Catechesis: Scripture, Virtues and Vices

Tactile, Visual, or Both: Scripture

Assign each student a visual or inspirational verse from scripture and have them draw, paint, glitter, etc., a bookmark or poster about the verse. It might be necessary to use a couple verses in order to get a complete sentence out. Those that I chose this year are listed below, but feel free to browse the Bible yourself. The letters to the Corinthians and the book of Joshua can provide some inspiring soundbytes.

Joshua 1:14 (Ali)
Psalms 43:4
Psalms 25:15 (Dan L)
Psalms 26:7 (Kelly)
Psalms 26:8 (Nick)
Proverbs 31:6
Proverbs 31:9 (Dan M)
Isaiah 40:31
Isaiah 43:19 (Joe)
Ezekiel 34:25 (Jillian)
Ezekiel 34:27 (Jay)
Mark 9:36-37 (Kevin)
Luke 18:16
Luke 18:25-27
Luke 19:5-6 (Gaby)

The verse they pick (or that you assign) becomes "their" verse. They should not only make the bookmark about it but write it on folders or in the front of their books.

Tactile and Visual: Theological Virtues

Below is the narrator part for a small skit. In addition, five speakers are required from among the students. Tell them their parts beforehand, or give them cards to read on cue from you, the narrator. Peace is not one of the theological virtues, but ideas of peace and peacemaking dominate the Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5:3-11.

In a room stood four candles, burning slowly. The light was dim, the ambiance soft. It seemed almost as if you could hear them talking.

The first candle spoke: "I AM PEACE."

But the world is so full of anger and fighting. Nobody can keep me lit ... Then PEACE went out completely.

The second candle spoke: "I AM FAITH."

I am no longer needed. It makes no sense for me to stay lit one moment longer. And with that, a breeze softly blew out FAITH.

Candle number 3 bravely spoke: "I AM LOVE."

People don't seem to understand my importance. I am put aside all the time as they forget my true meaning. And with that, the candle was no longer lit.

Quietly a child entered the room, observing the candles. The child began to cry.

"Why aren't you burning? You're supposed to stay lit!" the child said.

The fourth candle spoke up: "I AM HOPE. While I am still burning, the others can be lit again."

And so, with shining eyes, the child took the candle of HOPE and relit all the others. The flame of HOPE should never go out from your life, and with HOPE, each of us can live a life full of PEACE, FAITH, and LOVE.