christ and their unwavering surety and hope of His promise of eternal life. They show that their devotion to Christ and their unwavering surety and hope of His promise of eternal life. It is in this way that the message of eternal life conquers the Culture of Death. It is in this way that the message of eternal life conquers the Culture of Death.

22 22 Small Group Activity Studying the Martyrs Each group has a collection of the lives of the martyrs. Each group has a collection of the lives of the martyrs. Each student should take one martyr, read and familiarize themselves with that story. Each student should take one martyr, read and familiarize themselves with that story. Then go around the table and share the information about your martyr. Then go around the table and share the information about your martyr. If there is time, discuss with your group the following questions: If there is time, discuss with your group the following questions: Do you think that when people give their life for the faith that it makes you want to believe more? Do you think that when people give their life for the faith that it makes you want to believe more? What does it take for someone to give up their life for God? What does it take for someone to give up their life for God? Do you think youd be able to do it. Do you think youd be able to do it.

23 23 Anima Christi Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me; O good Jesus, hear me; Within Thy wounds hide me; Within Thy wounds hide me; Suffer me not to be separated from thee; Suffer me not to be separated from thee; From the malignant enemy defend me; From the malignant enemy defend me; In the hour of my death call me, In the hour of my death call me, And bid me come to Thee, And bid me come to Thee, That with Thy Saints, I may praise Thee for ever and ever. That with Thy Saints, I may praise Thee for ever and ever. Amen. Amen.


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