The Foundation of Christian Living
Author: Sophia Institute for Teachers
Publisher: Sophia Institute Press
The Seven Sacraments is a compilation of 10 supplemental lesson plans, enabling you to go beyond the limitations of current textbooks by offering a more comprehensive, in-depth,and engaging approach. Every self-contained lesson in this guide is teacher-written, classroom-tested, and scholar-reviewed, and gives you everything you need to help your students encounter Christ in the Sacraments. Each lesson is designed in a flexible, modular format, and includes: Essential questionsConnections to the Catechism of the Catholic ChurchAccessible and engaging background readingComprehension and critical thinking questionsWarm-up / bell workMain activity such as primary source analysis, role-playing, class discussion, creative assignments, and many othersHomework and extension options"Becoming Like Christ" extension that helps students live the Faith Lessons What Is a Sacrament? What is the secret and joyful realm of the Sacraments?Why are Sacraments effective whether we feel them or not? The Institution of the Eucharist Why is the Eucharist the Source and Summit of our Faith?How did Jesus institute this sacrament?What were Christ's claims and commandments at the Last Supper? Old and New: Eucharistic Typology How does the New Testament lie hidden in the Old, and how's the Old unveiled in the New? Baptism How can it be possible that we die to live?How can classical, medieval, and popular culture help us understand the reality of Baptism? Confirmation How do we know when something belongs to us?If Baptism brings us into Christian life, and Reconciliation forgives sins, then why should we bother with Confirmation? Eucharist What is the Eucharist?What are Its Fruits?How do we receive the Eucharist, and why do we need to receive it often?Why can't everyone receive the Eucharist? Isn't it wrong to exclude people?What is the structure and purpose of Holy Mass? Penance and Reconciliation Why should I go to Confession when I can just tell God I'm sorry in my prayers?Can my sins be so bad that God won't forgive me? Anointing of the Sick Couldn't Jesus have saved humankind without becoming man? Without suffering? Without dying?How can our suffering be redemptive? Holy Orders Who are the successors of the Apostles?Why can only men be priests? Matrimony How is what Christ did for humanity like what spouses do for each other?What virtues are important to cultivate in the single life to help ensure a happy, enduring marriage?This resource facilitates experiential learning with sacred art including works by:Fra AngelicoJacopo BassanoRaphaelRembrandtVan DykeLeandro Miguel Velasco Your students will read and analyze primary sources from writers including: SenecaSt. AugustineSir Francis BaconHenry Wadsworth LongfellowSt. Melito of SardisMadeleine L'EngleHenry Ward BeecherG.K. ChestertonC.S. LewisPope FrancisSt. John Paul IIHomerShakespeareSt. Thomas AquinasSt. Gregory of Nazianzus In addition to Biblical touchstones in every lesson, your students will study in-depth and apply their knowledge of scripture passages including: Genesis 2:18, 21-25Exodus 12:1-20Luke 3:21-22Luke 5:1-11Luke 5:4-11John 8:4-11John 13:4-8John 21:15-17Luke 15:11-32Luke 22:14-20Mark 10:6-9Matthew 12:21-22Matthew 4:19John 9:1-7Mark 8:22-26Mark 10:46-52Matthew 20:29-34Romans 6:3-42 Timothy 1:6-14 Appendixes include alignments to the USCCB high school curriculum framework and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.