confirmation preparation - lesson 9
"When did my journey begin?"
Baptism, your initiation into God's family
Did you know that the holy water that we use to bless ourselves whenever we enter the church is a reminder of our baptism? We enter the family of God--the Church--through our baptism similar to our entrance into the church every weekend for Mass. The water itself reminds of our baptism too-- can you think of why? When we're baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the water washed over our heads demonstrates the cleansing of our soul God has performed. Similarly, the water with which we bless ourselves is a sign of cleansing of our sins in preparation for the Eucharist that we will receive in the Mass.
This week we're going to pray a short "Q&A" form of the Creed that is sometimes used at Easter, Baptisms, and Confirmations. This Creed sums up our Catholic Faith. Turn to lesson 9 in your book. To each of the questions, respond with a loud, "I do!"
Let us pray, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit...
prayer on page 75
Dive In! Read Encountering the Mountain on page 76.
Watch! login to your account on ascensionpress.com and watch segment 1 video of lesson 9, Actions Have Consequences.
After watching, consider this: Is there a difference between being an heir--that is, a son or daughter--of God, rather than a subject or member of His kingdom? What is the difference between thinking of yourself as an heir to God's kingdom and thinking of yourself as a subject of the kingdom?
What are some ways people hurt others when they exercise their free will in a selfish way?
Questions. Answer the three segment 1 questions on page 77.
Watch! segment 2
What does Baptism do for us?
Matthew 28:19 says, "Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations; baptizing the in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit." What does this teach us about Baptism?
Questions. Answer the two segment 2 questions on page 77.
Watch! segment 3
What are some of the symbols used in Baptism? What do these symbols mean?
What can you do this week to live more fully and publicly as a child of God?
Questions. Answer the two segment 3 questions on page 77.
Read To the Heart with Sarah Swafford
Today's saint has a name that means "lucky" in Arabic, and lucky she is!
Meet St. Josephine Bakhita
on page 80