A Christian Vision of Full Humanness

  • How do human beings try to make themselves more powerful, “like gods”?
  • Discuss 3-5 choices you freely made and acted on today. Describe in detail how you are responsible for each of these choices.
  • What does it mean to say the human beings are “made in God’s image”?
  • What does God’s unconditional love for us mean?
  • Write about an experience in which you were affected by another person’s acceptance or rejection of you.
  • Link to a news story that illustrates the negative effects of being deprived of human love. Write a brief commentary of the article and title it “How Could Love Have Made A Difference.”
  • List the Ten Commandments. For each, describe in a sentence or two how that commandment is include in the great commandment of love.
  • Define the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love.
  • Name the four cardinal virtues.
  • Which of these seven virtues does the world today need most?

What We Hunger For

Our souls are not hungry for fame, comfort, wealth or power. Those rewards create almost as many problems as they solve. Our souls are hungry for meaning, for the sense that we have figured out how to live so that our lives matter, so that the world will be at least a little bit different for our having passed through it … If a person lives and dies and no one notices, if the world continues as it was, was that person ever really alive? I am convinced that it is not the fear of death, of our lives ending, that haunts our sleep so much as the fear that as far as the world is concerned, we might as well never have lived. — Rabbi Harold Kushner

What does Kushner mean by saying we hunger to make the world “a little bit different”?

Write your own reflection entitled, “What My Soul Hungers For.” To foster a meditative spirit, embed a snippet of instrumental music (mp3) in your post.