At the end of Monday evening’s session, I asked each of the kids to share one thing they learned that evening: spiritual and corporal works of mercy, social justice, service, and living the Beatitudes. I was struck by how many of the young people referred to the poverty quiz that they took in the social justice session with Chris. Many of them pulled the quiz out and quoted a fact or figure about poverty in the United States. I asked them if they were surprised by the information they learned on the poverty quiz and they said they were. I think that sometimes our kids are unaware of the challenges that other less fortunate people are facing. This was a good opportunity to sensitize them to the needs of others. Here’s the poverty quiz and the answer key:
You can find another poverty quiz at the USCCB
On a related note, perhaps this sensitizing to the needs of others will spur some of them on to complete their service experience for Confirmation. My aide, Lisa, tells me that in the session with John on service, a number of them admitted that they had yet to complete their service. This was a good context to address the subject since they will come away knowing that there are real needs that their service can address and that doing service is not just a “hoop” to jump through for Confirmation but rather flows from our commitment to doing works of mercy (corporal and spiritual) and fighting for social justice.