• Here are my notes for the January 16th Class, from Dr. Sri's book "Into His Likeness".
    Adult Faith Formation Class Notes
    January 16, 2022

    “INTO HIS LIKENESS” by Dr. Edward Sri
    Part 2 “THE ENCOUNTER”,
    Section 1: “MEETING GOD IN THE VALLEY”
    A. Example of Sri’s 16 month old trying to jump for the first time
    1. At first, excitement, loves the attention and encouragement
    2. Next, hesitancy, self-doubt, fear of failure
    3. Finally – despair, realizes she simply can’t do it.
    4. DO WE ACTUALLY BELIEVE we can do nothing without God’s help? Really?
    B. A Masterpiece in Three Movements
    1. The Upward Struggle
    i. As we advance in our faith, God inspires us to do better.
    ii. We really WANT to develop virtues and root out vices.
    iii. 2 Steps forward- 1 step back
    iv. 1 step forward – 2 steps back
    2. Falling Back
    i. We realize how much we are falling behind
    ii. “Why can’t I change”?
    iii. Even conquering one BIG sin only makes us aware of how many others are lurking within us.
    iv. We have a choice to make: Three Options
    1. Despair – (ex. Judas)
    2. Impatience – [Sts. Therese of Lisieux, Faustina, Ignatius of Loyola, Martin Luther(?)] (Scrupulosity can even lead to pride, spiritual coldness, indifference toward others, etc.)
    3. Humility (ex. Celine)

    Part 2, Section 2: “DRUNK WITH LOVE”

    A. GOD LOVES ME
    a. Face it, if we really believe God loves us, and wants us to spend eternity with Him, there MUST be a reason He has not yet given us the grace to overcome sin. Our sins can teach us something, if we allow it to happen. They can even bring us closer to God.
    b. Pope John Paul II: “We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures, we are the sum of our Father’s love for us, and our real capacity to become the image of His Son.”
    c. God uses moments of despair to bring us to a deeper experience of His Love. Back when I was relying on my own sufficiency to be “righteous” and “in control” there came a point in my life where bad things didn’t just come “in threes”, but they came in rapid succession until I broke.” I had to experience these episodes over and over, until I eventually understood that God REALLY does love me, just as I am.
    d. Example of the Prodigal Son. (Prodigal Father?)
    i. The son needed to return on his own
    ii. His repentance didn’t need to be perfect, only sincere.
    iii. His Father longed for him (saw him from afar).
    e. “Most of us go through life with a fragile, artificial confidence because it is based upon ourselves.”
    f. St. Theresa of Calcutta: “I worry that some of you still have not really met Jesus – one to one – you and Jesus alone.”
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