The Catholic Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana Catechetical Curriculum Guidelines



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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.

27, 287, 359

FindingGod.com: Learning to Say Yes, Mary, Mother of Sorrows






Image of God and Human Dignity




356–361, 371, 1701–1702


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.

25, 263

BLM: 3–3



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.

42–43, 44–46, 47, 80

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

Reflection: Living in Relationship

BLM: 3–3


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


364


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

74, 147, 235, 345

Record: The Man Born Blind

BLMs: 3–3, 5–2

FindingGod.com: Litany of Love, Read for Life



365


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

157, 201

BLMs: 3–3, 5–2, 5–4

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





Free Will







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 choices can be made, good ones or bad ones.

41c, 139b, 250, 357




Freedom and Responsibility







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

41c, 139b, 250, 357



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

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




Freedom makes each person responsible for their choices.

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




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

340–342




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

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




Morality




1749–1750

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

226, 248–250, 254, 255, 340, 342

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not Into Temptation






What makes something moral?







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

248–250, 342

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not Into Temptation


1750

1. the object – the action itself

248–250, 342

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not Into Temptation


1751

2. the intention – the end or purpose the person intends

248–250, 342

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not Into Temptation


1752

The circumstances – the situation surrounding the 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 something 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

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






How to determine if something is right or wrong




1776, 1954

We are born with an internal code of law. This law is called natural law and is part of our human nature.

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

FindingGod.com: Read for Life






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

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

FindingGod.com: Lead Us Not into Temptation, Read for Life






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.

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

FindingGod.com: Read for Life



1777


Each person must learn to 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


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.

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





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

89, 248–250, 340, 342, 343

Reflection: Paying the Price

BLM: Unit 5

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



1776


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.

149b, 153

BLMs: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Learning to Be Truthful





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

89, 255, 340, 343




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.

355, 121, 270





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.

12–14, 122, 160–161, 311–312, 313–314

Record: The Transfiguration



1961, 1967


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.

12–14, 122, 160–161, 311–312, 313–314

Record: The Transfiguration






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.

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





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

89, 311, 313, 322, 369


1962


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

89, 311, 313, 322, 369




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

89, 232–233, 239, 244, 311, 322

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



2084


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

209, 232–233

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets


2110


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

209, 232–233

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets


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.

209, 232–233

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets





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

209, 232–233

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets





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

89, 233

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



2142


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


89, 233

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



2144


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


89, 233

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



2148


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

233, 349

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets



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.

233

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets






Honoring Family




2199


The Fourth Commandment—“Honor thy father and mother.”

205, 241–243, 245

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Walking in Their Shoes


2214–2219

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

205, 241–243, 245

BLM: Unit 5

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets


2256


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

237c, 209, 361

BLM: Unit 5



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.

157, 201, 205, 241–243, 245

BLMs: 3-3, 3-4, 5-2, 5-4, Unit 5

FindingGod.com: 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.

74, 147, 235, 345

Record: The Man Born Blind

Reflection: God’s Dream for Us

BLMs: 3-3, 5-2

FindingGod.com: Litany of Love, Read for Life





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

74, 147, 235, 345

Record: The Man Born Blind

BLMs: 3-3, 5-2

FindingGod.com: Litany of Love, Read for Life






The Fifth Commandment—“You shall not kill.”

129c

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Read for Life



2258


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

74, 147, 235, 345

Record: Paul Writes to Philemon

BLMs: 3-3, 5-2

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Litany of Love, Read for Life






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

74, 147, 129c, 235, 345

Record: Paul Writes to Philemon

BLMs: 3-3, 5-2

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Litany of Love, 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.

135, 247–257, 341, 347, 354

BLM: 3-3


FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, 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.

BLM: 3-3

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Read for Life






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.

BLM: 3-3

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Read for Life



2288–2291


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.

BLM: 3-3

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Read for Life



2288–2291


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

BLM: 3-3

FindingGod.com: Commandment Booklets, Read for Life






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

251–252, 341, 343

BLM: Unit 5

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





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

271, 341, 343

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



2340–2341, 2346–2350

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?






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.

247b, 251–252

BLM: 3-3


FindingGod.com: Praising Creation






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