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CST 101 | Call to Family, Community, and Participation

Part of a collaborative video series presented by the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services on Catholic Social Teaching. Learn from Lisa Hendey, Msgr. Ray East, and Jonathan Reyes as they discuss the call to family, community, and participation.

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CST 101 | Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

Part of a collaborative video series presented by the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services on Catholic Social Teaching. Learn from Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Fr. James Martin, SJ, Kerry Weber, and Thomas Awiapo as they discuss the Preferential Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.

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Kid President - How to Change the World (a work in progress)

The video talks about how we can change the world in a positive way.

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The Body of Christ

This video is a student-dramatization of how the different parts of the body can accomplish great things when they work as one.

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CST 101 | Life and Dignity of the Human Person

Part of a collaborative video series presented by the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services on Catholic Social Teaching. Learn from Bishop Robert Barron, Jonathan Reyes, and Helen Alvaré as they discuss the dignity of the human person and our right to life.

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CST 101 | Care for God's Creation

Part of a collaborative video series presented by the USCCB and Catholic Relief Services on Catholic Social Teaching. Hear from Father James Martin, SJ, Dr. Carolyn Woo, and Cardinal Peter Turkson as they discuss Care for God's Creation.

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Pope Francis Joins Religious Leaders of Different Faiths, in Fight against Modern Slavery

The video "Pope Francis Joins Religious Leaders of Different Faiths, in Fight against Modern Slavery," by Rome Reports, available on YouTube (3:07), shows people of faith working together to eliminate one of the world’s greatest evils, slavery. It is best used on day 4.

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Don’t Laugh at Me

The song/video "Don’t Laugh at Me," by Mark Wills, is available on YouTube (3:35), describes the pain of being bullied. It is used on day 1.

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Mercenary, Slave, or Disciple

Students identify their motivation for doing good deeds before reflecting on the role of grace in their lives.

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Consider the Lilies

The song/video "Consider the Lilies," performed by Sings Sampaguita, available on YouTube (3:59) can be used for opening prayer on day 2. In this version, the only visual is the performer, but the words are easier to understand.

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Virtue Makes You Beautiful

The song/video "Virtue Makes You Beautiful," available on YouTube (3:23), is used for the "Clothes Make the Christian" activity on day 2.

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St. Teresa's Prayer

The song/video "St. Teresa’s Prayer," by John Michael Talbot, available on YouTube (2:39), is appropriate for use on day 4.

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Open the Eyes of My Heart

The song/video "Open the Eyes of My Heart," available on YouTube (4:13), is appropriate for prayer on any day.

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Let Faith Arise

The song/video "Let Faith Arise," available on YouTube (4:39), is appropriate for prayer on any day.

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Do This in Memory

The song/video "Do This in Memory," by Chris Muglia, available on YouTube (9:54), is appropriate for use on any day. The song is found at the 3:48 point of an interview with the artist about the song.

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The Two Feet of Service and Justice

This chart provides students space to create examples of acts of charity and social justice for several real-life situations.

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Reflections on Poverty in America

This handout provides a series of Scripture passages and real-life accounts to help students reflect on poverty in America.

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Married Couple Interview

This handout provides the outline for an interview of a married couple.

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Dear Millie and Mike

This handout provides several real-life situations that teens might encounter. Students are challenged to respond to the situations and give advice to other teens.

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The Roles of Men and Women on TV: True to Life or Not?

This handout provides questions for students to answer as they observe the roles of men and women on TV.

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Fair Trade

This worksheet provides questions for students to answer as they research and learn about the Fair Trade Movement.

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Extra! Extra!

Students read two “news articles” and evaluate the morality of each by answering a series of questions.

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Music to My Ears

Students evaluate a contemporary piece of music based on several different categories of violence and disrespect.

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Ways to Respect Life

This worksheet challenges students to think about how they can value the dignity of life on a day-to-day basis.

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Justice in the World

This worksheet challenges students to think about how the teachings about Justice from the Bishops of the World apply to their daily lives.

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Teachings from the Catechism

This worksheet challenges students to think about how the teachings from the Catechism on the fourth commandment apply to their daily lives.

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Which Way Shall We Go?

This handout provides a chart for students to list activities that are best to do on Sunday and those that should be saved for other days of the week.

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A Doctrinal Scavenger Hunt

A scavenger hunt to find important Church doctrines, teachings and beliefs in the Catechism.

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Aiming for God Game

This handout contains cards to be used with the “Aiming for God Game”.

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The Transfiguration of Jesus

This worksheet helps students to read Scripture passages, answer questions about, and understand the importance of the Transfiguration of Jesus.

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Song/video "Lord, I Need You"

The song/video “Lord, I Need You,” by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (3:26), emphasizes our need for God’s faithful love and grace. It could be used for opening prayer on any day.

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Lead Me Not into Temptation

This handout presents different roles for students to act out from a real-life theft situation

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The Bible’s Practical Moral Advice

This worksheet guides students as they look up Scripture passages that give moral advice.

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Beatitudes Strips

A list of the Beatitudes organized to be cut into strips for a class activity.

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Exodus, Chapters 19–20

This handout provides a note-taking guide while reading chapters 19-20 from Exodus.

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Here I Am, Lord (Nature Scenes)

The song/video "Here I Am, Lord," by Fr. Daniel L. Schutte, performed by the Boys and Men of the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St. Alban, available on YouTube (3:04) with lyrics, features nature scenes. It is suggested as an opening or closing prayer for any day but is best used on day 4.

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The Face of Christ (Black & White)

The song/video "The Face of Christ" by Chris Rice, posted by David Grove, available on YouTube (3:45), is artistically strong with black-and-white photography. It is best used on day 3.

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Come to the Water

The song/video "Come to the Water," by Matt Maher, available on YouTube (4:49) with lyrics, is suggested as an opening or closing prayer for any day but is best used on day 1.

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What Is Catholic Social Teaching?

The video "What Is Catholic Social Teaching?" with music “The Resistance,” by Josh Garrels, available on YouTube (4:42), is best used on day 2.

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Words

The song/video "Words," by Hawk Nelson, available on YouTube (3:24) with lyrics and also on Spotify, is suggested as an opening or closing prayer for any day but may be best used on day 4.

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Saint Mother Teresa—Inspiring ‘Everyone, Everywhere,’

The video "Mother Teresa—Inspiring ‘Everyone, Everywhere,’" by Anthony Ndaira, available on YouTube (10:20), is best used on day 4.

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What Is Social Justice?

The video "What Is Social Justice?" by the Love Alliance, available on YouTube (1:06), is a series of young people sharing answers to this question. It may be helpful on day 1.

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Voices of Youth on Social Justice

The video "Voices of Youth on Social Justice," by the International Labour Organization, available on YouTube (2:59), defines social justice. Young people from all over the world give examples of social justice. The video may be helpful on day 1.

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Wrecking Ball

The song/video "Wrecking Ball," by Sidewalk Prophets, available on YouTube (3:15) with lyrics, asks God’s help to knock out lust and greed and make the best of us. It can be used as an opening or closing prayer on any day or incorporated into the discussion on purity of heart on day 3.

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Song/video "Man in the Mirror"

The song/video “Man in the Mirror,” by Michael Jackson, is available on YouTube in a variety of versions. This contemporary song encourages individuals to change the world by first changing the way they act themselves. It is appropriate for use on day 3.

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"Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow"

“Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow” is a song of praise to the Trinity. Contemporary versions can be found on YouTube and include one sung by Heidi Nadine with lyrics and images. It would make a nice opening or closing prayer for day 4.

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Crystalina’s Testimony (Part 1)—Love or Lust?

The Crystalina Evert video "Crystalina’s Testimony (Part 1)—Love or Lust?" available on YouTube (12:20), is best used on day 2 or day 3.

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Hold Me

The song/video "Hold Me," by Jamie Grace, featuring TobyMac, available on YouTube (3:33), can be used as opening or closing prayer on any day but works best on day 1.

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Servant Song

The song/video "Servant Song," by Richard Gillard, available on YouTube (2:59) with lyrics, supports the ideal that our purpose in life is to help one another, not to give scandal or lead others into temptation. It is best used on day 3.

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Song "You Are Near"

The song “You Are Near,” by Dan Schutte (Oregon Catholic Press), is a contemporary musical setting of Psalm 139, which is partially printed on pages 38–39 in the Handbook. You might like to play the song at the end of day 1.

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Hey, World

The song/video "Hey, World," by Petra and performed by Caroline Chevin, is available on YouTube (4:04). The song tells the story of courageous choices—choosing life instead of abortion or suicide—and affirms God’s gift of life. It is best used on day 1.

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Hope in Front of Me

The song/video "Hope in Front of Me," by Danny Gokey, available on YouTube (3:40) with lyrics, is good for opening prayer on day 1.

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Live Like That

The song/video "Live Like That," by Sidewalk Prophets, available on YouTube (3:58) with lyrics, is best used for opening prayer on day 4.

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Speak Life

The song/video "Speak Life," by TobyMac, available on Spotify or YouTube (3:27) with lyrics, addresses the power of words. It is best used for opening prayer on day 3.

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Seek Ye First

The song/video “Seek Ye First,” by the Maranatha Singers, available on YouTube (3:08) with lyrics, can be used for opening prayer on day 2.

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Song "Word of God Speak"

The song “Word of God Speak,” by Mercy Me, is a beautiful song about listening for God’s Word. It could be used for opening prayer for any day of the week. Several versions can be found on YouTube. Use for opening prayer on day 3 or 4.

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Video "God Speaks to Man: The Oldest Revelation"

This musically accompanied video “God Speaks to Man: The Oldest Revelation,” by David Huting, available on YouTube (4:53), offers young people a chance to explore the beauty of creation to better understand how God speaks to us through it. This slideshow is appropriate for use on day 3.

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Song/video "God of Wonders”

The song/video "God of Wonders,” by Third Day, available on YouTube (5:08) with lyrics, praises God revealed in nature. It would make a nice opening or closing prayer for day 1.

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Ask Me

The song/video "Ask Me," by Amy Grant, available on YouTube (3:43) with lyrics, is about sexual abuse and survival with God’s help and strength. It is suggested for opening or closing prayer for any day but is best used on day 3.

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Hey, World

The song/video "Hey, World," by Petra, sung by Caroline Chevin, is available on YouTube (4:03). You can find the lyrics online by searching on the phrase “Petra Hey World Lyrics.” The song tells the story of courageous choices—to choose life instead of abortion or suicide—and affirms God’s gift of life. It is a suggested opening or closing prayer for any day but is best used on day 3.

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The Color of Love

The song/video “Boyz II Men—The Color of Love,” available on YouTube (3:44), is best used on day 4.

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Here I Am, Lord

The song/video "Here I Am, Lord," sung by John Michael Talbot, available on YouTube (3:53), is suggested for use on day 4.

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Precepts of the Church

The video "Precepts of the Church," by Saint Mary’s Press, available on YouTube (0:51), is an option for day 4.

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What Are Sins?

Video episode 41, "What Are Sins?" from the series 3MC—3-Minute Catechism, available on YouTube (5:17), is used on day 2.

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Holy Choices: Good Decision Making

The video "Holy Choices: Good Decision Making," by RealFaithTV, available on YouTube (28:01), is too long to be used in its entirety. The lesson for day 2 suggests particular sections to share with the students.

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The Cardinal Virtues, Part 4: Courage

This video by The Christophers is available on YouTube (2:45). It features a priest outlining the meaning of courage. It may be more helpful for teacher background than classroom instruction, in preparation for day 4.

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The Cardinal Virtues, Part 3: Temperance

This video by The Christophers is available on YouTube (2:47). It features a priest outlining the meaning of temperance. It may be more helpful for teacher background than classroom instruction, in preparation for day 4.

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The Cardinal Virtues, Part 2: Justice

This video by The Christophers is available on YouTube (2:56). It features a priest outlining the meaning of justice. It may be more helpful for teacher background than classroom instruction, in preparation for day 4.

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The Cardinal Virtues, Part 1: Prudence

This video by The Christophers is available on YouTube (2:29). It features a priest outlining the meaning of prudence. It may be more helpful for teacher background than classroom instruction, in preparation for day 4.

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Help Me Find It

The song/video "Help Me Find It," by Sidewalk Prophets, available on YouTube (3:44) with lyrics, is a good song for prayer on days 1, 3, and 4.

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The Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer

The video "The Sermon on the Mount and the Lord’s Prayer," by The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos, available on YouTube (3:20), works best on day 2.

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The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

The video "The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant," by Matthew Abeler, available on YouTube (5:26), is best used on day 2.

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The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

The cartoon "The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant," available on YouTube (1:42), is best used on day 2.

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Vocabulary for Unit 5

This is a list of terms and definitions to know for Unit 5.

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What Is Faith?

This PowerPoint accompanies Unit 5, Chapter 13, by discussing more deeply the meaning of faith and its connection to religion and belief.

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Jesus Reveals Our Inherent Dignity

<p>This PowerPoint accompanies Unit 4, Chapter 10, by discussing the inherent dignity of all life as shown to us by Jesus.</p>

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 32

A lesson plan for lesson 32 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide. In this lesson students explore what it means to use virtues and grace to live a moral life.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 31

A lesson plan for lesson 31 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide. In this lesson students explore what it means to respect truth.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 30

A lesson plan for lesson 30 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide. In this lesson students explore what it means to respect material goods.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 29

A lesson plan for lesson 29 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide. In this lesson students explore what it means to respect the sexuality of ourselves and others.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 28

A lesson plan for lesson 28 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide. In this lesson students explore what it means to truly respect life.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 27

A lesson plan for lesson 27 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 26

A lesson plan for lesson 26 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 25

A lesson plan for lesson 25 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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Lesson Plan for Lesson 23

A lesson plan for lesson 23 in The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth: Catechist Guide.

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The Consequences of Moral Decisions

This handout examines how actions, attitudes, and decisions affect ourselves and the people around us

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Handout: Love Is...

A small group activity to foster discussion about what love is

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When To Keep Things Confidential

After reading several pieces of information that might be shared by a friend, students decide which should be kept confidential and which might be shared with others.

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Please Help

This is a writing prompt to help students reflect on what it is like to be a virgin in society today.

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Facts About Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS

This article gives information about common STDs and AIDS.

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Questionnaire on Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS

This handout provides a list of True/False statements about sexually transmitted diseases and AIDS.

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Role-play: "I'm Pregnant"

This handout provides two role-play situations in which a couple has discovered they are pregnant.

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Opinionnaire on Gender Roles (Part 2)

Students share their opinions in response to a series of statements about gender roles in society.

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Opinionnaire on Gender Roles (Part 1)

Students share their opinions in response to a series of statements about gender roles in society.

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Attitudes About Sexuality

This handout presents a series of statements about sexuality. Students are to indicate their level of agreement or disagreement with each.

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How Do I Know That I Am Fully Alive?

This handout asks students to rank statements according to their beliefs about what it means to be fully alive.

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Cases to Examine: Dealing with Conflict

This handout provides three situations for students to read and evaluate. Students must give a suggestion for how to respond to the conflict in each scenario based on the strategies in the book.

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Cases to Examine: Is This Euthanasia?

This handout provides three situations for students to read and evaluate. Students must decide if the story shows an example of Euthanasia.

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Respecting the Earth: Ten How To's

This handout provides ten tips to care for the Earth.

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The Ending is Yours

This handout provides the beginning of a story about a teen who is about to break up with his girlfriend. Students are to complete the story following teacher instructions.

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Cases to Examine: Self-respect

This handout provides three situations where teenagers are not fully respecting themselves. Students read the situations and respond with suggestions that demonstrate more self-respect.

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Role-plays: Kindness and Truth

This handout provides two role-play situations for students to practice open, honest communication in a kind, truthful way.

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TV Truth: Keeping a Record

This handout provides a chart to help students keep track of the types of truths and lies portrayed on TV.

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An Inventory on Money Matters

This handout provides a chart to help students keep track of their expenditures during one week

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Perspectives on Sex

This handout provides several comments from teenagers about sex. It can be used as a discussion starter or writing prompt.

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Pushed Once Too Often

This handout presents a story about drug pushing in a school community. Students are challenged to reflect on several questions regarding the situation.

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Cases to Examine: Conscience and Guilt

Read the following cases. For each one, fill in the words that describe what kind of conscience and what kind of guilt the person has. Then write a sentence or two of advice that you would give to that person.

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The LISTEN Model

Briefly describe below a moral dilemma that an individual might face. For each section of the LISTEN process, fill in one or more things a person facing this dilemma might need to consider.

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Which Principles Apply?

he following moral principles (described in the text on pages 58–59) can be considered basic or foundational: a. Do good; avoid evil. b. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. c. The end does not justify …

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Getting to Know My Parents' Views

This checklist will help you identify how well you understand your parents’ (or guardians’) views on moral issues and whether you think that your parents understand your views on moral issues.

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Choosing Life

A handout with different cases about life issues.

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"O Lord, You Have Searched Me and Known Me"

Spend a few moments quietly asking God to help you see clearly and honestly into your heart and mind as you begin this examination of conscience. Write your responses to the questions below. No one will collect this handout.

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Laws to Live By Today

Translating Biblical laws into today’s world.

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Karma Marga: "The Path of Works"

For each of the following actions, write a selfish motivation and a selfless motivation. Responses have been supplied for the first action as examples.

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Correlation to Curriculum Framework

Correlation to Curriculum Framework Course VI: Life in Jesus Christ from Christian Morality: Our Response to God’s Love.

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Correlation to Curriculum Framework

Correlation to Curriculum Framework Course III: The Mission of Jesus Christ (The Paschal Mystery) from The Paschal Mystery: Christ’s Mission of Salvation.

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Correlation to Curriculum Framework

Correlation to Curriculum Framework Course IV: Jesus Christ’s Mission Continues in the Church from The Church: Christ in the World Today.

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Making Good Decisions

Chapters 38 and 39 of The Catholic Connections Handbook discuss the basic teachings about Christian morality. After reading or reviewing these chapters, complete the crossword.

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The Human Person

Below are five statements, written in code, about the human person. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a symbol. The same symbol represents the same letter in all statements. Review chapter 7 in The Catholic Connections Handbook, then …

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What is Catholic Social Teaching?

A personal story about living out the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

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Life Issues C Activity: Making a Commercial

Creating a commercial about a product

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Chapter 44 Summary: Respecting Sexuality

A nice summary of the Sixth and Ninth Commandments, and how God wants us to conduct ourselves in sexual matters.

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Chapter 43 Activity: Keeping the Seventh, Eighth, and Tenth Commandments

Students are asked to list 10 practical ways to keep the 7th, 8th, and 10th Commandments.

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Chapter 43 Summary: Respecting Truth and Property

A summary of Chapter 43, Respecting Truth and Property from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 42 Activity: Ways to Respect Life

Every day you have numerous opportunities to show respect for God’s work of creation in yourself and in other people. Respecting life means protecting oneself and others from harm, but it also means valuing life in everyday ways. The following …

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Chapter 42 Summary: Respecting Life

A summary of Chapter 42, Respecting Life from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 41 Summary: Honoring Family

A summary of Chapter 41, Honoring Family from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 40 Activity: First Three Commandments Crossword

Complete the following crossword puzzle to review what you have learned.

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Chapter 39 Activity: Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide

It’s not always easy to choose to do what is right, but if you listen to your conscience, you will usually know what choice you should make. For each of the following items, describe the choice you should make. Include …

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Chapter 39 Summary: Moral Decision Making

A summary of Chapter 39, Moral Decision Making from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 38 Activity: How Do I Make Moral Decisions?

When you have a difficult moral decision to make, how do you go about figuring out what you should do? Do you talk with your friends or a parent or other adult, or do you pray about it? For some …

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Chapter 38 Summary: Living the Moral Life

A summary of Chapter 38, Living the Moral Life from the Catholic Connections Handbook for Middle Schoolers, Second Edition.

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Chapter 37 Activity: Living the Beatitudes

For each beatitude, write down how you live it in your own life.

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Chapter 24 Activity: Choosing Heaven Scenarios

How to respond in various life issues situations.

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Chapter 21 Activity: Living Discipleship

Living as a follower of Christ is easier at certain times than at others. For example, when a group of friends wants to do something that you know is wrong and goes against Jesus’ teachings, it can be difficult to …

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Life Issues B Activity: WWYD (What Would You Do?) Role-Playing Scenarios

How you would respond to different life issue scenarios.

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Chapter 14 Activity: Jesus Heals

Match column A with column B to complete the sentences about Jesus’ healing ministry.

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Chapter 13 Activity: Picturing the Kingdom of God

In Sacred Scripture, Jesus teaches about the Kingdom of God. Although the Kingdom of God will reach its fullness in Heaven, we can strive to build it on earth. On the lines below, describe what you imagine the Kingdom of …

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Chapter 8 Activity: Living the Ten Commandments

When God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, he gave his Law to all people. The Ten Commandments give us a summary of how we are to live. The following tablets contain the Ten Commandments, with an example of how …

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Chapter 7 Activity: Humankind and Original Sin

Complete the crossword puzzle.

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Celebrating Life: The Human Person and the Rules of God

A personal story about the life affirming ‘yeses’ within the Church.

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Faith Alive

A personal story about God’s call to serve others.

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Love in Humble Service

A personal story about showing love through humble service.

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Bad News Becomes Good

A personal story about the Parable of the Fig Tree from the Gospel of Luke.

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It's Never Too Late to Claim Chastity

A personal story about how it’s never too late to recommit to chastity.

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Following God's Will

A personal story about achieving good things by following God’s Will.

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Our Commitment to God

A personal story about being committed to God.

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Obedience to God's Will: Our Greatest Happiness

A personal story about how rules are created out of love and how obedience to those rules ensures lasting happiness.

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Chapter 32

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 32, The Moral Life.

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Chapter 31

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 31, Respecting Truth.

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Chapter 30

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 30, Respecting Material Goods.

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Chapter 29

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 29, Respecting Sexuality.

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Chapter 28: In-Depth

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 28, Life Issues: War.

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Chapter 27

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 27, Honoring Family.

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Chapter 25

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 25, Sources of Moral Truth.

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Chapter 23

A PowerPoint presentation with information from The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 23, Introduction to Christian Morality.

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Chapter 15

A PowerPoint on The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 15, The Last Things.

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Chapter 6

A PowerPoint on The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition Chapter 6, The Human Person.

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Chapter 32 Activities

Activities for Chapter 32 The Moral Life including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 31 Activities

Activities for Chapter 31 Respecting Truth including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 30 Activities

Activities for Chapter 30 Respecting Material Goods including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 29 Activities

Activities for Chapter 29 Respecting Sexuality including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 28 Activities

Activities for Chapter 28 Respecting Life including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 27 Activities

Activities for Chapter 27 Honoring Family including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 26 Activities

Activities for Chapter 26 Honoring God including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 25 Activities

Activities for Chapter 25 Sources of Moral Truth including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 23 Activities

Activities for Chapter 23 Introduction to Christian Morality including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 15 Activities

Activities for Chapter 15 The Last Things, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 7 Activities

Activities for Chapter 7 The Promise of a Messiah, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Chapter 6 Activities

Activities for Chapter 6 The Human Person, including a core activity, core activity extension, and additional activities.

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Living in a Material World

A worksheet where students are asked to rank items on their necessity for living a happy life.

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Handout: Key Concepts Underlying Catholic Social Justice Teachings

Catholic social teaching is based on some key concepts. By applying these concepts to different social issues, the Church makes judgments about the correct direction to follow.

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Handout: Morally Good or Morally Suspect

For each situation, determine whether the action is right, neutral, or wrong; whether the intent is good or not good; and whether the circumstances allow you to decide freely or keep you from deciding freely.

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Called to Share the Mission of Jesus

Questions about how we can imitate Jesus’ example in the way we interact with others.

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Virtue al Reality

Different scenarios that could potentially result in moral dilemmas.

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Lesson 32 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 32, The Moral Life.

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Lesson 31 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 31, Respecting Truth.

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Living in a Material World

Consider the following list of things. Which of them is necessary for you to have in order to be happy? Place a check mark in front of each one you feel is necessary.

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Lesson 30 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 30, Respecting Material Goods.

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Lesson 29 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 29, Respecting Sexuality.

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Promoting a Culture of Life

Place a check mark in the column that best describes the item.

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Lesson 28 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 28, Respecting Life.

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Lesson 27 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 27, Honoring God.

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Lord, This Is for You

Reflection on the First Commandment.

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Lesson 26 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 26, Honoring God.

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Lesson 25 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 25, Sources of Moral Truth.

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Key Concepts Underlying Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic social justice teachings are based on some key concepts. By applying these concepts to different social issues, the Church makes judgments about the correct direction to follow. In this lesson we look briefly at the following four key concepts, …

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Morally Good or Morally Suspect

For each situation, determine whether the action itself is good, neutral, or bad; whether the intent is good; and whether the circumstances keep the person who is considering the action from acting freely.

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Lesson 23 Summary

The lesson learning objectives and content summary for Lesson 23, Introduction to Christian Morality.

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A Living Sign of Hope

We believe that because we are transformed by faith in the Risen Jesus, his presence in the world becomes more visible through us. Read the following statements that are based on Jesus’ teachings, and then answer the questions that follow. …

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How and Why Do People Suffer?

In the boxes below, give examples for each type of suffering, and respond to the questions that follow.

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Places in the Heart

A worksheet to go along with the video Places in the Heart.

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Core Beliefs Practices and Attitudes of the Catholic Faith

Each statement below is a core belief of the Catholic faith. Choose a symbol (“I get it,” “I’m unsure,” or “I don’t get it”) that best reflects your understanding of each belief. Then briefly explain what you might know about …

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What Do I Know about the Catholic Faith

In the time allotted for this exercise, answer each question to the best of your knowledge. Each set of questions corresponds to the units you will study in this course and represents content you will cover in more detail in …

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Dilemma Decisions

A worksheet with tough decisions students may be faced with in their lives.

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Ignatian Discernment of Spirits

An article that breaks down the differences between good and evil spirits.

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Being versus Doing

A scripture passage from the Gospel of Luke about Martha and Mary is read along with a commentary, and is followed by large group discussion questions.

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What Will God Call Me to Do

A reflection worksheet and class discussion on the video Gang Busters: One Man’s Mission to Stop Bullets by Creating Jobs.

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Marriage: A Call to Fruitfulness

A PowerPoint about marriage, children, natural family planning, in vitro fertilization, and abortion.

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Family Life

A worksheet with questions about the meaning of the family, the responsibilities of parents, the domestic Church, as well as the influence parents have on their children in their moral and spiritual development.

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Vocabulary for Unit 4

A vocabulary list from unit 4 that defines the words abortion, annulment, chastity, contraception, convalidation, disparity of a cult, dispensation, family of origin, in vitro fertilization, mixed marriage, and natural family planning.

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The Key to Happiness: Listening to the Teacher!

An activity where groups of young people are asked to take a look at Scripture passages showing Jesus ”re-creating” an older ethical standard according to a new standard of love.

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"You Have Heard…But I Say"

An article about Jesus’ command to love everyone, even those who society has deemed unlovable.

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Living God's Call

A reading, with reflection questions, on living out God’s Call of unconditional love, agape, for all.

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The Violence of Capital Punishment

Sr. Helen Prejean discusses the violence of capital punishment.

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What Does "Pro-Life" Mean to You?

A short video on being pro-life.

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The Fourth Commandment and the Decalogue

A PowerPoint presentation on the Fourth Commandment and the Decalogue.

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Quiz: Are You a Faithful Citizen?

A self-quiz, or self-assessment, on faithful citizenship.

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The Cardinal Virtues

A handout on defining the Cardinal Virtues and describing how a person who exhibits the Cardinal Virtues acts.

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The Ten Commandments

A worksheet focused on what the Ten Commandments teach us about living in right relationship with God and with our neighbors.

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Honoring God

A worksheet on honoring God based on students’ knowledge of the first three Commandments.

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What Makes Something Moral?

Two scenarios that involve people making moral choices. Students are asked to identify the object, intention, and circumstances surrounding the act in the scenario and indicate whether the choice is morally good or morally bad.

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Vocabulary for Unit 5

A list of vocabulary terms and definitions for Unit 5 of The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 5

A grading rubric for the final performance task project options for Unit 5 of The Catholic Faith Handbook for Youth, Third Edition.

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Could I Walk in Your Shoes?

A survey that will help students consider how difficult it might be to walk in the shoes of another person who may be quite different from them.

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The Gettysburg Address

A copy of the Gettysburg Address.

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War and Peace in Catholic Social Teaching

An article on war and peace in Catholic social teaching.

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How to Lead a Socratic Seminar

A reading on how to lead a Socratic seminar.

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Socratic Seminar Observation Form - Student

A student observation form for the Socratic seminar.

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Student Evaluation of the Socratic Seminar

A student evaluation sheet for the Socratic seminar.

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The Challenge of Peace

An article on the foundations for a justified war and the just war doctrine.

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If I Ruled the World

A worksheet that asks students to think about how they would solve different social justice issues if they ruled the world.

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Case Studies: Attitudes of the Heart

Several different scenarios are listed where negative feelings are displayed, and the question “how can you change the attitude of your heart?” is posed.

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Vocabulary for Unit 5 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

A list of several vocabulary terms and definition for Unit 5 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

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Examining Economic Justice

A PowerPoint presentation on examining economic justice.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 5 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 5 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

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Using the Jigsaw Process

A resource on how to use the jigsaw process, with is a method where students share information and insights from different readings to create a larger picture.

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Conducting Justice Simulations

A resource on how to conduct a justice simulation.

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Principles of Catholic Social Teaching for Business Ethics

An article on the principles of Catholic social teaching for business ethics.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 5 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

A list of several final performance task options for Unit 5 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

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Violence versus Nonviolence

A worksheet where students fill in what they know and understand about violence and nonviolence.

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Respecting Human Life and Dignity

A PowerPoint presentation on respecting human life and dignity.

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Teaching Individuals with Differing Abilities

A reading on teaching and talking to students about differing abilities, along with several reinforcing activity ideas.

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Sweatshop Inquiry

A sweatshop inquiry worksheet on different industries.

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"Homeless: Motel Kids of Orange County" Movie Guide

A movie guide with questions pertaining to the film “Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County.”

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In-Class Debates

A format for an in-class debate.

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Game Show Questions: Hunger in America

Several “game show” questions on hunger in America.

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Vocabulary for Unit 6 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

A list of vocabulary terms for Unit 6 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

A grading rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 6 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

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Just Choices

A worksheet on just choices where students choose a topic to cover as well as a task based on their preferred learning style.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

A list of several final performance task options for Unit 6 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

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Suicide Prevention

A document on suicide prevention including warning signs, action steps, online resources, and lifesaving facts to consider.

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Mirror Exercise

An exercise that encourages students to reflect on how they are different from others, and how they can respectfully respond to these differences.

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Living As a Steward of Creation

An activity where students decipher the main ideas of several Church documents, and then make connections to Genesis creations accounts and the call to be stewards of creation.

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Students Teaching Students About Environmental Justice

A lesson plan entitled “Students Teaching Students about Environmental Justice.”

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Vocabulary for Unit 4 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

A list of vocabulary terms for Unit 4 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

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Vocabulary for Unit 7 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

A list of vocabulary terms for Unit 7 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 4 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

A grading rubric for several final performance task options for Unit 4 of “Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society.”

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 4

A list of several final performance task options for Unit 4 of "Catholic Social Teaching: Christian Life in Society."

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Planet Partner Survey

A self-assessment survey on how well students are stewards of creation.

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Introspect and Interview

A worksheet on introspect and knowledge gained from interviews on important life issues including abortion, in vitro fertilization, stem-cell research, euthanasia, the death penalty, and immigration.

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Living Justly

A PowerPoint presentation on living justly.

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Grace

A PowerPoint presentation on Grace.

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Life, a Precious Gift

A PowerPoint presentation on the precious gift of life.

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Finding Your Way

A PowerPoint presentation on finding your way.

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The Eighth Commandment

A PowerPoint presentation on the Eighth Commandment.

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The Art of Iconography

A PowerPoint presentation on the Art of Iconography

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Commitment to the First Commandment

A PowerPoint presentation on commitment to the First Commandment.

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The Lenten Scrutinies

A PowerPoint presentation on the Lenten Scrutinies.

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Guided Prayer

A PowerPoint presentation on guided prayer.

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The Gift of Freedom

A PowerPoint Presentation on the gift of freedom.

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God's Plan

A PowerPoint presentation on "God's Plan" from "Christian Morality, Our Response to God's Love."

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The Fourth Commandment

An excerpt from Pope John Paul II's letter to families in 1994, the Year of the Family, dealing with the fourth commandment.

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Using the Card Deal Method

An instructional guide for using the card deal method, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Premarital Sex

An article on premarital sex, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Chastity

An article on chastity, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Reproductive Technology

This article presents a general overview of the Church’s teachings on reproductive technology, and then considers the ethical ramifications of some of the most common forms of reproductive technology available today.

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Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide

An article on euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Virtues

An article on virtues, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Conscience

An article on conscience, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Student Evaluation of the Socratic Seminar

A student evaluation form for the Socratic seminar.

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The Socratic Seminar

This class seminar will give you the opportunity to test your analytical and discussion skills through oral debate. This seminar is carried on in a very structured way, so it is important to learn the process and the rules.

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Red Card Green Card Process

The red card, green card process enables you to take a quick agree-or-disagree opinion poll to initiate discussion on a particular unit topic.

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The Moral Act

An excerpt on moral acts from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Facing the FACTS

An activity on the FACTS decision-making process used when faced with a moral dilemma.

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Matrix for Teachings on Forgiveness

A matrix activity for teachings on forgiveness, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Temptations and Grace

Quotations and questions dealing with temptations and grace, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Vocabulary for Unit 8

Vocabulary terms for Unit 8 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 8

A rubric for final performance tasks for Unit 8 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8

Several performance task options for Unit 8 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Spotlighting Quotes on Respecting Sexualtity

Quotes on respecting sexuality, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Card Deal Questions on the Christian Vision of Marriage

An activity dealing with index cards from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Scripture Readings for Celebrating the Rite of Marriage

A list of Scripture readings that can be included in celebrating the Rite of Marriage, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Jigsaw Analysis of Primary Source Readings

A group activity dealing with the concept of human sexuality, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Sexual Integrity or Sexual Disintegration

A worksheet dealing the with concepts of sexual integrity and sexual disintegration, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Celebrating Marriage

A worksheet dealing with the rite of the Sacrament of Matrimony, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Vocabulary for Unit 7

Vocabulary terms for Unit 7 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 7

A rubric for final performance tasks for Unit 7 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Final Performace Task for Unit 7

Several final performance task options for Unit 7 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Blessed Are the Peacemakers

A worksheet with short answer questions, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Research Directions on Respect for Life Issues

Directions to research respect for life issues, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Beginning of Life and End of Life Issues Worksheet

A worksheet on beginning of life and end of life issues, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Vocabulary for Unit 6

Vocabulary terms for Unit 6 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6

A rubric for final performance tasks from Unit 6 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6

Options for final performance tasks for Unit 6 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Unit 6 Preassessment Questions

A preassessment for Unit 6 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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The Strengths of Catholic Social Teaching

A document highlighting the strengths of Catholic Social Teaching, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Poverty and Wealth

An excerpt on poverty and wealth from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Our Catholic Faith in Action

A chart that accompanies the Web Quest on our Catholic faith in action, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Calling Society to Justice Web Quest

A Web Quest dealing with calling society to justice, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to Gods Love."

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Calling Society to Justice Worksheet

A worksheet on calling society to justice, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Vocabulary for Unit 5

A vocabulary list for Unit 5 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 5

A rubric for the final performance task options for Unit 5 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Final Performace Task Options for Unit 5

Several final performance task options for Unit 5 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Martyrs in the Twentieth Century

A group discussion sheet on martyrs in the twentieth century, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Public Life and Faithful Citizenship

Group discussion questions, based on a reading assignment, on public life and faithful citizenship, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Fiddler on the Roof

Questions for discussion for "Fiddler on the Roof" from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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The Fourth Commandment and The Ten Commandments

A worksheet regarding the Ten Commandments, especially the Fourth Commandment, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Vocabulary for Unit 4

A vocabulary sheet for Unit 4 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 4

A rubric for final performance tasks for Unit 4 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Final Performace Task Options for Unit 4

A number of final performance task options for Unit 4 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Unit 4 Preassessment

A preassessment for Unit 4 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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What is a Sin against the First and Second Commandment

A small group activity on sins against the first and second commandment, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Directions for Short Research Report

Directions for a short research report dealing with topics from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Icons and iconography: Awe and Reverence

A research assignment dealing with icons, iconography, awe, and reverence, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Choosing a Path to Life

An exercise on choosing a path to life, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Psalms of Praise

An activity dealing with the Psalms of Praise, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Vocabulary for Unit 3

Vocabulary terms for Unit 3 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Rubric for Final Performace Tasks for Unit 3

A rubric for final performance tasks for Unit 3 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 3

Final performance task options for Unit 3 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Unit 3 Preassassment

A preassessment for Unit 3 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Viewing and Discussion Guide for The Mission

A viewing and discussion guide for the film "The Mission", from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Context of Roland Joffes Film The Mission

The context of Roland Joffes film, "The Mission," from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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WebQuest Searching for Signs of Social Sin

A WebQuest on searching for signs of social sin, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Determing the Elements of Human Acts

A worksheet on determining the elements of human acts from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Gospel Reflection on Sin and Salvation

A Gospel reflection on sin and salvation from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Defining Sin

A worksheet on defining sin from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Vocabulary for Unit 2

Vocabulary terms for Unit 2 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Rubric for Final Performace Tasks for Unit 2

A rubric for the final performance tasks for Unit 2 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 2

Final performance task options for Unit 2 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Sin and Salvation

A worksheet on sin and salvation from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Reading Guide for the Splendor of the Truth

A reading guide for the Splendor of Truth from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Values in New Testament Moral Teachings

A worksheet on values in New Testament moral teachings from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Visual Representation of the Relationship between Law and Covenant Example

A visual representation of the relationship between law and covenant, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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A Look at Moral Law

A look at moral law from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Ignatius of Loyola and the Gift of Freedom

A reading on Saint Ignatius of Loyola and the Gift of Freedom, from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Reviewing the Foundations of Christian Morality

A review sheet on the Foundations of Christian Morality from "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Survey Summary Life in Christ

A survey summary for "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Vocabulary for Unit 1

A vocabulary list for Unit 1 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Rubric for Final Performace Tasks for Unit 1

A rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 1 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Final Performance Task for Unit 1

A final performance task for Unit 1 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Unit 1 Preassessment

A preassessment for Unit 1 of "Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love."

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Joseph Cardinal Bernardine

A documentary about the life of Cardinal Bernardine.

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Words of Jesus: Catholic Social Justice - CF

A discussion among Social Justice Activists about their activities and Catholic Social Justice teachings.

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WE CRY JUSTICE! Trailer

A trailer of movie on Catholic Social Justice teachings. The trailer includes footage of the impoverished, excerpts from church teachings, and statistics on the number of individuals suffering varying injustices.

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Saint Mother Teresa Film Trailer

An educational glimpse of the life of Saint Mother Teresa.

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Saint Mother Teresa: The Legacy Trailer

An educational glimpse of the life of Saint Mother Teresa.

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Catonsville Nine

Footage of the Catonsville Nine--a group of social activists and priests, including the Jesuit Berrigan brothers--protesting the Vietnam War.

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Join JVC

A brief description of the work and lives of the college-age volunteers of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). JVC is an example of an organization putting the ideas of Catholic Social Justice into practice.

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Pedro Arrupe 5 of 5

A documentary made by Georgetown University on the life of the late Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe. Provides both an intriguing history of Arrupe and the dynamic time in which he lived and worked.

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Pedro Arrupe 4 of 5

A documentary made by Georgetown University on the life of the late Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe. Provides both an intriguing history of Arrupe and the dynamic time in which he lived and worked.

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Pedro Arrupe 3 of 5

A documentary made by Georgetown University on the life of the late Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe. Provides both an intriguing history of Arrupe and the dynamic time in which he lived and worked.

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Pedro Arrupe 2 of 5

A documentary made by Georgetown University on the life of the late Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe. Provides both an intriguing history of Arrupe and the dynamic time in which he lived and worked.

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Pedro Arrupe 1 of 5

A documentary made by Georgetown University on the life of the late Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Pedro Arrupe. Provides both an intriguing history of Arrupe and the dynamic time in which he lived and worked.

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Jason Evert On Twilight

Prominent speaker Jason Evert discusses the pros and cons of the Twilight books' view of relationships and dating.

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The Dump Him List

A video by Crysalina Evert highlighting some serious character flaws that should not be taken lightly when in dating relationships. These character flaws are presented as a good, quick list of things that teenage women should not tolerate.

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EWTn Live - Therese - the Movie - Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J. with Leonardo Defilippis - 12-08-10

EWTN hosts an actor, producer, and director for the film about Therese of Lisieux. They discuss the film and Therese's life and virtue.

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Video: Dorothy Day

This video briefly describes the character and actions of Catholic activist Dorothy Day.

 

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Fr. James Groppi and the Historic 1967-68 Open Housing Campaign in Milwaukee

A non-audio clip providing footage of and information on Fr. James Groppi, a Milwaukee priest and winner of a Pacem In Terris Award.

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10 Principles in the Social Teaching of the Church

Through pictures and quotations, this video clip underscores the central tenets of Catholic Social Teaching.

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Catholic Urban Project

A video depicting the work of the Catholic Urban Project.

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Catholic Relief Services - General Awareness Video

A video explaining the work of the Catholic Relief Services.

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Jason Evert - What is Chastity?

Prominent speaker Jason Evert provides a definition of Chastity.

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Jason Evert - Getting Over the Past

Prominent speaker Jason Evert discusses virginity and chastity and ways of overcoming past sexual mistakes.

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Jason Evert - Breaking the Porn Attraction

Prominent speaker Jason Evert explains the harm of pornography and ways of avoiding it.

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Jason Evert - Modesty and Romance

Prominent speaker Jason Evert discusses the psychology and morality of modesty and humility.

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Digital Story - Bartolome de las Casas

This video contains readings from the journals of Bartholome de las Casas, the priest who helped alter the inhumane treatment of Native Americans by the colonizers.

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Community in the Catholic Church

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the social nature of the Catholic Church, especially with reference to community and salvation.

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Discipleship versus Citizenship

This is a short article from the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the differences between citizenship and discipleship.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 7

This resouce is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who are or have been studying ecclesiology, especially the role of the Magisterium on matter of faith and morals.

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Church in the World - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the Church in the modern world, including contentious moral issues, politics, and evangelization.

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit

This worksheet is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can learn about the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and use their own words to describe what each gift is.

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An Examination of Conscience

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers great reflection questions for going through an examination of conscience, dividing the questions into those referring to love of God, and those referring to love of neighbor. This …

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The Essential Goodness of God's Creation and of Humanity

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the problem of evil, original sin, human freedom and the goodness of God's creation.

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Effects of Grace - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It presents information on the effects of sin and the effects of grace on human relationships with God, others, and self.

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The Prodigal Son A Story of Conversion

This worksheet is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can reflect on and answer questions about the conversion of the Prodigal Son.

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Vocabulary for Unit 8

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 8

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Paschal Mystery, especially the role of community and member of the Church to live out their call to …

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 8

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who are or have been studying the Paschal Mystery, especially with regard to discipleship, vocation, and holiness.

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What Makes a Person Holy?

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students must think critically about what habits make a person holy.

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Called to Holiness: Holiness in Modern Church Teaching

This article from the Living in Christ Series discusses holiness: what it is, who is called, and how to live it out. Both the Church and the people in it are holy.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 7

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Paschal Mystery, focusing especially one's relationship with God through prayer and community.

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Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience that all religious take as part of their vocation.

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Reflections on Suffering

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can reflect on their experiences of and response to suffering through this series of though-provoking questions.

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Vocabulary for Unit 6

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects about the Paschal Mystery, especially the themes of suffering, redemption, grace, and the model of Jesus.

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Common Beliefs about Suffering

This activity allows students to reflect on a series of questions about human suffering and God's participation in it. They can agree or disagree with various statements of commonly held beliefs about suffering.

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Understanding Suffering

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It gives a thorough introduction to the concept of suffering in the Bible using scripture passages.

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Redemptive Love in The Spitfire Grill

This worksheet is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can answer questions about the themes and characters in the movie, "The Spitfire Grill".

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Vocabulary for Unit 3

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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Redemptive Love: Simon Birch

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students watching the movie "Simon Birch" can use this handout to follow along and reflect on major themes in the film.

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Grace and Redemption in Film

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. It asks a series of questions about various characters and themes of grace, redemption and suffering. Suggested movies for this activity include "Amazing Grace" and "Dead Man Walking."

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Vocabulary for Unit 1

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for a final assessment for students who have been learning about the Paschal Mystery.

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Preassessment Statements

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers several statements with which students may agree or disagree as a preassessment tool for teaching the Paschal Mystery.

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Being Human - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It asks students to reflect on what it means to be human and how Jesus models the way to live fully alive.

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The Greatest Commandments - PowerPoint

This PowerPoint is part of the Living in Christ Series. It explores the Greatest Commandments, especially in the way they focus on God, other, agape, and the Ten Commandments.

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Where Have Jesus, Mary, the Apostles, Disciples, and Others Modeled the Ways to Discipleship?

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are asked to reflect on the discipleship modeled by Jesus, Mary, the Apostles, and others.

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Where Are You Right Now in Your Faith Life?

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students are asked to reflect on their own habits and practices in their spiritual journey.

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Matthew's Sermon on the Mount

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers an overview of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount through the lens of Matthew's Jewish audience and signifance.

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Faith: Three Definitions

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It discusses various definitions of faith, the relationships between faith and reason, and faith and religion.

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Free Will

This article is from the Living in Christ Series. It discusses the relationship between free will and grace, the conscience, character, and human choices.

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Salvation: Different Theories

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers an overview of some of the main theories of salvation, including the Prophetic, Sacrificial, Ransom, Divinization, Vicarious, Moral Exemplar, and Penal Substitution models.

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Check Your Understanding

This activity is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a review of several important terms and asks students to define, associate, and put the term into the context of Salvation History.

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Original Sin and Its Effects

This article discusses original sin, the effects of sin on relationships, and the criteria with which to make a moral judgment.

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Finding God and Being Found by God

This article is part of the Living in Christ Series. It discusses how God is revealed in humanity, creation, nature, the natural order, and the human conscience, and humanity is likewise revealed in God. It uses the Catechism of the …

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Leadership Statements

This worksheet is part of the Living in Christ Series. It includes several statesments about leadership in the Bible, including who's called, what skills are necessary, and what it takes to be a good leader.

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The Ten Commandments

This handout is part of the Living in Christ Series. It outlines the 10 Commandments, the meaning, and the book, chapter and verse at which they are found in the Bible.

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Vocabulary for Unit 6

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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Rubric for Final Performance Tasks for Unit 6

This rubric is part of the Living in Christ Series. It serves as a guide for assessing students on projects on the person of Jesus Christ, especially his teaching on morality and Christian lifestyle.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 6

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers various project ideas for students who have recently studied christology, especially the moral teachings and model of Jesus Christ.

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Reflection on the Greatest Commandments

This worksheet is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students can study and reflect on the Greatest Commandments: to love God with your whole mind, body and soul, and to love your neighbor as yourself.

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Vocabulary for Unit 5

This vocabulary list is part of the Living in Christ Series. Students may use it as a reference for key theological terms to know.

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Final Performance Task Options for Unit 1

This resource is part of the Living in Christ Series. It offers ideas for final assessment projects for students studying Christology, including revelation, the Church, and tradition.

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The Human Person

Student handout: Activity for chapter 5 decode

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Respecting Truth and Property

Activity for Chapter 37, complete the sentence

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Overview of Christian Morality and Justice Course

outlines course themes/sessions

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Jason Evert - Why Chastity?

Jason Evert speaks to youth about chastity, and why it's important, in a quick and understandable way.

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Porn - What's the Harm?

Jason Evert speaks with youths about pornography and its impact on love and relationships. This video addresses one of the most prominent issues for male adolescents, and is explained by one of the most relatable professionals.

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Where is now thy God? Reflections on Psalm 42:7-10

Where do we find God today? How are we to understand such happenings? Some might respond by saying that everything happens for a reason. I don't buy that. Some might respond by saying that it is all part of God's …

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November, National Child Safety Month: Preparing for safe and sacred places

Preparing for Safe and Sacred Places Some experts predict the presence of at least one abuser and one victim of abuse anytime there is a gathering focusing on this topic. Someone in your community might be experiencing abuse of some …

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November, National Child Safety Month: Preventing Abuse

Ongoing Prevention and Education Your community can do several things to inform, prevent, and respond to sexual abuse. The following are essential strategies you will want to incorporate into parish- or school-wide ministries: • All young people need to know …

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November, National Child Safety Month: Considerations in Ministry Planning

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Word-Association Exercise: Afterlife

(30 minutes) Prior to this exercise, have the all participants (including the facilitator) bring to the session a personal symbol. This symbol should be an object from among the participant's personal belongings that acts as a reminder of a much …

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Who Does the Movie Say Killed Jesus?

Much of the controversy about The Passion of the Christ centers around one question: Who killed Jesus? The Anti-Defamation League feels the movie lays the blame at the feet of the Jews. Mel Gibson, the movie's director, producer and cowriter, …

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Talking Hands--Personal Attitudes Toward Death

(10 minutes) 1. Have the participants assemble and sit in a circle. Introduce this activity as Talking Hands. Explain to the participants the signals that they will need to use. Tell the young people that each time they hear a …

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Unbound!

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January 22: Saying Yes to Life

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Self-Esteem and Sexual Activity: The Difference Between the Sexes

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently found a major difference between boys with hgh self-esteem and girls with high self-esteem. Boys with a high self-esteem were more likely to have engaged in sexual intercourse than boys with low self-esteem. Conversely, …

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Let's Prove Them Wrong!

12 September 2001 As the truth unfolds behind who committed these horrendous terrorist attacks against the United States, I pray that we--as individuals and a country--will have the strength and courage to think deeply before we lash out in anger …

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Why Is the World the Way It Is?

Why is the world the way it is? Why is it full of wrong? Why are her eyes so big? Why is his neck so long? Why is she so dark? Why am I so light? Why is she called …

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Moral Decision Making and Real-Life Applications

If you have used the Saint Mary's Press textbook Growing in Christian Morality, then you're familiar with the LISTEN process for making moral decisions. The process is introduced in the textbook and is used throughout the companion student casebook. LISTEN …

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On the Frontier of Justice in Ghana

"Africa has been the land of hope, salvation, and redemption. Abraham had come to Africa, Joseph from slave to savior. It was the land of refuge for Jesus and helped to carry his cross. Will we continue to dismiss Africa …

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Patch Adams - Movie Reflection

Patch Adams is a great movie to use with students! It is the fact-based story of Hunter "Patch" Adams, the founder of the Gesundheit Clinic. Robin Williams plays the lead character with grace and skill. Synopsis: After spending some time …

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The Color Purple

A CAUTIONARY NOTE: One of the criticisms of The Color Purple is that it depicts the men in the story as primarily abusive. Also, this movie is PG-13, mostly because of the violence and strong language. We recommend the movie …

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Until a "lack of discretion" do us part

Ever since the church got involved in the wedding ceremony, relatively late in Christian history, it has stood by its main belief about a marriage. It’s the consent of the couple that binds. SEVENTH IN A 10-PART SERIES ON CHURCH …

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Who's Sorry Now?

For those of us old enough to remember, the phrase, "Love means never having to say you're sorry," produces a wry smile. It takes but a moment of reflection to realize the profound untruth of this statement. Life without "I'm …

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Everyday Works of Mercy

Are you more Christian than you give yourself credit for being? My belief is that there are many like that--that many dedicated Christian people have compartmentalized their lives and have excluded important and central areas of their lives from what …

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Annulments:

Mary Sue Williams and Cathy Miettunen lived just a few blocks apart in a tree-lined, middle-class neighborhood in Saint Paul, Minnesota when both went through the Catholic Church's annulment process following their civil divorces. Williams and Miettunen belonged to the …

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The Death Penalty and the Catholic Conscience

Some proponents say the death penalty is biblical: "an eye for an eye." This moral theologian shows how they are misreading the Bible. If someone murdered your child or closest friend, what punishment would you want for the criminal? If …

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Evil Never Looked So Good

Do you think you're a victim? Do you avoid making judgments because you'll hurt someone's feelings? Do you feel betrayed by your wrinkles or your balding dome? Be careful. You might be cuddling up to heresy, which just had a …

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Letting Go and Letting God

*last name has been changed for this article Bernie Fenton* never minded that his office overlooked a cemetery. In fact, he kind of liked it. He'd glance up from his desk now and then catching glimpses of friends and family …

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Jubilee Transformation and the Call to Reconciliation

The jubilee tradition has many connecting themes. One powerful current that runs through all the themes is the transformative power of God at work, reshaping our hearts and restoring our world. The hopes of the jubilee tradition are also a …

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Peace: The Countercultural Value

Ours is a violent society. Furthermore, evidence strongly suggests that we are learning to accept violence as normal behavior. As a people, we appear to be increasingly indifferent to daily images of warfare, racial hatred and ethnic cleansing. Murder and …

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Thou Shalt Not Kill: The Church Against Assisted Suicide

Will we allow doctors to become accomplices in self-destruction? That's a question the U.S. Supreme Court is facing. The results of its decision will be felt everywhere. WHEN I FIRST SAW my 39-year-old friend Jim lying in a nursing-home bed, …

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The Ethics of Cloning

Amazing. Maybe it's because I can still be wowed by yet another Spielberg dinosaur film. Maybe it's because I find the processes of reproduction and the inner life of DNA to be as much about mystery as they are about …

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Litany of Forgiveness

Before the session, cut out each of the eight prayers and accompanying Scripture passages. Place each slip of paper in a separate small envelope and seal it. There are times at school, at home, at work, or in a group …

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Using Literature in Theology Classes

Editor's note: The author of our feature article, Kathleen Hodapp, was one of the participants in last summer's workshop "The Catholic High School As Faith Community," held here in Winona, Minnesota, as well as on the East Coast and the …

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Kinds of Relationships

Margaret Kueberth, a religion teacher at the Catholic High School of Baltimore, passed on two of her exercises that can be used in a sexuality or lifestyles course. The first exercise, which can be made into a handout, serves as …

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The Mirror Has Two Faces

We live in a culture obsessed with sex, and our students soak up that message in music, television, and film. I am astounded at how explicit the sexual dynamics, innuendo, and situations in typical teen dramas (witness "Dawson’s Creek," "Felicity," …

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Curriculum Offerings of Theology Departments

For a couple of years, Saint Mary’s Press sponsored a listserv discussion group online. Discussions on a variety of topics were pursued via e-mail. In this section of the web site, I summarize some of the highlights from these old …

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