Pope Francis In Evangelli Gaudium proclaimed:
Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church, everyone can be part of the community, nor should the doors of the sacraments be closed for simply any reason. This is especially true of the sacrament which is itself “the door”—baptism. The Eucharist, although it is the fullness of sacramental life, is not a prize for the perfect but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak. These convictions have pastoral consequences that we are called to with prudence and boldness. But, the Church is not a tollhouse; it is the house of the Father, where there is a place for everyone with all their problems.
The LANDINGS’ themes in the Participant’s Journal have been carefully selected for lay persons to share stories of their faith journey “with all their problems.”
The listed themes below explore the questions that everyone faces to deepen their relationship with the Lord. Just click on the theme to review just two of the reflective questions, we will explore during this personal faith based experience.
1 Who is God?
a. Has your image of God changed over the years? If so, how?
b. How would you imagine a relationship with God?
2 Why follow Jesus?
a. If there are so many religions to choose from, why follow Jesus?
b. What motivates you to turn to Jesus?
3 The Holy Spirit and the Church
a. When you hear the term Church, what image comes to mind?
b. Do you recall experiencing the Holy Spirit profoundly during an event or when experiencing a sacrament?
4 Christian Prayer
a. What method of prayer comes naturally to you?
b. What could help you pray the celebration of Mass and the Eucharist better?
5 Eucharist and Liturgy
a. What has been your most recent experience of the Mass? Is it different from when you were a child? In what way is it different? What part of the Mass is most meaningful for you?
b. What was your understanding of the Eucharist as a child? As an adult?
6 Sin and Reconciliation
a. Outside of the church setting where have you experienced forgiveness? Has this happened more than once? Does it happen regularly?
b. Do you have any fers that have kept you from approaching this sacrament? What do you think are the origins of these fears? How can these obstacles be removed?
7 Suffering, Death and Resurrection
a. How have I handled suffering in my life? Did it bring me closer to God or did it push me away?
b. Do I believe that heaven is what I was truly made for, my true home, and that I will be fully happy there with God, or does haven sound boring?
8 Catholic Life
a. Did what you read in the Participant’s Journal about the Church’s moral teachings surprise you? Why or why not? Did it contradict anything you thought you already know?
b. Have you ever thought about how your own conscience has been formed? What values, beliefs, and personal experiences informed it: How are they consistent with or differ from the values we’ve spoken of here?