The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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Lesson 7—Living Chastity




2331–2365, 2380–2400, 2514, 2533

The Sixth Commandment and the Ninth Commandment—“You shall not commit adultery.” and “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.”


251–252, 271, 341, 343

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, What Holds You Back?


2351–2359

The sixth and the ninth commandment instruct us to live a life of chastity.

251–252, 271, 341, 343, 350

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, What Holds You Back?


2521–2522


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.

164, 251–252, 271, 341, 343, 350

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?



2340–2341, 2346–2350

Adultery, lust, impure thoughts and actions, homosexual behavior, immodest dress and behavior, and pornography are all offenses against the sixth and ninth commandments.

251, 347

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?



1643


God has given marriage two main purposes: to help a husband and wife grow in love, and to help Him bring children into the world. God has given sexual intercourse two similar purposes: to unite a husband and wife in love, and to make it possible for them to help Him bring children into the world.

251–252, 164, 341, 343

BLM: Unit 3

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?


1650

When a couple marries they promise to each other, and the community, that they will be faithful to each other “in good times and in bad” (from the marriage vows). In the beginning God made man and woman to be joined to one another; this bond instituted by God cannot be broken by any person. For this reason the Church echoes the words of Christ, “whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mark 10:11–12).

164, 251–252, 341, 343

BLMs: Unit 3

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?





God wants sexual intercourse and all forms of sexual intimacy saved for marriage.

251–252, 164, 341, 343

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?






Contraception is morally wrong because it separates the love-giving and life-giving purposes that God has joined together in sexual union.

251–252, 164, 341, 343

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?






To practice the virtue of chastity, each person should cultivate modesty. Modesty means dressing, speaking, and acting in such a way that one does not draw attention to one’s sex appeal or arouse sexual desire in another person.

151–152, 341, 343, 350

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?







St. Maria Goretti is a twentieth-century model for us of the virtue of chastity.







Much of the entertainment available in our culture contradicts the Christian vision of love and sexuality, and degrades the dignity of human beings.

251–252




The kind of love that enables one to say “no” to sexual activity before marriage, however attractive or available, is the kind of love which will best prepare a person for marriage.

151–152, 341, 343, 350

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?






The strength to live a loving and chaste life comes from our personal relationship with Christ. Daily prayer, frequent reception of the sacraments, and devotion to Mary help us to develop a close personal relationship with Christ.

151–152, 341, 343, 350

Reflection: Living in Relationship

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?





Lesson 8—Respecting Truth and Material Goods




2401–2463

The Seventh Commandment“You shall not steal.”


257b, 257c, 259, 264

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



2401


This commandment guards against theft of goods or anything that is rightfully due to someone.
For example: Downloading music or movies off the internet without paying does not give the company or the artist what is due to them for their product.

257b, 257c, 259, 264

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



2415–2416


The seventh commandment also promotes respect for all of creation. All of creation was entrusted to the care of humankind. Therefore, each person must care for the earth and for the animals. Think of St. Francis and his great love of the animals.

174, 257b, 257c, 259, 264, 307

BLMs: 3-3, 5-3, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Praising Creation





To harm God’s creation with the intention of causing havoc or pain is not respecting the world we have been given and our role as stewards.
For example: To maliciously harm an animal, to watch it suffer, is wrong and differs greatly from killing an animal for the purpose of obtaining food.

174, 257b, 257c, 259, 264, 307

BLMs: 3-3, 5-3

FindingGod.com: Praising Creation


2464–2513

The Eighth Commandment—“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

267b, 267c, 269 –270

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, What Did You Say?



2468


A lie is speaking an untruth with the intention of misleading or deceiving.


267b, 267c, 269 –270

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, What Did You Say?



2482


This commandment instructs each person to always tell the truth.

267b, 267c, 269 –270

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, What Did You Say?



2477


Human beings are social and must respect each other and each other’s reputations.

267b, 267c, 269 –270




To gossip, or to speak untruths or harmful things about another does not respect their dignity and goes against the eighth commandment. This includes assuming that something scandalous is true without reason and spreading the rumor, disclosing another’s faults without a valid reason, or spreading a known falsehood about someone.
For example: To tell your friend’s parents that he is abusing alcohol, out of concern for his well-being, is a valid reason for disclosing another’s fault. To share his faults with another classmate, however, does not help the friend, and is information that does not need to be shared with a peer.

267b, 267c, 269 –270

FindingGod.com: What Did You Say?



2534–2557


The Tenth CommandmentYou shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.”


267b, 267c, 269 –270

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets





The tenth commandment forbids greed, avarice, and envy.

89, 267b, 267c, 269 –270, 341

BLMs: 2-3, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Vices and Virtues





Greed is the desire to obtain earthly goods without purpose or limit.

89, 267b, 267c, 269 –270, 89, 341

BLMs: 2-3, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues


2536


Avarice is the desire to obtain goods for the temporal power they possess.

89, 267b, 267c, 269–270, 341

BLMs: 2-3, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues


2539

Envy refers to the sadness felt at the sight or thought of another’s good fortune and the intense desire to obtain the goods despite the cost.
For example: Mark is envious of Tommy’s new baseball cap. Instead of being happy for him, he throws Tommy’s hat in the mud, ruining the hat.

89, 267b, 267c, 269–270, 271, 272, 273, 341, 353

BLMs: 2-3, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues





God told us the greatest commandment was to love one another. By treating each other with respect and love we follow this commandment and in turn show a greater love for God through our love of His creation.

320, 355

BLMs: 3-3, 5-3

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Praising Creation





Lesson 9—Living a Moral 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

Reflection: Called by Name






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

74, 147, 235, 345

Record: The Man Born Blind

BLMs: 3-3, 5-2

FindingGod.com: Litany of Love, Read for Life






Living a moral life gives the proper respect to each person. It is the key to fulfillment and happiness in this life.

226, 248–250, 254, 255, 340, 342, 360




The Beatitudes




2055

Jesus wanted to show how to live a happy life by keeping the covenant. He gave us the two Greatest Commandments which sum up the Ten Commandments:

The first, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind.”

And the second, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”


130–132, 134, 320, 321, 355

1716–1729


In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us the Beatitudes. They are at the heart of the teachings of Christ.

130–132, 134, 321, 349, 367

FindingGod.com: Beatitude Prayers, Living the Beatitudes, Beatitude People



1717


“Blessed” refers to true happiness and joy that comes from knowing and believing that God is our Father. True spiritual joy and happiness can be found by following God’s way shown through Jesus’ life on earth.

FindingGod.com: Beatitude People, Beatitude Prayers, Living the Beatitudes




The Beatitudes are:


  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

    • How happy and joyful are the people that know they are created by God. As God’s creatures they must trust and depend on God, following His teachings.




  • Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

    • How happy and joyful are the people who know that life on earth is not forever. Suffering and hardship are part of the journey because sin entered the world. By caring for others, forgiving others, and always choosing good, people will know the joy of God.




  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.

    • How happy and joyful are those who have a humble heart. They know their own weakness and their need for God. They know with God’s help they must control their passions. They become meek when they depend upon God to help them to be good and wise at all times.



  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

    • Happy and joyful are those who want total goodness more than anything else. This demanding Beatitude is a continual wish and desire for goodness. This constant hunger for truth and doing what is right will bring great satisfaction.




  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

    • How happy and joyful is the person who can have empathy and full understanding of what others are experiencing. Their heart will respond with care and concern. God became man in Jesus, so that Jesus Christ, during His human life, could touch people with divine love.




  • Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

    • How happy and joyful are the people whose motives are truly good. They want only to do good and have an unselfish love in all they do. They only want the best for others. They will see God’s goodness on earth and forever in heaven.




  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

    • How happy and joyful are the people who make peace happen in their everyday lives. They make the world a better place; they keep peace in their hearts, and have goodness and love in all their relationships with people.




  • Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    • How happy and joyful are those who can be like Jesus in their everyday life. They can suffer persecution as Jesus did. They choose Jesus over the world and all it offers. Others can be mean and say what is not true about them. They know in God’s eyes what is true and they will find their happiness forever in heaven. They might have to stand alone on earth but they can be assured that Christ will be with them.

130–132, 134, 321

BLMs: 3-2, 3-3

FindingGod.com: Beatitude People, Beatitude Prayers, Living the Beatitudes





Virtues




1804


Virtues strengthen the moral life. A virtue is a good habit that helps us to do what is right.

79–81, 82, 205, 323, 370




Human virtues need to be strengthened by constant practice. A virtuous person strives to choose to do the moral good in all the actions of his or her life.

79–81, 82, 205, 323, 370




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.

79–81, 82, 205, 323, 370

1805–1809


The Cardinal Virtues are:

Prudence

Justice

Fortitude

Temperance

139c, 205, 355, 358, 364

BLM: Unit 4



1806


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

205, 364, 368

1807

Justice is giving God and every person what is rightly theirs.

139c, 205, 358

1808


Fortitude is having the strength to do what is right when it is difficult, such as the courage to stand up for what you believe in the proper time and place.

205, 355

1809


Temperance is having the moderation to do what is right when our desires for pleasure would have us do something else; it means finding the proper balance in our lives.

205, 368

1812–1814, 1817, 1822


The Theological Virtues are:
Faith

Hope

Love (Charity)

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80–81, 271–272, 350, 354, 356

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



1812–1813

The Theological Virtues are infused by God’s grace.


42–43, 44–46, 47, 80–81, 271–272, 350, 354, 356

FindingGod.com: Faith, Hope, and Love, Vices and Virtues






The Theological Virtues are supernatural gifts from God. They cannot be developed or strengthened on their own. God must be asked for His grace and help.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80–81, 271–272, 350, 354, 356

FindingGod.com: Faith, Hope, and Love, Vices and Virtues



1814–1816

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

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80, 354

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

Reflection: Living in Relationship

BLMs: 1–4

FindingGod.com: Faith, Hope, and Love, Love Mobiles, The Language of Hope, Vices and Virtues





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

80–81, 356

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






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.

81, 271–272, 350

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






Lesson 10—Living Justice and Service







Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy




2145


God calls each person to be witnesses of Christ to the world by imitating Christ and sharing His teachings. This must come from a true love and respect for God.

370

Record: The Man Born Blind

Reflection: Called by Name

FindingGod.com: They’ll Know I’m a Christian, What Does Courage Look Like?



2447


Each person is called to love and care for people in both body and spirit.

370

Reflection: Called by Name

FindingGod.com: They’ll Know I’m a Christian





Jesus and the saints demonstrate how a person can serve those in need.

10, 26–27, 42, 86, 99–100, 106, 111, 185, 306–308, 370

Record: The Man Born Blind, The Feeding of the 5,000

FindingGod.com: They’ll Know I’m a Christian


2447


The Works of Mercy are ways of serving our neighbor by aiding them in their spiritual and bodily needs.

323, 351, 368

FindingGod.com: They’ll Know I’m a Christian, Works of Mercy






When done willingly, the works of mercy are ways to imitate Christ and come to know God more.

323, 351, 368

FindingGod.com: They’ll Know I’m a Christian, Works of Mercy






There are many people in the world who do not have enough money to afford a house, clothes, or food for their family. Those who have their bodily needs fulfilled are called to freely share with those in need.

323, 351, 368

FindingGod.com: Family Shields, Family Unity, They’ll Know I’m a Christian






Acts of charity are difficult and will often not be accompanied by immediate good feelings, but the true joy of service will be found in heaven.

81, 323, 351, 368

FindingGod.com: They’ll Know I’m a Christian


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