Sacraments: Chapter 4 Worshiping in Word, in Act, and in Silence
Major Concepts: A Finding Sacred Time and Space Prayer is a whole hearted faith response to God, who loves us without conditions and is with us in every moment of our life. All living can be praying. Intentional and conscious moments give substance to prayer as a wholehearted faith response to God moments .
Finding Sacred Time and Space • Reminded of God’s Presence • A time and a place for Prayer: We need actual time and physical space in which to pray. • We also need “inner space” or the space within our consciousness that makes room for God.How can we do this? >We need silence. It can be peaceful and disturbing.
Concept B. Paths to Intimacy with God • 3 traditional ways to get closer to God: • Vocal prayer> often conversational and spontaneous • Meditation> quiets the mind and body to allow us to experience God’s presence. • Contemplation> is”being with”God without saying or doing anything.We are present to God and focused.
Concept C. Praying “All Ways” • All our senses and abilities can be involved in prayer. • Imagination>we try to visualize what we are reading in Scripture.( like in class meditations) • Journal writing> allowing our thoughts to rise to the surface where we can reflect on them. • With our whole body>posture (don’t put your head down), a trip to a holy place called a pilgrimage.Walking a maze.
Concept D.Being rooted and uprooted by Prayer • Prayer roots us more firmly in God’s presence • It gives us a deeper sense of the sacredness of creation. • Prayer also UPROOTS us by calling us to change our life and take the risk to love.
Chapter 4 REVIEW • The best way to prepare for this test is to review all your notes from the PPTs. • You also want to review all answers to the usual chapter questions. • For Example: • Can our relationship with God thrive w/out prayer? • Can our day to day activities be a prayer? • According to Jean Vanier ( pg58) what is more important social Justice or prayer? • How do we cultivate inner space? (59-60)
Cp. Review Continued. • Can God be found at the core of our true self?( 60) • Can silence be disturbing?60 • Vocal prayer is fundamentally formal.62 • Meditation has NOT been a part of Christianity until recently.63 • Meditation and contemplation often overlap.63 • A sacramental vision sees God mainly w/in ourselves64 • Imagination is a key element in guided meditiation.64 • Contemplation is a type of prayer in which we use our mind to question and analyze the holy.66
Cp.4 review continued • Can sounds help up meditate?68-69 • God is most present in pilgrimage sites.69 • Define Prayer.57 • Define ritual prayer and its purpose.58 • Mother Teresa’s attitude toward prayer.59 • If I avoid getting to know myself I also avoid getting to know_____60 • Listening to God means.60 • Read the story of the sick man.61-62 • What is the key to genuine vocal prayer?62 • What is helpful to do before meditative prayer?62
Cp 4 review continued • What does St. Paul mean when he says “pray in the Spirit at all times”?64 • What are some pathways to prayer?66 • What is “external meditation”?70 • What does prayer give us? 72