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in many and various ways by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, through whom he also created the worlds. He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word. When he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. CATECHISM PROPER: 1. WHAT TO EXPECT: a. b. c. d. What is Revelation? Who reveals and what is revealed? How does God reveal himself? What is it to me? To us?
2. WHAT IS REVELATION? a. “You are great, O Lord, and greatly to be praised [...] You have made us for yourself and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” (Saint Augustine) b. “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit. All the things in this world are gifts of God, presented to us so that we can know God more easily and make a return of love more readily.” (Saint Ignatius of Loyola) c. Important Points: We come from the loving hands of God who wishes to reveal himself to us and draw us into a loving relationship, into an intimate relationship with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Even though God is essentially mystery, a mystery so profound that we cannot comprehend, yet this God has not removed himself from us. In fact, in him “we live, move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Our loving God has placed within us a capacity to respond to his reaching to us. d. CCC 50-53: God in his goodness and wisdom reveals himself. With deeds and words, he reveals HIMSELF and his PLAN of loving goodness that he decreed from all eternity in Christ. According to this plan, all people by the grace of the Holy Spirit are to share in the divine life as adopted “sons” in the only begotten Son of God.
It is for us to open the eyes of our soul and see this presence of God in all that he has made. the work of your fingers. your eyes saw my unformed body. how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. All the days ordained for me were written in your book 2 . 1-2: The heavens are telling the glory of God. as a plan for the fullness of time. 9-10: “[H]e has made known to us the mystery of his will. Throughout history. what are human beings that you are mindful of them. b.” f. you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Ps 8. 3-4: O LORD. things in heaven and things on earth. iv. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth. When I look at your heavens. Psalm 139: 13-16: For you created my inmost being. vi. the moon and the stars that you have established. and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. 3. your works are wonderful. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. Eph 1. God Reveals himself through the contemplation the HUMAN PERSON. to gather up all things in him. [CCC 33-35] i. our Sovereign. 1. God’s fingerprints are all over his creation. Day to day pours forth speech. HOW DOES GOD REVEAL HIMSELF? a. mortals that you care for them? v.e. according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ. I know that full well. God reveals His plan of salvation. iii. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. and night to night declares knowledge. Ps 19. The order. ii. harmony and beauty of the world point to an intelligent creator. people with open minds have seen the universe as evidence of God’s existence. God reveals himself in CREATION. [CCC31-33] i. Important Points: God reveals Himself.
DIVINE REVELATION i. man is fundamentally a religious being. iv. one risks losing everything. which man cannot possibly arrive at by his own powers: the order of DIVINE REVELATION. But there is another order of knowledge. “There is light enough for those who want to see and darkness enough for those who are otherwise inclined. ii.[GS 18.” . OLD TESTAMENT: DEEDS: God gradually himself and his saving plan with covenants with Noah. Chesterton) v. his sense of moral goodness. v. God did not abandon humanity. irreducible to the merely material". cf. iv. vii. 14. with his longings for the infinite and for happiness. Eucharistic Prayer IV: “again and again you offered friendship to man and taught him to hope for salvation. on the basis of his works. the "seed of eternity we bear in ourselves. you win everything." (G. In all this he discerns signs of his spiritual soul. iii. God reveals his loving plan of salvation through “DEEDS” and “WORDS” [CCC 5167] ii. After the fall. CCC 50: By natural reason man can know God with certainty. c. This yearning for God found in the history of people in all places and times lead us to believe that in the core of his being. "Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God. #1. #2] can have its origin only in God. significant revelatory events— Exodus and Sinai Covenant (10 Commandments-how we ought to relate with God and each other) WORDS: spoke through the prophets of a New Covenant with all of humanity and the promise of a messiah 3 . man questions himself about God's existence. Rather. The soul. he did not stop loving us. and the people of Israel.” vi. “If you win. Faith in God is the best wager. K. CCC 33: The human person: with his openness to truth and beauty. he created a plan to restore our friendship with him. Abraham. Human beings reveal themselves to each other by deeds and words which are both linked: the truth of what we say is borne out by our deeds iii.” (Blaise Pascal) vi. his freedom and the voice of his conscience. With atheism or unbelief.before one of them came to be. his sons and daughters.
etc. E. o State in new and fresh ways her growing understanding of Divine Revelation [e. complete and final word to humanity. WHAT IS IT TO ME? TO US? a. WITH JESUS. While public Revelation ended with Jesus. PRAYER and DISCERNMENT 4 .g. and resurrection o WORDS: teachings and parables. NEW TESTAMENT: JESUS: THE FULLNESS OF GOD’S REVELATION HEB 1. Importance of the EUCHARIST b. but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son . This means that the Holy Spirit is enabling the Church over the course of centuries to “uncover” the truth revealed in Christ. and at times along the way to define the truth that she has come to understand.” -.” Through the deeds and words of Jesus. death. God as infinitely loving. the Holy Spirit will be helping the Church to: o Grow in her understanding of what Jesus said and did. generous. We have discovered the mine (or rather. o DEEDS: miracles. . viii. 4. PRIVATE REVELATION i.Alan Schreck So until the end of time. . Sermon on the Mount Jesus revealed the Trinitarian God. Apparitions of Mary ii. the Catechism of the Catholic Church] d. 1-2: “Long ago God spoke to our ancestors in many and various ways by the prophets. “The truth that is found in Jesus Christ is something like a gold mine. forgiving. Important to discern and welcome whatever constitutes an authentic call of Christ to the Church. . Some are recognized by the Church iii.vii. God spoke a perfect. our understanding of Revelation did not end. inclusion of the marginalized. God has revealed the mine to us).g. passion. They do not improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation but help live more fully by it iv. PUBLIC REVELATION HAS ENDED. yet we still have the task of digging out all the gold.
Seek God’s guidance. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you to something during the day that God thinks is particularly important. Pay attention to your emotions. praise. Choose one feature of the day and pray from it. Ignatius’s great insights was that we detect the presence of the Spirit of God in the movements of our emotions. Become aware of God’s presence. Look at it. 5. Are you doubtful? Cheerful? Apprehensive? Full of delighted anticipation? Allow these feelings to turn into prayer. Ask God to give you light for tomorrow’s challenges. Walk through your day in the presence of God and note its joys and delights. What did you receive from these people? What did you give them? Pay attention to small things—the food you ate. 2. a jumble. The day may seem confusing to you—a blur. Boredom? Elation? Resentment? Compassion? Anger? Confidence? What is God saying through these feelings? God will most likely show you some ways that you fell short. 4. God is in the details. 3. It may be a significant encounter with another person or a vivid moment of pleasure or peace. Ask him for help and understanding. Pray for hope. Look toward tomorrow. Look back on the events of the day in the company of the Holy Spirit. Does a feeling of frustration perhaps mean that God wants you consider a new direction in some area of your work? Are you concerned about a friend? Perhaps you should reach out to her in some way. Or it may be something that seems rather insignificant. Reflect on the feelings you experienced during the day. Ask God to bring clarity and understanding. Pray about it. Pay attention to the feelings that surface as you survey what’s coming up. Make note of these sins and faults. Review the day with gratitude. Look at the work you did. But look deeply for other implications. One of St. or gratitude.IGNATIAN EXAMEN 1. and other seemingly small pleasures. Gratitude is the foundation of our relationship with God. Allow the prayer to arise spontaneously from your heart—whether intercession. It may involve a feeling—positive or negative. 5 . the sights you saw. Focus on the day’s gifts. repentance. the people you interacted with. a muddle.
Lord. I do not seek to understand so that I can believe. 2 Peter 1:4). Lord. therefore. I shall not understand.15. I believe that unless I do believe. so that He may invite and take them into fellowship with Himself. the deepest 6 . Through this revelation. with thanksgiving. This plan of revelation is realized by deeds and words having in inner unity: the deeds wrought by God in the history of salvation manifest and confirm the teaching and realities signified by the words. 3:38). I am not trying to make my way to your height. while the words proclaim the deeds and clarify the mystery contained in them. and darkened by the smoke of sin. and let me desire you by seeking you. that it cannot do that for which it was made. think of you. By this revelation then. 1. the Word made flesh. 1:17) out of the abundance of His love speaks to men as friends (see Ex. and love you. the invisible God (see Col. but I believe so that I may understand. but I do desire to understand a little of your truth which my heart already believes and loves. But that image is so worn and blotted out by faults. for my understanding is in no way equal to that.CLOSING PRAYER: A prayer of St Anselm Lord Jesus Christ. let me find you by loving you. so that I can remember you. 1 Tim. 2:18. I confess. 33:11. unless you renew and refashion it. and love you in finding you. and what is more. man might in the Holy Spirit have access to the Father and come to share in the divine nature (see Eph. that you have made me in your image. John 15:14-15) and lives among them (see Bar. 1:9) by which through Christ. Let me seek you by desiring you. Amen. Dei Verbum [Dogmatic Constitution of the Church on Divine Revelation] 2: In His goodness and wisdom God chose to reveal Himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of His will (see Eph.
who is both the mediator and the fullness of all revelation. 7 .truth about God and the salvation of man shines out for our sake in Christ.
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