June 22, 2015  
Volume IX, Number 25
Quiet! Be Still!

"From time to time, we all have days, weeks and even years that seem like a raging storm, and it was times like these that were on my mind as I read this week's readings. In them we hear of how God is Lord of creation, and we see the power of Jesus calming the storm." Read more.
Questions posed:
Have you ever seen the hand of God in a stormy time in your life? Does knowing God is the Lord of creation help you navigate the storms of life?

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Do not be afraid. Just have faith.

Catholic News Service Word To Life Reflection.
" But Jesus makes himself present in the midst of their suffering. He responds to their pleas for help with compassion, silences the crowds of naysayers, touches the afflicted ones, speaks words of healing, reassures their faith and restores them to health. By his actions he makes clear that God does not "rejoice in the destruction of the living." Read more.
Questions posed:
Have you ever become discouraged and hopeless while suffering an illness of body or spirit? How can you receive Christ's gifts of hope and healing through the church's sacraments?
Monday, June 22- St. Thomas More 
Tuesday, June 23-   St. John Fisher
Thursday, June 25-  Blessed Jutta of Thuringia
Friday, June 26-  Blessed Raymond Lull

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A photo of a drawin g by a 7-year-old girl of people gathered outside Mother Emanuel AME Church as nine angels hover above is gaining a lot of attention on social media.

"Why can't the good people teach the bad people to be good?" Madeleine asked her mother, another question that seems simple to a 7-year-old mind, but is anything but simple for an adult. "Just because someone is different doesn't mean you have to do something bad to them."

During the conversation, Melanie says her daughter also asked to see a picture of the church where the shooting happened. Madeleine also Googled instructions on how to draw an angel.  Read full article here.

Note: Madeleine's currently working on another drawing, this one of a group of dogs sitting in a field of grass.  " Being colorblind is awesome. You should give it a try," is written across the top of the page.
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.  This week, the new encyclical, Laudato Si, will be the area of focus, but in upcoming weeks, the theme may be varied per catechetical task.

Laudato Si:
Relationship to the Tasks of Catechsis.
Catechesis Promotes Knowledge of the Faith
We show  our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth  is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are  called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with  all of God's creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and  ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.
Scripture and Tradition links are available on the USCCB site. 

Pope Francis and the Environment: Why His New Climate Encyclical Matters:

This panel of experts from across several disciplines at Yale discusses the potential implications of this event--and how it might transform the global climate debate for Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Catechesis Promotes a Knowledge of the Meaning of the Liturgy and the Sacraments
Caring For God's Creation: One of the seven themes on Catholic Social Teaching.  The USCCB has various resources for liturgical use on this theme. 

"The liturgy itself teach us this, when during the presentation of the gifts, the priest raises to God a prayer of blessing and petition over the bread and wine, 'fruit of the earth,' 'fruit of the vine' and 'work of the human hands.'  With these words, the rite not only includes in our offering to God all the human efforts and activity, but also leads us to see the world as God's creation, which bring forth everything we need for our sustenance.  The world is not something indifferent, raw material to be utilized simple as we see fit. Rather it is part of God's plan, in which all of us are called to be sons and daughters in one Son of God, Jesus Christ (cf. Eph 1:4-12). The justified concern about threats to the environment present in so many parts of the world is reinforced by Christian hope, which commits us to working responsibly  for the protection of creation."  Pope Benedict XVHI, Sacramentum Caritatis [The Sacrament of Charity], no. 92
Catechesis Promotes Moral Formation in Jesus Christ
Seven Themes On Catholic Social Teaching

Care for God's Creation

We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of Gods creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored. 

Catechesis Teaches the Christian How to Pray with Christ
St. Francis of Assisi.
"Canticle of the Creatures," a poem written by St. Francis brought inspiration to Laudato Si.  How might his style of prayer and reflection on creation inspire others, as we discuss the encyclical?

"St. Francis of Assisi addressed creatures as 'sisters' and 'brothers,' that is, as equals, not as subjects to be dominated. And that is why the humble figure of St. Francis standing on the birdbath or among the shrubs is so right for our day. He truly saw himself as a simple servant and caretaker of creation-little brother to the birds and the fish and the lowly ivy." Read more.

CRS has various resources available including prayers:
St. Francis Pledge
Prayer for Stewardship. English . Spanish.
May It Please You
Catechesis Prepares the Christian to Live in Community and to Participate in the Life and Mission of the Church
Discover the meaning of Laudato Si, and discover our invitation to be fully attentive to our role in the community.

"We are all related. We are responsible; one for the other.... It is an expression of responsibility... I can no longer live my life for myself. My life is a mission."
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