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                                                                                                                                                                                               February 25, 2018 • 2nd Sunday of Lent
What the Church Believes and Teaches
What Is Virtue? (page 30)
  Ask your group to identify choices Sister Dorothy made that expressed her commitment to her vocation. She joined the sisters, she volunteered for the missions, she visited and built communities among the people in Brazil in her pastoral work. She accompanied these farmers who were poor in the struggle to find a way to support their families. She learned the laws of Brazil and worked to have them enforced. In the end, she had her life on the line.
Read aloud to the group the first paragraph about virtues, which makes the point that our choices for good develop into habits of doing good. Ask what habits of doing good the group sees in Sister Dorothy.
Read aloud the second paragraph. Ask the group how Sister Dorothy showed forth any of the virtues.
Read the third paragraph aloud. Note how Sister Dorothy lived her faith in Jesus, her trust in God, and her love for the people of her grassroots communities.
Have the young people close their What the Church Believes and Teaches handbooks and return to Visions, page 4.
 Catholic Faith Word l Transfiguration (page 4) Read the de nition aloud to sum up the Sunday Gospel and doctrine.
Our Catholic Faith l God’s Promise Transfigures Abraham’s Future (page 5) Have the young people open their Bibles to the story of our  rst ancestors in faith—Abraham and Sarah—in Genesis 22:1–2, 9–13, 15–18, so they’re prepared when the feature directs them turn to the First Reading of Sunday’s liturgy. Read the article,  nd the cities on the map, and give the young people time to list qualities of believers that the story shows. Possible answers: faith in God; recognizing God did not want the gift of human life returned through human sacri ce but through spiritual acts such as obedience and faith.
Live the Gospel
Objectives l The young people will:
l Recognizecausesofbullyingandwaystostopit.
l Reviewwhatthey’velearnedaboutMark’sGospelaftersix
Living the Gospel l Bullies: Changing the Climate (pages 6–7) Review the story of Sister Dorothy by asking in what sense she was bullied. People refused to follow the laws of Brazil and settled disputes with violence rather than negotiation. Look over this graphic activity with your group. Start with The Usual Suspects. Work in small groups and follow the directions.
l Look together at Strength in Numbers. Discuss the examples. Rate the bullying factor for each from 1 to 10.
l Have individuals use the Bullies in Action map and follow the directions to mark where bullies operate. Have each share with a partner; then talk as a group about hot spots.
l Discuss the Bullyometer ways to change the climate one by one. Have students  ll in the Bullyometer to the level they aspire.
l Encourage your class to color the person puzzle on their own. Give the group time to make the Anti-Bully Pledge.
Puzzle l Mark’s Gospel in Review (page 8) Read aloud the text in the left column. Have the young people work individually (asking a neighbor for help, if needed) to complete the pyramid puzzle. Answers: 1. M, 2. We, 3. God; 4. nets, 5. teach, 6. second, 7. unclean, 8. disciple, 9. Capernaum, 10. compassion. Then answer the question: What does Mark believe about Jesus? He is the Messiah.
Closing Prayer Talking about bullying may bring up some tender feelings. Statistics report that 160,000 teenagers skip school every day in the United States because of bullying, but it a ects every young person in some way. Ask the young people to think
of someone they know who has been bullied and to o er a silent prayer. After a few moments, close your prayer: Loving God, we look to you for comfort when we are excluded, frightened, or hurt. Give us strength to stand up for those who need our kindness and friendship. All respond: Amen.
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Answer the following questions based on the lesson.
1. In the Sunday Gospel, what do we learn from the foolish girls’ mistake?
2. What is their consequence for getting more oil?
3. Name two ways we can prepare for Jesus’ Second Coming.
4. When do we pray psalms?
5. In the story “The Happy Dance,” why isn’t Juan prepared for the talent show?
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Imagining God the Father
We believe that God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—Three Divine Persons in One God. We call this the Trinity, and it is the central mystery of our faith and our life. No one can fully understand how the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit together make up one God, but we know from God’s Revelation that this is true.
How do you imagine God? Circle all the words that describe your idea of God. On the lines below, write at least four other words to describe God.
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