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“If you remain in my word, you will truly be

my disciples, and you will know the truth,

and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32

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SCHOOL 5


Welcome to a sample of Be My Disciples School Grade 5 — Student Edition. Included in this sample: Introduction of Be My Disciples Catholic School Program l

Cover, Title Page, Acknowledgments, and Table of Contents

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Welcome Lesson with an Enthronement Prayer for the Bible

Unit 1 including l

Unit Opener

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Chapters 1-4

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Catholic Social Teaching lesson

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Unit Review

The We Celebrate the Church Year section follows the 24 core chapters in the student book. This section contains sixteen liturgical lessons. One lesson, Exaltation of the Holy Cross, is provided in this sample.


Peter M. Esposito President Jo Rotunno, MA Publisher Anne P. Battes Associate Publisher Program Advisors Michael P. Horan, PhD Elizabeth Nagel, SSD

GRADE FIVE SCHOOL EDITION


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Contents Welcome to Be My Disciples . . . . . 6

Unit 2

Unit 1

We Believe, Part Two . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

We Believe, Part One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Chapter 5 Jesus Christ, Son of God . 65 Faith Concepts:  titles of Jesus, Second

Chapter 1  Speak, Lord . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Faith Concepts:  faith, Divine Revelation, plan of Salvation, knowledge

Scripture:  Deuteronomy 7:6; Psalm 148:3, 9–10, 13; 1 Samuel 3:9; John 3:16; James 1:22, 25 Faith-Filled People:  Saint Anselm of Canterbury Prayer:  Act of Faith

Chapter 2  The Word of God . . . . . . . . 23 Faith Concepts:  inspiration of the Bible, Gospel, reverence

Scripture:  Mark 4:39–41 Faith-Filled People:  Saint Jerome Prayer:  Meditation Chapter 3  The Holy Trinity . . . . . . . . . . 35 Faith Concepts:  the mystery of the Holy Trinity, Annunciation, Nicene Creed, wonder and awe Scripture:  Psalm 25:4–5; Matthew 28:19; John 14:26 Faith-Filled People:  Saint John de Matha Prayer:  Profession of Faith

Chapter 4  Great Is the Lord . . . . . . . . 47 Faith Concepts:  attributes of God, Abba, Original Sin, joy

Scripture:  Exodus 34:6; Deuteronomy 6:4;

Psalm 33:4; 99:3; Isaiah 6:3; 40; 49:15–16; 64:7; Matthew 6:9; 1 John 3:1; 4:16; Revelations 1:8; 15:3 Faith-Filled People:  Saint Thérèse of Lisieux Prayer:  Prayer of Praise

Unit 1  Catholic Social Teaching . . . . . . 59 Unit 1  Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Person of the Trinity, Virgin Mary, faithfulness Scripture:  Matthew 1:20–21; Luke 1:35; 2:10–11; 28:11; John 19:26–27 Faith-Filled People:  Saints Matthew and Luke, Evangelists Prayer:  Prayer of Petition

Chapter 6 The Paschal Mystery . . . . . 77 Faith Concepts:  Passover; the Paschal Mystery, eternal life, hope

Scripture:  Exodus 12:39; Luke 24:1–3; 1 Corinthians 15:12–14, 19

Faith-Filled People:  Saint Veronica Prayer:  The Exultet Chapter 7 Many Gifts, One Spirit . . . . 89 Faith Concepts:  the Advocate, charisms, Sacred Tradition, courage

Scripture:  Matthew 28:16–20;

Luke 4:16–19; John 16:5–7; Acts 2:1–2, 4; 1 Corinthians 12:4–7; Galatians 5:22–23 Faith-Filled People:  Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Prayer:  Prayer for the Spread of the Gospel

Chapter 8  Thy Kingdom Come! . . . . 101 Faith Concepts:  the four Marks, the laity, the ordained, the faithful, life after death, peace Scripture:  Matthew 5:17–19; 28:19; Mark 1:15; Romans 12:4–5; 1 Corinthians 12:12–13, 27; 2 Peter 3:13; Ephesians 2:19–20; 4:4–6; 2 Timothy 1:9 Faith-Filled People:  Blessed John Paul II Prayer:  The Our Father

Unit 2  Catholic Social Teaching . . . . . 113 Unit 2  Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 3


Unit 3 We Worship, Part One . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Chapter 9 Celebrating the Liturgy . 119 Faith Concepts:  the Liturgy, the Liturgical Year, the Seven Sacraments, perseverance Scripture:  Psalm 75:2; Matthew 28:20 Faith-Filled People:  Blessed John XXIII Prayer:  Prayer of Praise and Honor

Chapter 10  Joined to Christ . . . . . . . 131 Faith Concepts:  Christian Initiation, the Rite of Baptism, graces of Baptism, generosity Scripture:  Matthew 3:13–17; John 3:5 Faith-Filled People:  Nicodemus Prayer:  Renewal of Baptismal Promises

Chapter 11 We Celebrate the Holy Spirit . . . . . . . . . . . . 143 Faith Concepts:  Rite of Confirmation, laying on of hands, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, understanding Scripture:  1 Samuel 16:12–13; Luke 4:18–19 Faith-Filled People:  Missionaries Prayer:  Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Chapter 12 One Bread, One Cup . . 155 Faith Concepts:  The Eucharist, the sacrifice of Christ, the Mass, charity Scripture:  Luke 22:19–20; 1 Corinthians 11:23–26 Faith-Filled People:  Óscar Romero Prayer:  Praise the Gift of the Eucharist

Unit 3  Catholic Social Teaching . . . . . 167 Unit 3  Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Faith-Filled People:  Blessed Charles de Foucauld Prayer:  Lord, Have Mercy

Chapter 14 Jesus Heals the Sick . . . 185 Faith Concepts:  Jesus’ healing, the Rite of Anointing, graces of the Sacrament, kindness Scripture:  Matthew 8:5–8, 13; 9:2, 6–8; 9:27–31; John 9:2–3 Faith-Filled People:  Blessed Frances Schervier Prayer:  Prayer for the Sick

Chapter 15 The Sacrament of Holy Orders . . . . . . . . . . . 197 Faith Concepts:  Sacraments at the Service of Communion, Holy Orders, Rite of Ordination, faith Scripture:  Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12:12–13; Colossians 3:12–15 Faith-Filled People:  Father Joseph Maria Rubio y Peralta, SJ Prayer:  Liturgy of the Word

Chapter 16 The Sacrament of Matrimony . . . . . . . . . . . . 209 Faith Concepts:  vocation, the Rite of Marriage, domestic Church, humility

Scripture:  Genesis 1:28; 2:24;

1 Corinthians 13:4–7; Colossians 3:12–17

Faith-Filled People:  Saint Anne Prayer:  A Family Blessing

Unit 4  Catholic Social Teaching . . . . . 221 Unit 4  Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223

Unit 5 We Live, Part One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

Unit 4 We Worship, Part Two . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Chapter 13 Jesus Heals the Sinner . . . 173 Faith Concepts:  Sacraments of Healing, sin, Rite of Penance, mercy

Scripture:  Psalm 103:2–3; Matthew 6:14–

15; 18:32–33; Luke 23:24; John 20:21–23

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Chapter 17 Called to Holiness . . . . . 227 Faith Concepts:  holiness, grace, mortal sin, venial sin, goodness

Scripture:  Psalm 25:4–5; Matthew 5:14–16; John 15:9, 17; Ephesians 3:7–9; 1 Peter 1:15–16 Faith-Filled People:  Saints Perpetua and Felicity Prayer:  Praying a Psalm


Chapter 18 Making Moral Decisions . . . . . . . . . . . . . 239 Faith Concepts:  free will, conscience,

Chapter 23 Living a Just and Truthful Life . . . . . . . . . . . 305 Faith Concepts:  Seventh, Eighth and

Chapter 19 Living the Covenant . . . 251 Faith Concepts:  Covenant, Ten

Chapter 24 Lord, Teach Us to Pray . . 317 Faith Concepts:  the Lord’s Prayer, piety Scripture:  Psalm 69:14; Matthew 6:9–13;

Cardinal Virtues, prudence Scripture:  Psalm 25:4; Mark 14:72 Faith-Filled People:  Saint Catherine of Siena Prayer:  An Examination of Conscience

Commandments, consecration, obedience Scripture:  Genesis 7:11–12; 8:21; 15:1–16; Exodus 3:6; Psalm 108:1–2; 117:2; Jeremiah 31:31–33; Matthew 5:17–18; 22:37; Galatians 3:29 Faith-Filled People:  Abraham Prayer:  Prayer of Commitment

Chapter 20  The Beatitudes . . . . . . . . 263 Faith Concepts:  Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, Kingdom of God, justice

Scripture:  Matthew 5:3–12 Faith-Filled People:  Saint Damien de Veuster Prayer:  Praying the Beatitudes

Unit 5  Catholic Social Teaching . . . . . 275 Unit 5  Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 277

Unit 6

Tenth Commandment, integrity Scripture:  Exodus 20:15–17; John 15:5, 11, 13–14; Ephesians 4:25 Faith-Filled People:  Saint Stephen Prayer:  Psalm 19

John 17:20–22

Faith-Filled People:  Blessed Pierre Toussaint Prayer:  The Lord’s Prayer Unit 6  Catholic Social Teaching . . . . . 329 Unit 6  Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 331 We Celebrate the Church Year . . . . 333 Exaltation of the Holy Cross . . . . . . . 335 All Saints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337 Advent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 339 Immaculate Conception . . . . . . . . . 341 Our Lady of Guadalupe . . . . . . . . . 343 Christmas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 345 Mary, the Holy Mother of God . . . . 347 Epiphany of the Lord . . . . . . . . . . . . . 349 Ash Wednesday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 351 Lent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 353

We Live, Part Two . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 279

Palm Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 355

Chapter 21  Love of God . . . . . . . . . . 281 Faith Concepts:  First, Second, and Third

Triduum/Holy Thursday . . . . . . . . . . . 357

Commandments, meekness

Scripture:  Exodus 20:2–3, 7–8;

Deuteronomy 6:1–3; Psalm 119:33–34 Faith-Filled People:  Moses Prayer:  Te Deum (“You Are God”)

Chapter 22 Love of Neighbor . . . . . . 293 Faith Concepts:  Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Ninth Commandments, temperance

Scripture:  Exodus 20:12–14, 17; Psalm 25:4 Faith-Filled People:  The Good Samaritan Prayer:  Prayer of Saint Francis of Assissi

Triduum/Good Friday . . . . . . . . . . . . 359 Triduum/Easter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 361 The Ascension of the Lord . . . . . . . . 363 Pentecost Sunday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 365 Catholic Prayers and Practices . . . We Celebrate the Mass . . . . . . . . . . Key Teachings of the Catholic Church . Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Welcome to

Jesus invites you to be his disciple. He wants you to know him better, to understand his message, and to follow his way of life. During this year, you will learn more about Jesus and what asks of you. You will learn about virtues, habits, and qualities that are the marks of a disciple. And you will learn that Catholics who follow Jesus don’t keep it to themselves. Jesus’ message is such Good News that you just have to share it!

Solve the Puzzle

On the next page you will be invited to search through your student book and get a preview of what you will be learning this year. The puzzle below is a little bit like a crossword puzzle. Begin by solving the six clues in the boxes on page 7. Then transfer the letters of your answers into the puzzle squares below that have the corresponding numbers. The solution is a sentence that tells the main theme of the Gospel.

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1.  We Believe, Part One This year in Unit 1 you will learn how the

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2.  We Believe, Part Two This year in Unit 2 you will learn about the section of the Gospel  . The that tells about the Suffering and Death of

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3.  We Worship, Part One In Unit 3 you will learn more about the Church’s

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4.  We Worship, Part Two In Unit 4 you will learn about how Sacraments celebrate God’s love for us. The Sacraments of

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forgive us our sins and reconcile us to God. (See pages 188–189.)

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Do Whatever He Tells You! The leader leads a procession to the prayer space, holding the Bible high for all to see. He/she places the Bible in a place of honor on the prayer table. All follow and gather around the prayer table and make the Sign of the Cross together. Leader: Lord, we gather today to honor you and thank you for the gift of our Word. We want to follow the example of Mary, your Mother, and be your disciples in all we say and do.

All: We will do whatever you tell us to do.

Leader: A reading from the Gospel according the John.

All: Glory to you, O Lord.

Leader: P  roclaim John 2: 1-10. The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Leader: Lord Jesus, your Mother, Mary, was your first and best disciple. We want to be your disciples too. Help us to follow you as we learn of your words and deeds in the Gospels. We will do whatever you tell us to do.

All: Amen! We will do whatever you tell us to do!

All exchange a sign of peace.

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The Trinity Jesus went to see his cousin John who was baptizing people at the River Jordan. Jesus asked John to baptize him. After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened [for him], and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove [and] coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16–17 9


What I Know What is something you already know about these faith terms?

Divine Revelation

The Old Testament

Questions I Have The Holy Trinity

The Bible What do you know about how to find passages in the Bible?

Faith Words Put an X next to the faith terms you know. Put a ? next to faith terms you need to learn more about. Faith

The Church What is one thing you could tell a friend about what the Church believes?

Holy Trinity Gospel Lord Annunciation Evangelists Abba Inspiration of the Bible

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What questions would you like to ask about the mystery of God?


Looking Ahead In this chapter, the Holy Spirit invites you to →

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EXPLORE   how Blessed John XXIII helped us live as followers of Christ.

DISCOVER   the different ways that God reveals himself to us.

DECIDE   how you will come to know God better.

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Lord What are some of the ways you come to know people better? We learn about others through many different ways. One of the ways we can learn about people is through those who know and love others. God the Father sent his Son, Jesus, so that we could know God and his love more deeply.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. . . .   John 3:16 What is God saying to you in this passage? What are some other ways we might come to know God better?

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Disciple Power Knowledge Knowledge is a virtue and a Gift of the Holy Spirit that allows you to choose the right path to God. It encourages you to avoid obstacles that will keep you from him.

Blessed John XXIII From her very beginning, the Catholic Church has had pastors who have guided the Church and other people in the search for God. These pastors have helped others grow in faith. Blessed Pope John XXIII was one of those leaders. Angelo Giuseppe Roncali (the pope’s birth name), was born in Italy in 1881, the fourth of 14 children. His family took care of the land as sharecroppers. His great-uncle and godfather, Zaverio, was influential in Angelo’s religious education. Angelo eventually left home to start studying to become a priest when he was just eleven years old. While in seminary, Angelo began the practice of keeping a spiritual journal. This helped him reflect on the knowledge that he was learning in school and throughout his life. Father Angelo was a caring teacher, a popular speaker, and a spiritual director throughout his life. After Word War I, Fr. Angelo started a community called the “Student House,” which sought to meet the spiritual needs of young people. Soon after in 1921 Pope Benedict XV called him to Rome and eventually named him a bishop. Bishop Roncali’s motto was “Oboedientia et Pax” (obedience and peace), which guided him throughout the rest of his life. On October 28, 1958, Angelo Giuseppe Roncili became Pope John XXIII. He was Pope between 1958 and 1963. The Pope knew the importance of family life. He stayed close to his family and saw them during vacations. What do you think a Pope does to serve the People of God?

Blessed John XXIII was elected the 261st Pope.

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Servant of Servants Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council, which began in 1962. He invited all the bishops from around the world to come to Rome for a meeting. He wanted them to talk with one another about faith and the Church. He called the Council to help the whole Church and the whole world better understand God and his plan for us. Pope John XXIII wanted the Church to be a clear and powerful sign of God’s love in the world. Pope John XXIII strived to be “the servant of the servants of God.” For example, he visited prisoners in a Roman jail, saying, “Since you could not come to me, I came to you.” He died on June 3, 1963. Nearly forty years later, Pope John Paul II named him Blessed John XXIII. This is the final step before naming a person a Saint of the Church. Blessed John XXIII continues to inspire people to listen for God’s voice and place their faith, hope, and love in him. What does it mean to be “the servant of the servants?” Activity

Think of two persons who help you to live as a follower of Christ. Write the name of one person on the first line. Then describe how this person helps you. Do the same for the other person on the next lines.

PERSON

HELPS ME BY . . .

PERSON

HELPS ME BY . . .

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FAITH FOCUS

How does God help us to get to know him?

FAITH VOCABULARY

Divine Revelation God making known over time the mystery of himself and his divine plan of creation and Salvation.

Divine Revelation Each of us is born with a desire within us. This desire makes us realize there is someone who is much greater than we are. That someone is God. This desire is part of who we are as human beings. Each of us is looking for God and he is looking for us. Saint Augustine of Hippo was a bishop in North Africa from a.d. 396 to a.d. 430. Before he became a Christian, Augustine summarized our desire and our search for God. Finally, Augustine realized that he needed God in his life in order to be truly happy. Augustine wrote: “You, O God, have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you” (From Confessions). God’s love for us is so great that he patiently waits for us to realize that we need him in our lives. He comes to us and invites us to know him, hope in him, and to love him. This is the reason God created us. Why did God create us?

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God Reveals Himself How does God help us get to know him? The answer is: God reveals himself to us. We cannot see God. We cannot know what is in God’s mind. We cannot, on our own, come to know who God is and his plan of goodness for us and for the world. So God, out of love, revealed himself. Divine Revelation is God making himself and his plan of creation and Salvation known.

Created for Happiness God created us to share in his life and love and to be completely happy with him, not only forever in Heaven but also now on Earth.

God has revealed that he has created us. He is always inviting us to share in his life and love. Making God part of our lives, learning about him, and knowing him, brings us happiness. God wants us to be completely happy with him, not only forever in Heaven but also now on Earth. That is why God created us. How does God’s revelation show us that he loves us? Activity

Cross out all the words that have the letter “a” in them to find the hidden message. Write the message on the line below.

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FAITH FOCUS

In what ways does God reveal himself?

God Speaks through Creation One way God speaks to us is through through his creation. God is the Creator who tells us about himself through the world we live in. When we look at all of creation, we realize how wonderful God is. The sky, the stars, and the galaxies sing of God’s love. The beauty of horses galloping through a field, dolphins gliding through the ocean, and eagles soaring in the skies all reflect God’s goodness and beauty. All creation gives honor and glory to God. In the Bible, we read: Praise [the Lord], sun and moon;     give praise, all shining stars. You mountains and all hills,     fruit trees and all cedars; You animals wild and tame,     you creatures that crawl and fly. . . . Let them all praise the Lord’s name,     for his name alone is exalted,     majestic above earth and heaven. Psalm 148:3, 9–10, 13 Psalm 148 puts into words what we sometimes feel inside. When we look at creation, we realize how wonderful and good God really is. All creation gives honor and glory to God. How does creation inspire you? What does creation tell you about God?

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God Speaks through People One of the best ways God helps us to know him is through people. Throughout the ages God has chosen special people through whom he has revealed himself. In the Bible, God tells us that the Israelites were the first people he chose. They would be his people, and he would be their God. The writer of the Book of Deuteronomy, the fifth book of the Bible, reminded the Israelites: [The Lord] has chosen you from all the nations on the face of the earth to be a people peculiarly his own. Deuteronomy 7:6 God was no stranger to his people. He was always present with them. How does creation give praise to God? How do people you know give praise to God? How do you give praise to God?

Faith-Filled People Saint Anselm of Canterbury Anselm was the archbishop of Canterbury, England. He is honored as one of the great theologians of the Church. A theologian is a person who studies and explains the faith so we can better understand what God has revealed. Anselm described his work as “faith seeking understanding.” His feast day is April 21.

Activity Design a sticker that gives praise to God.

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God Is Fully Revealed in Jesus

FAITH VOCABULARY

God revealed himself most fully in his only Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Word of God. He is the Son of God, who became one of us and lived among us. Jesus spent his whole life on Earth revealing God and God’s love. Through all of his actions and words, we come to know God.

How did God reveal himself most fully? faith One of the three Theological Virtues. A supernatural gift and power from God inviting us to know and believe in him, and our free response to that invitation.

The Gift of Faith God is always inviting us to come to know him and believe in him. He gives us the gift of faith. God helps us listen to his invitation. Faith is a supernatural gift and power that helps us respond to God’s invitation with all our heart, our mind, our soul, and our strength. The Holy Spirit helps us accept the gift of faith. When we accept and live the gift of faith, God works through us to help others come to know, love, and serve him. We are people of faith. We are the community of believers in Jesus Christ. We are the Church. What can happen when we have faith? Activity

A cinquain is a five-line verse. Follow the directions and write a cinquain about Jesus. Jesus, the Word of God Write two words that describe Jesus.   Write three action words that describe Jesus.  

Write four words that describe a feeling about Jesus.     Write another word for Jesus.

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Every day the Holy Spirit is helping you come to know, love, and serve God better. Learning what the Catholic Church teaches will help you understand and live what God has revealed. The Holy Spirit will help you grow as a child of God and as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

LEARNING MORE ABOUT GOD Place a check in the box next to the things you do to grow in your faith. Then write down other things you can do to know God better.

Other things I can do to know God better include:   

  Reading the Bible



  Learning the teachings of the Church



  Praying to the Holy Spirit   Thinking about God’s gift of creation

 

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TO HELP YOU REMEMBER 1. Divine Revelation is God making himself and his plan of creation and Salvation known. 2. We can come to know God through creation, especially through people. 3. God most fully reveals himself in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became one of us and lived among us.

Chapter Review Recall Choose three of the faith terms in the word bank. Use each term in a sentence to describe how you come to know God.

creation  

people  

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5. Why do we say that faith is a gift?

Reflect Imagine that God said to you, “I made you to love and believe in me.” What would you say to him in response?

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Work with a partner to make a list of Saints and people from the Bible who lived as people of faith.


Lord, Help Us Believe Pray this act of faith. Ask God to help you come to know and believe in him better. Leader: G  od gives us the gift of faith. Let us listen to God’s Word and accept that gift. Reader: A reading from the Letter of James. Be

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The word of the Lord. All: Thanks be to God. Leader: Let us ask God to help us come to know and believe in him better. All: Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. Leader: Lord, help me come to know you better. All: Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. Leader: Lord, help me listen and say yes to your gift of faith. All: Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. Leader: Lord, help me love you more and more. All: Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. Amen. 

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With My Family This Week . . .

Sharing God’s Word

In Chapter 1, “Speak, Lord,” your child learned:

Invite all family members to share their favorite Bible story. Then talk about what each ­story tells us about God. ­Emphasize that the Holy Spirit helps us to know and believe in God.

→ Every person has been created with an innate longing and a desire for God. → God has revealed himself and gives us the gift of faith to know and respond to that desire. → Creation points to the existence of a wise, loving and all-powerful God. → In Jesus Christ, the Son of God who became one of us and lived among us, God has revealed himself most fully. → The virtue of knowledge is a gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to choose the right path that will lead us to God. It encourages us to avoid ­obstacles that will keep us from him.

We Live as Disciples The Christian home and ­family is a school of discipleship. Choose one of the following activities to help the members of your family follow Jesus. → Invite family members to share the names of people who have helped them know about God. Share how these people have helped.

→ Watch TV, visit your favorite Web sites, or look through magazines. Talk about what the commercials and ­advertisements tell us about happiness. How does this compare to the happiness God created us to have?

Our Spiritual Journey Daily prayer is vital to the Christian life. Through prayer we converse with God. He is our companion on our earthly journey. In this chapter, your child prayed an act of faith. This week as a family pray together the prayer on page 21 or simply pray, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. Amen.”

For more about related teachings of the Church, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 50–67, 142–175, 185–197; and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, pages 11–19 and 35–47.

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EXPLORE   why Christians show reverence for the Bible.

DISCOVER   the different kinds of writings in the Bible.

DECIDE   how to listen to and live God’s Word each day.

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Word of God What is the name of your favorite book? The Bible is the most widely read book in the world. In the Bible God tells us about his love for us. God most especially tells us about his love through the words and actions of Jesus, the Son of God. In one Gospel story, Jesus calms a storm and calls on his disciples to have faith. [Jesus] woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was a great calm. Then he asked [his disciples], “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?” Mark 4:39–41 What can you learn about faith from this story?

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Disciple Power Reverence Reverence is a virtue and a Gift of the Holy Spirit. Reverence helps us to respect and honor God, Mary and the Saints, the Church, and people as “images of God.”

Reverence for the Bible Christians are strengthened by hearing and listening reverently to the Word of God. Saint Jerome reminded us of the importance of the Bible. He is famously known for having written, “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.” Before the printing press was invented in the sixteenth century, monks and scribes copied the Bible by hand. Artists painted pages of the Bible with colorful images and decorated the edges of the pages with gold or silver. This type of book is known as an illustrated manuscript, often including calligraphy on papyrus, vellum, or parchment. Many famous ones of the Bible come from the Middle Ages (5th Century-13th Century), like the Lindisfarne Gospels manuscript at the British Library. Many Christian families have a family Bible. They write down the key events of their family’s faith story in it. They record Baptisms, Marriages, and other important milestones in the faith history of the family. What are some examples of ways we  reverence a Bible?

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The Word of God at Mass At every celebration of the Mass, the Word of God is proclaimed. We carry the Book of the Gospels with dignity in the entrance procession and proclaim the Word of God from a place of honor. That place is called the ambo. This liturgical action shows the faith of the Church in God’s own Word to us as revealed in Sacred Scripture. When we gather with other members of the Church or as a family to read and listen to the Bible, Jesus is there. We listen and ask, “What is God saying to us right now? How can the living Word of God come alive in our lives today?” When does your family listen to the Word of  God? How does your school show reverence for Sacred Scripture?

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What kinds of writings are in the Bible?

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Inspiration of the Bible The Holy Spirit guiding the human writers of Sacred Scripture to faithfully and accurately communicate God’s Word.

Sacred Scripture Books tell stories of happiness and sadness, successes and failures. The Bible tells the story of God’s love for his people and their response to his love. The Bible is God’s Word to us. God speaks to us through the Bible. Sacred Scripture is another name for the Bible. It is a name that means “holy writings.” The Bible is a collection of many holy writings. The Church divides the Bible into the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word testament means “covenant.” The Holy Spirit inspired, or guided, the human writers of the Bible to faithfully and accurately communicate God’s Word. We call this truth of our faith the Inspiration of the Bible. Guided by the Holy Spirit, the Church has identified the forty-six books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament to be the inspired Word of God. We call this the canon of Scripture. Which Scripture stories do you remember? Do you know if these stories are from the Old Testament or the New Testament?

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Catholics Believe Activity

Do you know how to look up a Bible passage? Look up John 8:31–32. First decide whether the passage is in the Old Testament or the New Testament. Then follow the clues below to find the passage. JOHN  =  Book of the Bible (Hint! Look at the top of the Bible page.) JOHN 8 = Chapter

Lectionary and Book of the Gospels The first two readings at Mass on Sunday are proclaimed from the Lectionary. The deacon or priest proclaims the Gospel from the Book of the Gospels.

JOHN 8:31–32  =  Verses Find the following Scripture passages. Read each one silently. Write what you learned for each passage. 1 Thessalonians 2:13

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The Old Testament

FAITH VOCABULARY

The Old Testament tells the story of the Covenant. The Covenant is the solemn agreement that God and his people entered into together. The story of the Covenant begins at creation. It continues with the stories of Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and the prophets.

What is the message of the Old Testament?

Covenant The solemn agreement that God entered into with his people, promising that he would be their God and they were to be his chosen people.

The Church has divided the writings of the Old Testament into four different categories of books, or writings. They are the Torah (or Pentateuch), the Historical Books, Wisdom literature, and the writings of the Prophets. The Torah

The Torah is the first five books of the Old Testament. These books are also known as the Pentateuch, a word meaning “five containers.” The Torah contains the story of the Covenant, the Ten Commandments, and other laws that help God’s people live the Covenant. The five books of the Old Testament that make up the Torah are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. How would you describe the Old Testament?

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Books of the Old Testament The Historical Books

There are sixteen historical books. They explain how Israel learned about God and tell about the struggle of the Israelites to live the Covenant faithfully. Some of these books are: Joshua, Judges, 1 and 2 Kings, and 1 and 2 Samuel. The Wisdom Books

There are seven wisdom books. They teach practical ways to live God’s Law. These writings include Job, Psalms, and Proverbs. The Prophetic Books

There are eighteen prophetic books. These books contain the teachings of the prophets. The prophets were people God chose to speak in his name. Some of these books are Isaiah, Jeremiah, Hosea, and Amos.

Faith-Filled People Saint Jerome Jerome (343–420) translated the Bible into Latin. Jerome’s translation became known as the Vulgate Bible and was the standard Bible for the Roman Catholic Church for hundreds of years. Saint Jerome is honored as one of the four great Doctors of the Western Church. His feast day is September 30.

Why do you think the story of the Covenant is told  through different kinds of books?

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The writers of the Bible told the faith story of God’s people. You are a member of the People of God. You also have a faith story. In the space below, write a table of contents for a book that would show how God has acted in your life. My Faith Story Table of Contents

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What is the heart of the New Testament?

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Gospel The Gospel is the Good News of God’s love revealed in the life, suffering, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ.

The New Testament The New Testament reveals that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Jesus is the new and everlasting Covenant. He reveals God and his love for us more fully than anyone else did or will ever do. The Gospels

The four Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are the heart of the New Testament. Each Gospel shares in its own way the story and meaning of Jesus’ life, suffering and passion, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension. The Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles tells the story of the first years of the Church and the work of the Church in the world. Acts gives an account of the Apostles as they spread the Gospel throughout the world. The Epistles and Letters

These twenty-one letters of Saint Paul the Apostle and other early Christian writers teach about Jesus and how Christians are to live. Longer, formal letters are called epistles. New Testament The Gospels

The Book of Revelation

The Book of Revelation is the last book of the Bible. In it the Holy Spirit encourages Christians who are suffering to remain faithful to Jesus Christ. How would you describe the New Testament?

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What words and symbols would you use to describe each book of the New Testament? Tell a partner.


As you listen to the Word of God, the Holy Spirit helps you listen with reverence to what God says to you. His gift of knowledge helps you understand God’s Word. His gift of courage gives you strength to put God’s Word into practice and to live as a disciple of Jesus.

GOD’S LIVING WORD Design or a Web page using words and images to encourage others to live God’s Word.

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Chapter Review

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1. The Bible is the inspired written Word of God. 2. The Old Testament tells the story of the Covenant, or solemn agreement, that God entered into with his people. 3. The New Testament reveals that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the new and everlasting Covenant.

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Reflect What is one thing you are interested in learning more about from the Bible?

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Work with a partner to recall as many of the books found in the Old Testament and New Testament of the Bible as you can.


A Light for My Path Praying with the Bible is a form of meditation in which we spend quiet time with God. We read and reflect on his Word. We make decisions to live as disciples of Christ. Meditate on God’s Word using these steps. 1.   Sit quietly. Close your eyes. Breathe slowly. 2. In your mind, picture yourself in a place where you can talk and listen to God. 3.   Open your Bible and read John 8:12–16. 4. Take time to talk and listen to God. Say, “Your word, Lord, is a light for my path” (based on Psalm 119:105). 5. After a few quiet moments, ask the Holy Spirit, “What is your Word saying to me?” Share your thoughts with a classmate. 6.  Silently make a faith decision to put God’s Word into action. 7.  Conclude this prayer time with the following prayer together: Leader: For revealing yourself to us in the Sacred Scriptures, All: We thank you, Lord. Leader: For showing us your love and calling us to be your people, All: We thank you, Lord. Leader: For sending us your Son, Jesus, All: We thank you, Lord. Leader: For sending us the Holy Spirit to help guide us. All: We thank you, Lord.

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With My Family This Week . . .

Sharing God’s Word

In Chapter 2, “The Word of God,” your child learned:

Read together 1 Thessalonians 2:13 and 2 Timothy 3:16–17. Emphasize that the Bible is God’s Word to us.

→ The Bible contains the holy writings that the Holy Spirit inspired God’s people to write. → The list of writings named by the Church is called the canon of Scripture. → The Old Testament tells the first part of the story of the Covenant that God made with his people. → The New Testament tells about the fulfillment of God’s promise in the new and everlasting Covenant of Jesus Christ. → The virtue of reverence helps us to have and to show a deep respect for both God and the Church. For more about related teachings of the Church, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 50–133; and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, pages 11–33.

We Live as Disciples The Christian home and family is a school of discipleship. Choose one of the following activities to do as a family or design a similar activity of your own. → Talk with each other about how the Bible guides your family to live as disciples of Jesus. Discuss: How is the Bible a light for our path?

→ Invite each person to share the name of a favorite person in the Bible. Share with each other the stories about these people.

Our Spiritual Journey The prayer of meditation helps us reflect on God’s Word and ask him to help us understand its meaning for our lives. Such a conversation with God is vital as we live our lives of faith. In this chapter, your child prayed a form of meditation called lectio divina. Read and pray together this prayer on page 33 or as a family pray, “Your word, Lord, is a light for my path. Amen.”

→ Choose a favorite Bible story. Find it in the Bible and read it together. Pray it as a prayer of meditation.

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Looking Ahead In this chapter, the Holy Spirit invites you to →

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EXPLORE   how Saint Augustine learned about the mystery of God.

DISCOVER  the Church’s teaching about the Holy Trinity.

DECIDE   how to show love for the Holy Trinity.

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solve by yourself ? What kind of mystery would you need the help of others to solve? The words below are from the Old Testament Book of Psalms. In them, the writer longs to know more about God. Listen reverently to these words from the Bible. Make known to me your ways, Lord;   teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me,   for you are God my savior. For you I wait all the long day.

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What else do you know about who God is?

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Disciple Power Wonder and Awe This Gift of the Holy Spirit encourages us to respect and be in awe of God. The mystery of faith is something that can cause us to marvel, or stand in awe, at God’s great love.

Saint Augustine When Jesus told the story of the Good Shepherd, many people at that time did not understand what he was teaching about God. Many Christians have tried to understand what Jesus meant when he said there is One God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one. John 10:27-30 One of those who tried to understand this mystery of faith was Saint Augustine. Did you know there is a famous story about Saint Augustine and his efforts to learn more about God? Whether it really happened is not as important as the underlying truth the legend teaches.

The Legend One day Augustine was walking on the beach. The vast ocean inspired him to think about God. As he was walking along, he met a young boy who was taking water from the sea with a small bucket. Augustine watched as the boy kept pouring the water, one bucket at a time, into a hole he had dug in the sand.

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Augustine became very curious and asked, “Why do you keep pouring water into the hole?” The boy answered, “Isn’t it plain to see? I’m putting the ocean in the hole.” Augustine began to laugh. “That’s impossible,” he told the boy. “The great sea is much too large for that small hole.” The boy looked up and said, “And God is too big for your little mind.” Suddenly, the boy disappeared. Little by little, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we can come to know more about the mystery of God the Holy Trinity in whose image we have been created. How does this story help your faith in God grow?

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Pretend you are a newspaper reporter. Answer the following questions about the story as an outline for an article in the newspaper. Where does the legend take place?  Who are the two characters in the legend?  What is the boy doing?  What is the question that Augustine asks?  What was the little boy trying to teach?  Do you like the legend’s ending? Why or why not?  

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What is the mystery of the Holy Trinity?

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Holy Trinity The central belief of the Christian faith; the mystery of One God in Three Divine Persons— God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Trinity Jesus told his disciples, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19 The Church follows that command today. Every time the Church baptizes a person, we name the mystery of who God is. We baptize in the name of the One God who is the Holy Trinity. We baptize in the name of the One God who is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the deepest and most central belief of the Christian faith. This is a truth about God we could have never known unless God revealed it to us. Why do you think the Holy Trinity is the

central belief of our Christian faith?

Activity Check (√) the ways you express faith in the Holy Trinity. In the space name an additional way.

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The Old Testament In the Old Testament, we read the beginning of the story of God’s Revelation of himself. God first revealed himself to Adam and Eve. Years later, God came to Abraham and Sarah and revealed that he alone is God. Abraham came to believe in and trust in one God. The descendants of Abraham and Sarah, the Israelites, shared through many generations their faith in the One True God. Why do you think God wanted Abraham and the Israelites

to know that he is the One, true God?

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Catholics Believe Holy Water Blessing ourselves with holy water and saying, “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” is a sacramental of the Church. Each time we bless ourselves, we remember our Baptism and profess our faith in the Holy Trinity.

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Many centuries after God revealed himself to Abraham, God invited the Virgin Mary to place her trust in him. God chose the Virgin Mary to be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God and the Savior he promised to send. She became the Mother of Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.

What do the Gospels tell us about who God is? Annunciation The announcement to the Virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel that God had chosen her to be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

. . . he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man . . . Nicene Creed This event, which is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, is known as the Annunciation. It gives us a glimpse into the mystery of the Holy Trinity. So special is Mary’s role in God’s plan that she was free from all sin, from the very first moment of her conception, and throughout her whole life. We call Mary’s birth the Immaculate Conception. Jesus is true God and true man. The name Jesus means “God saves.” God sent his Only Begotten Son to save us from sin. Through Jesus, we can know God’s love. Why is Mary’s role so important

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Jesus Christ Throughout his life on Earth, Jesus, the Son of God, spoke clearly of the Father and the Holy Spirit. On one occasion he told Philip the Apostle and the other disciples: The Advocate, the holy Spirit that the Father will send in my name—he will teach you everything and remind you of all that [I] told you. John 14:26 Christians have come to believe and understand that Jesus was speaking of One God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Many years after his Ascension, or the return of the Risen and Glorified Jesus to his Father in Heaven, the Church named this central mystery of our faith the Holy Trinity.

Faith-Filled People Saint John de Matha John de Matha founded the Trinitarians. The prayer and work of the Trinitarians proclaim the mystery of the love of the Holy Trinity for humankind. Saint John de Matha’s feast day is February 8.

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In what ways do we profess the Church’s faith in the Holy Trinity?

The Nicene Creed Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, two early councils, or official meetings of the Church called by the Pope, taught about the great mystery of the Holy Trinity. These were the Council of Nicaea in a.d. 325 and the Council of Constantinople in a.d. 381. The Creed, which we profess at Mass, comes from these two councils. We can never fully understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity. When our lives on Earth are completed, we will live forever with God in Heaven. We will see God in a way we have never seen or known him before. What is one way you can explain the belief in the

Holy Trinity?

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You are becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. Disciples believe there is One God in Three Divine Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Little by little the Holy Spirit is helping you to believe this wonderful mystery of faith.

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MY FAITH

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TO HELP YOU REMEMBER 1. The Holy Trinity is the central belief of the faith of the Church. 2. The mystery of the Trinity is most fully revealed in Jesus Christ. 3. We profess our belief in the Holy Trinity when we pray the Nicene Creed at Mass.

Chapter Review Recall Circle whether each statement is true or false. 1. The Holy Spirit is the mystery of One God in Three Divine Persons. True

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Renewal of Faith In this creed, one of the oldest creeds in the Church, we profess faith in the Holy Trinity. Each year at Easter, people who are baptized renew their faith with these words. Let us renew our faith in God now. Leader: Do you believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth? All: I do. Leader: Do you believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was born of the Virgin Mary, was crucified, died, and was buried, rose from the dead, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father? All: I do. Leader: Do you believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting? All: I do. Leader: This is our faith. This is the faith of the Church. We are proud to profess it, in Christ Jesus our Lord. All: Amen. Rite of Baptism for Children, Profession of Faith

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With My Family This Week . . .

Sharing God’s Word

In Chapter 3, “The Holy Trinity,” your child learned:

Read together Matthew 28:16–20, the Gospel account of Jesus commissioning the disciples. Emphasize that we profess our faith in the Holy Trinity and remember our Baptism when we pray the Sign of the Cross.

→ The Holy Trinity is the mystery of One God in Three Divine Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. → The mystery of God the Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith. It is a truth about God that we could never have known unless God revealed it. → God revealed this mystery over a long period of time. → We profess faith in the Trinity at Baptism. → Each time we pray the Nicene Creed at Mass, we renew and profess our faith in this great mystery. → The gift of wonder and awe encourages us to respect and be in awe of God.

We Live as Disciples The Christian home and family is a school of discipleship. Choose one of the following activities to do as a family or design a similar activity of your own. → The words of the Nicene Creed can be found on page 368 of this book. Make Nicene Creed puzzle pieces and assemble them with your child to help him or her memorize this important prayer of the Church.

→ This week when your family takes part in Sunday Mass be sure to bless yourself with holy water and pray the Sign of the Cross as you enter and leave the church.

Our Spiritual Journey Our spiritual journey is marked by actions that express our faith in the Trinity. Almsgiving is one of those actions. When we give alms, or share our spiritual and material blessings with others, we profess our faith in God who is the source of all blessings. In this chapter, your child prayed a prayer renewing his or her baptismal profession of faith. Read and pray together as a family, this prayer which is found on page 45.

For more about related teachings of the Church, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 232–260; and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, pages 49–63.

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Looking Ahead In this chapter, the Holy Spirit invites you to →

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DECIDE   how to make a quality of God known to others.

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We use images to describe the qualities of people. For example, we might say, “She’s as fast as lightning.” What is an image you would use to describe yourself ? The prophet Isaiah used many images to describe the relationship between God and his people. In this Scripture passage Isaiah affirms that we are created by God. Yet, O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands.

Isaiah 64:7

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Disciple Power Joy Joy shows that we are cooperating with the grace of the Holy Spirit. We recognize that true happiness comes, not from money or possessions, but from knowing, trusting, and loving God. Joy is a Fruit of the Holy Spirit.

Blessing Prayers The Church celebrates her faith in God in many ways. When we pray, we place all our trust and confidence in God. We show that we know that he loves us and will always do what is best for us. Blessing prayers are one of the five kinds of prayer of the Church. They remind us that God is always with us and blesses us with his love. When we pray a blessing, we are asking for God’s power and protection upon a person, a place, an object, or an activity. Catholics use many blessing prayers. We pray grace before and after meals. Sometimes we ask a blessing before leaving home or going on a trip. We ask God to bless us at the conclusion of Mass. We ask God’s blessing on every newly married couple. Some families ask for a blessing when they move into a new home. Catholics also have religious objects such as medals blessed by a priest. All our blessings remind us that God is always with us, and this brings us a sense of great joy. What blessing would you like to receive? Explain why.

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Sacramentals Just as blessings remind us that God is always with us, there are certain objects, symbols, prayers, and gestures that are reminders too. The Church gives us these to strengthen our faith. We call these symbols, prayers, gestures, and objects sacramentals. Some sacramentals are blessed objects that call our attention to God’s love and presence in our lives. For example, a rosary is a religious object that helps us to pray. Sacramentals help us become closer to God because when we use them, we make ourselves more aware of God’s presence in our lives. We should always use sacramentals in a respectful and prayerful manner. There are many kinds of sacramentals. Here are two: Holy Water.  This is one of the most widely used sacramentals. It is a reminder of our Baptism. When we enter or leave church, we dip our right hand into the holy water font and bless ourselves by making the Sign of the Cross. Catholics also use holy water to bless their homes, farms, businesses, and even their cars and pets. Blessed Ashes.  On Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent, Catholics have their foreheads marked with blessed ashes. These ashes are a reminder of our need for repentance and contrition. What are some reminders in your home of your family’s faith? Activity

Name a sacramental. Then explain how it can help you focus on God’s love. Sacramental:  How it helps you:    

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Who has God revealed himself to be?

FAITH VOCABULARY

attributes of God Qualities of God that help us understand the mystery of God.

Attributes of God To help us understand who God has revealed himself to be, the inspired writers of the Bible have used certain qualities to describe him. These qualities are called attributes of God. They help us get a glimpse into the mystery of God. Here are a few of the attributes God has revealed about himself. One  God is One. There is only One God. No one and nothing is like him.

Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone! Deuteronomy 6:4

Lord  God revealed the name YHWH to describe himself. The writers of the Bible used the name Adonai, or Lord, in place of the divine and sacred name YHWH. Almighty  God is almighty. This means that God alone can do anything. Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty. Just and true are your ways, O king of the nations. Revelations 15:3 Eternal  God is eternal. God always has been and always will be. God had no beginning and will have no end. The Lord is the enternal God.

Isaiah 40:28

How do the attributes of God help us understand who God has revealed himself to be?

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Holy  God is holy. The word holy means “without equal.” No one and no thing that God created is equal to him.

Catholics Believe

The Mystery of God

God is Holy, Love, and Truth

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts! 

Isaiah 6:3

Love  God is love. God created and saved us to share in that love.

God is love.

1 John 4:16

Truth  God is always faithful to his word. He always keeps his promises.

For the Lord’s word is true.

God is a mystery whom we will never be able to fully know. No matter how much we come to know about God, there will always be more to know.

Psalm 33:4a

Which is your favorite attribute of God? Why?

Activity

Read and think about these Scripture passages. Write what you think God is telling us about himself in each passage.

Thus the Lord passed before him and cried out, “The Lord, the Lord, a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in kindness and fidelity. Exodus 34:6    

Let them praise your great and awesome name: holy is God!

Psalm 99:3

   

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God the Father

FAITH VOCABULARY

God has revealed himself most fully in Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke about God in many ways. Most of all Jesus spoke about God the Father.

What does it mean to call God Father? Abba The name Jesus used for God the Father that reveals the love and trust that exist between Jesus, God the Son, and God the Father.

Jesus had a very special name for God the Father. He called God Abba, which means “dear Father” or even “Dad.” In Jesus’ time, when people used the name asbba, they showed how close they were to their father and how much they loved and trusted him. When Jesus called God Abba, he revealed how much he loved and trusted his Father. Jesus invited his disciples to love and trust God the Father as he did. He said,

Jesus Teaching by the Seashore, by James J. Tissot

“This is how you are to pray: Our Father . . .” Matthew 6:9 Jesus revealed that his Father is our Father, too. God the Father loves us and knows each of us by name. When we call God “Father,” we are saying that we are his children. We believe, trust, and love God as Abba, our Father. How did God reveal himself most fully to us?

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Children of God When we call God our Father, we are saying that we are all children of God. The Bible tells us: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.

Faith-Filled People Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

1 John 3:1

As his children we share God’s love with all people everywhere. So close to us is God the Father that he knows and loves each one of us by name. The Bible tells us: . . . Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you. See, upon the palms of my hands I have written your name . . . Isaiah 49:15–16 God is our Father, our Abba. How happy we are that God has shared this truth about himself and about us.

Thérèse of Lisieux was born in France in 1873. She lived a simple life of trusting God. Thérèse loved nature and often used nature to explain how God’s loving care is everywhere. This filled Thérèse’s heart with joy. The Church celebrates the feast day of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux on October 1.

What does it mean that God has revealed himself to be our Father?

Activity

Write and decorate your favorite name for God. Use that name today to tell a partner about God. Use this name often in prayer.

Communion of Saints panel inside Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, CA.

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God the Creator

FAITH VOCABULARY

Creation shows the great glory of God. God created the whole universe and all creatures, visible and invisible, out of nothing and without any help. Everyone and everything God created is good. In the Apostles’ Creed, we profess:

How does Original Sin effect all God’s creation? soul The spiritual dimension of the human person that never dies, or is immortal.

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth . . . God created people in his image and likeness. He created us with a physical body and a spiritual, immortal soul. Immortal means that the soul will never die. The writers of the Bible gave the names Adam and Eve to the first humans. In the book of Psalms we read that God has crowned human beings with glory and honor (read Psalm 8:6). No matter the color of one’s skin, the lives we live, or the languages we speak, we all belong to one family—the family of God.

Original Sin Sadly, Adam and Eve were not satisfied with God’s plan of goodness and holiness for them. They preferred their own way instead of God’s plan. Sin entered into the world, when they disobeyed God. The Church calls their decision to live apart from God’s plan, Original Sin. It is called Original Sin because it is the first sin and the beginning of all evil and sin in the world. Original Sin hurts everyone and everything God created. Each person is born sharing in the effects of Original Sin. Even with Original Sin, God continues to invite and help everyone to share in his goodness and love. He sent Jesus, his only Son, to redeem us and restore our friendship with God.  hat can each person do W to overcome the effects of Original Sin?

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Disciples of Jesus are people of joy. Your joy comes from your belief that God is always by your side. You show that you believe in and trust in God the Father, as Jesus did, in many ways. You can pray. You treat others and the world with respect and kindness.

CREATING A MOVIE Imagine you are a movie director. You are shooting a movie entitled “All About God.” In this space, illustrate or write about a scene in that movie.

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This week I will share my faith in God by making known to others one attribute about him. I will show my joy by   

. Pray, “O God the Holy Spirit, you are the source of life. Help me to live with true happiness in you. Amen.” 55


TO HELP YOU REMEMBER 1. One, almighty, holy, eternal, love, and truth are qualities about himself that God has revealed. 2. God is the Creator of everyone and everything, visible and invisible. 3. Adam and Eve disobeyed God and turned away from his goodness. This sin caused the beginning of all other sin in the world.

Chapter Review Recall Unscramble the letters of the words in the word box. Then match the words with their meanings.

teribusatt      luso      naligori sni gbslseni       lohy 1. The qualities of God

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3.  The sin committed by Adam and Eve

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4. One of the five kinds of prayer

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5. A word for God that means “without equal”

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Reflect What do you think it means to try to overcome the effects of Original Sin? What can you do?

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With a partner, discuss some of God’s attributes. How do the attributes of God help us to come to know and love God?


Lord, You Alone Are God! In a prayer of praise, we address God with a title of his greatness. Praise God using this simple prayer of praise. Leader: God, you are Abba. All: Amen! You alone are God. Leader: God, you are Most Holy. All: Amen! You alone are God. Leader: God, you are Love. All: Amen! You alone are God. Leader: God, you are One Lord, the Almighty One. All: Amen! You alone are God. Leader: God you are Eternal. All: Amen! You alone are God. Leader: God, you created the whole universe and all creatures. All: Amen! You alone are God. Leader: God, you created us in your image and likeness. All: Amen! You alone are God. Leader: God, our Father, you called us to be your children. You love us and hold us in the palm of your hand. Help us to trust you every day of our lives. We ask this through your Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. All: Amen.

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With My Family This Week . . .

Sharing God’s Word

In Chapter 4, “Great Is the Lord,” your child learned:

Read together and quietly think about the Scripture verses on pages 50 and 51 one at a time. Emphasize that as amazing as God is, Jesus taught us to call God a simple and familiar name, Father.

→ The biblical writers used several qualities, or attributes, to describe God. → Jesus loved and trusted his Father, whom he addressed as Abba. → The story of God the Creator and the Fall of Adam and Eve reveal God’s great love for us. → Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. → Joy is a sign that true happiness comes from knowing, trusting, and loving God. For more about related teachings of the Church, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 199–227, 268–274, 279–412; and the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, pages 49–75.

→ This Sunday when you take part in Mass, take time to look at the religious statues or artwork in your church. Talk about how these works of art help you honor and worship God.

Our Spiritual Journey We Live as Disciples The Christian home and family is a school of discipleship. Choose one of the following activities to do as a family or design a similar activity of your own. → Choose one of the Scripture verses on pages 50–51. Make a banner using the verse. Display the banner where it can remind everyone how wonderful God is.

Did you ever notice that people who have very few material possessions, such as Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, are people of joy? This joy comes from the recognition that God is always blessing us with his presence. In this chapter your child prayed a prayer of praise. Read and pray together this prayer on page 57. Praise God for his presence within you.

For more ideas on ways your family can live as disciples of Jesus, visit

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CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING Reduce and Conserve This reservoir is the main source of water for the nearby town. A severe drought over the past five years has reduced the water level in the reservoir to dangerously low levels. The situation is even more serious because no water conservation plan has been put into effect. Businesses and homes which rely on the water continue to use the same amounts of water that they used when the reservoir was full.

WE CARE FOR GOD’S CREATION God has given us this world and, with it, the responsibility to preserve its beauty and resources. Sometimes we can take the natural resources around us for granted. When we do, nature is harmed.

The drought has affected the ecosystem in the area, particularly the fish and animals who live downstream. The community must act responsibly and find ways to reduce water consumption.

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MAKING CONNECTIONS It is easy to take for granted God’s natural gifts, such as water. Humans and all of creation rely on water to live. Conserving water is one way we can take care of God’s creation.

with LANGUAGE ARTS

with MATH AND SCIENCE

Look at the pictures on the previous page. Imagine you are the water and write a paragraph describing what you see. In your paragraph give human attributes to the water. This is called personification. Let the water use all five senses when describing what is happening. For example, include descriptions of how water feels and what the water thinks about what is happening to it.

Make a chart that compares the average daily water use now and when conserving. Chart daily water use tasks such as brushing teeth, watering the lawn, washing clothes, and showering. You may want to list other water use tasks on your chart as well. Begin by calculating how much water in gallons used for each activity. Next, calculate how much water in gallons you would save per day if you implemented water-conserving strategies. Then help the community in the story on page 59 understand how much water they can save.

with CREATIVE ARTS Imagine that your family’s water supply comes from a well, but the well is not functioning. Make a list of the things that you are unable to do for one day as a result of having no water. Create a rap song that describes ways to conserve water at home. Use the phrase “Drip, Drip, Drip.”

What is one thing you can do at home to conserve water? How will this help preserve God’s creation?

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Unit 1  Review

Name

A. Choose the Best Word Fill in the blanks, using the words from the word bank. Jesus Christ Mary

forty-six attributes of God

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books in the Old Testament and books in the New Testament.

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help us get a glimpse

is a supernatural gift and power that helps 5.  us respond to God’s invitation with all our heart, our mind, our soul, and our strength.

B. Show What You Know Match the words or phrases in Column A with the words or phrases in Column B. Column A

Column B

1.  Divine Revelation

a. the first five books of Moses

2. Evangelists

b. wounded everyone and everything God created

3. Torah 4. The mystery of the Holy Trinity 5.  Original Sin

c. the deepest and central belief of the Christian faith d. God’s making known over time the mystery of God and the divine plan of creation and Salvation e. the writers of the four Gospels

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C. Connect with Scripture Reread the Scripture passage on the Unit Opener page. What connection do you see between this passage and what you learned in this unit?

D. Be a Disciple 1. Review the four pages in this unit titled The Church Follows Jesus. What person or ministry of the Church on these pages will inspire you to be a better disciple of Jesus? Explain your answer.

2. Work with a group. Review the four Disciple Power virtues or gifts you have learned about in this unit. Write down your own ideas, first. Then share with the group practical ways that you will live these virtues or gifts day by day.

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What does the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross celebrate?

The Word of the Lord

This is the Gospel reading for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. Read and discuss with your family. Gospel John 3:13–17

Exaltation of the Holy Cross Most of the time we do not consider a sign of pain and suffering to be a symbol of Good News. The Cross, though, is a sign of our redemption. Whenever Catholics pray, we begin and end our prayer with the Sign of the Cross. We wear crosses as jewelry and may hang crosses on the walls of our homes. The Cross is the main symbol for the followers of Jesus. It is a symbol of hope. Since the Cross is so much a part of our faith, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross every year on September 14. On this holy day we remember that because of the Cross, we have the promise of eternal life. Now we are filled with the hope of the Kingdom of God. The Cross has been so important to the faith of Christians. Saint Helena of the Cross traveled to Calvary and found the Cross on which Jesus had died. The Cross reminded her of Jesus’ courage and his love for her and all people. The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross may have started as early as the seventh century to remember the finding of the Cross in Jerusalem. Today we seek to deepen our understanding of the Paschal Mystery—Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. We know that the real meaning for us is the gift of eternal life. Jesus taught his disciples to love God and others and to follow him. The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross helps us remember to follow Jesus.

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Read the prayer by Saint Paul of the Cross. Now write your prayer about the Exultation of the Holy Cross. Use some of the words from the prayer and the activity to help you.

The way of the Cross is the road which leads to Paradise; it is the sure way to holiness. The Passion of Christ is the greatest and most stupendous work of Divine Love. –Saint Paul of the Cross

MY FAITH

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