Finding Meaning in Today's World

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Finding Meaning in Today’s World : 

Finding Meaning in Today’s World

The big Questions : 

The big Questions This I ask thee, Lord, answer me truly: Who set the earth below and the sky above so that it does not fall? Sacred book of Zoroaster – 6th Century Persia (non-christian)

The big Questions : 

The big Questions What is life? How did I come to exist? What is the purpose of life? Do I matter? Why do people suffer? What happens when I die? Is there life after death? Who am I, really?

What gives meaning to our lives? : 

What gives meaning to our lives?

Meaning Diagram? : 

Meaning Diagram? Calculate the number of hours you spent in various activities during the past week. Draw a diagram that clearly shows the amount of time spent on each activity. Does the diagram reflect the relative importance you attach to each of these activities? How does the way you spend your time show what you think life is all about.

The unexamined Life : 

The unexamined Life The Unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

Meaning : 

Meaning Meaninglessness Meaningfulness

Songs with Meaning : 

Songs with Meaning Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel PETER GABRIEL - Don't Give Up in this proud land we grew up strong we were wanted all along I was taught to fight, taught to win I never thought I could fail no fight left or so it seems I am a man whose dreams have all deserted I've changed my face, I've changed my name but no one wants you when you lose Don't give up 'cos you have friends don't give up you're not beaten yet don't give up I know you can make it good Though I saw it all around never thought I could be affected thought that we'd be the last to go it is so strange the way things turn drove the night toward my home the place that I was born, on the lakeside as daylight broke, I saw the earth the trees had burned down to the ground don't give up you still have us don't give up we don't need much of anything don't give up 'cause somewhere there's a place where we belong rest your head you worry too much it's going to be alright when times get rough you can fall back on us don't give up please don't give up 'got to walk out of here I can't take anymore going to stand on that bridge keep my eyes down below whatever may come and whatever may go that river's flowing that river's flowing moved on to another town tried hard to settle down for every job, so many men so many men no-one needs don't give up 'cause you have friends don't give up you're not the only one don't give up no reason to be ashamed don't give up you still have us don't give up now we're proud of who you are don't give up you know it's never been easy don't give up 'cause I believe there's the a place there's a place where we belong

Songs with Meaning : 

Songs with Meaning Biko – Peter Gabriel

Songs with Meaning : 

Songs with Meaning Cat’s in the Cradle – Harry Chapin My child arrived just the other day, He came to the world in the usual way, But there were planes to catch and bills to pay, He learned to walk while I was away, and he was talkin' 'fore I knew it, and as he grew, He'd say "I'm gonna be like you dad, You know I'm gonna be like you"And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, Little boy blue and the man on the moonWhen you comin' home dad? I don't know when, but we'll get together then son,You know we'll have a good time thenMy son turned ten just the other day, He said, "Thanks for the ball, Dad, come on let's play, Can you teach me to throw", I said "Not today, I got a lot to do", he said, "That's ok"And he walked away but his smile never dimmed, And said, "I'm gonna be like him, yeah, You know I'm gonna be like him"Well, he came home from college just the other day, So much like a man I just had to say "Son, I'm proud of you, can you sit for a while?“ He shook his head and said with a smile, "What I'd really like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys, See you later, can I have them please?"And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon, Little boy blue and the man on the moonWhen you comin' home son? I don't know when, but we'll get together then son,You know we'll have a good time thenI've long since retired, my son's moved away, I called him up just the other day I said, "I'd like to see you if you don't mind“, He said, "I'd love to, Dad, if I could find the time, You see my new job's a hassle and kids have the flu, But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad, It's been sure nice talking to you“. And as I hung up the phone it occurred to me, He'd grown up just like me my boy was just like me.

Songs with Meaning : 

Songs with Meaning Blasphemous Rumors – Depeche Mode Girl of sixteen, whole life ahead of herSlashed her wrists, bored with lifeDidn’t succeed, thank the lord, For small merciesFighting back the tears, mother reads the note againSixteen candles burn in her mindShe takes the blame, it’s always the sameShe goes down on her knees and praysI don’t want to start any blasphemous rumoursBut I think that god’s got a sick sense of humorAnd when I die I expect to find him laughingGirl of eighteen, fell in love with everythingFound new life in Jesus ChristHit by a car, ended up, On a life support machineSummer’s day, as she passed awayBirds were singing in the summer skyThen came the rain, and once againA tear fell from her mother’s eyeI don’t want to start any blasphemous rumours, But I think that god’s got a sick sense of humor, And when I die I expect to find him laughing

Songs with Meaning : 

Songs with Meaning Galaxy Song – Monty Python

Songs with Meaning : 

Songs with Meaning Hiroshima (Never again) - Peter Kearney

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Blasted the land for miles and miles Blew bodies like dead leaves into piles Picked up cars, trucks and prams Didn’t give a damn, hurled them through the air to kill some more, Ignored every cry, ignored every tear There’s a demon at work in the world of men Hiroshima could happen again. Then a violent storm came and scorched the earth Scores of fires bellowed by the winds High and mighty man, you’ve made another hell Now back to heaven on your shiny wings of tin. Don’t look back or you see the people burn Little children far beneath your high concerns Trapped by leaping walls of flame calling out the names Of mothers, fathers, friends – but they’re gone Then there was darkness all over the earth, deadly mushroom cloud overhead People still alive in the land of the dead, babies still awaiting birth Then black rain began to fall Seared the soil and rivers with it’s poison oil, The dying’s not yet done the cancer’s begun See it’s creeping and reaching into the core We can’t just stand by, We’ve all got to try, Look death in the eye, It’s power denied No longer come flying. Speak truth not the lie There’s a movement at work in the world of men, Hiroshima, never again.

Songs with Meaning : 

Songs with Meaning I am a Rock – Simon & Garfunkel

Meaning of life: some issues : 

Meaning of life: some issues One question to address: what does it even mean to talk about the “meaning” of life? Another question: can life be meaningful even if it is not “objectively” meaningful? A further issue: what is the relation between the meaning of life and morality, these two distinct realms of value?

Sisyphus : 

Sisyphus Myth of Sisyphus, as paradigm image of a life that is devoid of meaning Essential feature of the myth: “that of a repetitious, cyclic activity that never comes to anything” Inessential features: struggle, pain, eternal character of the activity

Sisyphus and life : 

Sisyphus and life Sisyphus’ life is objectively meaningless: there is no point to it, nothing comes of his activities Suggestion: life is essentially like this, when viewed objectively Consider: lives and activities of most animals, an endless cycle of struggle, strife, reproduction, ending only in death.

Human life : 

Human life Human life is equally pointless from the objective point of view “We toil after goals, most of them — indeed every single one of them — of transitory significance and, having gained one of them, we immediately set forth for the next, as if that one had never been, with this next one being essentially more of the same” Richard Taylor (1970) Good and Evil

Religion as a product of need : 

Religion as a product of need Taylor suggests that religion represents a potential response to this predicament But Taylor views this as a merely apparent solution: He believes religious values are merely responses to our human needs, not independent values that are lasting and solid For those who have religious belief their lives are filled with meaning and direction – lasting and solid.

Religions and Making Meaning : 

Religions and Making Meaning Religious belief provides meaning for believers by offering them a framework and purpose bigger than themselves. Their lives touch God’s life.

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Making Meaning: Catholocism

Catholic Christian Tradition : 

Catholic Christian Tradition Triune, personal God: Creator, Jesus, Holy Spirit God created the universe, and people in God’s own image People sin against God, leading to spiritual death

Jesus Saves Us : 

Jesus Saves Us Atonement for sin is made by God in Jesus. People respond by accepting grace through faith. Linear history: began with creation and will end with ultimate redemption (We will be saved and be with God in Heaven)

God in the Old Testament : 

God in the Old Testament Creator – Genesis 1 Father – Psalm 103: 13 Mother – Hosea 11: 3-4 Potter – Jeremiah 18:1-6 Lover – Ezekiel 16:8-14 Eagle – Deuteronomy 32:10-11

God in the N.T. : 

God in the N.T. Father (Dad) Forgiver Healer Miracle worker Teacher Story Teller Life-giver

The Story of the Prodigal Son : 

The Story of the Prodigal Son $$$

Songs with Christian Meaning : 

Songs with Christian Meaning Christ be our Light

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Christ Be Our Light Longing for light, we wait in darkness Longing for truth, we turn to you Make us your own, your holy people Light for the world to see (Chorus) Ch. Christ be our light! Shine in our hearts, Shine through the darkness Christ be our light! Shine in your church gathered today. Longing for peace, our world is troubled Longing for hope, many despair Your word alone has pow'r to save us. Make us your living voice (Chorus) Many the gifts, Many the people Many the hearts that yearn to belong, Let us be servants to one another, Making your kingdom come (Chorus)

Songs with Christian Meaning : 

Oh Happy Day – Sister Act Songs with Christian Meaning

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Oh happy Day When Jesus washed Washed my sins away Oh happy day He taught me how to wash Fight and pray And he taught me how to live rejoicing, yes, He did Oh yeah, every, every day, (oh yeah) Every day!

Songs with Christian Meaning : 

Go Make a Difference – JPII band Songs with Christian Meaning

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Go make a diff'rence, We can make a diff'rence.Go make a diff'rence in the world. We are the salt of the earth, called to let the people seethe love of God in you and me.We are the light of the world, not to be hidden but be seen.Go make a diff'rence in the world. We are the hands of Christreaching out to those in need,the face of God for all to see.We are the spirit of hope;we are the voice of peace. Go make a diff'rence in the world. So let your love shine on, let it shine for all to see.Go make a diff'rence in the world.And the spirit of Christ will be with us as we go.Go make a diff'rence in the world.

Key Catholic Beliefs : 

Key Catholic Beliefs All points in the Creed The 7 Sacraments (Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, Anointing of the Sick) The Mass is central Jesus is ‘fully present’ in the Eucharist Mary is the ‘Mother of God’ Faith and ‘Good works’ are necessary for salvation The Bible is the inspired word of God.

The Creed : 

The Creed

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We believe in God the Almighty Father Maker of the heavens and the Earth

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And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord

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Who was conceived, by the Holy Spirit

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was born of the Virgin Mary

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He suffered under Pontius Pilate

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Was crucified, died

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and was buried

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On the Third Day, He rose from the dead

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On the Third Day, He rose from the dead

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And he ascended to heaven

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And sits at the right hand of God The Father the Almighty

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And He shall come again

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The forgiveness of sins The Holy Catholic Church The Communion of Saints We believe in the Holy Spirit

What We Believe : 

What We Believe The Nicene Creed

The Nicene Creed : 

The Nicene Creed We believe in God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

St John’s Model : 

In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things came to be. LOVE St John’s Model Creator, Word,Spirit Word Spirit

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We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,

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begotten, not made, Of one in Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made a man.

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For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

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He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.

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We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.

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We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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Lord's Prayer Most Christians know the words to the “Lord’s Prayer,” which they say during religious ceremonies. Introduced by Jesus in the New Testament (Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4), the prayer includes an introduction followed by seven petitions. The structure of the prayer (the first three petitions concerned with the glory of God and the last four a list of human concerns) and its content make it the perfect prayer of the Christian faith, which stresses the importance of God over humanity.

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The Christian Liturgical Calendar

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Making Meaning: Secular Materialism

Songs with Materalistic Meaning : 

Songs with Materalistic Meaning The Beautiful Things – Front Lawn

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… we’re filled with desire to have every moment of the day The beautiful ‘Things’. … we want them right away! … we see them every moment of the day Desire to touch, to have and to hold We are born clean - as if we’ve come out of a washing machine

Songs with Meaning : 

Songs with Meaning Paradise by the dashboard light – Meatloaf

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I. ParadiseBoy:I remember every little thing, As if it happened only yesterdayParking by the lake, And there was not another car in sightAnd I never had a girl looking any better than you didAnd all the kids at school, They were wishing they were me that night And now our bodies are oh so close and tightIt never felt so good, it never felt so rightAnd we're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knifeC'mon! Hold on tight! C'mon! Hold on tight! Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark nightI can see paradise by the dashboard light Girl:Ain't no doubt about it we were doubly blessedCause we were barely seventeen and we were barely dressed Ain't no doubt about it, baby got to go and shout itAin't no doubt about it, we were doubly blessed Boy:Cause we were barely seventeen, and we were barely dressed

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Baby doncha hear my heart, you got it drowning out the radioI've been waiting so long, for you to come along and have some fun And I gotta let ya know, no you're never gonna regret itSo open up your eyes I got a big surprise, It'll feel all rightWell I wanna make your motor run And now our bodies are oh so close and tightIt never felt so good, it never felt so rightAnd we're glowing like the metal on the edge of a knifeC'mon! Hold on tight!, C'mon! Hold on tight! Though it's cold and lonley in the deep dark nightI can see paradise by the dashboard lightParadise by the dashboard light You got to do what you can, and let Mother Nature do the restAin't no doubt about it, we were doubly blessedCause we were barely seventeen, and we were barely-- We're gonna go all the way tonightWe're gonna go all the wayAn tonight's the night...

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Radio Broadcast:Ok, here we go, we got a real pressure cookergoing here, two down, nobody on, no score,bottom of the ninth, there's the wind-up andthere it is, a line shot up the middle, lookat him go. This boy can really fly!He's rounding first and really turning it onnow, he's not letting up at all, he's gonnatry for second; the ball is bobbled out in center,and here comes the throw, and what a throw!He's gonna slide in head first, here he comes, he's out!No, wait, safe--safe at second base, this kid reallymakes things happen out there.Batter steps up to the plate, here's the pitch--he's going, and what a jump he's got, he's tryingfor third, here's the throw, it's in the dirt--safe at third! Holy cow, stolen base!He's taking a pretty big lead out there, almostdaring him to try and pick him off. The pitcherglance over, winds up, and it's bunted, bunteddown the third base line, the suicide squeeze in on!Here he comes, squeeze play, it's gonna be close,here's the throw, there's the play at the plate,holy cow, I think he's gonna make it!

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Girl:Stop right there! I gotta know right now! Before we go any further--! Do you love me? Will you love me forever? Do you need me?Will you never leave me? Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life?Will you take me away and will you make me your wife?Do you love me!? Will you love me forever!?Do you need me!? Will you never leave me!?Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life!?Will you take me away and will you make me your wife!?I gotta know right now, Before we go any further do you love me!!!?Will you love me forever!!!? Boy:Let me sleep on it, baby, baby let me sleep on itLet me sleep on it, and I'll give you my answer in the morning Girl:I gotta know right now! Do you love me? Will you love me forever?Do you need me? Will you never leave me?Will you make me so happy for the rest of my life?Will you take me away and will you make me your wife?I gotta know right now! Before we go any further, Do you love me?And will you love me forever?

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Boy:I couldn't take it any longer Lord I was crazedAnd when the feeling came upon me Like a tidal waveI started swearing to my god and on my mother's graveThat I would love you to the end of timeI swore that I would love you to the end of time!

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So now I'm praying for the end of timeTo hurry up and arriveCause if I gotta spend another minute with youI don't think that I can really surviveI'll never break my promise or forget my vowBut God only knows what I could do right nowI'm praying for the end of timeIt's all that I can doPraying for the end of time, so I can end my time with you!!! Boy:It was long ago and it was far awayand it was so much better than it is today Girl:It never felt so goodIt never felt so rightAnd we were glowing likeA metal on the edge of a knife

Songs with Meaning : 

Songs with Meaning Beds are Burning – Midnight Oil

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If the World as we know it today was represented by 100 People...

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52 Would be Female

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70 Would have dark skin 30 would be white

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30 would be Christian 70 would be non-christian

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6 people would have 59% of the world's wealth

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30 people would eat 80% of the world's food

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80 would live in sub-standard housing

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70 would never have been taught to read

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50 would suffer from starvation

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1 would have a university education

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3 would own a computer

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Japan: The Ukita family of Kodaira CityFood expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25

Italy: The Manzo family of SicilyFood expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11 : 

Italy: The Manzo family of SicilyFood expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.11

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-JeziornaFood expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27 : 

Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-JeziornaFood expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27

Germany: The Melander family of BargteheideFood expenditure for one week: $500.07 : 

Germany: The Melander family of BargteheideFood expenditure for one week: $500.07

USA: The Revis family of North Carolina $341.98 : 

USA: The Revis family of North Carolina $341.98

MEXICO: The Casales family of Cuernavaca 1,862.78 Pesos or $189.09 : 

MEXICO: The Casales family of Cuernavaca 1,862.78 Pesos or $189.09

EGYPT: The Ahmed family of Cairo387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53 : 

EGYPT: The Ahmed family of Cairo387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53

BHUTAN: The Namgay family224.93 ngultrum or $5.03 : 

BHUTAN: The Namgay family224.93 ngultrum or $5.03

ECUADOR: The Ayme family of Tingo $31.55 : 

ECUADOR: The Ayme family of Tingo $31.55

CHAD: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp $1.23 : 

CHAD: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp $1.23

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If the World as we know it today was represented by 100 People... If the World as we know it today was represented by 100 People... 90 of them would think of you... as rich ... and wonder if you ever think of them.

What do you desire out of your future career? : 

What do you desire out of your future career? Your top 5 prioritised list number 1 = highest priority

Kiwi Values / Motivators : 

Kiwi Values / Motivators Quality of life Quality of environment Innovation Distinctiveness Fair play Hard work Generosity Growth and Innovation Advisory Board study 2003 Sense of accomplishment Contribution to improved conditions for humanity Search for truth and knowledge / curiosity Jack Sommer 1996 Survey of NZ scientists

Attributes of a Good Career : 

Attributes of a Good Career Satisfaction Progression Remuneration Equal opportunities Recognition (by peers) Mobility Flexibility Stability Retirement

Discuss… : 

Discuss… …All of these alternative types of wealth are different from financial wealth, and yet all of them can be equally rewarding in their own ways. The point is that the act of buying things by itself, despite what television tells you, may not be what will bring you maximum happiness in life. Things like:good friends, a loving spouse, well-raised children, a home built on love, a good relationship with God, a clear conscience, a worthy goal and a job you truly enjoy bring you contentment that lasts and has meaning. These things are often very hard for some teenagers to understand, but as you mature they become more important. BLOG from a Kiwi Website.

Wealth? : 

Wealth? Rich in friends —A person who cultivates friendships and who is a joy to be around can have hundreds of good friends and can be rich beyond the wildest dreams of others. Rich in health —A person who spends time eating right, exercising and relaxing from stress can be extremely healthy, and this health can be far more valuable than any amount of money. Rich in strength —A person who works out with weights every day, runs, swims, etc. can be rich in strength and will have an attractive body. Rich in family —A person who devotes time to his or her spouse and children will have a strong and happy family that is rewarding throughout life. Rich in knowledge —A person who reads and studies will become rich in knowledge. Rich in skill —A person who practices anything daily (a skill, a sport, prayer, whatever) will become excellent in that skill area. Excellence has its own rewards. Rich in character — A person who works hard at being honest and truthful in all situations will become rich in character and will be trusted by everyone. Others??

Lottery Facts : 

Lottery Facts Missourian Janite Lee won $18 million in 1993. Lee was generous to a variety of causes, giving to politics, education and the community. But according to published reports, eight years after winning, Lee had filed for bankruptcy with only $700 left in two bank accounts and no cash on hand.

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One Southeastern family won $4.2 million in the early '90s. They bought a huge house and succumbed to repeated family requests for help in paying off debts.The house, cars and relatives ate the whole pot. Eleven years later, the couple is divorcing, the house is sold and they have to split what is left of the lottery proceeds. The wife got a very small house. The husband has moved in with the kids. Even the life insurance they bought ended up getting cashed in.

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For many people, sudden money can cause disaster," says Susan Bradley, a certified financial planner in Palm Beach, Fla., and founder of the Sudden Money Institute, a resource center for new money recipients and their advisors."In our culture, there is a widely held belief that money solves problems. People think if they had more money, their troubles would be over. When a family receives sudden money, they frequently learn that money can cause as many problems as it solves," she says.

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People who can't integrate their interior relationship with money appropriately are more likely to crash and burn," says Bradley."Often they can keep the money and lose family and friends -- or lose the money and keep the family and friends -- or even lose the money and lose the family and friends."

Some useful comparisons : 

Some useful comparisons

Some useful comparisons : 

Some useful comparisons

Suggested Writing Approach : 

Suggested Writing Approach Define Catholicism Define Secular Materialism Describe Similarities Describe Differences General Discussion around the topic Conclusion NB. KEEP LINKING TO: “Belief in God influences the choices and actions of people.

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