Cricket and Conscience and Conversation

I love when someone answers a question with a wild guess or a funny remark, but then that answer proves right on target. Such was the case in a recent lesson on making moral choices and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I was explaining that we need to form our consciences to be able to make good moral choices. Since I learned long ago never to take for granted the students’ vocabulary knowledge, I backed up […]

Year of Faith Retreat – Week 3, Day 5: What Were You Thinking? (Conscience and Moral Decision Making)

WEEK THREE: The Moral Life (Life in Christ) DAY 5:  What Were You Thinking? (Conscience and Moral Decision Making) Do you know who scores highest on religious literacy tests? Catholics? Protestants? Mormons? Jews? The answer is: ATHEISTS! Does that surprise you? It does and it doesn’t for me. In truth, I would say that it disappoints me more than it surprises me. Why doesn’t it surprise me? Because too many of us Christians approach our faith as simply […]

Catechists in Action – Dan Ward Segment 5: Dan Teaches Reconciliation

In this segment of Catechists in Action, 7th grade catechist Dan Ward teaches the young people about the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for celebrating the sacrament the following week. Watch as Dan… deals with the reality that few of his students go to Reconciliation outside of R.E. class talks about how important it is to “bring our sins to the table” explains the nature of sin and personal responsibility introduces an examination of conscience […]

Good Voices & Bad Voices

The most successful part of yesterday’s class was our discussion of which voices we should listen to in order to shape a good conscience and which voices we need to avoid or “erase” in order to avoid temptation. First, I brought in a mini-cassette recorder and passed it around so that each child could say something which they really enjoyed. I played it back and they all got a kick out of listening to themselves […]

God Asks Us to Obey

Here’s my plan for this coming Monday’s session: Monday, October 4, 2010 Theme: God Asks Us to Obey Big Idea: We shape and form our conscience so that we can know right from wrong and be faithful followers of Jesus Engage (15 mins) As kids enter, provide them with a small container of Play-doh and invite them to create a shape Opening prayer ritual Review of last session – show broken popsicle stick and rock […]