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TRS 261- Week 9 Notes

by: Anna Borges

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These notes discuss the importance and role of the Holy Spirit and the first chapters of Lumen Gentium
Enduring Questions in Catholic Theology
Reverend Audrey Wiggins
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Anna Borges on Wednesday January 20, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to TRS 261 at Catholic University of America taught by Reverend Audrey Wiggins in Fall 2014. Since its upload, it has received 20 views. For similar materials see Enduring Questions in Catholic Theology in Religious Studies at Catholic University of America.


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Date Created: 01/20/16
Lumen Fidei: Chapter 1 #8-22 3 main points: 1. #15 a. Christian faith is centered on Christ, not only the historical Jesus but also the Jesus who has yet to come (eschatological). You need to have both to have full faith. b. Jesus is the word that God speaks to us and the guarantee of His love for us. c. Christian faith is thus faith in a perfect love (Jesus dying for our sins), in its decisive power (Jesus’ ability to rise), in its ability to transform the world and to unfold its history. In the love of God revealed in Jesus, faith perceives the foundation on which all reality (God’s creations) and its final destiny rest (eschatological hope). 2. #16 a. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection, God proves his love for us because laying down one’s life is the greatest proof of love. b. From this love, we receive salvation. c. This love overcomes every suspicion and enables us to entrust our entire self to Him completely. 3. #17 a. Christ’s death shows the reliability of God’s love. b. Without resurrection, Jesus wouldn’t have been able to conquer death and make the fullness of life shine forth. People wouldn’t have believed if Jesus didn’t rise. c. 4. #18 a. Jesus is the one who makes God known to us. b. We have to believe and believe in Jesus. We believe Jesus when we accept his word, his testimony, because he is truthful. We believe in Jesus when we personally welcome him into our lives and journey towards him. c. Jesus as man (incarnation) is the bridge between us and God. “I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I could see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” -Psalm 27:13 Holy Spirit  Holy Spirit  Trinity(Acts 1)  Manifestation of God and how God relates to humanity of the created world  Acts is written by same source as Gospel of Luke  Fulfillment of Promise:  We will be left with the Holy Spirit when Jesus leaves earth  How humanity still has the presence of God  Baptism with Holy Spirit  Was with water  Symbolized forgiveness of sins and preparation for the coming of the Messiah  The penalty of sin is wiped clean until judgment day  Completion of Salvific act:  We can enter the kingdom of heaven because we are sealed into a covenantal relationship with God  Wiped clean of sin and penalty of sin  Our actions can’t break us from this covenant( unless we completely blaspheme the Holy Spirit)  Communal  Pentecost( Acts 2)  Coming of the Holy Spirit  All people are gathered( all from different locations), the Holy Spirit comes and even though the people are speaking in their native tongue they all can understand each other  Holy Spirit is for everyone and brings different people together in unity  Notion of church  Beginning of the church  Ties to the Hebrew story of the Tower of Babel  People wanted to build a tower to get to God and as a punishment God gives them different languages to divide and confuse them  Authority( Acts 4)  Authority to preach is only through the Holy Spirit  How conversion happens  Allows people who do to believe to be faced with the truth of Jesus Christ and decide whether to accept or reject the truth and Jesus Christ  Jesus Christ is the head of the church(the shepherd)  Pope acts as head of the church on earth  Individual  Living in the Spirit(Romans 8)  Romans written by Paul  Holy Spirit is the balm(medicine) when we are suffering  Flesh vs. Spirit  Flesh = death, causes us to sin  Spirit= life, peace  There is no way for us to do right if we are not in the Spirit.  Human desires will lead to bad while Spirit desires will lead to good.  Fruit of the Spirit(Galatians 5)  Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control  Accepting the Holy Spirit and believing in crucifixion stops our human desires


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