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1 Images of God Emerging - Evolving - Changing

2 The Way Things Were  There is but one God who rewards the good and punishes the wicked  Commandments Precepts Mission But Down on the Farm relationship to LAND

3 Secondary Education and Beyond Catechism Bible History Proofs of Existence of God Apologetics Vocation Talk Maths Science Literature Widened the Horizons

4 Towards Marriage Catholic action emerged as a challenge For me YCW and Newman residency with the Jesuits For Joan NCGM, the Grail and Sydney University The Cana conferences Fulton Sheen: Three to Get Married

5 The Reality of Marriage Soon realised how underprepared we were for marriage Parish Priest had monthly talks for men and separate monthly talks for women Nothing about Marriage. Safe questions

6 Equipes Notre Dame -Team 7 Free to share our everyday and deeper experiences Formation, obligations etc and the French system 7 couples and 35 children at one stage Chaos and peace, joys and worries Struggling to find God in all of this Hope emerges, and Easter Joy

7 Vatican 2 – Paradigm Shift Conscience People of God Lay Apostolate Ecumenism Liturgy Unconditional Love Bible Evolutionary Vision

8 Ignatian Spirituality The Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius Leading to reflections on the Cosmos and Evolution

9 The First Revelation of God Timeline Years AgoEvent 13,700,000,000The big bang 5,600,000,000Solar System 5,000,000Primates, apes appear 200,000Homo Sapiens 10,000Modern World appears 2,000Jesus born 500Galileo 150Darwin 100Einstein 80Hubble Telescope 36Voyager 1

10 Images of God That Flow from this Contemplation (1) God Living and Working In matter, in the elements In plants giving them life Animals giving them consciousness In humankind, giving them intelligence, leading to ability to self-reflect and aware.

11 Presence Nearness Unconditional love grace and forgiveness God in all things Allowing God to find me (Hound of heaven, Song of Songs) Images of God That Flow from this Contemplation (2)

12 Emergence for Life not Fall from Grace (Kevin Treston) Making sense of the Jesus story In the light of evolution

13 Traditional vs Evolutionary Interpretations (1) Theological ThemeTraditional InterpretationEvolutionary Interpret Genesis StoryFall from GraceEmergence of consciousness GodPunishmentDivine Energy of Life HumanSinnersGraced Beings LifeMaking reparationExploring new horizons Jesus Mission Focus Rescuer Saviour Suffering Icon of divinity/humanity Abundance of life Good News

14 Traditional vs Evolutionary Interpretations (2) Theological ThemesTraditional Interpretation Evolutionary Interpretation DeathPunishmentTransition to new life ResurrectionRewardNew phase of being EucharistSacrificeCelebration of Community SalvationAttaining heavenBecoming whole WorldExileTowards Justice CreationBackdrop to being Christian Active earth citizenship

15 Your Image of God Life force Love Creator Universe Compassion Power Source Force Life-Giver Sustainer Not a god of guilt and shame

16 Sexuality and Marriage Related to Evolutionary timeline Years AgoEvent 1,000,000,000Sexual reproduction appears 1,000,000Homo Erectus 100,000Homo Sapiens evolving 1,000Council of Florence regulates marriage NowChurch losing control of marriage

17 Sexuality a Cosmic Role The rules of nature have evolved over 1 billion years to guide us in the mastery of that terrifying energy in which the power of the Universe… passes through us. -Teilhard.

18 Christian Marriage Christian marriage is not best seen as a structure imposed on the couple from above, as though it were ‘made in heaven.’ More earthily and experientially, it is a union inspired from the evolutionary reality of creation. -Tony Kelly

19 Marriage Love is an adventure and a conquest it survives and develops like the universe itself only by perpetual discovery

20 Universal Challenge How to receive Love and how to give Love


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