Candidate and parent(s)/guardian,
One of the goals of the Confirmation program is for the Candidates to be able to discuss their faith with others. This includes the facts about Jesus’ church but also our individual/family experience of Christ’s love. In this make-up session you are creating a small group for discussion and experience.
Please watch the following videos, together as suggested, then reflect individually on the questions. After a period of time of individual reflection (you may want to write your thoughts or a short note down) then share your individual answers with each other and discuss the question and the videos. After the discussion, complete the form at the bottom of the page and submit to complete the session you missed on Part 3 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church: Life in Christ.
This session has been estimated to take between 1-1.5 hours.
The goal for this session is to review the 10 Commandments, look at Jesus teaching in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-8) with a focus on the Beatitudes (Matt.5:3-10) and the Works of Mercy (Matt 25:31-46).
Opening Prayer: Thomas Merton’s Prayer for Discernment
O Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going,
I do not see the road ahead of me,
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
And that fact that I think
I am following Your will
Does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe
That the desire to please You
Does in fact please You.
And I hope I have that desire
In all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything
Apart from that desire to please You.
And I know that if I do this
You will lead me by the right road,
Though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore I will trust You always
Though I may seem to be lost
And in the shadow of death.
I will not fear,
For You are ever with me,
And You will never leave me
To make my journey alone.
Ten Commandment Review:
Take a moment and list the 10 Commandments in order. If you need to grab pen and paper to write them down to get more, do so. Get as many as you can in order. When you are done you can check out this link, from EWTN Expert page to see how many you got correct.
How did you do? Did you get five correct? Eight? All ten? No matter how many you got correct, I hope your are asking or have asked, but why do we need to follow these Ten Commandments. GREAT question! Read the article below and answer the discussion question with your group.
Discussion Question 1: How do the Ten Commandments show us how we were meant to live? What would you enjoy most about a world that followed the Ten Commandments?
Activity and Submission: The LifeTeen article suggested, the Ten Commandments can be boiled down to these two things, what are they?
Activity and Submission: What do you think is the most difficult Commandment or grouping of Commandments to live for teens today? Why?
The Beatitudes are eight verses that come from Matthew 5:3-10. These verses are part of Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount. Open your Bible to Matthew, chapter 5. Make note of Jesus’ actions in Mt. 5:1. One of the teen leaders brought to our attention that she noticed that when Jesus goes up the mountain in Scripture things happen. Another noticed from their reading that when Jesus teaches, he sits down. Notice both of these things happen in this section of scripture, so this part of scripture has a lot of the teaching we use to live as Jesus Christ’s followers. Lastly, scan the next couple of chapters in the book of Matthew. When does Jesus finally come down from the mountain? What types of things does Jesus teach on in the books between Matthew 5:1-8:1?
Let us look a little closer at the Beatitudes a little closer. Have you ever read read the Beatitudes and wondered how do these apply to me? What do they mean? If you have asked these questions you are not alone. The following video does a good job of explaining the Beatitudes so we can understand them a little better. Watch the video and prepare to discuss the Beatitudes.
To help your group discussion, this is a PDF summary of the Blest Are They video explanation of the Beatitudes.
Discussion Question 2: Which Beatitude resonates most with you? Which one do you need to work on the most?
Discussion Question 3: What does being holy have to do with being happy? How can living the Beatitudes make us happier and more peaceful?
Discussion Question 4: Name some things that are important in life that people do not pay enough attention to?
Activity and submission: As a group, choose one of the Beatitudes and tell me which one it is. Then descirbe one way the Beatitude you chose can be lived out or put into practice today. The way it is lived out can be a way you live it out or a made up scenario.