Of age young people long for and need security

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Unformatted text preview: ong for and need security, sympathetic understanding, and supportive love in spite of their inability to respond openly and consistently. Through prayer and encouragement from respected adults, young people learn to accept themselves, their good characteristics together with their weaknesses. Eighth-graders continue to seek approval from adults and peers, and are eager to have friends, although preferring one or two close friends of the same sex. They tend to form cliques and identify strongly with peer groups and interests. The all-important question to the reflective thirteen-year-old at this period of growth is WHO AM I? Faith Development Needs In general young people are developing the ability to think logically and abstractly. They begin at this age to question the logic and consistency of their beliefs. If adults give them knowledge, freedom, opportunity, and reassurance, they can then probe their previously unquestioned instruction so that they eventually experience faith as a personal relationship with God. Junior High School students tend to fall into patterns of closely following a chosen hero, seeking models to follow and imitate. At the same time they are concerned about choices. They need to be provided with credible and attractive vocation and models of faith. The example of Jesus and Christian saints reinforces in their minds their vocation to the Christian life and to the special ministry to which God is calling them. This is a good time for contact with priests and religious as role models. Young people need to understand sexuality as a treasured gift from God for which they have responsibility. Friendships should be fostered, especially with a group of people who share the same love for God and the desire to be faithful to Him. Learning to live as Jesus requires 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 (also called natural or 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). August 6th, 2009 Transfiguration of our Lord Diocese of La Crosse Page 3 of 38 Grade 8 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 young people are fair in sharing their possessions. The virtue of temperance is exercised when teens use the telephone for twenty minutes rather than two hours. The catechist can help the young people to choose to be good out of love...
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2013 for the course RELIGION Religion taught by Professor Hansel during the Fall '13 term at Pacelli High School, Stevens Point.

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