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
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,
- SACRED SCRIPTURE / TRUTH
- SOCIAL JUSTICE
- DIVINE SONSHIP/DAUGHTERHOOD
- LIFE JOURNEY
- MYSTERY, WONDER AND AWE
- PROGRESS / GROWTH
- BODY OF CHRIST
- PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR
- SURRENDER / ABANDONMENT
- ULTIMATE MEANING
The Cure of the Paralytic
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins
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
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
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
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
Gaudium et Spes, (Pastoral Constitution on the Church
in the Modern World)
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
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
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
Conversion and Faith
The Catholic Teacher Guiding Students in Faith
40 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
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
Fides et Ratio, (Faith and Reason), Encyclical
Letter of Pope John Paul II, 1998
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
Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary
of what they see; it is above, not against them.
He who loses money loses much. He who loses a friend loses more.
But he who loses faith loses all.
Faith is the force of life.
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge
into the light.
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.
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
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
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.
Faith... must be enforced by reason...When faith becomes blind,
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.
A firm faith in the universal providence of God is the solution
of all earthly troubles.
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
Catholic Culture Homepage
Hosts a wide variety of article on current events,
issues and statements within the Catholic Church and by Catholic
Catholic Canada Website
A comprehensive listing of Catholic faith-resources, sponsored by
the Hamilton (ON) diocese.
Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace
| 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 http://www.ycdsb.edu.on.ca/schools/crec/links.htm
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Links to Ontario Catholic
Believer Formed in the Catholic Faith Community who:
Illustrates a basic understanding of the saving story
of our Christian faith
Participates in the sacramental life of the church and demonstrates
an understanding of the centrality of the Eucharist to our Catholic
Actively reflects on God's Word as communicated through the
Hebrew and Christian scriptures
Develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching
and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity
and the common good
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
Seeks intimacy with God and celebrates communion with God, others
and creation through prayer and worship
Understands that one's purpose or call in life comes from God
and strives to discern and live out this call throughout life's
Respects the faith traditions, world religions and the life-journeys
of all people of good will
Integrates faith with life
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
Listens actively and critically to understand and learn in light
of gospel values
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
and Creative Thinker who:
Recognizes there is more grace in our world than sin and that
hope is essential in facing all challenges
Creates, adapts, evaluates new ideas in light of the common
Makes decisions in light of gospel values with an informed moral
Examines, evaluates and applies knowledge of interdependent
systems (physical, political, ethical, socio-economic and ecological)
for the development of a just and compassionate society
Responsible, Life Long Learner who:
Demonstrates a confident and positive sense of self and respect
for the dignity and welfare of others
Takes initiative and demonstrates Christian leadership.
Examines and reflects on one's personal values, abilities and
aspirations influencing life's choices and opportunities
Thinks critically about the meaning and purpose of work
Develops one's God-given potential and makes a meaningful contribution
Finds meaning, dignity, fulfillment and vocation in work which
contributes to the common good
Respects the rights, responsibilities and contributions of self
Exercises Christian leadership in the achievement of individual
and group goals
Applies skills for employability, self-employment and entrepreneurship
relative to Christian vocation
|A Caring Family
Relates to family members in a loving, compassionate and respectful
Recognizes human intimacy and sexuality as God given gifts,
to be used as the creator intended
Values and honours the important role of the family in society
Values and nurtures opportunities for family prayer
Ministers to the family, school, parish, and wider community
Acts morally and legally as a person formed in Catholic traditions
Accepts accountability for one's own actions
Seeks and grants forgiveness
Promotes the sacredness of life
Witnesses Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy,
and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society
Respects and affirms the diversity and interdependence of the
world's peoples and cultures
Respects and understands the history, cultural heritage and
pluralism of today's contemporary society
Exercises the rights and responsibilities of Canadian citizenship
Respects the environment and uses resources wisely
Contributes to the common good
Personal and Group Reflections:
1. I describe a time when I was influenced by the faith of
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
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?