Lesson One and Two What is Prayer? 200 40 A Brendan Mcgarry

What is at the heart of the Christian understanding of prayer in any form? Pg. 1

The encounter with the sacred is at the heart of Christian prayer in any form.

Common human experience is filled with possibilities for encountering the sacred. Name the 4 avenues of life cited in the book. Pgs. 8-10

1) In nature and solitude 2) Through special people 3)Through the mystery of life and death 4) Walking, grieving, talking, and encounters with the beyond.

What do these experiences point to? Pg. 11

They point to a mystery or divine presence that is at the heart of all human experience.

What are some of the unique circumstances that can strongly influence a peoples religious tradition? Give three examples. Pg. 12-13

Unique circumstances that can strongly influence a people's religious tradition are climate and terrane, Populations political and economic status, and surrounding.

What is grace? Pg. 13

Grace is the loving and active presence of God in the world.

What name was given to Jesus' suffering, death, and resurrection? Pg. 13

The name is the paschal mystery.

have you ever had a "death-to-life" experience similar to connie's where you were able to grow because of something difficult you lived through? Describe it in several sentences. Pg. 14-15

When I first came to Boylan I knew little to nobody, I was also coming from a public school so i had a very tough time adapting to the catholic life that is Boylan. Over time, after playing soccer for my school, I began to make new friends and understand

Why should we participate in the sacraments? Pg. 15

We should participate in the sacraments so we too can experience Gods presence and action in our lives.

Give 3 examples of experiencing God's presence in daily events. Pg. 16

3 examples of God's presence in daily events are an unusual sunset while camping, sitting alone in a quiet corner at the library, and in the thanks of a stranger.

What is the basic definition of payer? Pg. 17

Prayer is the awareness of God and response to the presents of the sacred in all of our lives.


Where do we meet God?

What are 3 areas in which we experience God/ sacred? Pg. 21

3 areas are in our selves, others, and creation.

Write out the biblical quotation which describes the unique relationship human beings have with God. Pg. 22

So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

How are we helped to develop self-knowledge? Pg. 23

We are helped develop self knowledge from the expectations and feed back of others.

What are some of the bad effects of advertising on the self? Pg. 24-25

Some of the bad effects of advertising is inadequate knowledge of ones self and we might make decisions based advertisement and what it tries to tell us.

How do we grow or mature in self-knowledge? Pg. 25

We grow in self-knowledge by accepting who we are and letting that real self out from behind the walls that hide us.

Why is getting stuck in the negative aspects of our live harmful? pg. 26

Getting stuck in negative aspects of life block us from recognizing our identity as an image of God.

What is the practical way of maintaining a relationship with God and with ourselves? Pg. 28

The Scriptures tell us that our relationship with others is the true indicator of our relationship with God.

What does Saint John say about our love relationship with God and with others? Pg. 28

Saint John says "Those who say, 'I love God,' and hate their brothers and sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen.

A. Write the quotation from St. Paul which describes the diversity into the Body of Christ which enriches all of us. Pg. 30

There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for al of you are one in Christ Jesus. (Galatian 3:28)

B. Where do we most need to meet God? Pg. 31

We need to meet God most in others.

What two qualities do we need for our actions and attitudes towards the earth to be constructive and helpful? Pg. 34

Without reflection and prayerfullness, our actions and attitudes towards the earth can be harmful and destructive.