Read about all Ten Commandments:
Read both versions of the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5:3-10 and Luke 6:20-26
For this task, pay special attention to the 10th Commandment and the first Beatitude in Matthew and Luke.
1. Create a visual that emphasizes a point of connection from the 10th Commandment and the first Beatitude.
2. Include your visual in a post in your blog in which you write about “the poor” and the “poor in spirit.” What are some examples of “good desires” or goodwill intended to help the poor and poor in spirit? How can you, your school, your community, province, and country do more to show goodwill to the poor and poor in spirit?
Tip: the Catechism of the Catholic Church is also helpful here:
Read paragraphs 2534-2550 and then read the brief review in paragraphs 2551-2557
Theme 1: What keeps us going?
- define hope and its role in Christian living
- explore the ways prayer nourishes hope
- identify people who model Christian hope
- find hope for their own lives in the death and resurrection of Jesus
- “Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5.11-12).
- Jesus’ death and resurrection are the foundation of Christian hope.
- Hope is the virtue which keeps us searching for true happiness which is found in being true to oneself and faithful to God.
- Hope sustains us during times of abandonment. Hope also protects us during times of struggle.
- Hope is nourished in prayer.
- When we presume that we don’t need God or when we deliberately presume that God will forgive and save us regardless of our attitudes, we sin against hope.
- The first commandment is not only a call to avoid idolatry; it is also a call to place all our hope in God.
Theme 2: Where have we been and where will that take us?
- review the virtues and Beatitudes, which underlie the Christian attitude toward being in the world
- share their faith with others in the context of a year-end class celebration
- Review of Christian virtues and the Beatitudes.
Theme 1: What is love?
- examine and evaluate their understanding of love
- analyze Scripture pas- sages where Christ models love
- explore the Christian dimensions of love within the context of popular notions of love
- analyze ways they love others because they love themselves
- articulate what it means to be loved and to love unconditionally
- listen prayerfully to the call to be loving
- We are called to love as Jesus loved.(Since we have been loved, we also must love – 1 John 4.10- 12.)
- Love that is rooted in Christ will never fail, even when it seems to be the most foolish, unreasonable or diffi- cult choice.
- Love is not just an emotion. Love is willed. Mature love is a call to action which fosters the good of others.
- Giving and receiving love is the most important dimension of our lives, bringing out the best in both the lover and the beloved.
- To truly love others, we must love our- selves.
Theme 2: What is the loving thing to do?
- reviewandapplythe decision-making model (see, judge, act, evaluate)
- demonstrate an understanding of the role of the magisteri- um, Scripture and tra- dition in moral deci- sion making
- identify times when it may be difficult to do what is loving
- define conscience and name its role in moral decision making
- explain the relation- ship between Christian moral deci- sion making and love
- Christian moral deci- sion making is based on love.
- People are bound by their conscience in determining the loving thing to do.
- The magisterium, Scripture and tradition guide Catholics in moral decision making.
- Doing the loving thing may mean doing what is difficult or unpopular.
Theme 3: Why wait?
- explain how our sexuality can help us to love
- identify acceptable Christian expressions of love
- explain why having sex is not the loving thing to do outside of marriage
- define chastity and understand why it is a Christian virtue
- analyze sexual issues in relation to the virtue of chastity
- “All Christ’s faithful are called to lead a chaste life in keeping with their particular states of life” (CCC #2348).
- “Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self- mastery which is a training in human freedom” (CCC #2339).
- God created us as sexual beings. Our sexuality draws us out of our- selves to relate with others.
- Genital sexual expression becomes personal and truly human when it is integrated into the relationship of one per- son to another, in the complete and lifelong mutual gift of a man and a woman. (see CCC #2337)
- Sexual feelings are neither good nor bad in themselves; they sim- ply are.
- There are many chaste ways of expressing our love for others.
- The sixth commandment protects the sacred bonds of committed love.
Theme 4: How does love go wrong?
- use 1 Corinthians 13.4-8a for identifying the signs of manipulative, coercive and abusive behaviour in relationships
- value the basic dignity of every person within relationships
- understand and demonstrate skills of appropriate assertive behaviour
- use Scripture for developing Christian attitudes towards loving others
- “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5.9).
- In Scripture we find direction and inspiration for healthy, lov- ing relationships. (e.g., 1 Corinthians 13.4-8a, Romans 13.10)
- People in healthy relationships recognize the equal dignity and basic rights of all involved.
- Love goes wrong when it becomes self- centred.
- Not all relationships are healthy. Manipulation, coercion and abuse are signs of unhealthy relationships.
- Assertiveness skills are necessary for developing and maintaining healthy relationships.
Theme 1: What do I really believe?
- articulate ways that relationships based on faith are reasonable
- express what it means to have a relationship with God through Jesus
- describe how faith in Jesus Christ challenges them to love and respect others
- “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord…” (Deuteronomy 6.4).
- Jesus is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega.
- Faith cannot be fully explained, but it is reasonable. Faith admits mystery.
- Our moral life has its source in faith in God, who reveals his love to us. (CCC #2087) Faith in God’s love encom- passes the call and the obligation to respond with love and respect – the first and second command- ments call us to love and respect God above everything, and to respect all creatures for and because of God.
- Being faithful means being open to develop- ing our relationship with God.
Theme 2: What’s the point of prayer?
- define Christian prayer
- locate in Scripture, describe and demonstrate five forms of prayer:
- Adoration and Blessing
- express different ways that God responds to prayer
- demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between human freedom, divine prerogative and prayer
- “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heav- en” (Matthew 5.3).
- Prayer is our living relationship with God.
- The third commandment calls us to stop and pray. The Sunday celebration of the Lord’s Day and his Eucharist is at the heart of the Church’s life.
- Jesus teaches us how to pray.
- God always answers our prayers.
- God answers our prayers in ways that are not limited by our own perspectives. God’s view is infinitely bigger than our view.
- In answering our prayers, God does not take away human free- dom.
The Ten Commandments, the moral code for the Jewish people, are short and to the point. But each one carries a great deal of meaning.
1. You shall have not other gods but me.
2. You shall not make any idols.
3. You shall not take the name of your Lord in vain.
4. You shall remember and keep holy the Sabbath day.
5. Honour your father and mother.
6. You shall not kill.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
10. You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods.
Choose one commandment. Explain, in detail, what it means and how it can apply to people’s lives.