1Corinthians 13

  1. Begin by praying for the Holy Spirit’s guidance as you determine God’s will for your life from this meditation on his word.
  2. Read Romans 12:1-3, 9-21. Read it several times until you are acquainted with its content. St. Paul here gives several things that a growing Christian ought to be and do.
  3. First of all, write your reaction to “getting advice” on how you should be developing as a Christian. How do you feel, and how do you handle “being told what to do”? (googledoc)
  4. Secondly, make a list of the different things Paul says a growing Christian should do. (googledoc)
  5. Now make this personal. Think about what you need to work on. Put Paul’s “advice” in terms of your own relationships with parents, friends. mothers, sisters, pastors, teachers, and any other of God’s people with whom you live and work. Go over your list in #4 with each of several people in mind.
  6. As you come to something that you need to work on, pray that God will give you the help you know you need. Talk to God as honestly and as sincerely as you would to any of your friends.
  7. Finally, write a letter to yourself (googledoc). Write about some of the things you’ve just prayed about and want to work on during the next four months.
  8. If you would like to spend more time by yourself in reflection and meditation, read Matthew 5 and 6.

1Corinthians 13 https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=510744781

Romans 12:1-3, 9-21 https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=510744565

Matthew 5 and 6 https://bible.oremus.org/?ql=510744626

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Read about Howard Gardner’s eight “signs” of intelligence (and at wikipedia).

Consider the first seven intelligences for this activity:

  1. Spatial – picture smart
  2. Bodily-Kinesthetic – body smart
  3. Musical – music smart
  4. Linguistic – word smart
  5. Logical-mathematical – number smart
  6. Interpersonal – people smart
  7. Intrapersonal – self smart

Assignment 1: For each set: give a brief summary of each scripture passage and answer the questions. What sign(s) of intelligence is(are) evident?

Set A
Luke 10:38-42

What does Mary do?

John 11:5-6

What is Jesus’ attitude toward Mary, Martha, and Lazarus?

John 11:20-22

What is Martha’s faith based on? Logic? A Convincing argument? Her relationship with Jesus.

Set B
Exodus 4:10-17

What is Aaron’s role?

Acts 8:26-38

Who are the two people in this story?
Why does one of them choose to be baptized?

Set C
2 Chronicles 5:11-14

What happens right before God’s presence fills the temple?

1 Samuel 16:23

Who calms Saul and how?

Set D
John 1:3-9

How is Jesus described in this passage?

Mark 13:24-27

How does Jesus speak about the second coming?

Ezekiel 1:4-28

Ezekial uses (music/logic/images/human relationships) to help understand God.

Set E
Exodus 18:13-27

What is Moses’ problem?
Who helps him solve it in a logical step-by-step way?

John 11:16

Who has a very matter-of-fact attitude?
What does he say?

John 20:24-29

Whose need for proof does Jesus understand and accept?

Set F
Luke 5:4-11

When does Peter first begin to understand Jesus?

Matthew 14:24-33

What does Peter do when he sees Jesus?

Matthew 17:1-8

What does Peter suggest in this passage?

John 13:3-10

What does Jesus do? how does Peter respond?
Based on these passages, which of the intelligences does Peter often use to understand and respond to Jesus?

Set G
Romans 7:14-23

Who does Paul talk about as he tries to explain law and grace?

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

What does Paul say helped reveal the power and the Spirit?

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

Paul understands that in his ________ the _____ that God has given him is visible.

Which of the intelligences is Paul using in these passages to help people understand God.


Assignment 2: Complete the following tasks:

  • 2 examples of the importance and/or value of musical intelligence
  • 3 people who are word smart
  • 2 people who use logical intelligence
  • 2 people whose understanding of Jesus is rooted in the intelligence of relationships
  • 1 person who is self smart
  • 3 passages that rely on spatial intelligence
  • 1 person who uses physical intelligence to understand Jesus.
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First watch the clip of Governor Cuomo from New York:

Then watch Bishop Baron:

Read a bit of metaphysics by Aquinas if you like.

Appreciate how instructions to build a bike are written.

Understand that every moment of human existence is not merely a game about winning and losing.

Now read on.

I doubt that Cuomo is in the midst of a Christian existential crisis. Baron takes him on, but that is too easy for him.

The rest of us may tremble on the shaky theological ground underneath our own feet, though.

Surely we all can sympathize with and credit those who have suffered and recovered, as Cuomo does. His words are not a treatise on God as the prime cause, nor should what he said be held up to quibble with Aquinas. As fun or difficult as that is. He sends his words of comfort to citizens that cry out in despair. The intent I understand. Give credit to those who are feeling the pain of “social distancing” – the curve is going to flatten – and keep doing what you are doing.  Since he can chart man’s work in curves on graphs, the context has everything to do with data-driven curves and graphs. It was an encouraging speech.

The “What did God do?” question he provokes is not new. Our relative experience of a global crisis is new. We test each other and collect the data. I know of no test of God that could return data that looks like a curve.

There is no test of God during this pandemic, no data to chart. Man tests man. Man collects his own data, man interprets his own charts. What data does God collect when he tests himself, what would his chart look like?

In a crisis, our choice is not binary: faith or despair. God is with us in our suffering, yet he does not will suffering, despair, or death upon any of us. “How much did he do?” to keep us from suffering and death? Well, we are still here. So that is something.

Reminds me of when I joke with kids at school, “How many times has God saved your life? All of them.”

God is with us in our recovery, and he does will life, healing, recovery on us all. “How much did he do?” He is the source of life, the power to heal, and the desire to love. No one can put that in a graph either. My faith is that in the midst of our deepest darkness, God wills that there be light. When we are then bathed in his light, of course we give thanks to God. When we wish for healing, recovery, love; we are doing God’s will. When we wish for the end of suffering, disease, pain, and death; we are also doing the will of God.

The virus, remember, does not have this will.

God is not on the graph, God’s contributions were not included in the data collection. That’s fair. No credit to God in this graph today.

Where do you even begin to create a chart of God’s impact on our world? You can’t start God’s data at (0,0) – and where would you put the first dot for infinite love?

God and man are together in this fight. In faith one day we will say gloriously, “we did this together.”

Still looking for God’s data on the graph? Look up, way, way up. When we see light, after so much time in the dark, it does hurt the eyes, though.

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I want a Church that is poor and for the poor. People with nothing have so much to teach us. In their difficulties they experience the suffering Christ.

Though he was rich, our Lord Jesus Christ became poor for your sakes, so that through his poverty you might become rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9

This is Pope Francis’ dream, O God – that we let go of our attachment to material things and focus on those who have very little of this world’s goods. I am so attached to what I have that this prospect makes me nervous and afraid. I need to travel so far to get a new mindset, and for this I depend on “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” He became poor to make me rich in ways beyond my understanding. Amen.

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Mary, Virgin and Mother; help us to bear radiant witness to generous faith, justice, and love of the poor; that the joy of the gospel may reach the ends of the earth.


I am the Handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word. Luke 1:38

Just as Pope Francis looks to Mary as an example of gospel living, so may I, gracious God. May she help me to bear “radiant witness” to my faith, to my practice of justice, and to my love and service for the poor. I want to say to you as Mary did: Be it done to me as you want it done. May I reflect the joy of the gospel in every aspect of my life. Amen.

I will pray often today: “I am at your service, O God; be it done to me as you will.”

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How can God be good, but allow bad things to happen? Fr. Mike Schmitz tackles one of the toughest questions religious believers must answer.


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There are many similarities and differences between the Catholic Church and the Protestant denominations. In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz narrows the differences down to one thing that really sets Catholicism apart from other Christian Churches: authoritative teaching.


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What is meant by the final purification? Understanding the Catholic notion of purgatory requires knowing the difference between a temporal consequence and an eternal consequence; this difference has nothing to do with damnation and salvation. Some people reject the idea of purgatory because they misunderstand its purpose. In this video, Fr. Mike explains why purgatory is needed and straightens out some of those misunderstandings.

To learn more about purgatory, check out these articles on Ascension’s Great Adventure Blog:

Furnace of Divine Love: The Biblical Roots of Purgatory (http://bit.ly/2pQQv80)
A Fiery Faith for All Souls (http://biblestudyforcatholics.com/souls/)


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Did you know that in addition to the 10 commandments there are an additional 5 “Commandments of the Church”. But there used to be more, or less.


Read about the history of the “Commandments of the Church” and write a short post emphasizing your understanding of the current commandments, make mention of any other details in the article you find relevant.

Bonus: see if you can find a source online that specifically lists the holy days of obligation in the Canadian Catholic Church. In Canada, only two holy days of obligation sometimes do not fall on a Sunday. What days are these?

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Skim these Scripture passages. Pick one that appeals to you and

  1. summarize its main point,
  2. tell how it relates to the theme “Understanding Conscience”,
  3. list one or two thoughts that entered your mind when you read it.
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