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Unit 6/Podcast

God is the creator of heaven and earth

This podcast is packed. A highlight of this episode is the process around animating imagery for the Trinity. And learn about the Real+True project being presented to the Vatican. Take a listen!

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[00:10] Introduction + Overview of Episode
The Thesis of Unit 6 is “God is the Creator of Heaven and Earth” and covers Catechism sections 232-421. This Unit has three videos: Proclamation: The Mystery of Life, Explanation: The Story of Creation, Connection: Your story and THE story.  

[04:24] Proclamation: Wonder and Awe
Emily shares her experience of wonder at creation, and how a course through UC Berkeley, encountering nature in the Midwest, and Planet Earth have shaped her heart to wonder at the world around her. Emily dissects the difference between awe and shame. Creation is complicated but humility helps us find our place within the huge diversity, vastness, and beauty of what God has made.

[11:30] Standout Section of the Catechism: Edmund and Emily’s Favorite Passages
Emily was most moved by Catechism 384: “Revelation makes known to us the state of original holiness and justice of man and woman before sin: from their friendship with God flowed the happiness of their existence in paradise.” Emily loved this section because it reminds her that God created us for peace and justice. Edmund’s stand-out section was Catechism 286: “Human intelligence is surely already capable of finding a response to the question of origins. The existence of God the Creator can be known with certainty through his works, by the light of human reason, even if this knowledge is often obscured and disfigured by error. This is why faith comes to confirm and enlighten reason in the correct understanding of this truth: “By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear’” Edmund was moved because this statement honors man’s dignity, that our intellects can find God through creation.

[17:10]  Animating the Mystery of the Trinity:
Edmund shares wisdom from a theology professor. Emily shares an insight for the animation behind images of the Trinity in the Real + True videos. The challenge to capture visually what we believe about the Trinity resulted in the kaleidoscope imagery.

[20:53] Shoutout to A Podcast Listener:
Our listeners (that’s YOU) play an important part in making the Catechism come to life. In this section, Emily shares feedback we received from a listener. The listener shared that Real + True is being used at his parish for those considering baptism and entering the Catholic Church.

[21:33] The Story Mechanism: the Explanation Video
Emily shares that there is much more to the creation story than she knew. Edmund shares about how in his childhood he did not understand that his life was part of the larger story of creation. Edmund references good storytelling in movies, and how God is the best storyteller. 

[24:44] The Connection Video: Your story and THE story
The film Noah is used as an example of how important storytelling is. The analogy used in the Connection video is explained in more depth. Edmund tells us that Catholic doctrines and teachings can often seem like disconnected beads but the power of storytelling is that it threads the beads of our beliefs together to create a unified understanding of Creation. The readings at the Easter Vigil are a powerful experience of encountering the story of Creation and Salvation.  

[32:37] A Catechism Game
Emily challenges Edmund by choosing “random” parts of Catholicism and asks him to relate it back to “the story” of salvation. Edmund shares how the Sacrament of Confirmation is tied to “the story.” The bigger picture of our lives of faith are discussed. 

[35:00] Updates and Closing:
This January, the Real + True project was shared with several Vatican offices. There was a lot of excitement and questions about this global project. The universal nature of the Catechism was felt throughout this experience. Did you know the Catechism has been published in braille? Real + True will be visiting several religious educators conferences as well as partnering with FOCUS and the Augustine Institute. Thanks for listening. 

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