The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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The Seventh Commandment – “You shall not steal.”


257b, 258, 262–63, 265, 266, 322

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets; The Language of Truth




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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, 258, 262–63, 265, 266, 322

BLM: 5-1


FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets; The Language of Truth



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.

19, 54, 61 87, 257b, 257c, 258, 262, 263, 266, 346

BLMs: Unit 1, 2–3

FindingGod.com: The Language of Truth; Praising Creation; Commandment Booklets





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


267b, 267c, 268–70, 272, 274, 275, 276, 322

Record: Reflecting the Holy

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets; The Language of Truth; What Holds You Back?; What Did You Say?; Learning to Be Truthful; Seeing the Good in Others



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This commandment instructs us to always tell the truth.


267b, 267c, 268, 270, 274, 274, 275, 276, 322

Record: Reflecting the Holy

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets; The Language of Truth; What Holds You Back?; What Did You Say?; Learning to Be Truthful; Seeing the Good in Others




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


267b, 267c, 269, 274, 275, 276

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: The Language of Truth; What Holds You Back?; What Did You Say?; Seeing the Good in Others; Learning to Be Truthful


2468


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


267b, 267c, 269, 270, 274, 275, 2776

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: The Language of Truth; What Did You Say?; Seeing the Good in Others; Learning to Be Truthful



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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 wellbeing, 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, 268, 269, 270, 274, 275, 276

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: The Language of Truth; What Did You Say?; Seeing the Good in Others; Learning to Be Truthful





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


267b, 272–273, 275, 276, 322

BLM: 5-1


FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets


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The tenth commandment forbids greed, avarice, and envy.


267b, 272–73, 275, 276, 353

FindingGod.com: The Language of Truth; Seeing the Good in Others; Commandment Booklets



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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.


267b, 272–73, 276

FindingGod.com: The Language of Truth; Seeing the Good in Others; Commandment Booklets





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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.

267b, 272–73, 276, 353

FindingGod.com: The Language of Truth; Seeing the Good in Others; Commandment Booklets




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.

227c, 236, 295, 320

BLMs: 3-3, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: The Language of Truth; Words That Heal; Seeing the Good in Others; Litany of Love



1804

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

139c, 155, 272, 323, 370

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues; People of Virtue





Virtues need to be strengthened by constant practice. A virtuous person chooses to do good in all the actions of his or her life.

139c, 155, 272, 323

FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues; People of Virtue






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.

139c, 155, 272, 323

FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues; People of Virtue




1805–1809


The Cardinal Virtues are:

~ Prudence

~ Justice

~ Fortitude

~ Temperance


139c, 272, 323

BLM: 3-2


FindingGod.com: Vices and Virtues




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

139c, 272, 364

FindingGod.com: People of Virtue




1806


Justice is giving every person what is rightly theirs.


139c, 261, 272, 358

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: People of Virtue



1807


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


139c, 272, 355

BLM: 5-1


FindingGod.com: What Does Courage Look Like? ; Wall of Opposition; Persons of Courage; People of Virtue

1808


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

139c, 368

FindingGod.com: People of Virtue




1809


The Theological Virtues are:

~ Faith

~ Hope

~ Love (Charity)



139c, 272, 323

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



1812–1814, 1817, 1822


The Theological Virtues are infused in us by God’s grace.


139c, 272, 323

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



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.

139c, 272, 323

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




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.

11b, 16–17, 20, 354

BLM: Unit 1, 3-5

FindingGod.com: Faith, Hope, and Love





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


11c, 17, 90, 105c, 108, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115–116, 356

Record: The Risen Jesus Meets Thomas

BLMs: 2-4, 2-5, Unit 2

FindingGod.com: The Language of Hope; Faith, Hope, and Love



1817–1821


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.

52–54, 65b, 70, 71, 73, 90–91, 231–232, 234, 242, 244, 262

BLMs: Unit 2, 5-1, 3-2, 3-3, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Love Mobiles; Litany of Love; Faith, Hope, and Love


1822–1829


Grace and Forgiveness

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.



26, 65c, 151, 183c, 203b, 204–206, 209, 210, 211, 354, 355

BLMs: 2-4, Unit 4, 5-1

FindingGod.com: Forgive Us Our Trespasses


1811

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.




26, 151, 203b, 205–206, 209, 210, 211

BLMs: 2-4, Unit 4, 5-1

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.


26, 183c, 203b, 203c, 205–206, 291, 337, 344, 366

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

183c, 185, 366


2000


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

183c, 347, 366




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

65c, 183c, 347, 355



1485–1498

The Sacrament of Reconciliation
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.

26, 203b, 203c, 205–206, 291, 337, 344, 347, 354, 363, 364, 366

FindingGod.com. Public Relations for Reconcilers






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


26, 203b, 203c, 205–206, 291, 337, 366

BLM: Unit 4

FindingGod.com: Public Relations for Reconcilers


1425


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

342, 343, 344, 354

FindingGod.com: Twenty Questions



1493, 1785


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.

26, 203b, 203c, 205–206, 291, 344, 347, 351, 366

FindingGod.com: Twenty Questions




1491


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

26, 203c, 205–206, 211, 212, 291, 337, 366

FindingGod.com: Twenty Questions




1422

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

324



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

28, 48, 71, 80–81, 252, 253




Our conscience helps us recognize what is right and wrong.

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

BLM: Unit 5




1778

Sin wounds our relationship with God and His Church.

80, 110, 204, 206, 341, 367

BLM: 4-2





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

110, 203b, 203c, 206, 272, 341

40

Mortal sin destroys the very life of God within us.

110, 203b, 206, 341, 360


1858–1859

For a sin to be mortal the following conditions must be met:

It must be a serious matter

You must know it is wrong

You must act with full consent of your will



110, 203b, 206, 341, 360




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).

105b, 105c, 110, 307, 360

BLM: Unit 2




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.

203b, 206, 341, 369

1855, 1863

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







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

203b, 203c, 206




The Sacrament of the Eucharist
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.

123, 159c, 173b, 173c, 175, 176, 193b, 193c, 194–196, 198–199, 200, 201, 202, 295, 336, 353

BLM: Unit 4





1323

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

175, 194–196, 198–199, 200, 201, 202

Record: Lasting Presence





1341


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


134, 193a, 196, 201, 202

BLM: 4-3


FindingGod.com: Eucharistic Prayers; Source of Strength


1334


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

173b, 174, 175, 193b, 193c, 194, 195, 196, 197, 315–317

FindingGod.com: To Tell the Truth





1337–1344



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.

173c, 174–75, 193c, 194–195

FindingGod.com: Source of Strength





1333, 1544,

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.

159c, 175, 176, 193b, 193c, 194–196, 198–199, 200, 201, 202, 336, 364

Record: Lasting Presence

FindingGod.com: Source of Strength



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.

172, 193b, 196, 198, 199, 201, 202, 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.

70, 183c, 199




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

354




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”.





1385


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.

176, 193b, 195–196, 198–199, 336, 364


1379

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

355


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

134, 213b, 198

BLM: 4-3





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

176, 193b, 193c, 194–196,199, 201, 202, 336

Record: Lasting Presence

FindingGod.com: Source of Strength

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