Catholicism – Episode 02

Episode 2
Happy Are We
The Teachings of Jesus

Although there is much to be gained in simply viewing the video for the series and participating in the group discussion, you may want to take your learning to a deeper level by using the resources provided below.
Below are a summary of the episode and links to a number of resources you may find helpful in preparing for this session and our group discussion.
EPISODE 2–Happy Are We–The Teachings of Jesus: The revelation of Jesus as God is accompanied by a stunning invitation to a unique new way of life, explained in the teachings of Jesus. To every generation, the words of Jesus have proven fascinating, disorienting, sometimes confounding, deeply transformative, and always unforgettable. Bishop Barron highlights the Beatitudes, the path of non-violence and lessons of forgiveness, care for the poor and our relationship with God as presented in the parables. Jesus’ teachings are illuminated during Bishop Barron’s pilgrimages to Poland, Germany, Spain and New York City. Commentaries at these sites also show how the Catholic Church is a living culture, which gives witness to the inviolable dignity of the human person.
SCRIPTURE TO READ (Click on links below to read)
CATECHISM TO READ (Click on links below to read)
Jesus’ identity CCC 434-467
The New Law of Christ CCC 1965-1974
The Beatitudes CCC 1716-1729
God is love CCC 218-221
The Works of Mercy CCC 2443-2447
  1. How does what Jesus teaches about happiness, detachment, our desires, and God challenge you?
  2. Think about how you respond to threats, forces and people you might consider enemies. How do you think following Jesus’ teaching about non-violence would impact those moments?


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