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Hi Ladies I missed the last entry, so I am doubling up today. Two meetings ago we talked about
Spiritual History including God's point of view. Kreefts idea is two rivers emerging from a swamp, joining, parting again, and reentering the swamp. The steps along the way in this story are the ten key periods of our spiritual history. They are 1. Myth (Myth may sound truthful but it is not) D o we believe in false things? Have we ever believed something and then next year we find out it is not true? 2. Self Consciousness (In this period human consciousness all over the world began turning, as if it were on its axis and facing itself. It was either a coincidence or a plot, either chance or divine providence. The more we look the less it looks like chance.) 3. Hellenism-Greek Spirit (Which includes both Greek and Roman Cultural Spirit. The kind of truth these thinking, talking, and searching Greeks thought, talked and searched the most about was the truth about Virtue) 4. Hebraism-Hebrew and Christian perspective-Sin and Faith (The categories of relationship with God. For the Greek Head judges Heart and for the Jews Heart judges Head) 5. The medieval Christian synthesis or a profound Christian reinterpretation of Greek philosophy and Greek morality. (It was not like gluing a rabbit onto a carrot but like a rabbits eating and digesting a carrot.) 6/7. Renaissance and the Reformation (These two forces separated the strands of the rope that the Middle Ages tied together. We no longer live in the Middle Ages, mainly because of the Renaissance and the Reformation). 8. Enlightenment (Scientism and rationalism replaced faith; the human heart narrowed and hardened in conformity with its own gods, the inventions of its own hands.) 9. romanticism (Was the reaction against Enlightenment rationalism, the reaction of the heart against head. romanticism's heart was a trimmed-down and secularized heart. It was sentiment instead of will and its relationship to the nature of God) 10. The present-postmodern (We do not know what that means. We either return or go on for destruction. Our diagnosis gives us reason the hope, the Four Cardinal Virtues. On a supernatural level there is also hope because there too is a home from which we came, PARADISE!)
Last time we talked about the Four Cardinal Virtues; Justice, Wisdom (prudence), courage (fortitude), and moderation (self control, temperance). The root of these virtues come from the Latin word for "hinge" All other virtues hinge on these four. That includes lesser and greater virtues. Kreeft taught an ethics course at Boston College back in the 60's to freshman who were idealistic. They were eager to save the world and design a new society. His assigned reading list came from Plato, Aristotle, Augustine and Aquinas. They protested and asked if they could design their own course. He said he would play Socrates and they would design a new society. He asked them 1. What Values are they going to have? 2. What does society need? 3. What qualities must the leaders have? 4. Do we value heroism? 5. Is greed a virtue? After going through all these questions the students did finally read and understood the value of the old philosophers and their philosophy. They discovered that the Four Cardinal Virtues are relevant to man in every age. They fit our nature and our nature's needs. He went into detail how there are many misunderstandings about the cardinal virtues.
We met last Friday September 9th and started our group discussion over Chapter 1. For our business and other topics we discussed the possibility of Adoration every 3rd Wednesday and share this day with other groups such as St. Ann, Mother's club etc... Stacey brought in a book called, "Trump of the Heart" Put on the Armor of God. If you would like one there will be more coming! In the beginning of our discussion we talked about the difference between right and wrong and that God loves us as his Father and tells us what is right and wrong. "Love the sinner but hate the sin" We also discussed that being kind but not compromising your virtues is a difficult balance in todays world but understanding that God loves us and is with us through all trials in our life gives us the courage to face certain challenges. We talked about Steve Wood who has a program on Catholic Radio, "Faith and Family" and he quoted statistics that 84% of couples want to know if they are compatible with there significant other, however they go ahead and live together, and or worry about all the details of the wedding instead of really finding out if they truly are compatible.... We then talked about objective and subjective reality. Objective reality is tangible and the truth where Subjective reality leads us to Relativism or "what I think". (I feel replaces, I believe) This led us to thinking about the idea of "Once saved always saved" falls under objective reality. Another discussion came up about the benefits of fasting either for yourself or for someone else and how powerful that can be. Another key to fasting is to start out small and work your way up to longer periods of time. We will discuss pages 37-56 for our next meeting on 9/23/16
We met today to start our new year with prayer and fellowship along with Food.... Thank you everyone who brought food to share. We took care of some business including involving others in the group to help find a new babysitter.
If you did not attend and know someone who would be interested that would be great! Please refer to the dates listed below for whoever is interested. We pay $20 a meeting, so that may be some incentive. We talked about the "Holy Doors" for this year of Mercy. If anyone is interested in a pilgrimage this would be a good time to do so. Please visit: http://archstl.org/node/4381621 to view the pilgrimage sites nearby.
What are the “Prescribed Conditions” for Receiving an Indulgence?
The Jubilee Year Indulgence is a plenary indulgence and can be sought once a day for one's self or for the souls of the deceased. The Church’s usual conditions for gaining an indulgence apply in connection with the Jubilee Indulgence.
A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must:
Here is the link for the Pope's intentions for this year of Mercy..
Looking forward to our next meeting on September 9th!
We will have our first meeting on Friday Aug. 26th!!! It will be a meet and greet breakfast. Please bring a breakfast item to share or just come as you are. Paper products will be provided.
We will discuss the year and have social time.
The reading schedule for the book "Back to Virtue" is as follows:
Sept 9 -- pp 1-36
Sept 23 --- pp 37-56
Oct 7 ----pp 59-78
Oct 21 ---- pp 79-107
Nov 4 -----pp 109-131
Nov 18 ----- pp 133-164
Dec 2 -----pp 165-195
Hope to see you on Aug 26th!
We would like to express our sincere thanks to seminarian Mitchell Baer for coming to our meeting on April 15th. He was very informed and helped us understand our faith in a better light.
Our last meeting for the school year is Friday May 6th.
We will start back up in Sept. watch the bulletin for details.
We will start the year off by reading a book by Peter Kreeft called : Back to Virtue:traditional moral wisdom for modern moral confusion. It is available on amazon
Have a blessed summer!
Our next meeting will be on April 15th. We will continue our study of the YOUCAT pages 202-242.
We will have a special guest this day, Seminarian Mitchell Baer.
Hope you can join us.
Our last meeting for the year is scheduled for May 6th.