The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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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 of 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 mankind. Therefore, we must care for the earth and for the animals. Think of St. Francis and his great love of the animals. 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, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Be a Peacemaker! Week, Commandment Booklets, Praising Creation





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

267b, 267c, 269 –270

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



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This commandment instructs us to always tell the truth.

267b, 267c, 269 –270

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



2482


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?



2468


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

267b, 267c, 269–270

BLM: 3-3


2477


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 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 a person 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

BLM: 3-3


FindingGod.com: What Did You Say?




The Tenth Commandment—“You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.”

267b, 267c, 269–270

BLM: Unit 5

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


2534


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


2536


Greed is the desire to obtain earthly goods without purpose or limit. Avarice is the desire to obtain goods for the temporal power they possess.

89, 267b, 267c, 269–270, 89, 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: Praising Creation





Virtues




1804


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

79–81, 82, 205, 323, 370




Virtues need to be strengthened by constant practice. A virtuous person chooses to do 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

FindingGod.com: Learning to Be Truthful



1805–1809


The Cardinal Virtues are:

~ Prudence

~ Justice

~ Fortitude

~ Temperance


139c, 205, 355, 358, 364

BLMs: Unit 4



1806


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

205, 364, 368

1807

Justice is giving every person what is rightly theirs.

139c, 205, 358

1808


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

205, 355

1809

Temperance is finding the proper balance between pleasurable things and God.

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






The Theological Virtues are infused in us 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



1812–1813

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.

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. Faith is accepting what we cannot see but believing in it because of God’s revelation through Jesus Christ. 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, People of Virtue, The Language of Hope, Vices and Virtues


1817–1821


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



1822–1829


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






Grace and Forgiveness




1811


As human beings we are not perfect and living a moral life is not an easy task. We do not need to despair, however, because God has given us a great gift. He offers us His forgiveness and His grace.

86–87, 91, 161, 184–185, 190, 226, 248–250, 254, 255, 340, 342, 366

FindingGod.com: Learning to Be Truthful






If we are truly sorry for our sins and ask for God’s forgiveness, we can be assured of God’s pardon and continued love.

87, 88, 89–90, 337, 344, 366

FindingGod.com: Forgive Us Our Trespasses






God gave us the beautiful gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation so that we might confess our sins, be absolved of their stain, and receive sanctifying grace.

87, 88, 89–90, 337, 344, 366

BLM: Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Twenty Questions


2000


Sanctifying grace comes from God to heal the wounds of sin on our soul and return us to a state of holiness.

206–208, 366

FindingGod.com: A Model of Holiness






Grace is not earned by being good, but is what aids us to do good.

45, 355, 366




God is always giving us graces. We just need to accept them.

45, 355, 366




The Sacrament of Reconciliation




1485–1498


Reconciliation is the sacrament by which we receive God’s merciful forgiveness for our personal sins. In the story of the Prodigal Son, Jesus teaches that no matter what the sin, all a person must do is repent and God will always offer forgiveness. Through the absolution of the priest we reconcile with God, the Christian community and each other.

87, 88, 89–90, 337, 344, 347, 363, 364, 366

BLM: Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Public Relations for Reconcilers, Twenty Questions


1425


The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a gift to help us strengthen our relationship with God because of our inclinations to sin.

87, 88, 89–90, 337, 344, 366

BLM: Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Twenty Questions


1493, 1785

Before we receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation we must examine our conscience.

89, 343, 354

FindingGod.com: Twenty Questions



1491


There are four actions in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. For the one receiving the Sacrament there are three actions: contrition, confession of sins, and reparation. The priest performs the action of absolution.

87, 88, 89–90, 337, 344, 347, 351, 366

BLM: Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Twenty Questions


1422


The Sacrament of Penance is an opportunity to encounter a God of mercy through the person of Jesus Christ.

87, 88, 89–90, 337, 344, 366

BLM: Unit 2

FindingGod.com: Christ’s Body





The human heart is made for God and true happiness is found when we follow the way of Christ.

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us




The greatest gift for each person is to know and accept God’s love.

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us




Our conscience helps us recognize what is right and wrong.

248–250, 255, 340, 342, 351

Reflection: Paying the Price

FindingGod.com: Language of Truth, Lead Us Not Into Temptation


1778


Sin wounds our relationship with God and His Church.

89, 367

BLMs: 2–3



40


Sin can weaken and destroy our life as God’s sons and daughters.

89, 367

BLMs: 2–3






Mortal sin destroys the very life of God within us.

341, 360

1858–1859

Mortal sin results in a serious loss of grace. “We cannot be reunited with God unless we freely choose to love Him. But we cannot love God if we sin against Him against our neighbor or against ourselves…To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining separated from Him forever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called “hell” (CCC 1033).

341, 360


1855, 1863


Venial sin strains our relationship with God. It does not break our covenant relationship with God or deprive us of God’s grace, but weakens our relationship with Him.

89, 341, 369




Monthly confession, even in the absence of mortal sin, strengthens our relationship with God.

87, 88, 89–90, 337, 344, 366




In order to receive the Sacrament, one must confess all mortal and venial sins.

87, 88, 89–90, 337, 341, 344, 366




The Sacrament of the Eucharist




1323


The Holy Eucharist is a sacrifice and a sacrament. It is a sacrament which re-presents in the Mass the sacrificial death of Christ and His Resurrection making it possible for us to eat His Body and drink His Blood.

214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336

1341


The celebration of the Eucharist is an “oneness in time” with the Last Supper and Calvary. “Do this in memory of me.”

214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336

1334


The Eucharist is the “source and summit of the Christian life, because it contains the Church’s entire Christian treasure that is Christ Himself.”

237c, 239, 244


1337–1344


There is a scriptural basis for the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The accounts are given in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.

214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth, Who Do You Say I Am?



1333, 1544


The Eucharist is prefigured in the Old Testament by the people of Israel eating unleavened bread every year at Passover, the sacrifice of Isaac, and Yahweh providing manna from heaven.

214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336

FindingGod.com: How It Came to Be



1406–1419


The Eucharist is the sacrament in which the Lord Jesus Himself, under appearances of bread and wine, is present, offered and received. By this sacrament, the Church lives and grows. Emphasis needs to be placed on the real presence of Jesus under the appearance of bread and wine. We gather at the Eucharistic celebration to praise and thank the Father, to receive God’s word and to celebrate Jesus’ Paschal Mystery. Jesus feeds us with His Body and Blood making us one with Him and each other. The Eucharist is the greatest of the sacraments of the Church.

64, 108, 109, 162, 217, 298–299, 365, 362

1376–1377, 1413


In the Sacrament of the Eucharist, Christ is truly present through His Body and Blood under the appearances of bread and wine. He becomes present through transubstantiation which means that the bread and wine are transformed into the very Body and Blood of Christ. This happens during the Eucharistic prayer, through the action of the Holy Spirit and through the words that the priest prays. It is through this transformation that Christ totally comes to us through the receiving of Holy Communion.

214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336, 356, 369

FindingGod.com: Eucharistic Prayers






To receive Christ in the Eucharist, one must be in the state of grace. This means to be free from any serious sins.

214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336

FindingGod.com: Forgive Us Our Trespasses






Each person is required to fast from food and drink, except water and medicine, for one hour before receiving the Holy Eucharist.

214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336

BLM: 5-3


1385


Because Christ is truly present in the Eucharist one must receive Him with great reverence. This includes a bow of the head, reception on the tongue or in a clean cupped hand, and the response “Amen”.

214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336

1379


Jesus Christ is truly present in the Eucharist as long as it has the appearance of bread and wine. Consecrated hosts are reserved in the Tabernacle for Adoration and bringing Communion to the Sick.

214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336




The appropriate reverence to the Tabernacle is a genuflection or a bow of reverence.

368

1411


Only validly ordained priests and Bishops can preside at the Eucharist and change the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.

150–151

1392


Just as the food we eat gives us bodily life, so the Eucharist nourishes our spiritual life.

214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336


1393–1395, 1397

The effects of receiving the Eucharist:

It strengthens our union with Christ and each other.

Forgives venial sin and “preserves us from mortal sin.”

It impels us to serve the poor as we recognize Christ in them.



214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336

BLM: 3-3


FindingGod.com: Forgive Us Our Trespasses




After we receive the Eucharist, we should spend the time of thanksgiving recognizing Christ within us. Christ remains present in us about nine minutes from the time we receive the consecrated host into our bodies.

214, 215, 217, 218, 221, 238, 299, 336
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