Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

August 26, 2015

Your Call to Holiness

Christians are called to be saints. A simple definition of a saint is one who has a mind through which Christ things, a voice through which Christ speaks, a heart through which Christ loves, and a hand through which Christ helps.

Each of the Seven Sacraments teaches a person certain values that he or she can share with others. Consider the powerful witness a person can give by living the sacraments.

Ask your students to write short reflective responses to each of the questions connected with the Seven Sacraments.

Baptism initiates you into the Christian family.

  • What does it mean for you to be a brother or sister of Christ?

Confirmation strengthens the gifts of the Holy Spirit, enabling you to live the Christian life.

  • Name your greatest God-given talent. How are using it for others?

Eucharist gives you the living Lord under the forms of consecrated bread and wine.

  • What effect has celebrating the Eucharist and receiving Holy Communion had on your life. Be specific.

Penance extends Christ’s forgiving touch into today’s world.

  • How do you work to mend fences with your enemies? Think about a time when you were most impacted by being forgiven or by forgiving another?

Anointing of the Sick provides spiritual strength and healing for the suffering and sick.

  • What type of suffering is ongoing with a family member or friend? What can you do to help lessen the anxiety of the situation?

Holy Orders ordains special ministers to serve as mediators between God and us.

  • Do you pray for bishops, priests, deacons and others in religious life? How can you consider one of these vocations for yourself?

Matrimony binds a couple in Christ to live as a community of life and love.

  • Which friendship skills are important in a marriage? How can you improve on those skills now?

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