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Finding God, Grade 7

Correlation to Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines
Legend:

Page numbers reference Student Edition or Teacher Edition



Record references Guided Scripture Stories

Reflection references Guided Reflections

BLMs reference Blackline Master numbers

FindingGod.com references activities found via the Finding God online activity finder

Plan A

Junior High Christology

Task 1: Catechesis promotes knowledge of the faith.


Catechism

Content

COL Reference




Lesson 1—The Trinity





234

The Trinity is one God in three fully united and fully distinct Persons.

9, 10, 35–37, 38, 55

BLM: Unit 1

FindingGod.com: Community of Love


235–237



The Trinity is the central mystery of the faith.


9, 10, 35–37, 38, 55

BLM: Unit 1

FindingGod.com: Community of Love



The three Persons of the Trinity are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

9, 10, 35–37, 38, 55

BLM: Unit 1

FindingGod.com: Community of Love



St. Patrick used the shamrock as a visual aid to teach about the Trinity.




254


“God is one but not solitary (Fides Damasi: DS 71).” Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are distinct from one another.


9, 10, 33–34, 35–37, 55, 67, 68

Record: The Man Born Blind, The Transfiguration

FindingGod.com: Community of Love


255


The distinction lies “solely in the relationships which relate them to another.”


9, 10, 33–34, 35–37, 55, 67, 68

Record: The Man Born Blind, The Transfiguration

FindingGod.com: Community of Love





God is the Father of Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit eternally proceeds from the Father and the Son.


35–37, 38, 31–41, 55, 67, 68

Record: The Man Born Blind

FindingGod.com: Community of Love


254


The Trinity is one God fully united as one.


9, 10, 33–34, 35–37, 55, 67, 68

Record: The Man Born Blind, The Transfiguration

FindingGod.com: Community of Love


255–256


Each of the divine persons is God wholly and entirely: all three share the same attributes of all-loving, eternal, etc. “Because of that unity the Father is wholly in the Son and wholly in the Holy Spirit; the Son is wholly in the Father and wholly in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Spirit is wholly in the Father and wholly in the Son (Council of Florence [1442]: DS 1331).”

35–37, 369

BLM: Unit 1

FindingGod.com: Community of Love





Jesus teaches us about the attributes of God. He teaches us that God is loving, caring, healing, forgiving, true, just, etc.

9, 10, 33–34, 55, 67, 68, 121, 124

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body



238–242

God the Father







The First Person of the Trinity is God the Father.


31b, 31c, 35–37

FindingGod.com: Community of Love






God the Father is the source of all that is, visible and invisible.

355, 121, 270


232–233, 249

God is Father to all those baptized as His adopted sons and daughters.

214

BLM: Unit 4



1257, 1260, 1261

God is the Father of mercy and also cares for all the un-baptized.

134, 357, 358




God the Father’s love is faithful and eternal.

31c ,121, 124

422, 461

God the Son







The Second Person of the Trinity is God the Son.


35–37, 199, 351

FindingGod.com: Community of Love






The Son of God is eternal. He has existed eternally in union with God and the Holy Spirit. Yet, He became incarnate in Jesus Christ in human history.


35–37, 63, 64, 66, 68, 176, 199, 351, 369

Record: The Man Born Blind

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body, A Community of Love


252

Jesus Christ is both fully true God and true man.

67, 69–71, 73, 124, 199, 351, 369

430, 456–469, 484–487

Jesus Christ is Son of God, true God, one with the Father.


63, 64, 66, 68, 176

Record: The Man Born Blind

FindingGod.com: Community of Love





Jesus Christ is Son of Mary, true man. He is the perfection of who we are created to be.

67, 69–71, 73, 124, 160

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body



517, 651–658

Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer.


105c, 107, 108, 173c, 176

Record: The Man Born Blind

BLM: 4-1


243–248

God the Holy Spirit







The Third Person of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life.

35–37, 356

FindingGod.com: Community of Love



689–690, 727–730

The Holy Spirit is only fully revealed by Jesus Christ.


52–53, 194–195

FindingGod.com: Community of Love






The Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier of the Church and Her members through the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit.

270, 303, 323, 355

FindingGod.com: Holy Spirit Candles



32, 731–741, 1830–1832

The Holy Spirit spoke through the prophets and came to Mary and the apostles, after the Ascension, on the feast of Pentecost.

206, 279, 301–304, 363

BLM: 1-1


Record: The Transfiguration




The Holy Spirit comes into our lives at Baptism. At Confirmation we receive additional gifts of the Holy Spirit.

206–208, 303, 323, 351

BLM: Unit 4

FindingGod.com: Gifts of the Holy Spirit





Lesson 2—Seeing with the Eyes of Faith




1


God created each person to share His blessed life and is always with them everywhere they go.

12–13, 347, 352

27, 30


God desires to have a special relationship with each person. He is constantly drawing each person closer to Him in a deep friendship.


42–43, 44–46, 47, 80

Record: The Feeding of the 5,000, The Transfiguration

Reflection: Living in Relationship


27–28, 30


There is a desire and thirst for God in the heart of every human person that can only be satisfied by God. St. Augustine of Hippo said, “You have made us for yourself, Oh Lord. And our heart is restless until it rests in you.”

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80

Record: The Feeding of the 5,000, The Transfiguration

Reflection: Living in Relationship





Human beings are created with free will. Free will allows each person to accept or reject God’s invitation to share their life with Him.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 355

FindingGod.com: Letters of Belonging






Free will is the capacity to make a reasonable choice. It is a grace and a gift from God that enables each person to freely give themselves to each other and to God.

41c, 347, 355





God does not force us to be close to Him and love Him; instead, He allows us to choose Him.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 347, 355

Record: The Transfiguration

FindingGod.com: Letters of Belonging, Our Family Tree of Faith


29


A person can exercise his or her free will and try to find other ways to satisfy their longing for God. When each person sins they freely choose to do things that hurt their relationship with God.

41c, 121, 124, 347, 355




Temptations are things from outside or within a person that lure them to sin. Sin separates a person from God.

89, 139c, 143–144, 257c, 367, 369




The effect of Original Sin, concupiscence, makes it more difficult to make good choices. Because of concupiscence a person can be mistaken into believing sinful choices are good choices. Sin limits the ability to give and receive love.

178, 229–230, 341, 362




The Father sent His Son, Jesus, to overcome sin so that each person can love God and live the life of Faith.

143, 156

Record: The Man Born Blind, Paul Writes to Philemon

BLM: 4-1

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body, Jesus Wants You



153


Faith is a supernatural gift that allows each person to respond to God’s love. It is a grace. Grace is God’s activity in each person’s life.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80

Record: The Transfiguration

FindingGod.com: Letters of Belonging, Family Tree if Faith


150


Faith is a “yes” to God allowing each person to give his or her entire self to God in a special relationship with Him. Faith is the proper response to God who first loved.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354

Record: The Transfiguration

FindingGod.com: Letters of Belonging, Our Family Tree of Faith


150


Faith is a personal act of commitment to God through Jesus Christ and in the Holy Spirit.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354




Every person has the freedom to believe or not believe what is revealed in Scripture and Tradition about God. True faith is believing everything God has revealed. Faith is not picking and choosing those things we like to believe and disregarding those things we dislike.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354

158


“Faith seeks understanding (St. Anselm). Faith should lead each person to desire a deeper and better understanding of God. Understanding develops over time and will not be completed until seeing God face to face. As understanding grows faith grows as well.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354

Reflection: Face to Face

BLMs: 1–4





The priceless gift of faith can be lost through carelessness or sin.


89, 139c, 143–144, 257c, 367, 369

144


Faith enables each person to enjoy on earth the very life of God. Faith in this life is the beginning of eternity. “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1)

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354

148


Mary is the supreme model of faith. She trusted God would protect her as He carried out His plan in her life.

120–121, 174–176, 286–287, 315–317

FindingGod.com: Learning to Say Yes, Mary, Mother of Sorrows






It is for her obedient “faith that all generations have called Mary blessed.” (Luke 1:48)

27, 287, 359

FindingGod.com: Mary, Mother of Sorrows



494


Mary’s “yes” to the message of the angel gives us inspiration to say, “yes.”

120–121, 174–176, 286–287, 315–317

FindingGod.com: Learning to Say Yes, Mary, Mother of Sorrows



148–149

Mary’s faith never wavered. She never doubted that God would fulfill His word. Mary is an example of the supreme fulfillment of faith.

27, 287, 359

FindingGod.com: Mary, Mother of Sorrows






Lesson 3—What the New Testament tells us about Jesus




30


The search for God requires the whole mind, will, heart, and the help of others who can aid the search for God, such as, parents, priests, and teachers.

150–151

BLMs: 3–4

FindingGod.com: Messages of Hope and Healing


30


The human person’s openness to truth and beauty, sense of moral goodness, freedom, voice of conscience, and longing for eternity and happiness provoke questions about God’s existence.

255, 340, 351, 360

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us



31–32, 35–36


The existence of God can be known through the natural world. We are able to learn and encounter God through our ability to reason and through what is revealed by the life of Jesus Christ.

121

37–38


God’s Revelation is necessary to teach what exceeds humans’ limited understanding about religious and moral truths. The Church clarifies these truths with firm certitude.

121, 160–161, 233, 365




The coming of Jesus Christ reveals information about the mystery of God and the mystery of the human person. Pope John Paul II said, “Jesus tells us what it means to be human.”

121, 153–154, 270




Much of God’s Revelation has been written down in the Scriptures by human authors through God’s inspiration and the rest is preserved in Tradition.

15–16, 23, 357, 365

FindingGod.com: Bible Covers






Divine Inspiration




105, 135


Divine Inspiration is the gift of the Holy Spirit that enabled both the human writers and God to be true authors.

22–24, 15–16, 357

106, 108–114

The human authors wrote with the language and thinking of their time. To fully understand what the writers intended to communicate; we need to study the conditions and use of language at the time. Sacred Scripture is relevant to all people of all times because of the deeper meaning God communicates through them.

15–16, 23, 357, 365

107


Because God is the author of Scripture, everything the Bible says on matters of Revelation, faith, and our salvation are true. This attribute is called inerrancy.

15–16, 23, 357, 365

BLM: Unit 1

FindingGod.com: Bible Covers, What’s the Solution?





Sacred Scripture







The Bible consists of the Old Testament and New Testament.

12, 13, 14, 311–312, 313–314, 315–317, 349, 366

BLMs: 1–2



121–123, 138


The Old Testament is the name given to the 46 books at the beginning of Scripture that record salvation history before the coming of Christ.

12–14, 311–312, 313–314, 361

BLMs: 1–2

FindingGod.com: How It Came to Be


121–123


It is called “Old” because it tells of God’s teaching and actions before the coming of Jesus Christ who is the fullness of Revelation. It also focuses on the Old Covenant between God and the Jewish people. It contains the Pentateuch, the Historical books, the Wisdom books, and the Prophetic books.

12–14, 122, 160–161, 311–312, 313–314, 361

BLM: 1-1


120, 124–127


The New Testament is the name given to the 27 books which record the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and some writings of the early Church. It contains the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Epistles or letters, and the Book of Revelation.

14, 22–24, 171–172, 194, 196, 238, 302–303, 312, 314, 315–317, 318, 347, 353, 355, 361

BLMs: 1–2, Unit 5



125, 129

The Gospels







The Gospels occupy the central place in Scripture:

They proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Word of God, the definitive revelation of God.

They contain a record of the life of Jesus Christ and of His teachings and redeeming work.

The Gospels lead us to accept Jesus Christ in faith and apply His teachings to our lives.



22–24, 355

BLM: Unit 1

FindingGod.com: Who Do You Say I Am?


126


There are three stages in the formation of the Gospels. 1) the life and teaching of Jesus, 2) the oral tradition, and 3) the written Gospels.

21b, 22–24, 355




The authors of the Gospels are called the Evangelists. The four Evangelists are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. These names are used as the titles of the Gospels they each wrote.

23, 354, 355

BLMs: 1-3, Unit 1, 2-1, 3-1, 4-1

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth





The Synoptic Gospels is the name given to the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke because of the verbal and sequential agreement between the three.

314, 368

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth






The Synoptic Gospels were written during the late first century. Mark was written approximately during the years A.D. 63–70. Luke was written in A.D. 70–90 overlapping with Matthew written in A.D. 80–100.

314, 368

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth


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