July 13, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 28

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey but a walking stick.

Catholic News Service Word To Life Reflections
I had to let it go before it became a negative conflict that would suck the life right out of the Gospel message. Although my efforts were ineffective, I had to continue believing the Gospel itself is life-saving -- and move on to people and situations where it would bear fruit. Read more. 

Questions posed: 
When have you felt that your efforts to share the Gospel message were hitting a brick wall? How does letting go of such a difficult situation help you be a better disciple?

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest awhile.

Catholic News Service Word To Life Reflections
I also can imagine that many people reading this who are not in college might have similar reactions. Between work, kids, laundry, homework, bath time, meals and a hundred other daily tasks, the idea of coming away to a lonely place to rest with Jesus -- while exactly what we want, need and long for -- is an unreasonable notion. Read more.

Questions posed: Where do you go for quiet solitude with Jesus? Do you do this enough? What could you do to find more time like this in your life?
 
 
 
SAINTS
Monday, July 13- St. Henry 
Tuesday, July 14- St. Kateri Tekakwitha
Wednesday, July 15- St. Bonaventure 
Thursday, July 16- Our Lady of Mount Carmel 
 
Tasks Of Catechesis
"Jesus formed his disciples by making known to them the various dimensions of the Kingdom of God.  He entrusted to them 'the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven' (Mt. 13:11); he taught them how to pray (Lk. 11:2); he opened his 'meek and humble heart' to them (Mt. 11:29); and he sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit.  (Lk. 10:1)  The fundamental task of catechesis is to achieve the same objective: the formation of disciples of Jesus Christ. Jesus instructed his disciples; he prayed with them; he showed them how to live; and he gave them his mission.

Christ's method of formation was accomplished by diverse yet interrelated tasks.  His example is the most fruitful inspiration for effective catechesis today because it is integral to formation in the Christian faith.  Catechesis must attend to each of these different dimensions of faith; each becomes a distinct yet complementary task. Faith must be known, celebrated, lived, and expressed in prayer.  So catechesis comprises six fundamental tasks, each of which is related to an aspect of faith in Christ.  All efforts in evangelization and catechesis should incorporate these tasks" National Directory for Catechesis (NDC) 59-62.

As an attempt to utilize the inculturation process outlined in the NDC, CL Weekly will attempt the discovery of the tasks of catechesis in relation to the modern world's movements.  "Inculturation involves listening to the culture of the people for an echo of the word of God.  It involves the discernment of the presence of authentic Gospel values or openness to authentic Gospel values in the culture" NDC 64.  
  
Assisted Suicide / Suicide:
Relationship to the Tasks of Catechesis.
Catechesis Promotes Knowledge of the Faith
Declaration on Euthanasia
Life is a gift of God, and on the other hand death is unavoidable; it is necessary, therefore, that we, without in any way hastening the hour of death, should be able to accept it with full responsibility and dignity. It is true that death marks the end of our earthly existence, but at the same time it opens the door to immortal life. Therefore, all must prepare themselves for this event in the light of human values, and Christians even more so in the light of faith.

Evangelium Vitae
Quite different from this [suicide/euthanasia] is the way of love and true mercy, which our common humanity calls for, and upon which faith in Christ the Redeemer, who died and rose again, sheds ever new light. The request which arises from the human heart in the supreme confrontation with suffering and death, especially when faced with the temptation to give up in utter desperation, is above all a request for companionship, sympathy and support in the time of trial. It is a plea for help to keep on hoping when all human hopes fail.

To Live Each Day With Dignity
To  live in a manner worthy of our human dignity, and to spend our final days on this earth in peace and comfort, surrounded by loved ones -- that is the hope of each of us.  In particular, Christian hope sees these final days as a time to prepare for our eternal destiny.

Today, however, many people fear the dying process.  They are afraid of being kept alive past life's natural limits by burdensome medical technology.  They fear experiencing intolerable pain and suffering, losing control over bodily functions, or lingering with severe dementia.  They worry about being being abandoned or becoming a burden on others. 

Our society can be judged by how we respond to these fears.  A caring community devotes more attention, not less, to members facing the most vulnerable times in their lives.  When people are tempted to see their own lives as diminished in value or meaning, they most need the love and assistance of others to assure them of their inherent worth. 

Catechesis Promotes a Knowledge of the Meaning of the Liturgy and the Sacraments
Anointing of the Sick
From the catechism...

IV. THE EFFECTS OF THE CELEBRATION OF THIS SACRAMENT

1520 A particular gift of the Holy Spirit. The first grace of this sacrament is one of strengthening, peace and courage to overcome the difficulties that go with the condition of serious illness or the frailty of old age. This grace is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who renews trust and faith in God and strengthens against the temptations of the evil one, the temptation to discouragement and anguish in the face of death.135 This assistance from the Lord by the power of his Spirit is meant to lead the sick person to healing of the soul, but also of the body if such is God's will.136 Furthermore, "if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven."137

1521 Union with the passion of Christ. By the grace of this sacrament the sick person receives the strength and the gift of uniting himself more closely to Christ's Passion: in a certain way he is consecrated to bear fruit by configuration to the Savior's redemptive Passion. Suffering, a consequence of original sin, acquires a new meaning; it becomes a participation in the saving work of Jesus.

1522 An ecclesial grace. The sick who receive this sacrament, "by freely uniting themselves to the passion and death of Christ," "contribute to the good of the People of God."138 By celebrating this sacrament the Church, in the communion of saints, intercedes for the benefit of the sick person, and he, for his part, though the grace of this sacrament, contributes to the sanctification of the Church and to the good of all men for whom the Church suffers and offers herself through Christ to God the Father.

1523 A preparation for the final journey. If the sacrament of anointing of the sick is given to all who suffer from serious illness and infirmity, even more rightly is it given to those at the point of departing this life; so it is also called sacramentum exeuntium (the sacrament of those departing).139 The Anointing of the Sick completes our conformity to the death and Resurrection of Christ, just as Baptism began it. It completes the holy anointings that mark the whole Christian life: that of Baptism which sealed the new life in us, and that of Confirmation which strengthened us for the combat of this life. This last anointing fortifies the end of our earthly life like a solid rampart for the final struggles before entering the Father's house.140

Catechesis Promotes Moral Formation in Jesus Christ
USCCB Resources on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Various resources are available on this webpage, from letters, documents, articles, press releases and statements. 

Examination of Conscience

Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Do I respect the life and dignity of every human person from conception through natural death? Do I recognize the face of Christ reflected in all others around me whatever their race, class, age, or abilities? Do I work to protect the dignity of others when it is being threatened? Am I committed to both protecting human life and to ensuring that every human being is able to live in dignity?

Call to Family, Community, and Participation

Do I try to make positive contributions in my family and in my community?
Are my beliefs, attitudes, and choices such that they strengthen or undermine the institution of the family? Am I aware of problems facing my local community and involved in efforts to find solutions? Do I stay informed and make my voice heard when needed?
 

Solidarity

Does the way I spend my time reflect a genuine concern for others? Is solidarity incorporated into my prayer and spirituality? Do I lift up vulnerable people throughout the world in my prayer, or is it reserved for only my personal concerns?  Do I see all members of the human family as my brothers and sisters? 
Catechesis Teaches the Christian How to Pray with Christ
A Prayer For Those Who Are Alone

Psalm 139: 1-8 

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.


Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,"
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother's womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand-
when I awake, I am still with you.

Catechesis Prepares the Christian to Live in Community and to Participate in the Life and Mission of the Church
Understanding and Ministering to Others Affected by Suicide
Ron Rolheiser, in this audio recording with slide visual, discusses some very practical ways to journey alongside people who are holding the realities of the affects of suicide on their own
life, and the lives of those around them.  He discusses, anger, shame, woundedness. 

Suicide and Assisted Suicide: The Role of Depression
"Mental illness raises the suicide risk even more than physical illness. Nearly 95 percent of those who kill themselves have been shown to have a diagnosable psychiatric illness in the months preceding suicide. The majority suffer from depression that can be treated. This is particularly true of those over fifty, who are more prone than younger victims to take their lives during the type of acute depressive episode that responds most effectively to treatment.

"Like other suicidal individuals, patients who desire an early death during a serious or terminal illness are usually suffering from a treatable depressive condition. Although pain and other factors such as lack of family support contribute to the wish for death, recent research has confirmed that none is as significant as the presence of depression, which researchers have found to be the only predictor of the desire for death."

Herbert Hendin, M.D., Seduced by Death: Doctors, Patients, and Assisted Suicide (New York: W.W. Norton, 1998): 34-35.
 
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