The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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Task 3: Catechesis promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ.

Faith


Catechism

Moral

COL Reference


2064–2068

The Church teaches each person how to live a moral life.

165–166, 168–169, 180, 198, 260


391, 394–395

God created the angels as good. Some angels turned against God. Satan and the other demons battle against goodness.

212, 281

Record: Jesus Judges All




397, 404

The first human sin happened when Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, were tempted by the devil. They disobeyed God and lost God’s grace. Original Sin came into existence.

13–15, 36, 44

BLM: 5


FindingGod.com: Adam and Eve


357



God made each person in His image; each person has a mind and a free will. Each person can use their mind and free will to make choices to love or not to love.

13, 220–221, 288

FindingGod.com: Our Family Tree of Faith, An Interview with Thomas, One of God’s Gifts to Us




Personal sin is any thought, word, or action that is contrary to God’s law. A person may sin by failing to do something that they ought to do. This is known as a sin of omission. A person must freely and knowingly choose the wrong to commit a sin. A person cannot sin by accident.

141, 174

Record: Jesus Judges All




1811


Sacraments provide the grace and strength needed to confront and faithfully resolve moral dilemmas.


141, 180, 185, 250, 261

FindingGod.com: Sacramental Dictionaries, Blessings




1128


Cooperating with the graces of the sacraments assists in living out a moral life.


141, 180, 185, 261

FindingGod.com: Sacramental Dictionaries, Blessings



1731–1734

Freedom is the ability to choose the good. These choices bring great peace and joy.

167, 174, 198, 260–261

FindingGod.com: Facing Difficult Decisions, One of God’s Gifts to Us




1778, 1784

Each person’s conscience helps them to recognize what is right and wrong.

142, 144, 165–167, 169, 198, 256, 260




It is only through the teachings of the Church that a person learns what is right and wrong. If a person learns to follow the moral teachings of the Church, his or her conscience will be prepared to make the right decision in various situations.

165–166, 168, 180, 198, 256

FindingGod.com: Facing Difficult Decisions



2064–2068


Each person is obliged to form their conscience. The Ten Commandments and the Beatitudes give each person a guide by which to form their conscience.

20–23, 25, 30–31, 33, 36, 258–259, 283, 302

BLMs: 11, 12, 55

FindingGod.com: The Language of Truth, Acting as We Should, Beatitude People, Living the Beatitudes, Seeing the Good in Others, What Does It Mean?





We should take time to think and listen to our conscience before we act.

165–167, 169, 198





Temptation occurs in a person when they feel led to do something that is wrong.

166–168, 182, 213, 256

Record: Making Good Choices

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not Into Temptation, Overcoming Temptations Role-Play, The Devil Made Me Do It, Adam and Eve


1493, 1861


There are two types of sin. Mortal sin breaks a person’s relationship with God. Sanctifying Grace is no longer in the soul.

141, 158, 294, 297

FindingGod.com: Public Relations for Reconcilers



1320


For a sin to be mortal all 3 conditions must be met:

- It must be a serious offense against God.

- You must know it is wrong.

- You must freely choose to do it anyway.



141, 174, 297

FindingGod.com: Public Relations for Reconcilers



1863

Less serious sins are called venial sins. Although venial sins do not break the person’s relationship with God completely, they harm this relationship and weaken the will.

141, 297, 303

FindingGod.com: Public Relations for Reconcilers



1022

At the time of death we encounter Christ and experience the particular judgment. Depending upon how we have lived our lives, we will experience our final destiny which may be immediate or eventual eternal union with God or immediate eternal separation from God.

188–191, 193, 196–197

BLM: 63



1023–1024

Those who die united to God through the grace of a faithful life will experience heaven. Heaven is a perfect life in communion and love with the Trinity, the Blessed Mother, all the angels, and saints.

227–230

BLMs: 63, 72, 65



1030–1031

Those who die in God’s grace but still must undergo purification will experience purgatory. This is where one must be purified of sin and its effects so as to enter into the eternal Kingdom of God forever.

189–190, 193, 196–197

BLMs: 63, 65



1033–1034

Those who have chosen in life to reject God are without love. They choose to exclude themselves from communion with God for all eternity. This eternal life without God is called hell. Hell is the state of separation from God because each person is born with a desire for God. The pain of hell is sometimes likened to fire, however, the “fire” of hell is not physical material fire.

189, 193, 196–197

BLMs: 63, 65



1038–1039



At the end of time there will be the last judgment. All people, whether good or bad, will be gathered before Christ. In the presence of Christ the truth of each person’s life with God will be laid bare. Only God knows the day or the hour.

188–189, 191, 193, 196–197

BLMs: 63, 65

Record: Jesus Judges All


1803, 1833


Virtues strengthen the moral life. A virtue is a good habit and a strong decision to do what is right.


30–31, 260, 262

FindingGod.com: Faith, Hope, and Love, People of Virtue, Say It with Virtues, The Language of Hope, Vices and Virtues






Virtues need to be strengthened by constant practice. A virtuous person chooses to do good in all the actions of his or her life.

30–31, 144, 262

1804


A virtuous life leads to becoming like God. The moral virtues grow through education, deliberate acts, and perseverance in struggle. God’s grace purifies and strengthens us.

30–31, 260, 262

FindingGod.com: Faith, Hope, and Love, People of Virtue, Say It with Virtues, The Language of Hope, Vices and Virtues



1805

1806

1807

1808

1809

The Cardinal Virtues are:

    • Prudence

    • Justice

    • Fortitude

    • Temperance

144, 262

FindingGod.com: People of Virtue, Vices and Virtues






Prudence is correctly choosing what should and should not be done.


260, 298

FindingGod.com: People of Virtue, Vices and Virtues






Justice is giving every person what belongs to them.

291

FindingGod.com: People of Virtue, Vices and Virtues





Fortitude is having the courage to stand up for what you believe in the proper time and place.

69, 288

FindingGod.com: People of Virtue, Vices and Virtues





Temperance finds moderation in various types of pleasure. Too much pleasure distracts from the appropriate need for God in one’s life.

302

FindingGod.com: People of Virtue, Vices and Virtues



1812–1813,

1814, 1817,

1822

The Theological Virtues are:

    • Faith

    • Hope

    • Charity

262

FindingGod.com: Faith, Hope, and Love, People of Virtue, Say It with Virtues, The Language of Hope, Vices and Virtues






The Theological Virtues are supernatural gifts from God. We cannot develop or strengthen these virtues on our own but must ask God for His grace and help.

262

FindingGod.com: Faith, Hope, and Love, People of Virtue, Say It with Virtues, Vices and Virtues, Little Flowers for God






Faith is believing in God. Through faith we accept the entire message of Jesus and enter into a personal relationship with Him.

220–221, 288

FindingGod.com: Faith, Hope, and Love, People of Virtue, Say It with Virtues, Vices and Virtues, Our Family Tree of Faith, An Interview with Thomas, Little Flowers for God






Hope allows us to trust that God will be true to His promises and we will have eternal life because God wills it.

FindingGod.com: Faith, Hope, and Love, People of Virtue, Say It with Virtues, The Language of Hope, Vices and Virtues, Little Flowers for God




Charity, or love, is the greatest of the virtues. It allows us to love God and to love our neighbor out of love for God.

FindingGod.com: Faith, Hope, and Love, People of Virtue, Say It with Virtues, The Language of Hope, Vices and Virtues, Little Flowers for God

2521–2522

When we practice the virtue of chastity we dress modestly, and act and speak in ways that are respectful of God’s creation of the human person.

182, 184–185

BLM: 61


2340–2341, 2348–2350

The virtue of chastity ensures that our thoughts, words, attitudes, and actions respect the beautiful gift of God’s love which He gives to a man and a woman in the Sacrament of Matrimony.

182, 184–185

BLM: 61




Task 4: Catechesis teaches the Christian how to pray with Christ. F




Catechism

Prayer

COL Reference


2566–2567

Every heart has a desire for God. God is constantly inviting us into a special relationship with Him. This begins and grows through constantly being attentive to the life of prayer.

236

Record: Making Good Choices, The Incarnation, The Prayer of Saint Ignatius, The Eucharist, Called to Holiness

FindingGod.com: Friendship with Jesus, Growing in Prayer, Praying Your Emotions



2564,

2653



Prayer is a loving communication with God. Prayer helps each person to develop and strengthen their relationship with God, leading them to live a good and holy life.

236

Record: Making Good Choices, The Incarnation, The Prayer of Saint Ignatius, The Eucharist, Called to Holiness

FindingGod.com: Friendship with Jesus, Growing in Prayer, Praying Your Emotions



2031



Being faithful to prayer and worship leads to the grace of living a moral life.

180–181

Record: Making Good Choices, Called to Holiness

FindingGod.com: Yarn-Web Prayer



1174



It is important to develop a habit of prayer. Praying in the morning and evening strengthens the habit of prayer.

BLM: 49

FindingGod.com: Experiencing the Liturgy of the Hours, Friendship with Jesus, Yarn-Web Prayer




2617–2618,

2676–2677



A very special person to go to in prayer is Mary. She will intercede for each person with her son Jesus Christ. The “Hail Mary” is a special prayer to Mary because it tells who she is and asks her to pray for us during our life and at the time of our death.

111, 244–247

BLM: 40


FindingGod.com: Rosary Prayer Cloths, Praying the Hail Mary in a Group



1742


The Rosary is a special prayer that asks for Mary’s help. In the Rosary a person should recall the mysteries of Christ’s life. Some of these mysteries are special events in His life such as: His birth, His presentation in the Temple, and His passion, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven.

111, 244–247

FindingGod.com: Rosary Prayer Cloths






God's grace, when accepted, gives each person the strength always to do what is right and good.

180–181, 185

Record: Making Good Choices, Called to Holiness

FindingGod.com: Yarn-Web Prayer



2626, 2643



There are five types of prayer:

blessing and adoration, petition,

intercession, thanksgiving, and praise.

136, 236

FindingGod.com: Growing in Prayer, Honoring Jesus with a Gift of Prayer, Litany of Love, Personal Prayer





2626


The prayer of blessing and adoration has two parts:
The prayer of blessing is our response to God’s gifts. God blesses each person and is the source of all blessings. In return the human heart blesses God.

56–57, 136

FindingGod.com: Personal Prayer




2628


Through the prayer of adoration a person acknowledges that he or she is a creature before God our Creator.

136

FindingGod.com: Personal Prayer



2629


Through the prayer of petition we ask God for forgiveness or various favors.

134–135, 137, 253

FindingGod.com: Hear Our Prayers



2637


The Church prays the greatest prayer of thanksgiving through the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The word Eucharist means thanksgiving.

127, 133–135

FindingGod.com: Eucharistic Prayers




2639

The creed is a statement of things we believe. We pray the Nicene Creed at Mass.

47, 87, 241, 295

BLM: 16


FindingGod.com: Illustrated Dictionary, Creed Tic-Tac-Toe
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