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This course consists in an effort at sustained, directed, and personal thinking out
of Christian spirituality with the aim of fostering the ongoing growth of seniors
toward full maturity in the Faith, as active members of the Christian community, the
Church, capable of responding as true disciples of Christ to the urgent challenges of
Filipino life today.

explain theology 151 as a course


-as seniors, what to do (human experience)
-SPIRITUALITY!!!, vocation and commitment
-go inside, then go outside (down the hill)
-link vocation (discipleship can take many forms, spirituality)
-eternal value, eternal purpose, eternal vow (nature of uniqueness of
discipleship), holiness (everyone set apart in ways of discipleship)
-responding (start with last phrase)
-issues, challenges of Filipino life today

-platform for discernment (life of moses as a framework) (self transcendence)


gods call respond
Christianity continuous action
Concept neighbor vocation
Vocation how do you become Christ in the world
Purpose
Apply in filipino context

-explain nature of spirituality through moses (not Christian)


- compare moses life with how we define spirituality in the course
(schneiders religion vs spirituality)
-communal life in the church vs moses
- personal aspect, communal aspect (spirituality)

2. Personal primordial commitments develop through widening ones horizons of


meaning. These horizons are gradually formed within the universal human quest for
identity (mythos) and purpose (ethos) in life. This spirituality of horizons views the
world, therefore, as a place of grace, a dwelling to find where God will best be served
and where people will best be helped.

Primordial source of something


Primordial commitment where all other commitment comes from
Christian commitment (personal, where all commitment spring from)

Israelites- wilderness (discover their identity, most challenging part)


Creation story!! (humans lang walang place)
Holiness gives identity and purpose
Image and likeness of god
Prescriptive and descriptive
Torah mythos (story), ethos (law)
Israelites own quest found in mythos and ethos

Leviticus code of holiness


Why is it the people still follow this?
Sets us apart with any other people
Identity
A holy people, a holy nation god is made visible in the world
Numbers
Deuteronomy
Death moses letting go and letting god

Talk about vocation also response to universal human quest


Summation of life commitment (primordial)

Widening horizons dark horizons (still seeking hope) INTRO


-babylonian exile looked for ways (the torah came about making sense of
reality, essentially a result of the spirituality of israelites, find way to identify and
purpose)
-explain an alternative (mythic horizons)
-widen (inserting the factor of the eternal)
-eternal value, eternal purpose, eternal vow)

discernment, personal experience

3. Growth towards permanence in Christian commitment comes through the gradual


deepening of ones roots and wings, enhancing the quality of all our other personal
life commitments. This entails a focus on the core of the Christian moral vision:
authentic love. All authentic love, lived out in moral norms and discerned in moral
acts, is grounded in a personal relationship with Christ, actualized by the Spirit
within His Body, the Church.

personal life commitment, moral norms moral acts moral codes 3 fold
discernment, church

the Christian commitment as primordial


how is it actualized
branch out of what

EXAMPLE: Christian values makes you Christian


Start from vision values are represented in vision, guiding principle AUTHENTIC
LOVE
Roots and wings William spohn article roots (institution), wings (spirituality)
How is spirituality fitting in institution
Living spirituality within model of religious institution
Stress connection with human experience, the way we live our faith
Challenges of life take in consideration answered within the commitment

Define what spirituality is schneiders transcendence


Call to something greater than self enhancing

LIVED out within moral norms, with discernment


Discern accordingly
Always return to understanding why moral codes exist VISION

From tradition, scripture to actual life


Deuteronomy practice the law as virtue
Allows us to transition from legalistic to understanding what might these
rules be representative of what really matters
See law beyond it represents

Law relationship, responsibility

Present problem people becoming more fundamentalist


Take bible literally

Fusion of horizons

4. Sacred Scripture, as the living, inspired Word of God, constitutes an inexhaustible


source which illumines and inspires full authentic Christian commitment: its
historical conditioning, the relative nature of our own personal commitments as
expressions of our absolute commitment to God, and the ultimate criterion for the
authenticity of these personal commitments in our everyday life.

Present problem people becoming more fundamentalist


Take bible literally

Fusion of horizons

Define what scripture is as the living inspired word of god


Handout 1 mythic horizons
Characteristics

Christian primordial commitment can be illuminated via the scripture


Characteristics can be found in sacred scripture
Christian commitment historical conditioning passed down to next
generation
Death of moses- ultimate act of faith
Go back to scripture patterns on living our lives
Christ forgiveness
Healing of leper call for justice
Commitment in scriptures ultimate criterion of our personal
commitment

Nucleus absolute commitment to God (faith)


Lived out as greater commitment (branches) other personal commitments

Full authentic Christian commitment


Phrase 1- Historically conditioned (background), within context
Phrase 2 different commitments
Phrase 3 connection to core - criterion

5. Professing faith in a God whose Word became incarnate has to lead us to live a
faith embodied in history. Without ever ceasing to cultivate an intimate relationship
with the Lord and living a faith always rooted in the experience of Jesus Christ, we
have to realise that the authentically Christian interior life is not mere interiority.
Our authentic living-out of the faith must be embodied in history; if it is not, it is
heretical. Christian faith is not an enclosed ghetto of belief, but a radical opening to
the world.

6. Moses dies to himself so that others may find life. This motif of kenosis finds its
final and most poignant portrayal in the last chapters of Deuteronomy. Put in words
for us here today, none of us will likely enter the new Philippines of which we dream
and for which we labor. But if we do not start now, no one will enter the new
country. For the sake of future generations, we are called to empty ourselves in self-
giving. In the Christian vision, Jesus enters the land of new creation, the Kingdom of
God. He invites us to enter with him, and he will keep us in that land, our promised
dwelling, forever.
TH151 - H Orals

CALLED TO DREAM: I am called to a dream greater than myself, and I shall not
dream anything less. This course consists in an effort at sustained, directed, and
personal thinking out of Christian Spirituality with the aim of fostering the ongoing
growth of seniors toward full maturity in the Faith, as active members of the
Christian community, the Church, capable of responding as true disciples of Christ to
the urgent challenges of Filipino life today.

- subdivide? One major point and discuss three major points?

Option 1: Vocation and Moses call to dream as a call to vocation vision dialoguing
with spirituality first, perspective of discernment second, Moses and call of
Moses and his rejections as patterns of discernment and how we are called to dream
finally, how the thesis statement responds to the challenges of Filipino life today

triad of doctrines, morals etc. , roots and wings

Option 2: Summation of all theo courses explain in light of human exp

MYTHIC IMAGINATION: Personal primordial commitments develop through


widening ones horizons of meaning. These horizons are expressed as insight into
the gift-quality of all reality, as expressed in the eternal sense of value, purpose
and a relatedness to the Thou. This spirituality of horizons views the world,
therefore, as a place of grace, a dwelling to find where God will best be served and
where people will best be helped.

Option 1: Mythic horizons this vision charges our life with meaning and purpose

Brokenness in the world not just cure, but heal like what Jesus did Kingdom of
God as the personal primordial commitment how do I live this out?
Option 2: Order of creation dwelling comes first humans dont have a dwelling
place we seek it out as a call to vocation vocation geared towards kingdom of God
service not just to God but also to others, self transcendence, healing of the leper

HOLINESS IN CREATION: A person's holiness is their unique and set apart


(kadosh/kedushah) manner by which they restore wholeness (shalom) to
brokenness pervading the world. The human being's holiness bears the freight of the
dream of God, a dream that resists all tendencies to division, hostility, fear,
drivenness and misery. Shalom is the substance of the biblical vision of one
community embracing all creation.

Option 1: Creation again hehe

Option 2: Feed my lambs death of Moses- tend my sheep vocation is a call that we
are not always ready for - feed my sheep burning bush dark horizons
existentialism, absurdism, nihilism

(Discussions)

Thesis #4
Its trying to explain that biblical narratives are good resources for Christian
commitment.
3 important qualitites:
a. Historical conditioning you take on commitment but its never done in a vacuum
and itll be a basis (biblical narratives) for your decisions. The authors and the
characters have their own fingerprints about the narrative story about their life like
the two genesis stories. It says the questions they try to answer in their lives and
how they pattern their lives. Historical conditioning is the basis of how you live your
life such as how you were raised. Context of how you view how you were raised/
how you live etc.
*Moses is also subject to historical conditioning as he was raised in such a realpolitik
system and killed the taskmaster.
b. Relative Nature of our own personal commitments why you strive hard to study
and why you do things. These are the reasons which are relative to the
original/primordial commitment. What shaped that primordial commitment? It is
spirituality. Particular religious institution that youre grounded in.
*Life of Moses understanding of commitment was only understood relative to
other things in his life like having a family and getting a job. He led the people of
isrealites and was rooted in his commitment to God.
c. How it becomes ultimate criterion for authenticity the biblical narrative authors
refuse to whitewash the humiliating stories in the bible. Painting Moses life could
have been perfect by removing the killing of taskmaster but it was retained despite
this. It even became a highlight point and it is comparable with all the characters in
the bible such as David, Solomon, Peter (John 21). These characters show how they
commit to God and bible is not shy in showing that they can commit mistakes thus
making them more human. Elijah hid in a cave waiting for a sign and God showed
himself in the way of the wind. Some of us feel abandoned if the sign does not come
and leave the belief system they once had. This is how parallels are made between
commitment and biblical narrative.

Thesis #5

Roots and wings to explain spirituality. Spiritual vision is what guides and shapes all
personal life commitments. Their spirituality is important on how they treat others,
what they believe to be important in our life etc. It impacts all personal
commitments in our lives. In our Christian, our primordial commitment is connected
to God. Our moral vision is connected to our authentic love.
*Moses self-sacrifice or kenosis is authentic love. He knew he cant reach the holy
land but the next generation may reach it. Jesus also as example where hes able to
integrate the marginalized. Good Samaritan as to showing to not discriminate
neighbors etc. Love your neighbor as yourself. Who should I love for minimum
requirement to get to heaven but Jesus counters it with Good Samaritan as the
neighbor is not defined. It is about being a good neighbor to everyone else. How this
is actualized in our own life in the church. **Give examples of struggles in our life.
Can use Healing of Leper or John 21 to link authentic love to Jesus. Or 10
commandments about maintaining relationships. Non-negotiables allowing to mend
or strengthen with another person or God. You define Christian commitment in 3
ways: I see this diff kind of love in Moses to 2nd gen, john 21, woman in Rwanda, and

Thesis #6

Vocation as main idea into 3 main parts:


a. Moses in Deuteronomy Moses did not accept that he wouldnt enter the
promised land but tries to articulate to plea to God. Sometimes comes out in
anger in Dennis article? Moses knew that he will inherit the holy land
through the 2nd gen thats why he blesses Jacob and xxx. It is about planting
the seeds knowing that something will grow even if you will not see with
your own eyes. Harder part of vocation is that you want something to be done
but it may not be seen by your own eyes. Theres a certain sense of fulfillment
in us taking in the material just as Moses felt.
b. Philippine setting -
c. Jesus