Church and the Kingdom of God

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  • Church and the Kingdom of God
    • the church- the pilgrim people of God
      • Christians are on a journey to meet God at death
      • pilgrimage is a dramatised journey
        • -forgiveness for sin
        • thanks to God
        • spiritual healing
        • renew commitment
    • stations of the cross
      • Jesus went through Judea, and from Pilates house to the hill of Calvary
      • made during lent-say a prayer at each one-dramatised prayer
        • helps maintain focus
    • pilgrimage to Jerusalem
      • stations of cross on the Via Dolorosa-real place
      • visit tomb which he was buried
      • visit Jesus' tomb, direct contact with founding events of religion
    • Rome
      • Cathedral of St John Lateran, The Pope's cathedral
      • St Peter preached Catholic faith-buried in St Peter's basilica
    • Lourdes
      • 1858, St Bernadette saw 18 visions of 'immaculate conception'
        • pray the rosary
        • to come in procession
        • to build a church
        • dug and spring came
        • people who are ill visit-shows body of Christ
    • Walsingham
      • Catholic national shrine-Norfolk
      • in 1061, a noble woman had a vision of the house in Nazareth
        • had a copy of this house made. Start at slipper chapel
    • The Kingdom of God
      • the reign of God where all people live as God intends.
      • gradual process; power through Jesus, holy spirit in Pentecost, completed at end of time
      • the Lords Prayer
        • begins with translation of 'abba',followers have same trusting relationship
        • 'hallowed' importance of God in their lives
        • 'thy kingdom come' accepting rule of God in their hearts
        • 'on earth as it is in heaven' -people share in the attitude to God's will
        • 'daily bread' God removes need so they focus on God
        • 'forgive us our trespasses' - forgive my sins, so that I can forgive who sins against me
        • 'deliver us form evil' evil prevents growth of the kingdom of God
  • Mission and Evangelism
    • 'sending out' people with a job or function to perform-Catholics duty
    • preaching the good news about Jesus to other people
    • 'Les Miserables'
      • one kind act can have a big effect
        • ex convict Valjean steals silver from Bishop, tells police it was given by bishop, bishop goes along with it.
          • Valjean feels he must do good, sets up factory to help others benefit form the wealth
        • Valjean is a wanted man, Javert chases him, he thinks no man can change, Javert captured , Valjean refuses to kill him
        • Javert captures Valjean, he cant kill him, but cant forgive himself for not killing.
        • Christian principles are difficult yet rewarding, being hardhearted destroys a life. 'to love another person is to see the face of God;
  • Signs of the Kingdom
    • justice
      • all people have what they are entitled to. Human dignity. Christians must act
      • ''goods created by God for everyone, should reach everyone'
      • bringing about what is right and fair, according to the law, or making up for a wrong that has been commited
    • peace
      • a state of total trust and unity between all people
      • people should trust and accept eachother
      • peace of Gods kingdom should be experienced on earth
    • reconciliation
      • restoring harmony once relationship has broken down. Learn form the past.a Allows peace and justice to spread
      • barriers that cause separation are removed.
      • a sacrament in the catholic church
  • the Vatican Council and hierachy
    • Pope successor of Peter
    • cardinals are appointed by Pope
    • bishops successors of apostles
    • Priests are ordained to give sacraments, look after a parish
    • Deacons  ordained to preach word of God
    • lay people share in priestly office of Christ through baptism
    • Pope consults bishops, last council was second, felt church was too cut off
      • Dei Verbum-the word of God, importance of scripture
      • Lumen Gentium-nature of the church, pilgrim church moving forward
      • Sacrosanctum Councilium- liturgy and services need to be changed. Mass in different languages.
      • Gaudium et spes-family life,  'joy and hope', church is guide to people
  • Mary and Magnifiicat
    • beloved disciple
    • listened to and accepted word of  God
    • Mary sung the magnificat when she met Elizabeth. Expresses gratitude for God
      • his care for all people
      • Gods kingdom g grown in her heart
      • humble
      • trust in God's power
      • God will raise the humble.
    • 'my soul magnified the lord'
    • 'my spirit rejoices in God'
  • four marks of church +apostolic succession
    • one-church is one body-last supper 'they may all be one'
    • holy- every christian made holy, God is at work in the whole body of Christ
    • catholic-something worldwide and inclusive,or referring to catholic church.
    • apostolic-12 apostles are witnesses, are foundation of people of God
    • unbroken succession from St Peter,
    • bishops successors of apostles
    • magisterium is combined teaching authroity of pope ad bishop. Guided by holy spirit-is infallible
  • The conciliar and pontifical nature of the church
    • pope is the supreme head
    • concilar as councils express curches feelings and help pope make decisions
    • pontifical
      • highest authority can be exercised by the pope
      • pope guided by holy spirit
    • church made of individuals,
    • teaching authority of God leads by example
    • 'thou shalt not to an economy of exclusion and inequality
  • The Church as the body of Christ
    • local- SVP
      • 1833 students in Paris
      • visit sick and elderly. sometimes run summer camps
    • national-SPUC
    • global-CAFOD
      • emergency aid after natural disasters
      • MONLAR sri Lanka
      • 'give a man a fish and has a meal, teach him to fish he has  meal for the rest of his life'
  • Christian Vocations
    • Priesthood
    • religious life
      • monk or nun, poverty, chastity and obedience,
      • work in world;nurses or teachers, Their day starts and end with a prayer
    • family life
      • marriage is a commitment for life, become 'one flesh' .
      • parents set example to children, help kingdom sread on earth
    • Pope Francis-ordained 1969, archbishop of Buenos Aires, pope in March 2013
      • justice- increased priest working in Shanty Towns. Doesn't use gold cross, speaks out on inequality
      • peace- restoring relationships with Cuba and USA, Palestinian and Israeli presidents prayed together, prays for peace
      • reconciliation-washes Muslims feet,  removes tension between Jews and Catholics, visits areas of tension, accepted non catholic Christians in Argentina and Rome

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