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January 26, 2001.
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Citations of official Church documents from Neuner, Josef, SJ and Dupuis. Jacques, SJ, eds., The Christian Faith: Doctrinal Documents of the Catholic Church, 5th ed. (New York: Alba House, 1992). Used with permission.
The Bible and the Truth it Conveys -3: True Wisdom -3: Divine Revelation -3: Scripture and Tradition -3: Dei Verhum (“The Word of God”) -4: Bible is without error -5: Senses of Scripture -6: Christians need the guidance of the Church – 8: Canon of the Bible? -8: Books of the Canon -10: Scripture and The Word of God -11: Thinking it over -12.
CHAPTER 1: CREATION THROUGH NOAH (GENESIS 1:11-13).
Creation -13: Religious message of Genesis -13: Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:3-14): Cain and Abel (Genesis 4)-15: Evil ways of the grew -16: Noah (Genesis 5-10)-16: Thinking it over -18.
CHAPTER 2: ABRAHAM AND SARAH THROUGH JOSEPH (GENESIS 12-50) -19.
Abraham and Sarah -19: The mysterious priest-king Melehzedek -19: Sarai persuaded Abram to have a son by Hagar -20: God renewed his covenant with Abram -20: Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah his covenant with Abraham, Isaac (the laughter) -21: Abraham’s sacrifice -22: Abraham father of jews, Christians and Muslims -22: Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 24-25:19) -22: Isaac and Rebekah -23: Rebekah’s scheme -23: Jacob and Rachel -23: Joseph eleventh son of Jacob -25: His brothers plot against Joseph -25: Joseph in Egypt -26: Silver cup in Benjamin’s luggage -27. Joseph a truly man -27: Thinking it over -28.
Moses in book of Exodus -29; Moses raised in Pharaoh’s court -29: God speaks to Moses from a burning bush -30: “I AM” sent him -30: Moses and Aaron lead Israelites to the Red Sea -30: Pharaoh army drowned -31: Water and food in the desert -31: Moses receives commandments -32: Third book Leviticus liturgy of the sacrifices -33: Fourth book Numbers members of the twelve tribes descended from Jacob counted in a census -33: Isrealites rebelled against Moses –Fifth book Deuteronomy (the Second Law) -34: Moses entrusted Jewish people to Joshua -25: Moses buried -35: Book of Joshua -35: Chosen people occupied Promised Land under Joshua -35: Joshua’s men were victorious everywhere -36: Chapter summary -36: Thinking it over -37.
CHAPTER 4: JUDGES AND KINGS OF THE UNDIVIDED LAND -38
Book of Judges -38: Samson and Delilah -38: Book of Ruth -39: 1-2 Samuel (sometimes entitled 1 and 2 Kings) -40: Samuel and Eli -40: Saul, first King of all Twelve Tribes -41: Jesse’s youngest son David -41: David and Goliath -42: David marries Michol. Saul’s daughter -42: 2 Samuel David becomes king over South -43: David became king over all of Israel -43: David and Bathsheba -44: Absaiom plots against David his father -44: David succeeded by Solomon -45: Solomon to build a temple in Jerusalem -45: Solomon’s wisdom -45: Thinking it over -46.
CHAPTER 5: KINGS OF THE DIVIDED LAND -47
Solomon succeeded by his son Rehoboam -47: 1 and2 Kings is history of two kingdoms -47: The Northern Kingdom, called Israel -47: The Southern Kingdom, called Judah -17: Elijah angers King Ahab of Israel -18 Naaman the pagan general in Aramaen army -49: Elisha also powerful prophet -49: Amos and Hosea followed Elijah and Elisha, Prophets -50: The Southern Kingdom of single dynasty -51: Isaiah writes with power and beauty -53: The prophet Micah denounce social injustice -54: The prophet Habbakuk complains that God seems to overlook evil -55: Jeremiah warns of disasters to come -56: Thinking it over -57.
CHAPTER 6: THE EXILE AND RETURN -58
Prophet Ezekiel keeps the hope of the Jews alive -58: Second Isaiah wrote of he suffering servant -59: Problem of suffering, theme of job -59: Hope strengthened when Persians under Cyrus conquered Babylon -59: Prophet Nehemiah a great administrator -60: Zachariah saw eight visions -61: The Book of Proverbs and Qaheleth -61 Psalms most of which are attributed to David -61: Thinking it over -62.
CHAPTER 7: GREEK AND ROMAN OCCUPATION -63
Holy Land information is very vague from 400 B.C. to its conquest by Alexnder the Great -63: II Maccabees briefly notes the revolt against Antiochus, I Maccabees recounts it in detail -65: II Maccabees describes the purification of the Temple and its celebration -65: I Maccabees continues with the history after the rededication of the Temple -65: Romans would subjudge the Jewish nation -66: Speculative dates of other books -66: Sirach’s purpose is to demonstrate the superiority of Jewish morals -68. Wisdom themes of the great wisdom literature -68: Four great message emerge -69: Thinking it over -70.
HISTORICAL FACTS PRECEEDING THE NEW TESTAMENT -71
UNIT II: THE NEW TESTAMENT -77 CHAPTER 1: COMING OF THE PROMISED MESSIAH -77
Four Gospels, same story different viewpoints -77: Here modern harmony -77: Gospel of John written end of the first century (synoptic earlier) -77: Mark co-worker Peter -78: Synoptics before 70 AD -78: Gospels written within the life times of those who knew Jesus -78: Our calendar, mistake by 6th century author -78: Annunciation -79: Second person of Blessed Trinity -79: God’s preparation fulfilled in Mary -79: Mary believes and accepted her vocation to be Mother of God -79: Matthew tells us Joseph deeply troubled -80: In poverty Jesus was born? -82: Presentation -80: Matthew wrote for audience of Jews -81: Jesus lost in temple? 82: Obedient to Mary and Joseph -83: Little information before thirty years of age -83: Jesus in biblical discussions with Joseph -83: Numerous relatives in Nazareth -83: Thinking it over -84.
CHAPTER 2: BEGINNING OF JESUS PUBLIC MINISTRY -85
John the Baptist preaching repentance and baptizing with water -85: Jesus insisted on being baptized -85: Father declared, This is Beloved Son -85: Jesus began to call his disciples -85: Jesus to Cana in Galilee -85: Mary present, wine ran out -85: Fulfilled her request later -85: Drove money changers from the temple -85: Nicodemus -86: Thinking it over -86.
CHAPTER 3: JESUS MINISTRY IN GALILEE -87
Woman at well of Jacob -87: Capernaum: on sea of Galilee -87: Peter and Andrew called -87: Jesus heals a man possessed by demons -88.
Jesus -90 Penitent woman -92: Jesus began to preach in parables -93: Parable sermon (Mt 13:1-52) -94: Apostles sent to preach -95: Herod searches for Jesus -95: Peter walks on water -96: Jesus himself is the Bread of Eternal Life -96: Crippled man cured at Bethsaida pool -96: Increasing opposition from Pharisees -97: Deaf mute cured -98: Leaven of the Pharisees -99: Jesus promises to build Church on Peter -99: Jesus transfigured/tells of upcoming passion death and resurrection -100: Greatest in God’s Kingdom -101: Sin separates us from God -101: September, Feast of Tents (the Jewish harvest feast) -192: Thinking it over -103.
CHAPTER 4: PREACHING JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM -104
Jesus to Jerusalem for the final period of his life -104: Seventy two disciples sent to preach -104: Love of neighbor/good Samaritan -105: Mary and Martha -105: Jesus directly confronts leaders for failure -106: Jesus instructs the people on the identifies himself with God the Father -106 Jesus instructs the people on the new law of love -107: Jesus raises Lazarus from dead -107: Thinking it over -108.
CHAPTER 5: HOLY WEEK 109
Palm Sunday -109: Chief priest orders Jesus to disclose his authority -109: Elders kept trying to trap Jesus -109: Sadducees Non-belief in resurrection -110: Destruction of Jerusalem to take place in their lifetimes -111: Final plot to kill Jesus -111: Thursday Passover seder meal. Jesus washed apostles feet -112: Judas leaves to betray Jesus -112: Jesus changes bread and wine into his body and blood -113: After the meal they went out to Mount of Olives -113: Jesus in agony -114: Betrayal with a kiss -114: Jesus taken to Annas -114: Peter denied Jesus the third time -115: On Friday Sanhedrin met and heard witnesses -115: Jesus struck by an officer -115: Jesus before Pilate -116: “My Kingdom is not of this World” -116: Pilate sent Jesus to Herod Antipas -116: Barabbas released/Jesus sentenced to death -117: Jesus stripped and then soldiers roll dice for his clothing -118: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” and died -119: Water and blood flow out/Church recognizes these as types of Baptism and the Eucharist -119: Joseph of Arimathea obtained permission to bury Jesus -119: Resurrection -120: Mary Magdalen, Peter, others at tomb -120: Village of Emmaus, divine stranger -120: Resurrection night -121: “Peace be with you” as apostles given power to forgive sins -122: Make disciples of all nations -122: Thinking it over -123.
CHAPTER 6: FOUNDING OF THE CHURCH -124
Acts of the Apostles mainly of St. Peter and St. Paul -124: Jesus ascension -124: Matthias Judas -124: Prayer and the Eucharist -124: Pentecost -125: Peter addressed Sanhedrin -125: Practice of community life -125: Apostles boldly proclaim the Resurrection -125: Apostles continue to preach in temple and in private homes -126: Early deacons -126: Stoning of Stephen -127: Thinking it over -128.
CHAPTER 7: MISSIONS AND WRITTINGS OF ST. PAUL -129
Conversion of Saul/St. Paul -129: St. Paul’s problems -129: Persecution of the Christians by Sanhedrin lessened -129: Peter raised Tabitha from dead -130: Peter’s unique vision -130: By Peter’s action the Church officially opened to Gentiles -130: Believes in Jesus known as “Christians” -131: Herod imprisoned Peter, but Peter was freed by an angel -131: Paul’s first missionary journey -131: Epistle to the Galatians -131: Jewish Christians want Gentiles to be circumcised -132: First Ecumenical Council of the Church 49 A.D -133: Second Timothy to new territory in Phrygia and Galatia, then Northwest Turkey (Asia Minor) -134: Luke joins Paul -134: Paul and Silas imprisoned/earthquake released them -134: Athens -135: “The unknown God” -135: At Corinth Paul meets Aquila and Prisca -136: A “house-church” for Christians -136: First Epistle to the Thessalonians (c. 50-51 AD) -136: Nazirite vow -137: Third missionary journey 54-58 A.D -137: Epistle to the Philemon 55 AD -139: First Epistle to the Corinthians -139: Epistle to the Romans makes clear sex outside marriage, homosexual actions cannot be reconciled with the Christian understanding of why God created us male and female -139/140: Exhorts the Corinthians to be sober for the sober for the Eucharist -140: At Corinth Epistle to the Romans 57-58 A.D -140: Pagans should conclude that God exists from the world around them -141: Paul travels to Jerusalem -141: Imprisoned again, Paul demand, his rights as a Roman under arrest two years -143: Paul was martyred in Rome in 67 A.D during Nero’s persecution -143: Again, these dates are speculative -144: 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus -145: Cautionary note -145: Epistle to the Hebrews -145: Thinking it over -146.
CHAPTER 8: THE OTHER LETTERS -147
First Epistle of St. Peter -147: Epistle of James -147: Epistle of Jude -147: Second Epistle of St. Peter -147: First, second and third Epistles of St. John -147: Book of Revelation or Apocalypse -148: Revelation is divided into four parts -148: The other letters -149.
UNIT III: BASIC CATHOLIC TEACHING -153
CHAPTER 1: GOD’S EXISTENCE AND CREATION -153
God exists -153: God creates all things in making them -153: God is a Trinity of persons -154: God is Father in an unheard of sense -154: Jesus completed his work by sending the Holy Spirit -154: The Trinity is One -155: Man was created good and holy -156: At the instigation of the devil Adam and Eve disobeyed God and lost their own personal harmony -156: God tolerated the commission of Original Sin -157: The nature of sin -157: Sin is basically a free choice contrary to the law of God -157: Mortal and Venial Sins -158: Thinking it over -158.
CHAPTER 2: THE TEN COMMANDMENTS -159
Promise to send a redeemer -159: God set aside the Jewish people -159: Commandments to human race in the person of Moses -159: Commandments enumerated -159: (1) I am the Lord your God: you shall not have strange gods before me -160: (2) You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain -161: (3) Keep holy the Sabbath (Lord’s Day) -161: (4) Honor your father and your mother -162: (5) You shall not kill -162: (6) You shall not commit adultery -163: (7) You shall not steal -163: (8) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor -163: (9) You shall not convet your neighbor’s wife -164: (10) You shall not convey your neighbor’s goods -164: Thinking it over -165.
CHAPTER 3: GRACE AND THE INCARNATION -166
Grace -166: Sanctifying grace -166: Actual grace -166: The incarnation -166: Mary free from Original Sin at the moment of her conception -167: Mary countered the sin of the disobedient Eve with her own obedience -167: Person and nature -168: Jesus has no earthly father/Joseph is only his foster father -168: Jesus performed miracles to prove that he was God -168: The atonement for our sins demanded that Christ suffer punishment for sin -168/169: After Jesus died on the cross “he descended into hell” -169: Appreciation of the Resurrection -170: Jesus prepared his disciples to be the foundation of the Church -170: Christ -170: Christ ascended body and soul into heaven -171: This is seen in a special way in every Mass -171: came to earth to save not to condemn us 171: Thinking it over -172.
CHAPTER 4: VIRTUES AND GIFTS -173
The Holy Spirit -173: On Pentecost Sunday Jesus completed his work on earth by sending the Holy Spirit to dwell in us -173: Pentecost is the reversal of the Tower of Babel -173: Holy Spirit proclaims the foundation of the church to the world -174: The virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit -175: Three theological virtues faith, hope and charity -175: Infused prudence, justice, temperance and fortitude -175: Power given by Holy Spiritual are like our spiritual muscles -175: Faith -175: Hope -176: With Charity -176: Infused temperance -177: Gifts of the Holy Spirit directly move us to certain important actions -177: Wisdom -177: Science or knowledge -177: Understanding -178: Counsel -178: Piety -178: Fortitude -178: Fear of the Lord -178: Thinking it over -179.
CHAPTER 5: MARKS OF THE CHURCH/ONE HOLY CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC -180.
Christ prepared apostles for fullness of revelation of God and what he has done for us -180: Christ associated apostles directly with the work which he is doing in the Church -180. The Pope -180: Peter was the first pope and Vicar of Christ -181: Church is the congregation of all the baptized -181: Pope has the special aid of the Holy Spirit -181: Laity also called to participate in the mission of Christ -182: The Church is holy -183: The Church is catholic or universal -183: The Church is apostolic -184: The communion of saints and the forgiveness of sins -185: Church is a society based in the life of Christ -185: Three states of the Church -186: Corporal works of mercy -186: Spiritual works of mercy -186: Thinking it over -187.
CHAPTER 6: MARY MOTHER OF CHRIST AND MOTHER OF THE CHURCH -188.
The model of all communion -188: Mary conceives Christ and goes to visit and help the cousin Elizabeth -188: Jesus entrusts the Church to her -188: Several extraordinary privileges in her life -188: God gives power to created things to participate in his governing of the world -188: Different roles to various members -189: The forgiveness of sins – Baptism/Penance -189: Everyone still needs to struggle with moral weakness -189: The Resurrection and Life Everlasting -190: Our bodies will be gloriously reconstituted in heaven -190: Death completes our pilgrimage of grace and mercy -190: Two judgments pronounced by Christ, first hour of our death -191: Purgatory -191: A temporary purification of all the inclinations and evils -191: General judgments occurs in the presence of the assembled creation -192: Sincere search for truth and goodness here on earth -193: The two great commandments -193: The precepts of the Church -194: Mass obligation – why? -194: Confess sins once a year -194: Receive the Eucharist during the Easter Season -195: Days of fasting and abstinence -195: Provide for the needs of the Church -195: Thinking it over -196.
CHAPTER 7: THE SACRAMENTS -197
Our life of grace with Christ reflects our natural life -197: Outward sign instituted by Christ gives divine grace -197: Sacraments of initiation, reconciliation, service of communion -198: Baptism -198: Source of our new life in grace and spiritual rebirth -198: Members of the Mystical Body of Christ -199: Priest is ordinary minister but anyone in danger of death -199: Every person not yet baptized is able to be baptized -199: Confirmation -200: Confirmation Strengthens the life of Christ in us -200: Laying on of hands -200: Like Baptism, cannot be repeated -201: Appropriate for teenagers prior to adolescence -201: The sacrament of the Holy Eucharist -202: The source and summit of the Christian Life -202: At the last supper Christ left his great gift of the Eucharist to the Church -202: Christ is really present with us on earth through Eucharist -202: Bread and wine are necessary -202: Christ changed these into himself at the last supper -202: “This is my blood” -202. Holy Communion is spiritual nourishment -203: In Eucharist we relate directly to Christ -203: Makes present the sacrifice of the cross -204: New and eternal covenant -204: In the Mass priest is the same Christ who offers -204: Does not detract from the sacrifice on the cross -204: We must be prepared spiritually -205: A fitting preparation -205: Thinking it over -205.
Christ rescues the lost sheep through the sacrament of Penance -207: Essentials of Penance -207: Truly sorry for his sins -208: Perfect and imperfect contrition -208: Christ gave priests a share in his power to forgive sins -208 which sins must be confessed? -209: We should prepare ourselves to make a good confession -209: How to confess sins -209: Misery caused to others demands punishment -210: Why indulgences? -211: Anointing of the sick -211 Sacraments of healing -211: Given to those who are seriously ill -211: In danger of death, illness or old age -212: Strengthening of the Holy Spirit/live with interior sadness -212: Holy orders -212: A sacrament to serve others -212: Three degrees of Holy Orders: bishops, priests, deacons -212: Sacred power can come only from Christ himself through his Church -212: Only Christ is the true priest, others only his ministers -212: Only ministerial priests power to consecrate and forgive sins -213: Bishops teach true doctrine and have jurisdiction over the Church -213: Matrimony or marriage -213: Marriage now flows from baptismal grace and service -213: Spouses mutually confer upon each other the sacrament if matrimony -213: Baptized man and baptized woman -214: Foundation of the family -214: Thinking it over -214.