Saturday, April 16, 2011

Index for Catholic Studies


1. Memorize prayers found on pages 8-9
2. There are 6 units, so approximately one unit per month
3. Add other resources

August - September


Lesson 1: Foreword (Happiness)

Lesson 2: Foreword (Heaven)

Move to Catholic Studies

Unit One: Our Guides to Our Goal
(6 weeks)
Overview of Unit:  Focus on St Augustine
What Reason Is
Reasoning about God
Faith, the Master Guide: Focus on Abraham
 Faith and Virtue

Set IV
Basic and Supernatural Virtues
Virtues Focus

More on Particular Virtues 
Practicing Virtue

(placeholder posts below)
Habitual and Actual Faith
Professing the Faith
Great Teachers
More Great Teachers

End of First Quarter
Set V
Practicing Faith
Seeds of Faith
Sins and Dangers against Faith

Increasing Faith
Review of Revelation
Spreading the Faith

Set VI
General Review of Unit One


Unit Two: Our Illustrated Guide Book
(4 weeks)(pages 105-148)

The Liturgical Year (Overview)
Purpose of the Liturgical Year
Sources on the Liturgical Year
Divisions of the Liturgical Year (Temporal, Sanctoral)
Sanctoral Cycle
The Liturgical Year -- the Week
Holy Days and More
The Liturgical Colors and their Use
Living a Liturgical Life
REview of the Liturgical Year

(Homeschool Connections -- The Mass Explained)


Unit Three: Our Source and Our Goal
(5 weeks) (pages 149-210)

1. Who and What God Is
2. The Blessed Trinity


Unit Four: Love, Pride and the Promise
(7 weeks)

1. The Story of Creation
2. Pride. The Fall
3. The Enemy -- Obstacles to our Quest
4. Hope is Restored
5. Summary -- Love, Pride and the Promise


Unit Five: Divine Aids in Our Quest
(6 weeks)

1. Divine Aids in our Quest
2. We Start Our Quest
3. Strength for our Quest


Unit Six: The Rules for a Successful Quest
(7 weeks)

1. The Moral Law
2. Aids and Handicaps in our Quest
3. Content of the Moral Law
4. Our Duties to God

Monday, November 8, 2010

When Public Profession is Necessary

It's not always necessary to proclaim that we are believers. Generally, it would be silly to go around carrying a sign saying, "Convert to the One True Church!" (though there might be exceptions to the rule).

"Preach the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words."  ~ this is attributed to your patron saint, St Francis of Assisi.

But Jesus said that He would be ashamed on Judgment Day of those who were ashamed of Him during their lives. He was using a parallel figurative device which was common to the Jewish people – you see it quite often in the Bible. The point is that it's not right to conceal who we are and what we believe when the situation requires us to show ourselves. To do that is to be something like a traitor.

There are certain times that it is important to publicly profess our faith:

1. When it is necessary to protect the honor and glory of God. For example, the early Christians were sometimes asked to offer sacrifices to false gods. They had no choice but to resist or they would have been dishonoring their Savior.
2. When our neighbor's spiritual good requires it. This might not be so clear-cut, but sometimes we might have to speak up to clarify a misunderstanding about the Faith or prevent another Catholic from sinning.
3. When my own spiritual good requires it. For example, when one is being tempted to doubt the truths of the faith, it's important to make an act of faith and pray to God for light or strength to resist the doubt. It's not like blinding oneself to the truth; it's quite the opposite – faith helps us to see better than skepticism does.

Go on to next section

Confirmation and Profession of Faith

Read Baltimore Catechism On Confirmation as a review of your own confirmation -- it relates to what this lesson is about. 

Try this Scatter

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Review #4


Religion Set 4

What are some things you learned in this section?  Discuss with Mom.




Sunday, October 3, 2010

Focus on Particular Virtues

Can you tell which virtues these Scripture verses represent on the tower diagram in the book?

Ephesians 6:10-12
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Proverbs 16:16
How much better to get wisdom than gold,to choose understanding rather than silver!

1 Corinthians 13
Love never fails. ....So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Try the Scatter, then go on to next section

Humility, the Foundation Virtue

If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least nothing whatever can be done before it."...

Now I must turn to Faith in the second or higher sense: and this is the most difficult thing I have tackled yet. I want to approach it by going back to the subject of Humility. You may remember I said that the first step towards humility was to realise that one is proud. I want to add now that the next step is to make some serious attempt to practise the Christian virtues. A week is not enough."

 --C.S. Lewis
The book says that humility is the foundation virtue.  Using the analogy of the tower, it is the opposite of the foundational motive of the builders of Babel, which was arrogance and pride.  Our faith tells us that pride was the cause of the first sins.  Satan and the bad angels did not want to serve.  Eve and Adam wanted to be like God.
Humility was largely meant as a restraint upon the arrogance and infinity of the appetite of man. He was always outstripping his mercies with his own newly invented needs. His very power of enjoyment destroyed half his joys. By asking for pleasure, he lost the chief pleasure; for the chief pleasure is surprise. Hence it became evident that if a man would make his world large, he must be always making himself small.. GK Chesterton
Faith requires humility because to believe something as true requires that one understand one does not know.   Children have a natural humility which tells them to trust and imitate and believe what their parents and others tell them.  As we get older we have to learn to practice the right kind of humility.   That doesn't mean thinking that we are worthless or stupid or untalented, because that is a kind of lie to ourselves and it is ungrateful to God.   God made us with great value and intelligence and gave us all our own gifts.   The most important aspect of humility is to realize that God gave us everything we have.

 The tower diagram in the book lists Proverbs 22:4 which says

Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life.
You can easily draw your own comparisons between those promises and the outcome of the Tower of Babel. 

 Go on to next section


Matching Game on Virtues
(you can try BugMatch instead if you want)