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1. Whats It All About? Taking a SacramentalViewFrom What Makes Us Catholic: Eight Gifts for Lifeby Thomas H. GroomePresented by:Pamela LiceraldeJennifer PooleJennifer Sorrentino 2. What is a sacramental outlook? Our perspective: how we live in the world and experience life World refers to both the created order of nature and culture wecreate as humans We must be aware of our view of life: Who and what has formed this view? How has this view helped or hindered you? What is life for all and what is not? Are you willing to adjust your attitude? Adjusting our attitude allows new possibilities 3. Life is meaningful and worthwhile As Christians we are called to recognize that Within Godssustaining love, life is worthy for its own sake, regardless of ouraccomplishments or accolades (p. 83) Nothing is more significant to what makes us Catholic than thesacramental principle (p .84) it reaches far beyond liturgical rites it means that God is present tohumankind and we respond to Gods grace through the ordinary andeveryday of life in the world (p. 84) 4. Gods grace expects our partnership &responsibility Sacramentality of life calls on us to find the extraordinary in theordinary to have a sacramental outlook on all of life in thisworld (p. 87) Gods Spirit and humankind work together through: Nature and creation Culture and society Our minds and bodies Hearts and souls Labors and efforts Creativity and generativity Depth of our own being and in community with others Every event and experience that comes our way (p. 84) 5. Gods Spirit at work in the world Sacramentality reflects an understanding of God and of GodsSpirit at work in the world (p. 87) In Christian faith, Gods decisive sacrament in human history wasJesus, who engages in human history by being the savior and theliberator (p. 89) God cannot leave us and our world to our own devices, tomuddle along by ourselves (p. 89) 6. The principle of sacramentality Reflects faith in God with us, saving, engaging, and enablinghumankind as covenant partners (p. 89) Reflects God as Triune: Godself, humankind, and a lovingrelationship always at work in the world (p. 89) Reflects that God is always at work in the world, inviting ourresponsible participation in Gods dream for us all (p. 90) 7. Enough to test anyones faithIf God is lovingly present, and life in the world is basically good,then how come there is so much suffering and evil? (p. 90) God never causes human evil or suffering; God allows them out of respect forhuman freedom and the dynamics of nature (p. 91) God does not use suffering as a quid pro quo punishment for sin (p. 91) Even when human beings make sinful choices, God may draw some good outof them (p. 91) Though Jesus offered no explanation for sin and suffering, he taughtdisciples to avoid the first and alleviate the latter (p. 91) In his agony and death, Jesus symbolized Gods solidarity with people whosuffer; in his Resurrection, Jesus reversed suffering and death to gobackward into new life (p. 92) A sacramental outlook includes a healthy suspicion for human sinfulness;recognizing whatever in the world that is not of Gods reign (p. 92) 8. A sacramental consciousness imagine! Sacramental consciousness means being alert to the more in themidst of the ordinary (p. 92) and activating our imagination. We need our imagination: To help us see how things really are, beyond the obvious and routine (p. 94) To discern how best to respond to Gods presence in the midst of life,understanding possibilities & consequences to drive our choices (p. 94) To recognize what is not in Gods reign and resist it (p. 95) To see and respond to the poor and oppressed (p. 95) 9. Practicing a sacramental outlook Three key practices to develop a sacramental perspective onlife: Develop habit of sacramental imagination Be a good steward of creation Celebrate life--and Eucharist 10. Develop a habit of sacramental imagination Pause at the start of the day to refresh your sense of life as a giftfrom God (p. 96) Be alert throughout the day for God-moments that remind us ofGods love (p. 97) Take time for faith reflections - meditations in which we talk toGod about any aspect of life in the world and bring our faith todiscern what it means and how we should respond in a faith-filledway (p. 97) Take time to stop to smell the roses - contemplations when wenotice and receive the gifts of God that are right in front of us (p.97) 11. Be a good steward of creation Creation is a divine gift and humans must be its responsiblestewards in Gods name (p. 99) Humans are commissioned in Genesis to sustain with loving careand cultivate Gods creation - there is Biblical justification formans ecological stewardship of Earth (p. 99-100) Creation is a sacrament of the divine-human covenant (p. 99) We can experience a beautiful sense Gods presence throughnature by relishing and enjoying the beauty of nature (p. 100) 12. Celebrate life--and Eucharist A sacramental outlook epitomizes the spirit of celebrating life -- theconstant presence of Gods Spirit in the everyday--the more in the midstof the ordinary--always warrants celebration (p. 101) Mass is the central symbol of divine-human encounter for CatholicChristians (p. 101) The celebration of Eucharist is the apex of the seven sacraments andIts enactment is well named a celebration (p. 101) At Mass, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of Eucharist bring lifeto faith and faith to life for the participants (p. 102) 13. Embrace the responsibility to celebrate All baptized Catholics have the right and duty to participate inthe life of the Church through full, conscious, and activeparticipation in the liturgy (p. 102) Catholics are responsible to make the most of their Mass andcelebrate (p. 103) Mass assembles of a community of Christian people Mass lends access to the word of God in Scripture Mass offers Holy Communion to re-bond the community within the Body ofChrist 14. Reflection questions on Chapter 3: How can taking a sacramental outlook impact your role as aschool leader? How can we help our colleagues develop a sacramental outlook? Which of the three strategies for developing a sacramentaloutlook do you already regularly practice? Developing a habit of sacramental imagination Being a good steward of creation Celebrating lifeand Eucharist