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Unformatted text preview: know that experiencing the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist deepens this relationship: by strengthening their Faith, teaching them how to have Hope and trust in God, and helping them to have greater Love for God, themselves and their neighbor. Seven-year-olds learn by doing and by listening. Seven year olds need to be taught how to listen, engage in activities such as role-playing, dramatization, story telling, singing, and celebrating in religious ceremonies. August 6th, 2009 Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 3 of 22 Grade 2 Faith Development Needs Children are to be helped to grow in the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. Leading the children to a deeper friendship with Jesus will take place through learning Bible Stories, learning the teachings of the Church and taking time for daily prayer. Learning to live as Jesus wants us to will require training. The way that we make good and holy choices is through the exercise of virtue. A virtue is a good habit. We develop the Cardinal Virtues (moral virtues) of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance through education, deliberate acts and perseverance in struggle. These efforts are purified and elevated by God’s grace (CCC 1810). Prudence: Justice: Fortitude/Courage: Temperance: Discovering our true good and choosing the right means of achieving it (Simplified definition) making a right judgment Giving the proper due to God and neighbor Being fair Firmness in the pursuit of good The courage to do what is right Moderating the attraction of the pleasures of the senses that provides balance in the use of created goods, acting with self discipline or self control (CCC 1803-1809) Example: The virtue of justice is exercised when children are fair in playing sports. The virtue of temperance is exercised when children take two slices of pizzas instead of five. The catechist can help the children to choose to be good out of love for God by loving and respecting others. This will require that children be helped to develop the virtues so as to become habits in order to guide their conduct (CCC 1805-1809). According to the Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, Guidelines for Education within the Family (hereafter TM), from the age of innocence until the time of puberty, children are to be trained in friendship skills and virtuous living. Developing the virtue of temperance involves formation in self-discipline and self-control. The virtue of temperance is the foundation of the virtue of chastity, which allows us to overcome the temptation to look upon or use another person as an object for pleasure and sexual satisfaction rather than a person to be loved. The virtue of chastity also needs to be developed. The document notes that for children in the years of innocence, “this period of tranquility and serenity must never be disturbed by unnecessary information about sex” (TM #78). Chastity is training in the “gift of the person” (CCC 2346). “Chastity is...
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