Case in point 1: Dreaming To Be
Michael often catches himself imagining that day when his name would be posted in the school in recognition of his outstanding achievement in science. He could see himself and his family beaming with delight over such an achievement. His dreams would even go as far as seeing himself making a significant impact to the lives of the poor by finding alternative, low cost medicine to those sold in big drugstores. His dreams make him feel good and happy about himself.
What could be the attitude that Michael needs to be able to steadily pursue his dream of becoming a good scientist?
Case in point 2: How do we resist the commodification of all life?
Our “market mentality” pursued within proper balance is good. More jobs and services would be created. People would be opened to a wide array of choices of goods because of our “market mentality.” However, taken out of balance, with this mentality we could easily put a price tag to everything that we do. We could even begin to view our relationships based upon the benefit they bring us.
What virtue to we need to cultivate in order resist the commodification of all life?
Case in point 3: Is being a good person not enough to get you to heaven?
The Rich Young Man believed in the potential goodness of man. True enough he has managed to be good by his own effort. He claimed that he has performed well enough to meet the requirements of the law. That’s why when Jesus, in answer to his question, instructed him to keep the commandments, the Rich Young Man asked: “Which ones?” Jesus gently tried to show the error of his ways by pointing out the commandments that deal with one’s relationship with others. The response of the Rich Young man was expected: “I have kept all those. What more? What else?” Then Jesus challenged the young man’s resolve by saying: “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come follow me.” As the story unfolded, the Rich Young Man went away sad. Whatever happened to young man’s enthusiasm, eagerness? Where did he go wrong? The Rich Young Man had great wealth, which is the source of his confidence. These were dangerous because they supported his self-sufficiency. He believed that by his own effort, he can do just about everything else; he believed that he was good in his own terms and that was enough.
What virtue could have supported him in his quest for the good life/happiness?
As a pair work on this activity. Firstly, read this article and answer the questions below.
1. What are virtues and how do we develop virtues?
2. Do virtues make a difference to the moral life of a Christian / to his quest for happiness?
Please download this file (C21ResourceSUMMER110817web) and work on pages 4 and 5 ONLY. Post your answer to these questions below:
- How do we see the Paschal Pattern present in the mass? Identify specific parts of the mass to support your answer.
- How is the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist significant to living the moral life and our search for authentic happiness?
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Below are thesis questions which you will need to analyze and expound on with the help of your classmates. Use the guide questions to help you answer the thesis question. Remember to use examples or analogies to help you explain what you really mean. You make take down your own notes and bring them with you when your class number is called.
Thesis Question #1: Why is a correct understanding of Sacraments important in the Christian Faith?
- What is a sign? What is a Symbol? How are they related?
- How is a sign and symbol related or unrelated to the idea of Sacraments?
- What perspective do we need to understand what a sacrament is?
- What are the implications of that perspective in the Christian Life?
Thesis Question #2: Why do we need to know who Jesus is?
- How does the understanding of a Sacrament relate to Jesus?
- What is the dual nature of Jesus?
- How is Jesus related to the Church?
Thesis Question #3: Based on her history, what conclusions can we make about who the Church is?
- Who comprises the Church?
- What is the mission of the Church?
- When in her history has she clearly fulfilled or failed to fulfill her mission?
As a pair, read the article “A Great Day to Die” by Brian Kissinger here: http://goo.gl/DlpJa5 and answer the question: What is the significance of Baptism? Post 3 well-constructed sentences that directly address the question.
As a group, discuss and come up with a well-thought out, 3-sentence explanation to the question: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE CHURCHED? OR WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE PART OF THE CHURCH?
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- The group believes that…
Read Matthew 5:43-48 and discuss the following questions:
(1) How does this passage speak of how Christ understands love?
(2) How did he exemplify this? Justify using what happened in the life of Christ.
(3) How is this different from the common understanding of love?
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