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2., 3. and 4. Petition, Intercession,  anksgiving.  e  rst letters of these three words spell PIT, which is another word for hell.  e idea association is, “If I learn to pray well, I will escape falling into the pit.”5. and 6. Praise, Contrition.  e initial letters for the  nal two prayer forms are PC, which could stand for Personal Computer or Politically Correct. So, the whole mnemonic device is:BA (For Bachelor of Arts, as well as for Blessing and Adoration)PIT ( e place I want to avoid. And I will if I pray well.  e letters stand for Petition, Intercession, and  anksgivingPC (For Personal Computer or Politically Correct, as well as Praise and Contrition)Teach the word mnemonic to your students.  e  rst letteris silent, and after they know that, the pronunciation is easy: nuh-MAHN-ik. Mnemonics is a system used to help the memory. Encourage students to use the word so they can remember it. (“We learned a mnemonic device today.”)  ey can also use the word to impress older siblings and maybe even their parents.2. The Holy Spirit and Prayer, page 40Explain to students that since the earliest days of the Church, Christians have prayed to the Holy Spirit when they have particularly di cult problems to solve.  ese can be prob- lems with friends, with family members, and problems with schoolwork.Teach students a prayer to the Holy Spirit that Christians have been saying and singing since the ninth century. It is called Veni, Creator Spiritus (Come, Creator Spirit).  e  rst two lines of the prayer areTell students to bring their lists to your next class. Makea master list of all the objects and actions. Allow time for explanations of any sacramental actions that may be part of a student’s ethnic background: a St. Joseph’s Table meal, for example. Families of Italian ancestry may invite guests to a special meal to honor St. Joseph on his feast day, March 19.  ese meals often feature meatless foods because they hap- pen during Lent and a statue of St. Joseph is often displayed.4. Three Di erent Ways to Pray, page 41If your students are familiar with the Rosary, they have experience with both vocal prayer and meditation.  e vocal prayer comes in the repetition of such traditional prayers as the Sign of the Cross, the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, and the Glory to the Father, or Prayer of Praise.  e meditation comes in the silent consideration of a mystery from the life of Christ or Our Lady.Contemplation is a di erent kind of prayer.  e person praying doesn’t think about a story or an event.  ere are no words and there is no narrative.  e person praying concen- trates on the wonder of God.5. Pray Always, page 42Introduce your students to the Catholic monastic tradition. St. Benedict (480-543) is usually named as the founder of western monasticism. He and his followers established a monastery at Monte Cassino, Italy. St. Benedict’s Rule called the monks together for prayer in the chapel at speci c times during the day and night.  is prayer is the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine O ce, the daily liturgical prayer of the Church.One of St. Benedict’s most famous mottoes is Laborare est Orare (lah-boh-RAH-rey est oh-RAH-rey). Write this on the board and ask if anyone can guess what the Latin words mean. (To work is to pray.) Ask: How does St. Benedict’s motto restate St. Paul’s call to pray always? ( e motto means that if one is doing honest work to help his or her family or others, the work is pleasing to God. If students are seriously trying to do their best in school, their e orts are pleasing to God.  eir work of learning is both prayer and worship.)Encourage an artistically talented student to make a banner or a poster of St. Benedict’s motto to display in your class- room. Ask the student to use the Latin words.  ese words are part of our Christian tradition and using them marks us as sharers in the ideals of the Benedictine monks of 1500 years ago.Latin:Veni, Creator Spiritus. mentes tuorum visita ...English:Come, Creator Spirit,visit the minds of your people.Invite students to learn this prayer in English or in the original Latin. It’s a prayer for whenever they need help, whetherit’s to settle an argument between friends or to get a high mark on a science test. Either Latin or English will do.  e prayer can be found in many hymnals and books of Catholic prayers. Or search the Internet using the title of the prayer.3. Sacramentals and Devotions, page 41Ask students to work with a parent to make a list of all the sacramental objects they can  nd in their home: rosaries, crosses, holy water fonts.  ey can list all the sacramental actions they practice as well: saying the Rosary as a family, setting up a crèche at Christmas.12

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