“ The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want, He has everything I need.”
“Our eyes are fixed intently on the Lord, waiting for his merciful help.” Psalm 123: 2
I. STARTING POINTS p3
1.“Chew the Scriptures with the teeth of your mind.” -- Saint Jerome
2. We are male by birth: men by choice.
3. This is a down to earth class with an academic side and a spiritual side
4. Exegete: one who studies the Scriptures
5. Exegesis: the study of the Scriptures
6. Key Scriptures for the first week
Mark 1: 9-11 is about the “Vox Dei.”
Psalm 3: 7 is about enemies.
7. Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
II. Four Key Acronyms p 5
1. RTA = Read, think, apply
2. HATCH= Hayesman Asking That Christ Help
3. HITCH= Hayesman In Total Control (of) Himself
4. BIBLE= Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth
1. Gen. 1:27 = Imago Dei
2. Matthew 13: 1-9 God is good… We have great potential to achieve spectacular results.
3. KUSHIYAH – A Hebrew Word– It means “a problem( difficulty) with the text.”
4. We solve the KUSHIYAH with Lectio divina and the RTA Approach.
More on the Battle p. 6
In the Hayes School Song we sing: Fight, fight, fight. What type of battle are we really fighting? Some Hayesmen are fighting with the Mount. Others are fighting with math. Others are fighting against poverty and hunger. In Ephesians 6:10-18 Saint Paul says we should put on the armor of God to combat and conquer evil. Loyal sons need a shield and a sword
Battle Against Evil
III. THE HAYES SEAL p.7
A) School Motto: “For God and Country”
B) SYMBOLS: BOOK( BIBLE) , STOLE( SEVEN SACRAMENTS ,CROSS( Jesus died for us so we are worthy!)
A) Imago Dei v SIN ( See, I’m Nobody)
B) Theological Virtues
C) Cardinal Virtues
Letter 107 p. 8
4. Babylonian Parchment
6. Acts of the Apostles
IV. THE BATTLE p. 9
D) The Seven Capital Sins: Pride, Anger, Greed, Lust, Envy, Gluttony, Sloth
E) Yetzer ha’ tov- our inclination to do good
F) Yetzer ha’ra – our inclination to do evil
MEN BUILD FENCES
VI SAINT JEROME
1. “Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ.” 2. He translated the Bible from Greek into Latin – the VULGATE
3. Letter 107 is a key primary source
4 of the 232 Seals on the Hayes Fence!
VII. Five Old Testament Books that Point to Jesus p. 11
1. Psalms--- David- feelings of lament, praise and thanks!
2. Proverbs--- Solomon-- 3000 wise sayings!
3. Ecclesiastes--- Ec. 3:1-8
4. Wisdom -- Wisdom 3:1-9
5. Job-- Why do bad things happen to good people?
VIII: Take all your FEELINGS to God in prayer!
IX: BE A MAN OF WISDOM: “STREET SMARTS AND ACADEMICS”
A) Proverbs 3.14 , 3.16, 22.22, 26.11
X: Hayesmen Dealing With Suffering p. 13
A) Job’s situation ( Chapter 1 and 2)
B) Job’s friends ( chapter 2-37)+ C) God speaks ( Chapter 38+ff)
D)Job speaks in 40.3-5 and Job in 42.5 E)The Epilogue
G) The sitz im leben: The Babylonian Exile
F) RTA Statement:
P.15 XI: Jesus: A Man of Feelings, Wisdom and Suffering.
The Gospel of Mark
Teacher 12.32, 9.31, 7.7
Cried out 15.37
Betrayed 3.19, 14.10, 14.21, 14.44
Taught –astonished 1.21-22, 7.37
Crowns of thorns 15.17
Parable 12.1, 3.23
Abused 15. 32
Immediately knew 2.8
Mocked 15.20, 15.31
Rebuked 16.14, 1.25
Crucified 15.15, 16.6
XII THE DESIRE TO KNOW GOD p. 17
1. We have a desire for God. We have a thirst or craving or need to satisfy our inner longing.
2. Vocation: a call from God
3. All the books of the Bible point to Jesus!
4. Jesus is the fullness of divine revelation.
5. The Church Fathers : teachers in the early centuries of the Church who chewed the Scriptures and extended the tradition of the Apostles
6. Doctors of the Church: Saints known for their theological writings
4. Soul: Our spiritual, immortal essence that makes us most like God
5. Purgatory: a state of final purification which one may need before entering Heaven
6. Heaven: eternal life and union with God
7. Beatific Vision: directly seeing God in the glory of heaven!
Revelations 7: 9 p.38
After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands
11. The Resurrection of the body and life everlasting
Beatitudes v Street Attitudes
Matthew 5: 1-11
Essay 4 Primeval Stories
1.. Found in Genesis
2. Written around the time of the Babylonian Exile
3. Theme: God is in control despite the chaos
Creation Story– two accounts
Original Sin- Expulsion from the Garden of Eden– The Fall
Tower of Babel
All of these stories can be read in the literal sense, but also in the spiritual sense. All of them emphasize God’s power, man’s sinfulness and they all give hints about the covenant that is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
How Sacred Scripture Developed
1. People experienced God
2. People talk about their experience—oral tradition
3. People write it down– written tradition, guided by divine inspiration
4. They stuck it in the canon--- these are the 73 official books of the Bible
6. There can be no perfect democracy, curtailed by color, race, or poverty. But with all we accomplish all, even peace.
5. We recall Leviticus 19.18b. This is the heart of the Covenant, the rest is almost midrash!
6. In Numbers lets focus on Numbers15.37 and connect it to Matthew 9.20. The key word is ____________________. Jesus is the New Covenant.
7.In Deuteronomy we focus on the “Shema” found in Deteronomy 6: 4-9
7. W.E.B. Dubois’ quote relates to the Message of Our Lady of Guadalupe because it speaks of a universal theme.
8. This quote also relates to Jesus’ message about the Kingdom of God. This kingdom is for all people!!!! The kingdom is about believing, repenting, forgiving, sharing, loving, healing and bringing peace.
Book of Joshua
Theme: Israel Taking Possession of Canaan, the Promised Land
Central Character: Joshua, the successor of Moses
Plot: Rahab helps Joshua’s spies, Joshua and his men follow the ark, circle Jericho, and the walls came tumbling down. Rahab is saved!
Key Chapter: Ch 6
Construct a three room house. Be creative
Use straight edge. Print. Be neat
Label the 3 rooms
Work may be computer graphic, white paper, or three dimensional.
One room must be a different size than other two
6. Submit a 5 paragraph essay
Our house is built on solid rock ( Matt. 7: 24)
Matt 6. 2: when you give
Matt. 6:5 : when you pray
Matt 6: 16 ; when you fast
Saint Augustine quote: “Fasting and almsgiving are the two wings that help our prayer fly up to heaven.”
Isaiah 58: 4-12 talks about authentic fasting
If you are Catholic and have not received your first communion or your confirmation you can receive these Sacraments at Hayes in May.
We have a special preparation program
Come to auditorium after dismissal.
Three Types of Prayer
1. Oratio- Oral Prayer, e.g., Our Father
. 2. Meditatio- Meditation- e.g. Lectio Divina
3. Contemplatio- Contemplation– prayer without words, without images, it’s just being in the presence of God. It’s feeling safe. It’s just good to be with God.
Christology- the study of the person of Jesus Christ- based on Matthew 16:15
Ecclesiology- the study of the “Church” – based on Matthew 16: 18
Definitions of Church
1. House of God ( physical building)
2. The People of God ( community)
3. Institution- Organization- hierarchy
4. Herald- proclaims
5. Sacrament- it makes Christ visible
6. Body of Christ- it has unity and diversity
Saint Katherine Drexel
. 1858- 1955
Nun, teacher, built schools for African American and Native American children
Very rich lady—she gave all her money away
Established The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament-
She exemplifies the idea that prayer leads to action. Katherine Drexel spent hours in prayer before the tabernacle,
Katherine Drexel took Jesus’ words very seriously, “ Do this in memory of me.”
Jesus’ life– his body and his blood– was about spreading the word about love.
HW: Is prayer more about speaking to God or listening to God?
Life is God’s gift to you, what you do with your life is your gift to God!!!
We seek God, but God is always seeking us.
Saint Thomas Aquinas emphasized knowing God with your mind.
Saint Bonaventure emphasized experiencing God’s love in your heart.
Prayer or Almsgiving?
James 2: 14-17 emphasizes almsgiving
Matthew 17:20 emphasizes prayer
The analogy of faith says we must balance out all the doctrines of the Church
William Shakespeare “Even the devil can quote Scripture for his own purposes.”- see Mt 1:4-11.
RTA: Is prayer or almsgiving more important? Both are equally important. One feeds the other.
THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS
1. 14 prayers that mark Jesus’ road from Pilate’s House to Calvary.
This prayer is traditionally used on Fridays in Lent. NB: Chapel at 2:15pm at dismissal
It is a prayer that recalls Jesus’ determination, his sacrifice, his concern for others
I Jesus is condemned by Pilate
II Jesus carries his cross
III Jesus falls the first time
IV Jesus meets his mother (John 19:26-28)
V Simon helps Jesus Carry the Cross Lk 23: 26
VI Veronica Wipes Jesus’ Face
VII Jesus Falls the second time
VIII Jesus meets the Women Lk .23: 27-32
IX Jesus falls the third time
X Jesus is stripped of his garments
XI Jesus is nailed to the Cross
XII Jesus dies.
XIII Jesus is taken down from the cross
XIV Jesus is placed in the tomb
Pilate’s House( Praetorium)
John 18:28- 19:16
Pilate is a victim of peer pressure
KEY WORDS: OUT – IN
Inside is the place of truth-- conscience
Outside is the place of lying
Hayesmen: Intellect and Free Will
1. Intellect: Your ability to think and reason. We can use our intellect to understand how natural revelation works.
2. If you admire creation, do we adore the Creator?
3. Can our consideration of visible things lead us to knowledge about invisible things?
4. Scholasticism- Medieval Philosophy
5. Ways of reacting to the invisible
“ He is crazy!”
“He is a mystic!”
6. How do I try to embrace the invisible?
7. Study and prayer can be attempts to search out the secrets of the material universe, cure diseases, stop war and create beautiful works of art so we can share in the light of the divine mind. ( From Vatican II Documents)
8. God gives us a conscience to help us choose rightly.
9. Conscience is an internal sense of what is right and wrong.
10. Free will: the gift from God that allows us to choose
More on the Stations
1. Did Pilate have a well formed conscience?
2. Did Simon of Cyrene have free will when he was with Jesus? LUKE 23: 26
What does Luke 22: 39-46 reveal about Jesus’ conscience and free will?
4. What steps must I take to develop my conscience?
1. Christology and Ecclesiology are the 2 parts of Sophomore year religion
2. Six Images of the Church
People of God
Body of Christ
Servant of God
WHAT CAME FIRST THE CHURCH OR THE WORLD?
USE JOHN 1:1 to justify your answer
Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph
1. Patrick- patron saint of New York Archdiocese. He was Irish!
2. He was a herald who taught people about the Body of Christ. He was a servant who helped others. He used the shamrock to teach about the Trinity. He used shamrocks to drive the snakes ( evil ) out of Ireland.
25. St Augustine and St Patrick both wrote autobiographies with this title?
26. Who is the successor of Moses?
27. Who is the New Moses?
28. What Jewish Celebration coincides with The Last Supper?
29. What makes Lent lit?
30. The Soul is that part of us that makes us most like God. The Souls of Black Folk was written by…
A. four Gospel accounts
B. reactions of the apostles ranged from terror to belief
C. John 20:24-28 focuses on Thomas’ doubt
D. Thomas thinks that seeing is believing
E. Thomas’ confession of faith:
“My Lord and My God.”
F. RTA : You have to go “in” and not stay “out” on the edge or on the sidelines. Remember for Pilate ( John 18: 38) the truth was inside his house (Praetorium) The disciple that ran to the tomb believed once he went inside( John 20:8). NB: Matthew 6:6 is in effect.
Baptism = baptizo (Greek) = immersion= diving into the water.
Immersion is scary!
Romans 6:3 : Are you not aware that when you were baptized into Christ you were baptized into his death?
V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia:
R. For he whom you merited to bear, alleluia,
V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.
How did the Risen Jesus Affect People?
1. Some disbelieved and persecuted
2. Some could not stop talking about it: Peter, John, Stephen, Paul… Libya….Kenya….
3. Some begin the communal life described in Acts 2: 42-47 p 1218
4. There are many vocations to holiness
The Three Evangelical Counsels
1. poverty– detached – against materialism
2. chastity– love in the right way- faithfulness- healthy relationships—against envy and lust--
3. obedience- listen for God’s will
4. laity: People of God who are not religious or clergy
5. consecrated life: monks, religious brothers and sisters
6.bishops, priests, deacons = clergy
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
3. Counsel--- advice
5. Fortitude---- courage
6. Piety------ a sense of holiness--- pious
7. Fear of the Lord– deep awesome respect
YOU ARE IMAGO DEI(Gen 1.27)
HOW YOU SEE YOURSELF
1. Priest--- person who offers sacrifice and ministers to others.
2. Prophet---- person who evangelizes(spreads the Good News)
3. King---- your are Imago Dei. Person of power
Safety and Safe Environment
John 10: 1-22 talks about sheep, shepherds, gates, wolves, thieves, and recognizing the voice of the Shepherd.
REL= REL: religion= relationships
Chastity is about healthy relationships
Psalms 3.7 speaks of enemies
We know the signs of unhealthy relationships when people cross boundaries and make us feel uncomfortable.
6.Saint Augustine: Eat what you become; become what you eat.
Saint Joseph, The Worker, May 1
Pope Pius XII created this feastday in 1955 to respond to the Communist celebration of May Day, a holiday to honor workers.
For Christians Saint Joseph was the foster father of Jesus, He worked as a carpenter, He protected his family, He taught Jesus to read.
He is a man of few words, but great actions
1. meaningful– don’t get a boring job.
2. Workers deserve a good wage.
3. workers deserve good working conditions and good benefits.
4. Workers use their talent to give glory to God by providing services that build up the Body of Christ.
God is love.
The Holy Spirit is the love between the Father and the Son.
Revelations 3: 20 invites us to share his love in the Eucharist
Confirmation is the Sacrament of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit endows us with Seven Gifts
Galatians 5: 22 lists the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 22:22 - 23:11
Who : Paul
Where Jerusalem ---------- Rome
What : Jesus is risen
Why : he did it for me !
Data : Prison , Torture , Roman citizenship
Debate between Pharisees and Sadducees
Genesis speaks of the tower of Babel.
Acts speaks of the upper room in Jerusalem.
Babel is the place of confusion.
The tongues of fire on Pentecost bring wisdom, courage , unity
Do I realize that the Holy Spirit dwells within me ?
1. Room 323… Hayesman….?
2. El Salvador… Oscar Romero….helped the poor..1980
3. Ireland…. Edmund Rice….. Helped the poor….1840
4.Does the average sophomore have the skills needed to make real change in our society?
5. Do sophomores have an awareness of all that is going on around them?
Be aware of the following
1. importance of my GPA for college
2. needs of our family members
3. neighborhood crime
4. my relationship with God
5. ranking my priorities
6. the people I associate with
7. my health
Deeply ___________ of the ___________ Providential presence , Edmund _______ was moved by the Holy_________ to open his whole________ to __________ present and appealing to him in the _______.
There are many things that can only be seen through eyes that have cried.“
"Each one of you has to be God's microphone. Each one of you has to be a messenger, a prophet. Let us not hide the talent that God gave us on the day of our baptism and let us truly live the beauty and responsibility of being a prophetic people."