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A Woman Healed
Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians, no one could cure her. She came up behind him and touched the fringe of his clothes, and immediately her hemorrhage stopped. Then Jesus asked, "Who touched me?" When all denied it, Peter said, "Master, the crowds surround you and press in on you." But Jesus said, "Someone touched me; for I noticed that power had gone out from me." When the woman saw that she could not remain hidden, she came in trembling; and falling down before him, she declared in the presence of all the people why she had touched him, and how she had been immediately healed. He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace."
Luke 8: 40-48

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Description and Related Concepts

Faith is the human response to God reaching out to us in love. And so, faith is primarily about relationship and trust. Faith enables us to cry out to God in our trials and to give God thanks for life's blessings. Christian faith is built on relationship with Jesus, the human face of God, who seeks us out and invites us to share in the divine life. Joined in faith to the crucified and risen Jesus through Baptism, we enter into a relationship of divine sonship and daughterhood with the Father and his gift of the Holy Spirit. This relationship with the Father in the Spirit through Christ binds the Christian community into one mystical body, -the body of Christ- which is the Church.

From an intellectual standpoint, Christian faith is a reasoned "yes" to God's revealed truth, fully expressed in the person and preaching of Jesus Christ. Christian faith provides our powers of reason with divine illumination to see life's ultimate meaning through our relationship with God in Christ. Our Catholic Christian faith is thus nurtured and strengthened as we encounter Christ in prayer, in God's word, in one another, and most effectively, in the sacraments, especially Eucharist - source and summit of our Christian life.

From its earliest times, koinonía (communion/community), marturía (witness), and diakonía (service) and have been the three hallmarks of Christian faith. The Christian community's communion in the Spirit (koinonía) witnesses (marturía) to God's love for humankind in Christ. This witness is made complete in loving service (diakonía), especially to the poor, hungry, sick, imprisoned, grieving, homeless or lonely, in whom it recognizes Christ's presence. In so doing, the Christian community of faith participates in God's work of reconciling the world to God in Christ.

Christian faith recognizes the Gospel call to love of God and neighbour as the path to a fully human existence. The gift of faith received at Baptism enables us to understand our origin and destiny: created in love to share in the divine life. Our faith is witnessed through communion in the one Spirit, expressed by reaching out in service, reconciling the world to God in Christ. Faith gives meaning to all aspects of human life; it an orientation of the heart, the soul and mind, shedding light on the true significance of every human life and undertaking.

Anchor Concepts: Community, Family, Faith, Redemption, Revelation, Stewardship, Vocation, Transformation/Conversion

Related Concepts:

  • HOPE
  • HOPE
  • LOVE
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Scripture References

The Cure of the Paralytic
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven."
Matthew 2: 5

Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant
After Jesus had finished all his sayings in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. A centurion there had a slave whom he valued highly, and who was ill and close to death. When he heard about Jesus, he sent some Jewish elders to him, asking him to come and heal his slave. ...And Jesus went with them, but when he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to say to him, "Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof; therefore I did not presume to come to you. But only speak the word, and let my servant be healed. For I also am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me; and I say to one, `Go,' and he goes, and to another, `Come,' and the slave does it." When Jesus heard this he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, he said, "I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith." When those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave in good health.
Luke 7: 1-10

Faith the Size of a Mustard Seed
For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.
Matthew 7: 20b-21

Praying With Faith
Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.
Matthew 21: 22

Upbraided for Lack of Faith; Commissioned to Preach the Good News
Later he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were sitting at the table; and he upbraided them for their lack of faith and stubbornness, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved."
Mark 16: 14-16

Mutual Encouragement in Faith
For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you - or other so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith, both yours and mine.
Romans 1: 11-12

Results of Justification by Faith
Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
Romans 5: 1-5

Unity in the Body of Christ
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of our calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
Ephesians 4: 4-6

The Surpassing Value of Faith in Christ
I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Philippians 3: 8-11

The Meaning of Faith
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.
Hebrews 11: 1-2

The Example of Jesus
... let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12: 1b-2

Faith Without Works is Dead
What good is it my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith, but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, "Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill," and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But someone will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.
James 2: 14-18

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Church Teachings

Documents of Vatican II

43 One of the gravest errors of our time is the dichotomy between the faith which many profess and the practice of their daily lives. As far back as the Old Testament the prophets vehemently denounced this scandal (Cf Is 58, 1-12), and in the New Testament Christ himself with greater force threatened it with severe punishment (Cf Mt 23, 3-33; Mk 7, 10-13). Let there, then, be no such pernicious opposition between professional and social activity on the one hand and religious life on the other. The Christian who shirks his (sic.) temporal duties shirks his duties towards his neighbour, neglects God himself and endangers his eternal salvation.
Gaudium et Spes, (Pastoral Constitution on The Church in the Modern World)

5 "The obedience of faith" (Rom. 13:26; see 1:5; 2 Cor 10:5-6) "is to be given to God who reveals, an obedience by which man commits his whole self freely to God, offering the full submission of intellect and will to God who reveals," and freely assenting to the truth revealed by Him. To make this act of faith, the grace of God and the interior help of the Holy Spirit must precede and assist, moving the heart and turning it to God, opening the eyes of the mind and giving "joy and ease to everyone in assenting to the truth and believing it."
Dei Verbum, (Constitution on Divine Revelation)

8 And so the apostolic preaching, which is expressed in a special way in the inspired books, was to be preserved by an unending succession of preachers until the end of time. Therefore the Apostles, handing on what they themselves had received, warn the faithful to hold fast to the traditions which they have learned either by word of mouth or by letter (see 2 Thess. 2:15), and to fight in defense of the faith handed on once and for all (see Jude 1:3) Now what was handed on by the Apostles includes everything which contributes toward the holiness of life and increase in faith of the peoples of God; and so the Church, in her teaching, life and worship, perpetuates and hands on to all generations all that she herself is, all that she believes.
Dei Verbum, (Constitution on Divine Revelation)

18 Although the mystery of death utterly beggars the imagination, the Church has been taught by divine revelation and firmly teaches that man has been created by God for a blissful purpose beyond the reach of earthly misery. In addition, that bodily death from which man would have been immune had he not sinned will be vanquished, according to the Christian faith, when man who was ruined by his own doing is restored to wholeness by an almighty and merciful Saviour. For God has called man and still calls him so that with his entire being he might be joined to Him in an endless sharing of a divine life beyond all corruption. Christ won this victory when He rose to life, for by His death He freed man from death. Hence to every thoughtful man a solidly established faith provides the answer to his anxiety about what the future holds for him. At the same time faith gives him the power to be united in Christ with his loved ones who have already been snatched away by death; faith arouses the hope that they have found true life with God.
Gaudium et Spes, (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World)

8 The Catholic school pursues cultural goals and the natural development of youth to the same degree as any other school. What makes the Catholic school distinctive is its attempt to generate a community climate in the school that is permeated by the Gospel spirit of freedom and love. It tries to guide the adolescents in such a way that personality development goes hand in hand with the development of the "new creature" that each one has become through baptism. It tries to relate all of human culture to the good news of salvation so that the light of faith will illumine everything that the students will gradually come to learn about the world, about life, and about the human person.
Gravissimum Educationis, (Declaration on Christian Education)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

166 Faith is a personal act - the free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals himself. But faith is not an isolated act. No one can believe alone, just as no one can live alone. You have not given yourself faith as you have not given yourself life. The believer has received faith from others and should hand it on to others. Our love for Jesus and for our neighbour impels us to speak to others about our faith. Each believer is thus a link in the great chain of believers. I cannot believe without being carried by the faith of others, and by my faith I help support others in the faith.

148 The Virgin Mary most perfectly embodies the obedience of faith. By faith Mary welcomes the tidings and promise brought by the angel Gabriel, believing that "with God nothing will be impossible" and so giving her assent: "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word." Elizabeth greeted her: "Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." It is for this faith that all generations have called Mary blessed.

149 Throughout her life and until her last ordeal when Jesus her son died on the cross, Mary's faith never wavered. She never ceased to believe in the fulfillment of God's word. And so the Church venerates in Mary the purest realization of faith.

150 Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed. As personal adherence to God and assent to his truth, Christian faith differs from our faith in any human person. It is right and just to entrust oneself wholly to God and to believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature.

157 Faith is certain. It is more certain than all human knowledge because it is founded on the very word of God who cannot lie. To be sure, revealed truths can seem obscure to human reason and experience, but "the certainty that the divine light gives is greater than that which the light of natural reason gives." "Ten thousand difficulties do not make one doubt."

158 "Faith seeks understanding": it is intrinsic to faith that a believer desires to know better the One in whom he has put his faith, and to understand better what He has revealed; a more penetrating knowledge will in turn call forth a greater faith, increasingly set afire by love. The grace of faith opens "the eyes of your hearts" to a lively understanding of the contents of Revelation: that is, of the totality of God's plan and the mysteries of faith, of their connection with each other and with Christ, the centre of the revealed mystery. "The same Holy Spirit constantly perfects faith by his gifts, so that Revelation may be more and more profoundly understood." In the words of St. Augustine, "I believe, in order to understand; and I understand, the better to believe."

159 Faith and science: "Though faith is above reason, there can never be any real discrepancy between faith and reason. Since the same God who reveals mysteries and infuses faith has bestowed the light of reason on the human mind, God cannot deny himself, nor can truth ever contradict truth." "Consequently, methodical research in all branches of knowledge, provided it is carried out in a truly scientific manner and does not override moral laws, can never conflict with the faith, because the things of the world and the things of faith derive from the same God. The humble and persevering investigator of the secrets of nature is being led, as it were, by the hand of God in spite of himself, for it is God, the conserver of all things, who made them what they are."

160 To be human, "man's response to God by faith must be free, and... therefore nobody is to be forced to embrace the faith against his will. the act of faith is of its very nature a free act." "God calls men to serve him in spirit and in truth. Consequently they are bound to him in conscience, but not coerced. . . This fact received its fullest manifestation in Christ Jesus." Indeed, Christ invited people to faith and conversion, but never coerced them. "For he bore witness to the truth but refused to use force to impose it on those who spoke against it. His kingdom... grows by the love with which Christ, lifted up on the cross, draws men to himself."

165 It is then we must turn to the witnesses of faith: to Abraham, who "in hope... believed against hope"; to the Virgin Mary, who, in "her pilgrimage of faith", walked into the "night of faith" in sharing the darkness of her son's suffering and death; and to so many others: "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith."

171 The Church, "the pillar and bulwark of the truth", faithfully guards "the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints". She guards the memory of Christ's words; it is she who from generation to generation hands on the apostles' confession of faith. As a mother who teaches her children to speak and so to understand and communicate, the Church our Mother teaches us the language of faith in order to introduce us to the understanding and the life of faith.

175 "We guard with care the faith that we have received from the Church, for without ceasing, under the action of God's Spirit, this deposit of great price, as if in an excellent vessel, is constantly being renewed and causes the very vessel that contains it to be renewed."

176 Faith is a personal adherence of the whole man to God who reveals himself. It involves an assent of the intellect and will to the self-revelation God has made through his deeds and words.

177 "To believe" has thus a twofold reference: to the person, and to the truth: to the truth, by trust in the person who bears witness to it.

178 We must believe in no one but God: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

179 Faith is a supernatural gift from God. In order to believe, man needs the interior helps of the Holy Spirit.

180 "Believing" is a human act, conscious and free, corresponding to the dignity of the human person.

181 "Believing" is an ecclesial act. the Church's faith precedes, engenders, supports and nourishes our faith. the Church is the mother of all believers. "No one can have God as Father who does not have the Church as Mother" (St. Cyprian, De unit. 6: PL 4, 519).

182 We believe all "that which is contained in the word of God, written or handed down, and which the Church proposes for belief as divinely revealed." (Paul VI, CPG # 20).

183 Faith is necessary for salvation. The Lord himself affirms: "He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned" ( Mk 16:16).

184 "Faith is a foretaste of the knowledge that will make us blessed in the life to come" (St. Thomas Aquinas. Comp. Theol. 1, 2).

Other Church Documents

Faith Illuminating the Environment of Catholic Education
25 From the first moment that a student sets foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illumined by the light of faith, and having its own unique characteristics. The Council summed this up by speaking of an environment permeated with the Gospel spirit of love and freedom. In a Catholic school, everyone should be aware of the living presence of Jesus the "Master" who, today as always, is with us in our journey through life as the one genuine "Teacher", ... in whom all human values find their fullest perfection. The inspiration of Jesus must be translated from the ideal into the real. The Gospel spirit should be evident in a Christian way of thought and life which permeates all facets of the educational climate.
The Religious Dimension of Education in the Catholic School, Guidelines for Reflection and Renewal. Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, 1988

The Catholic Teacher Guiding Students in Faith
Since the educative mission of the Catholic school is so wide, the teacher is in an excellent position to guide the pupil to a deepening of his faith and to enrich and enlighten his human knowledge with the data of the faith. While there are many occasions in teaching when pupils can be stimulated by insights of faith, a Christian education acknowledges the valid contribution which can be made by academic subjects towards the development of a mature Christian. The teacher can form the mind and heart of his pupils and guide them to develop a total commitment to Christ, with their whole personality enriched by human culture.
The Catholic School, Sacred Congregation for Catholic Education, 1988

Conversion and Faith
53 The Christian faith is, above all, conversion to Jesus Christ, (Cf. AG 13a) full and sincere adherence to his person and the decision to walk in his footsteps ( Cf. CT 5b). Faith is a personal encounter with Jesus Christ making, of oneself a disciple of him. This demands a permanent commitment to think like him, to judge like him and to live as he lived ( Cf. CT 20b). In this way the believer unites himself to the community of disciples and appropriates the faith of the Church (Cf. CCC 166-167).
The General Directory for Catechesis, Congregation For the Clergy, 1997

54 By faith man freely commits his entire self completely to God, making the full submission of his intellect and will to God who reveals, and willingly assenting to the Revelation given by him (DV 5).

To believe has thus a double reference: to the person and to the truth; to the truth, by trust in the person who bears witness to it (CCC 177). Faith involves a change of life, a "metanoia", (Cf. EN 10; AG 13b; CCC 1430-1431) that is a profound transformation of mind and heart; it causes the believer to live that conversion (EN 23). This transformation of life manifests itself at all levels of the Christian's existence: in his interior life of adoration and acceptance of the divine will, in his action, participation in the mission of the Church, in his marred and family life; in his professional life; in fulfilling economic and social responsibilities.
The General Directory for Catechesis, Congregation For the Clergy, 1997

33 Men and women are on a journey of discovery which is humanly unstoppable - a search for the truth and a search for a person to whom they might entrust themselves. Christian faith comes to meet them, offering the concrete possibility of reaching the goal they seek...and immerses them in the order of grace, which enables them to share in the mystery of Christ, which in turn offers them a true and coherent knowledge of the Triune God. In Jesus Christ..., faith recognizes the ultimate appeal to humanity, an appeal made in order that what we experience as desire and nostalgia may come to fulfillment."
Fides et Ratio, (Faith and Reason), Encyclical Letter of Pope John Paul II, 1998

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Canadian/Ontario Documents

When we go out to bring the Gospel to the world of our students, we ask ourselves a serious question. What is the essence of what we wish to transmit to the next generation? The answer is actually quite simple: Christian faith.
Build Bethlehem Everywhere, A Statement on Catholic Education, CCSTA, 2002. P. 13

In leading children to the mystery of God, we guide them to the experience of God that gives meaning to these moments of their lives. To come to faith is to embrace God as the irreplaceable meaning of life, taking the plunge that allows us to surrender all the rest of our life to God. It is always a question of encounter, experience and response. All too often we do not draw near to this understanding of faith. Instead we reduce all our talk about faith to speech about prepositional truths, or codes of moral or religious behaviour. ...Truths and consequences are very much a part of the faith, but they flow from our encounter with the God who has drawn close to us in Jesus Christ. The foundational purpose of a Catholic faith education is to continually remind a new generation of believers that faith is not a matter of comprehending God, but one of God apprehending us in love. We do not just believe some things, but we have found in God someone to believe in.
Build Bethlehem Everywhere, A Statement on Catholic Education, CCSTA, 2002. P. 14

Those involved in Catholic education have an awesome privilege and responsibility. They are called not only to create an authentic faith community in the school but also to bring that community into communion with the parish and the wider Church community. The educational community of a Catholic school should be trying to become a Christian community: a genuine community of faith.
This Moment of Promise, Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops, p. 16, 1989

To begin with, Catholic education proclaims that there is a God. It believes there is a divine reality, an ultimate mystery that is both creator and sustainer of life. It believes that informing the learner about God and humanity's relationship with God is essential to any educational process. Critical to this belief is the proclamation that this divine reality invites relationship, a relationship that is personal and intimate. To that end, Catholic education informs the learner that the basis of self-worth is rooted in the fact that all persons are children of God... This love is at the heart of human interaction as well. This social dimension directs learning towards issues concerning the nature of the human family, the building of community, and the importance of justice and peace education. It is best stated in the Gospel imperative to love God and neighbour as one does one's self. In Catholic education, intellectual development is encouraged and such growth includes both academic and religious literacy. ...In this sense, knowledge is illuminated with the light of faith. The source of this illumination is divine revelation, God's self-disclosure as found in Sacred Scripture and in the teachings of the Catholic Church. In Catholic education, the commitment to maturity of mind and academic excellence is always in reference to God's revealed wisdom as to life's purpose and meaning."
Educating the Soul, (Institute for Catholic Education), Larry Trafford, pp. 8-9

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Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.
Blaise Pascal

He who loses money loses much. He who loses a friend loses more. But he who loses faith loses all.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Faith is the force of life.
Leo Tolstoy

Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.
Helen Keller

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.
St. Thomas Aquinas

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
St. Augustine

On a long journey of human life, faith is the best of companions; it is the best refreshment on the journey; and it is the greatest property.

I am personally convinced that one person can be a change catalyst, a 'transformer' in any situation, any organization. Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf. It requires vision, initiative, patience, respect, persistence, courage, and faith to be a transforming leader.
Stephen Covey

I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work 15 and 16 hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example.
Mario Cuomo

Faith... must be enforced by reason...When faith becomes blind, it dies.
Mahatma Ghandi

The beginning of faith is the beginning of fruitfulness; but the beginning of unbelief, however glittering, is empty.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The ultimate ground of faith and knowledge is confidence in God.
Charles Hodge

A firm faith in the universal providence of God is the solution of all earthly troubles.
B.B. Warfield

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Web Resources

The Vatican
The official web site of the Vatican contains an impressive collection of materials with a useful internal search engine.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
The official web site of the CCCB contains extensive documentation, including recent media releases and publications, with a wide variety of useful links to other Church and Catholic organizations' web sites.

Ontario Conference of Catholic Bishops
The official web site of the OCCB contains extensive resources from the Catholic Bishops of Ontario as well as useful links to other Church and Catholic organizations' web sites. The Conference's jurisdiction over Ontario Catholic schools makes this site particularly relevant.
The website for St. Anthony Messenger Press. An extremely useful site containing articles and reader friendly summaries of Church teaching on a wide variety of topics; well-stocked with online faith-development resources. Also contains a helpful search engine for finding articles and information on current and historical faith-related topics.

Catholic Culture Homepage
Hosts a wide variety of article on current events, issues and statements within the Catholic Church and by Catholic writers.

Catholic Canada Website
A comprehensive listing of Catholic faith-resources, sponsored by the Hamilton (ON) diocese.

Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace Home Page
Home of the Canadian Bishops' overseas development organization. Lists current news and updates from Agency's campaigns and overseas activities, with school use social justice education resources, links to overseas partner organizations.

Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives Homepage
Contains news, links and resources from Canada's 10 Christian inter-church social justice coalitions. A good source of information on Canadian ecumenical social justice initiatives, with regular announcements and updates on campaigns.

Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute
A helpful site for articles and information on bioethical issues from a Catholic Church perspective.

Catholic Association of Religious and Family Life Educators of Ontario (CARFLEO) Links Page An excellent source of links to information related to documents and resources for related documents and resources for Catholic educators.

Electronic New Testament Educational Resources Page

A wonderful set of resources and links related to New Testament studies assembled by Professor Felix Just SJ, from Loyola Marymount University.

Faith Doing Justice Homepage
Hosted by Canadian Jesuit Fathers Jack Costello, Bill Ryan, Jim Prophet and Canadian journalist Bernard Daly. Website's purpose is to "to prompt discussion about how Christian faith relates to social actions' the things people do or fail to do in their social relations: economic, ecological, political, cultural, domestic, etc." Contains a wide cross section of Church documents and articles, online discussion forum on Catholic Social Teaching and links to faith-based social justice initiatives and related websites throughout the world.

Internet Padre Home Page
Hosts a huge inventory of news, articles and links to Catholic resources on a wide variety of faith-related issues.

Papal and Episcopal Documents Related to Catholic Social Justice Teaching
Contains an extensive assortment of links to statements on Catholic social justice by popes, church councils, national bishops' conferences, and individual bishops.

Passionist Community Prayer Resources
Comprehensive prayer resources from the Passionist community.

Sacred Space Home Page
The Sacred Space online prayer page is hosted by the Irish Jesuits. It provides a variety of resources for prayer, ranging from online retreats, seasonal reflections and daily scripture meditations.

Second Spring Journal of Faith and Culture
Presents itself as an online journal of faith and culture. Its articles are mainly by European writers, whose analysis is generally conservative, while often probing and intellectually challenging.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Homepage
Contains statements from American Bishops, faith-related resources for individual and parish group use, along with links to statements from wider universal Church.

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Links to Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectations

A Discerning Believer Formed in the Catholic Faith Community who:
CGE1a Illustrates a basic understanding of the saving story of our Christian faith
CGE1b Participates in the sacramental life of the church and demonstrates an understanding of the centrality of the Eucharist to our Catholic story
CGE1c Actively reflects on God's Word as communicated through the Hebrew and Christian scriptures
CGE1d Develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good
CGE1e Speaks the language of life... "recognizing that life is an unearned gift and that a person entrusted with life does not own it but that one is called to protect and cherish it." (Witnesses to Faith)
CGE1f Seeks intimacy with God and celebrates communion with God, others and creation through prayer and worship
CGE1g Understands that one's purpose or call in life comes from God and strives to discern and live out this call throughout life's journey
CGE1h Respects the faith traditions, world religions and the life-journeys of all people of good will
CGE1i Integrates faith with life
CGE1j Recognizes that "sin, human weakness, conflict and forgiveness are part of the human journey" and that the cross, the ultimate sign of forgiveness is at the heart of redemption. (Witnesses to Faith)  
An Effective Communicator who:
CGE2a Listens actively and critically to understand and learn in light of gospel values
CGE2e Uses and integrates the Catholic faith tradition, in the critical analysis of the arts, media, technology and information systems to enhance the quality of life  
A Reflective and Creative Thinker who:
CGE3a Recognizes there is more grace in our world than sin and that hope is essential in facing all challenges
CGE3b Creates, adapts, evaluates new ideas in light of the common good
CGE3d Makes decisions in light of gospel values with an informed moral conscience
CGE3f Examines, evaluates and applies knowledge of interdependent systems (physical, political, ethical, socio-economic and ecological) for the development of a just and compassionate society  
A Self-directed, Responsible, Life Long Learner who:  
CGE4a Demonstrates a confident and positive sense of self and respect for the dignity and welfare of others
CGE4b Takes initiative and demonstrates Christian leadership.
CGE4g Examines and reflects on one's personal values, abilities and aspirations influencing life's choices and opportunities  
A Collaborative Contributor who:
CGE5b Thinks critically about the meaning and purpose of work
CGE5c Develops one's God-given potential and makes a meaningful contribution to society
CGE5d Finds meaning, dignity, fulfillment and vocation in work which contributes to the common good
CGE5e Respects the rights, responsibilities and contributions of self and others
CGE5f Exercises Christian leadership in the achievement of individual and group goals
CGE5h Applies skills for employability, self-employment and entrepreneurship relative to Christian vocation
A Caring Family Member who:
CGE6a Relates to family members in a loving, compassionate and respectful manner
CGE6b Recognizes human intimacy and sexuality as God given gifts, to be used as the creator intended
CGE6c Values and honours the important role of the family in society
CGE6d Values and nurtures opportunities for family prayer
CGE6e Ministers to the family, school, parish, and wider community through service
A Responsible Citizen who:
CGE7a Acts morally and legally as a person formed in Catholic traditions
CGE7b Accepts accountability for one's own actions
CGE7c Seeks and grants forgiveness
CGE7d Promotes the sacredness of life
CGE7e Witnesses Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society
CGE7f Respects and affirms the diversity and interdependence of the world's peoples and cultures
CGE7g Respects and understands the history, cultural heritage and pluralism of today's contemporary society
CGE7h Exercises the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship
CGE7i Respects the environment and uses resources wisely
CGE7j Contributes to the common good
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Reflection Questions

Personal and Group Reflections:

Personal Reflections:

1. I describe a time when I was influenced by the faith of another person.

2. I describe a time when I hoped that my own faith was an inspiration to another person.

Small Group Reflection:

1. Name someone who young people in our schools would consider as a model of faith.

2. How does this person exemplify faith in their life and actions?

3. What are some of the attitudes and activities our young people encounter in popular culture which:

  • reflect the values of our Christian faith?
  • clash with the values of our Christian faith?


1. Provide an example of a strategy which might help you make the concept of faith more explicit in the curriculum you teach.

2. What strategies are already in place to make signs of faith more visible in your school community?

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