WADE ST. ONGE

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Outline: Overcoming the World

PART I: WHENCE

Chapter 1: "Knowing and Assessing the Enemy"

The World Created in Love. Man Receives the Spirit of Love. Love is Life-Giving. Sex as the Sign and Instrument of Love. Fallen Angels Reject Love through Abuse of Free Will. Envious Satan desires the Fall of Man. Man Rejects Love after being Tempted and Deceived by Satan.
Life-Giving Love Versus Death-Causing Selfishness. Love Versus Selfishness in Biblical Salvation History. Sinful Man Fails to Triumph Over Death. The Immaculate Conception: Blessed Virgin Mary. The Incarnation: Jesus Christ. Life-Giving Love Conquers Death by Death. Evil Defeated but Still Active. Love Over Selfishness in Ecclesial Salvation History: Age of the Martyrs. Age of Celibate Evangelists. Age of Christendom. Age of Saint-Reformers. Satan’s Seven Revolutions. An Eighth Revolution: The Sexual Revolution.

Chapter 2: Battlegrounds and Fortifications

Sex as the Ultimate Battleground. Society Destroyed through Sexual Revolution. Affects of Contraception: Selfishness. Affects of Contraception: Culture of Death. Contraception the Segway to the Slippery Slope. The Birth Control Pill. Sexuality Confused through Feminism. Egoism Over the Cross. Authority and Supremacy of the Church. Abuses and Scandal in the Church. Sexual Revolution Provoked by the Church. Apostasy Leads to Exile. Christianity Versus Islam. Christianity Subject to Exile. A Sexual Restoration Led by the “Remnant”.

PART II: WHITHER


Chapter 3: "Strategies and Tactics"


Deus Caritas Est: “God is Love”. Encyclical as Promoting Christianity to the World. Encyclical as Leading Christians Back to Essence of their Faith: Love. “Pruning the Tree”. “The New Evangelization”: Building a “Eucharistic Civilization of Love”. The Theology of the Body. Eros and Agape. The Definition (and Mis-Definition) of Love. Strategic History: A History of Evangelisation. Conversion of Sexuality. “Divine Accommodation”. Negative Accommodation. Positive Accommodation. “Ecclesial Accommodation”. “Theological Accommodation”. The Widening Chasm between the Church and the (Modern) World. The Development and Causes of this Chasm. Comparing Israel and the Church: The Kingdom of Israel and the Church as a Kingdom of Priests, The “Politicization” of the Kingdom of Israel and the Church, Divine Judgment upon Israel and the Church, The “Reform” and the “Restoration” of Israel and the Church, The Providential but Concessionary and Temporary “Retreating behind the Fortress” of Israel and the Church. The Need for Ecclesial and Theological Accommodation. Accommodation a Chief Principle in Scripture and Church History. Bridging the Gap between the Church and the World. Stages of Bridging the Gap. I. Practical Christianity. Christianity “Works”. Irrationality of Contemporary Man and Society. Dialogue not Argument. 1. All Have Share in the Truth. 2. Fidelity to Doctrine but Adjustment of Message based on Audience. 3. Open to Learning. 4. Dialogue Methods: Universal but Varied. “Inculturation” of the Gospel. The Division Between the Gospel and Culture. Evangelisation of / through / with the Media. 1. Synthesis of Faith and Reason, of Revelation and Wisdom. 2. Philosophy and the Intelligentsia as Greatest Influence on World. 3. Anti-Religious Art and Artists as Greatest Promoters and Shapers of Culture. Applying the Gospel to the Media. 1. The Religious Nature of Art and Artists. 2. God Uses that which Satan Perverts to Defeat Satan. 3. Turning the Tables on Satan: Using the Media against Him. Making Use of Art and Artists. Contemporary Evangelism. The “Kernel of Truth” in the Media. Three-Point Process of Inculturation of Pop Culture. Elements of Pop Culture as Bridge to Gospel. Example of Pop Inculturation. Process Applied to Example. “Rock and Roll” Music. Examples. Creative Examples. Caveat: Selective Use. Gospel Leaven. 1. Dynamic Involvement. 2. Solidarity. 3. Success in Temporal Affairs. Falsely Dividing “Secular” and “Religious”. Attraction to Christianity through Worldly / Temporal Success. Christian Contributions to Pop Culture. Allegory. Analogy. Christianity as All Things. Caveat: Quarantine. “Pre-Evangelisation”. II. Theoretical Christianity. III. Eschatological Christianity. The Areopagus.

Chapter 4: "Recruitment and Training"

Evangelization Begins with Catholics. The Need for Ongoing Catholic Formation. Uprooting “Phariseeism” in the Church. “Religion vs. Relationship”. Alterior Motives for Practicing Religion. The Effects of Religious Hypocrisy on Evangelism. Dealing with the “Church’s Sins”. “Head” and “Heart”. Balancing the “Baltimore Catechism” and the “Charismatic Renewal”. Evangelizing Even in the Midst of Religious Hypocrisy. Types of “False” or “Impure” Christianity: “Critical”, “Scrupulous”, “Superficial”, “Presumptuous”, “Inconstant”, “Hypocritical”, and “Self-Interested” Christians. Marks of “True Christianity”: Interior, Trustful, Holy, Constant, Disinterested. Love at the Root of Christianity. How Catechism has “Love” at the Root of All Tenets. Defining “Practicing Catholics” as those who Love. Religious Practice does not Automatically Lead to Love. The Need for Healing. The Church must become a Loving Community.

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Responding to the World’s Challenges in Love and Humility, not Sarcasm or Anger. Realization that Hostility towards the Church is Often Born from a Reaction to Church Abuses. The Vocations Crisis. A Renewed Priesthood and Religious Life as a Key to the New Evangelization. The Choosing of Bishops Based on Political Savvy or Holiness? Renewed Homiletics an Essential Key. A New “Catholic” Feminism.


Chapter 5: "Allies"

Satan as the Only Real Enemy. Satan’s Strategy: Divide and Conquer. The Tower of Babel and Examples of Modern-Day Equivalents. Seeing Non-Catholics Not as Enemies but as Would-Be or even Current Allies. Interreligious Dialogue and Conversions. Prayer. Evangelization as Love and as Loving.


Chapter 6: "Weapons and Instruments of War"


Theology of “Holy War”. Scriptural Look at Holy War. Fall of Jericho: Liturgical Battle. Christians Conquer Roman Empire through Love while Jewish Zealots are Slaughtered Trying to Accomplish the Same End. Liturgical Renewal and Revolution a Key to the New Evangelization. The Power of the Mass (Historical Examples). The Rosary and Other Forms of Prayer and Spirituality. The Media. The Power of Truth. Politics. The Allure of Honesty and Integrity. Scripture as Applied to All Things and as Applied to the Modern World and Everyday Life. Holiness and Its History in Evangelization (and the Failure of Mere Apologetics). Penetrating and Living Holiness in Every Area and Aspect of the World.


Chapter 7: "Commanders and Leaders"


Saints: among the Church Triumphant and among the Church Militant.

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