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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
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
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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
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.
- Fall '13