09-10 and 09-17-2017 The Human Quest for God

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary-St. Richard Catholic Church
Journey of Faith
September 10, 2017 - 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and
September 17, 2017 - 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time [This week's session is extended due to damage from Hurricane Irma]

Opening Prayer

THE HUMAN QUEST FOR GOD*
Have you ever asked: Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? Why do I need to struggle to achieve my goals? Why is it so hard to love and be loved? What is the meaning of sickness and suffering? What will happen after I die? These questions relate to the meaning of our human existence, but also move us to ask questions about God, the transcendent reality, and to uncover an inner sense of longing for God.

Throughout history, humanity has had a universal desire for the infinite, for nothing less than God. For in God, “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28) “The desire for God is written in the human heart, because [humanity] is created by God and for God; and God never ceases to draw [humanity] to [God]” (CCC, 27) As St. Augustine wrote, “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” (Confessions, 1.1)

Our faith teaches us three paths through which every person can come to God: through creation, through the human person, and through God’s Revelation. This week we reflect on the first two paths and next week we reflect on the third path—God’s Revelation.

Scripture teaches us, “Ever since the creation of the world, [God’s] invisible attributes of eternal power and divinity have been able to be understood and perceived in what [God] has made” (Rom 1:20). Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise you, so wonderfully you made me”; and Psalm 19:2, “The heavens declare the glory of God.”

As humans, we long for ultimate happiness, and a life of meaning and purpose. We seek to know the truth and to experience love, goodness, and beauty. We are given the ability to reason, the freedom to choose, and a conscience to guide us.

We are a “Generation of Seekers” and the Church invites us to “undertake a spiritual journey that is focused on Jesus Christ and God's Kingdom of salvation, love, justice, and mercy (USCCA, pp. 7-8).

*U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 1.
Reflect on Your Experience

What do you desire most for your life?

Where or from whom do you seek to find truth, goodness, and happiness?

How are you searching for God?

"Only in God will we find the truth, peace, and happiness for which we never stop searching."
U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCA)  Catecismo Catolica de los Estados Unidos para los Adultos

Videos

"Planet Earth"

"My Soul Yearns for God" (EWTN)

"Desire for God" (C4)

"Desire for God" (Catechism in Motion)

"Thomas Merton, Desire for Union With God" (James Finley)

"The Profession of Faith" - CCC Nos. 26-49 (Fr. Daniel Mahan)

Music

"Open the Eyes of My Heart Lord"
Rites, Symbols, & Practices

"From Mass to Mission - Why is Going to Mass Important"

Reflection

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