The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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Plan A

Junior High Morality

Task 3: Catechesis promotes moral formation in Jesus Christ.


Catechism

Content

COL Reference




Lesson 1—Living as a Creature of God







Desire for God







God is love; in Himself He lives a mystery of personal, loving communion as Father, Son, and Spirit. We call this mystery the Holy Trinity.

9, 10, 35–37, 38, 55

BLM: Unit 1

FindingGod.com: Community of Love


1


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

121, 124, 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, 121, 124

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.”

44–46, 48, 121, 124




It is the purpose of each person to fulfill their natural desire for God. Only in God can lasting joy and peace be found in this life and in the next.

121, 124, 353




Image and Likeness of God




356–361, 371, 1701–1702

God created human persons in His own image and likeness. Each person is a unity of body and soul.


258, 263

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us






God made man and woman for each other, equal as persons but different so that they can help and complement one another. Original sin wounded the relationship between man and woman, weakening the perfect trust, respect, and love that once existed between them.

178, 229–230, 341, 362

357


Because God created each person in His image and likeness, they posses a dignity that is uniquely special. Each person is called to experience a covenant relationship with God. God’s part of the covenant is steadfast love and fidelity. Each person fulfills their part of the covenant relationship when, through faith, they say “yes” to God. Faith believes what cannot be seen. This mystery of faith is lived in this life as a journey of love and service.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80

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

Reflection: Living in Relationship

BLMs: 1–4

FindingGod.com: Our Family Tree of Faith





The human person is the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake, rather than as simply a means to some other end. This dignity distinguishes us from the rest of creation and makes human life infinitely more precious than any other form of life.

56

BLMs: 3-3, 5-4

FindingGod.com: Praising Creation





Every human person is endowed with an immortal soul and created for eternal happiness. Our souls have the spiritual powers of reason and free will. Our reason enables us to understand what is right and good, and our free will enables us to choose it.

248–250, 255, 340, 242

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not Into Temptation





Because we are created in the image and likeness of God who is Love, our fundamental vocation in life is to become a loving person. “To love is to will the good of another” (St. Thomas Aquinas). This means that we can only find happiness and fulfillment as human beings when we sincerely give of ourselves for the good of others. (cf Gaudium et Spes, 24)

74, 147, 235, 345

Record: The Man Born Blind

BLMs: 3-3, 5-2

FindingGod.com: Litany of Love, Messages of Hope and Healing, Read for Life



365


The human person is both a bodily and a spiritual being. The human body is meant to express the person and shares in our vocation to love.

251–252, 350

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us






Every person deserves respect because they are made in the image and likeness of God.

157, 201

BLMs: 5-2, 5-4






Freedom and Responsibility







God created human beings with all the faculties necessary to reach their final goal of union with Him.

122, 160–161

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us






Men and women have been given free will. This distinguishes them from animals, which live by their instincts. Animals cannot freely choose.

41c, 357




God willed that each person He created be given the freedom to choose. This freedom can bring happiness or unhappiness. Freedom is used appropriately when God’s law of love and goodness are chosen.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80

Record: The Transfiguration

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





Free will, through the ability to think, recognizes that good choices or bad choices can be made.

41c, 139b, 250, 357

1712


True freedom comes from living in God’s image and likeness.

41c, 139b, 250, 357

1731


Freedom comes from being able to know, and will, what is good.

41c, 139b, 226, 248–250, 254, 255, 340, 342, 357

1734


Freedom makes each person responsible for their choices.

41c, 139b, 226, 248–250, 254, 255, 340, 357

1746


Ignorance, stress, or psychological weakness can affect a person’s responsibility.

340–342




People have the responsibility to form their consciences to learn what is right or wrong.

139b, 250, 226, 248–250, 254, 255, 340, 357

BLM: Unit 5






Original Sin







Adam and Eve were tempted to disobey God and His commandment to them. When they chose to break their covenant with God they committed the first sin. We call this sin original sin.

178, 229–230, 341, 362

BLM: 1-1





Adam and Eve broke their covenant with God and they were justly punished by the loss of paradise, original grace, original holiness, and original justice.

178, 229–230, 341, 362

BLM: 1-1





Part of their punishment was that all their descendants would be born with the stain of original sin. The effect of original sin is a tendency towards sin called concupiscence.

178, 229–230, 341, 362




The effects of original sin, our concupiscence, make 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.

89, 178, 229–230, 341, 362

BLM: 2-3





Out of love for His creation, God promised that a Savior would come and redeem the world. Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of this promise. He came to suffer and to merit, on behalf of creation, the chance at eternal life.

107, 108, 176, 353

BLM: 4-1





By becoming man, dying, and rising again, Jesus reunites creation to God.

107, 108, 176




His sacrifice makes it possible for all people to grow in holiness and to eventually meet their final goal of union with God in Heaven.

107, 108, 176, 353

FindingGod.com: A Model of Holiness






Lesson 2—Living as a Follower of Christ







Natural Law




1776, 1954–1955

Human persons participate in the wisdom and goodness of the Creator. The natural moral law, present in the heart of each person and established by reason, enables us to discern between good and evil. It hinges upon the desire for God and submission to Him, who is the source and judge of all that is good, as well as upon the sense that the other is one’s equal.

226, 248–250, 254, 255, 340, 342, 361




To live a moral life is to be fully human because natural law, which dictates morality, is part of our very nature as humans.

248–250, 255, 340, 242, 361

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not into Temptation






Even though each person is instilled with natural law not everyone clearly recognizes it. One of the effects of original sin is that we do not always see clearly what is right and good, and our ability to choose what is right and good is weakened.
For example: Human beings instinctively know it is wrong to kill another human being. In the case of abortion, natural law is not recognized.

134–135, 229–230, 247–257, 341, 347, 361

FindingGod.com: Read for Life



1777


Each person must listen to their conscience because it helps them recognize what is right and wrong.

248–250, 255, 340, 342, 351

Reflection: Paying the Price

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not Into Temptation, Learning to Be Truthful, You Are What You Thinking





Living in a Covenant with God







God is the source of all good. It is through Him that everything exists, lives, and breathes. Because of His great gift, each person owes Him their love and honor.

355, 121, 270


1961, 1967

God made a covenant, a sacred promise, with Moses and the people of Israel. With the coming of Jesus, God made a new covenant in Jesus Christ. A covenant is an agreement between God and His people.

12–14, 122, 160–161, 311–312, 313–314

Record: The Transfiguration

BLM: Unit 3





In this covenant God promises to care for His people and give them eternal life. This is a display of God’s unconditional love.

12–14, 122, 160–161, 311–312, 313–314

Record: The Transfiguration

BLM: Unit 3





The covenant relationship requires that each person live in such a way that demonstrates they are followers of Christ. Living a moral life is a large part of the Christian life.

143, 156, 226, 248–250, 254, 255, 340, 343

Record: The Man Born Blind, Paul Writes to Philemon

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body, Jesus Wants You, Lead Us Not into Temptation


2052–2054, 2061

God gave His Chosen People the Ten Commandments so they could understand how to live their part of the covenant. God’s part of the covenant is unfailing love and faithfulness. Each person should respond to God by obeying the Ten Commandments and living out the Beatitudes.

89, 130–132, 134, 232–233, 239, 241–243, 244, 245, 251–252, 259, 264, 269–270, 271–272, 275, 311 320, 321, 322

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Hear, O Israel, Seeing the Good in Others, Read for Life, Walking in Their Shoes, True Love, Learning to Be Truthful, What Did You Say?, Beatitude Prayers, Living the Beatitudes, Beatitude People






The Ten Commandments




1962


God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments as part of His covenant with them.

89, 311, 313, 322, 369




The Ten Commandments are laws of the new covenant as well.

89, 311, 313, 322, 369

1955


The principal precepts of natural moral law are expressed in the Ten Commandments.

89, 311, 313, 322, 360




The Precepts of the Catholic Church




2041–2043

The precepts of the Church are the minimum obligations for all Christians.

322, 338, 363

FindingGod.com: Come and Worship



2042

The precepts are:

To attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation.

To confess sins at least once a year. (Anyone conscious of a mortal sin should seek reconciliation immediately.)

To receive Holy Communion at least once a year during the Easter season.

To observe the proscribed days of fasting and abstinence.

To help provide for the needs of the Church.



90, 322, 337, 338–339, 363

BLM: 5-3


FindingGod.com: Come and Worship, Sacraments Dictionaries, Forgive Us Our Trespasses





Lesson 3—Making a Moral Decisions







Conscience Formation




1783–1785

A conscience that has been well formed will help each person make sound, rational decisions that follow the good. However, someone with an ill-formed conscience may have a harder time discerning the good or may not recognize the good altogether.

248–250, 340, 342

Reflection: Paying the Price

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning to Be Truthful, You Are What You Think, Lead Us Not into Temptation



1776


It is very important for each person to form their conscience in order to make good judgments that lead to a moral life.

89, 248–250, 340, 342, 343

Reflection: Paying the Price

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Language of Truth, Learning to Be Truthful, You Are What You Think, Lead Us Not into Temptation



1784


The formation of the conscience is a life-long process which takes time and effort.

248–250, 340, 342, 351

Reflection: Paying the Price

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Language of Truth, Learning to Be Truthful, You Are What You Think, Lead Us Not into Temptation



1784–1785

The conscience can be formed through instruction, acts of virtue, prayer, reading the Word of God, and the right witness and advice from others.

248–250, 340, 342, 351, 370

Reflection: Paying the Price

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Language of Truth, Learning to Be Truthful, You Are What You Think, Lead Us Not into Temptation






God gave all people the gift of the Church to guide them in the formation of their conscience. 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. Through the sacraments, God gives graces to help strengthen the people of God to make the right decision to be a loving person.

149b, 153

BLM: Unit 5






Each person should take time to think and learn to listen to his or her conscience before they act.

248–250, 340, 342, 351

Reflection: Paying the Price

FindingGod.com: Learning to Be Truthful, You Are What You Think, Lead Us Not into Temptation





Practicing an examination of conscience each night and before the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a good practice that helps form the conscience by recognizing where we fall and what virtues we should focus on to help strengthen us against temptation.

89, 143–144, 250, 343, 351

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not into Temptation, Twenty Questions


1750

What makes something moral?

226, 248–250, 254, 255, 340, 342

1751


There are three elements that determine the morality of a human action:

The object—the action itself


The intention—the end or purpose the person intends
The circumstances—the situation surrounding the act
For example: You are at a birthday party for your friend Susie. Your gift to her is a book by her favorite author because it will make her happy. The circumstance is the birthday party. The object is the action of gift giving. The intention is to make someone happy. All three of these elements are morally good; therefore this is a moral act.

248–250, 342

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not Into Temptation


1755


A morally good act must involve both a good object and intention.

248–250, 342

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not into Temptation


1753, 1759


Good intentions do not make an immoral object good. However, bad intentions can make a good object morally bad.

248–250, 342

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not into Temptation


1754


Circumstances cannot make an act morally good or bad, but they can increase or decrease the degree of moral goodness or evilness of the action.

248–250, 342

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not into Temptation


1756, 1761


Some actions are always wrong despite the intention or circumstances, because they go against the natural moral law.

248–250, 342, 360

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not into Temptation





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