40/40 – Lenten Activities: Unjust Punishment

letter writingThis Lenten activity is most appropriate for Holy Week and comes from the grade 5 Finding God catechist guide.

Unjust Punishment

  • During the Triduum, we recall that Jesus was falsely arrested, accused, and unjustly convicted and executed.
  • Today there are people in various parts of the world who suffer similar injustice.
  • An organization called Amnesty International (AI) works to promote internationally recognized human rights.
  • AI also regularly produces case studies that have been specifically designed for young people, often aged 8-16, working with the help of an adult.
  • For example, monthly materials are available from AI USA (Children’s Edition Urgent Actions), AI Canada (Human Rights Activism for Youth), and AI UK (Junior Urgent Actions).
  • Since 1994, young people have written on behalf of victims of human rights violations in over 50 different countries.
  • Arrange ahead of time to get information and resources from the AI Web site or from a representative and have the young people use AI materials to participate in a letter-writing campaign for prisoners of conscience.
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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at www.catechistsjourney.com.

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