The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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


124, 163

FindingGod.com: Learning to Say Yes



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.

124, 163–64

FindingGod.com: Mary, Mother of Sorrows




356–361, 371, 1701–1702

Image of God and Human Dignity
God created human persons in His own image and likeness. God created men and women as equals. God intends that men and women complement each other and be for each other.

14–15

BLM: Unit 1

FindingGod.com: Praising Creation



357


Because God created each person, they posses a dignity that is uniquely special. They are 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 and they experience a love that no human person can give. Faith believes what cannot be seen. This mystery of faith is lived in this life, a journey of love and service.

68, 137, 351, 352, 354, 360


364


The body of a person shares in the Image of God because it is united with a soul.

105c, 367


365

We must respect every person because they are made in the image and likeness of God.

39, 49, 113, 237b, 237c, 241–243, 245, 345


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

80, 227c, 355



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.

80, 228–230, 340

BLM: Unit 5






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


80–81, 228–230, 340

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think





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


80–81, 228–230, 340

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think


1712


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

80–81, 228–230, 340

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think


1731


Freedom makes each person responsible for their choices.

280–81, 228–230, 340

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think


1734


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

227c

1746



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

80–81, 228–230, 340

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think



1749–1750


Morality
Morality teaches about the goodness or evil of each person’s behavior. The ability to choose between right or wrong is a free choice.


230, 237c, 239, 240, 340, 342

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think



1750–1752,

1754


What makes something moral?
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.

237c, 239, 342

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think



1755


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


237c, 239, 342

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think



1753, 1759


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


237c, 239, 342

Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think



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.

342


1756, 1761


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

237c, 239



1776, 1954


How to determine if something is right or wrong
We are born with an internal code of law. This law is called natural law and is part of our human nature.


230, 237c, 239, 361

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think; What Holds You Back?; What did You Say?




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


230, 237c, 239, 361

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think; What Holds You Back?; What Did You Say?






Even though we are instilled with natural law not everyone clearly recognizes it.
For example: Human beings instinctively know it is wrong to kill another human being. In the case of abortion, this natural law is not recognized.

361

1777


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


227c, 230, 239, 240, 340, 343, 351

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think; What Holds You Back?; What Did You Say?


1783–1785


A conscience that has been well formed will help you 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.

227c, 230, 239, 240, 340, 343, 351

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think; What Holds You Back?; What Did You Say?



1776


It is very important to form your conscience in order to make good judgments that lead you to a moral life.


227c, 230, 239, 240, 340, 343, 351

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think; What Holds You Back?; What Did You Say?





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.


230, 237c, 239, 240, 340, 342

227c, 230, 239, 240, 340, 343, 351

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think; What Holds You Back?; What Did You Say?




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


227c, 230, 239, 240, 340, 343, 351

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning To Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; What’s the Message?; You Are What You Think; What Holds You Back?; What Did You Say?



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

11c, 13–14, 23, 65b, 71, 80–81, 231–232, 252, 253, 343

Record: The Story of Creation; Ruth and Naomi

FindingGod.com: Growing in Prayer





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.

311, 312, 313, 350, 351, 353, 366

BLM: 5-5





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

23, 52–54, 90, 231–232

BLMs: 2–4

FindingGod.com: Boxes of Hope; Trust Box





The covenant relationship requires that we live in such a way to demonstrate we are followers of Christ. Living a moral life is a large part of the Christian life.


175, 188, 230

BLMs: 3-3, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning to Be Truthful; The Language of Truth; Vices and Virtues; What Did You Say?; You Are What You Think





God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments as laws for His covenant with them.

13, 227b, 227c, 313, 340, 369





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


234, 236, 322, 340

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets





Our relationship with God is the focus of the first three commandments.


227b, 234, 228–30

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets; Family Sundays; Seeing the Good in Others



2084


The First Commandment – “I am the Lord, your God: you shall not have strange gods before me.”

227b, 228, 322

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



2110


The first commandment calls us to love God above all other things.


227b, 228, 234, 322

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets; Seeing the Good in Others



2112


Putting anything before or loving anything more than we love God is idolatry. Idolatry does not just mean worshipping statues or other gods, but putting more time and effort in the pursuit of power, popularity, money, or pleasure than our relationship with God.

227b, 228, 234, 322

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets






The false idols we put before God cannot satisfy us and will lead us to an unfulfilled life.


227b, 228, 322

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



2142


The Second Commandment – “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.”


227b, 228–229, 322

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



2144


We must show great respect for God and for His name. To misuse God’s name shows a loss of respect due to God.

227b, 228–229, 322

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets; Seeing the Good in Others





To speak in vain means to say something that has no importance or positive result.

227b, 228–229, 322

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets; Seeing the Good in Others




2148

To show contempt or to use the name of God, the Church, or saints in an offensive way is blasphemy.


227b, 228–229, 322, 349

FindingGod.com Commandment Booklets; Seeing the Good in Others




2149


Perjury is lying under oath. To call upon God, the Speaker of truth, to be the witness to a lie is a serious offense.




2168


The Third Commandment – “Remember the Sabbath day.”

227b, 227c, 229, 235, 322, 338, 365

BLM: Unit 5

Finding God.com: Commandment Booklets


2177–2183


For Catholics, the Sabbath is on Sunday. Attending the Sunday Eucharist is a part of setting Sunday aside as a day of rest for God.


227b, 227c, 229, 235, 322, 338, 365

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Seeing the Good in Others; Preparing for Sunday; Family Sundays: Commandment Booklets



2199


Honoring Family
The Fourth Commandment - “Honor thy father and mother.”

2337b, 237c, 238–39, 245, 246, 271, 322

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



2214–2219


We honor our parents by giving them: obedience, respect, gratitude, and assistance.


155, 237b, 237c, 238–239, 245, 246, 361

FindingGod.com: Seeing the Good in Others; Commandment Booklets; Walking in Their Shoes




2256

Obedience is not required if the request is to do something known to be morally wrong.

237b, 237c

2234


The fourth commandment includes respecting other authority figures established for the public good, such as: most adults, teachers, counselors, coaches, youth leaders, priests, and civil authorities.

155, 237b, 237c, 238–239, 361

FindingGod.com: Seeing the Good in Others; Commandment Booklets; Walking in Their Shoes






Everyone’s Dignity
Because all humans were made in the image and likeness of God, all people have dignity and deserve to be treated as such. We must respect everyone else and treat them as we would want to be treated.

39, 49, 52–54, 55–56, 68, 113, 137, 320

FindingGod.com: Seeing the Good in Others






Being made in the Image of God implies that human life is sacred.

39, 49, 113, 137, 237b, 237c, 241–243, 245, 345

FindingGod.com: Seeing the Good in Others



2258


The Fifth Commandment - “You shall not kill.”


237b, 237c, 241–243, 245, 246

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets; Read for Life






This commandment calls us to respect life and protects the dignity and sacredness of human life.


39, 49, 113, 137, 237b, 237c, 241–243, 245, 246, 345

FindingGod.com: Seeing the Good in Others; Read for Life; Commandment Booklets




This commandment calls us to respect all aspects of the human person, their mind, body, and soul.


49, 237b, 241, 245, 246

FindingGod.com: Seeing the Good in Others; Read for Life



2268–2269, 2270–2274, 2276–2279, 2280–2283

Murder, abortion, suicide, euthanasia, and unjust war are all sins offenses against the dignity of human life.


237b, 237c, 242, 243, 245, 246

BLMs: Unit 2, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Read for Life



2284


To act in a way that leads others to sin is disrespectful of the other person and their soul. Scandal is behavior or an attitude that leads another person to sin.

239, 243

FindingGod.com: Read for Life





2288–2291

To dare someone to act in a sinful way or to bribe or threaten someone leading them to sin does not respect their spiritual life and dignity.

239, 243

FindingGod.com: Read for Life






Bullying does not respect the dignity of another person. To maliciously make fun of someone or to violently threaten them does not give their feelings or body the respect that is due to them.
For example: Melanie might make fun of the way Jill dresses in her older sister’s clothes. She does this to feel better about herself because she does not dress the way Jill does. When Jill comes in the next day with a fashionable outfit Melanie comments on how cute it is that Jill is trying to be fashionable, putting Jill down once again. Melanie is not loving or respecting Jill and her attempts to be loved and respected fail because no one wants to be friends with someone who has a reputation of being mean.

243

FindingGod.com: Read for Life





2288–2291

Excessive or abusive use of food, alcohol, or drugs does not show the proper respect of the human body.

368

FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues






The Sixth Commandment – “You shall not commit adultery.”


247b, 237b, 248, 255, 256, 257c, 271, 322

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets




The Ninth Commandment – “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.”


267b, 272–273

BLM: 5-1


FindingGod.com Seeing the Good in Others; Commandment Booklets


2340–2341, 2346–2350


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

155, 247b, 247c, 248–50, 255, 256, 350

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?; True Love; Seeing the Good in Others; Commandment Booklets


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.


247b, 247c, 248–250, 255, 256

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?; True Love; Seeing the Good in Others





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

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: What Holds You Back?; True Love; Seeing the Good in Others





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