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Gift Of Life

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Gift Of Life

  1. 1. The Gift Of Life IN THE SHADOW OF HIS HAND
  2. 2. Origins & Purpose 1
  3. 3. God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him, male and female he created them (Gen. 1 : 27)
  4. 4. Our life is not a coincidence. It is not a creation of man. Rather we are all part of God’s loving plan You created my inmost self, knit me together in my mother’s womb. For so many marvels I thank you; a wonder am I, and all your works are wonders (Psalms 139 : 13 - 14)
  5. 5. Purpose of Life <ul><li>Why did God create us ? </li></ul><ul><li>What is our destiny/purpose in life? </li></ul><ul><li>Why are we here ? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Purpose of Life <ul><li>God created us because He loves us </li></ul><ul><li>God wants to share his divinity with us </li></ul><ul><li>God wants us to be with Him in heaven </li></ul><ul><li>God wants us to be happy </li></ul>
  7. 7. Why did God create us ? <ul><li>God created us to share in His divine nature </li></ul><ul><li>We are children of God </li></ul>
  8. 8. What is our Destiny? - Heaven
  9. 9. Why are we here ? <ul><li>To live this life as our creator’s masterpiece on earth while preparing for heaven </li></ul>
  10. 10. Human Options & Divine Possibilities 2
  12. 12. When Life was given as a gift and it was chosen by our parents to be accepted we start walking in a journey of Love. A journey which is meant so purely to be filled with love that even a choice to sin by man doesn’t stop God from loving us
  13. 13. Sin, Realities & Challenges 3
  14. 14. Original Sin With sin came suffering and pain
  15. 15. <ul><li>God loves us so much, that He desires our happiness and companionship more than we do (Fr John Powell) ….. To the extent he is willing to suffer for it </li></ul>
  16. 16. Parents willing to suffer for the sake of their children’s happiness
  17. 17. Suffering <ul><li>What are the types of suffering? </li></ul><ul><li>Physical, emotional, phycological </li></ul>
  18. 18. Physical Suffering – Jesus is Whipped <ul><li>Abortion </li></ul><ul><li>Cancer/Illness </li></ul>
  19. 19. Emotion Suffering – Jesus weeping at Lazarus’s death
  20. 20. Psychological Suffering (Mental Torture) – In the Garden of Gethsemani NO MONEY
  21. 21. Jesus Redeemed Suffering And Gave It Power <ul><li>The suffering of Christ incomplete (Colossians 1; 24-25) </li></ul><ul><li>Jesus could have carried the cross, but allowed Simon the Cyrene to help Him </li></ul>
  22. 22. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen <ul><li>Redemptive Suffering – Power which can be used for the salvation of others </li></ul><ul><li>Nothing is more sad in life than wasted suffering </li></ul>
  23. 23. Blessings Celebrate the Gift 4
  24. 24. Redemption <ul><li>Christ’s redemption for us is just not restoring us to our original condition. He has chosen to give us a share in His own Divine Kingdom </li></ul>He redeemed us completely, our body, our soul, and our spirit
  25. 25. New Life <ul><li>We are given this new life in Christ through Baptism </li></ul><ul><li>In Confirmation the Spirit of God gives us the strength to journey in this Gift of Life </li></ul>
  26. 26. <ul><li>Why do we sin? </li></ul><ul><li>Because our will is weakened after original sin </li></ul><ul><li>The Devil & the World continue to deceive us </li></ul>We Can Choose: Sin or Celebrate
  27. 27. What is the devil and world telling us today? <ul><li>Fulfill your desires (lust) – sex, alcohol, drugs, fashion, vanity, preoccupation with the body </li></ul><ul><li>Do it now, don’t wait </li></ul><ul><li>The same as he told Adam and Eve </li></ul>
  28. 28. Worldly Pleasures Don’t Last
  29. 29. Choose to Celebrate: A Call to Love <ul><li>The gift of this new life can only be fully celebrated through LOVE </li></ul>Love is always patient, and kind; love is never jealous; love is not boastful or conceited, it is never rude and never seeks its own advantage, it does not take offence or store grievances. Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but finds its joy in the truth. It is always ready to make allowances, to trust, to hope and to endure whatever comes…As it is, these remain: faith hope and love, the three of them; and the greatest of them is love. ( 1 Cor. 13: 4-7, 13 )
  30. 30. Final Thoughts <ul><li>Are you ready to take a fresh look at life? It is a gift from God. A journey towards heaven. An experience of redemptive suffering </li></ul><ul><li>Parents & Children your life here is a gift to each other. Are you willing to celebrate this gift in love? </li></ul>
  31. 31. Veni Creator Spiritus
  32. 32. PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES Celebrating Confirmation As A Family
  33. 33. <ul><li>… The LORD our God is one Lord; Therefore, you shall love the LORD, and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you this day shall be upon your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your children , and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise (Deuteronomy 6: 4 – 7) </li></ul>
  34. 34. PARENTS TO LOVE GOD WHOLEHEARTEDLY you cannot share a faith you don’t practice
  35. 35. PARENTS NEED TO TEACH CHILDREN TO LOVE GOD share the faith you practice
  36. 36. share the faith you practice <ul><li>Do I/we pray daily with the children? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I/we read the bible at home? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I/we bring the children for Mass often? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I/we go for BEC gatherings as a family? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I/we teach my/our children the basic catechism? </li></ul><ul><li>Have I/we attended a Life in the Spirit seminar as a family? </li></ul>
  37. 37. PREPARE YOUR CHILD FOR THE BIG DAY give them the gift of a great day to remember
  38. 38. <ul><li>Remind them on the importance of the Baptism, Confirmation & the gifts of the Holy Spirit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share your experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make an Holy Hour together with your child </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Help them to prepare for a good confession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bring them for frequent Masses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Come together as a family for daily Mass </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take care of the logistics of the day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clothes, Come on Time, Be focused on the celebration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Celebrate as a family at home after Mass </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Family lunch, dinner, gift…??? </li></ul></ul>
  39. 39. PARENTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES Celebrating Confirmation As A Family