I’m preparing for my next week’s class when we will be exploring the first 3 Commandments which focus on love of God.
I’ve put together a worksheet that I’ll invite them to work on in small groups. The worksheet includes numerous examples of actions that “violate” these 3 Commandments as well as virtuous actions that are done in the spirit of these 3 Commandments. In their small groups, the young people will work together to identify which Commandment the example pertains to as well as whether it is a sinful or virtuous action. I’m happy to provide the student worksheet along with a catechist copy with answer key.
I will tell them that this is not a test but an exercise that will lead us to discuss these Commandments in greater detail. After they have finished in their small groups, I’ll lead them in discussion using the worksheet as a guide.
I invite your feedback and suggestions. I intend to follow up with a worksheet on Commandments 4-10 which focus on love of neighbor. Stay tuned.
p.s. I also intend to explain to them how the seriousness of an action is determined by 1) the object chosen; 2) the intention; and 3) the circumstances of the action. I want to emphasize that, in morality, it’s not all just black and white. Life involves gray area which is what makes morality so complex.