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seven Sacraments, the old and new Commandments, and the Church’s tradition of Christian prayer.CateChists hand on a living faith traditionVisions immerses early adolescents not only in Scripture but in the Church’s Tradition—the doctrines, creeds, liturgical texts, and prayers that have accumulated over the centuries and the writings of bishops and popes who stand in an unbroken line of succession from Jesus’ first apostles. Tradition includes the reflection and practice of all who in the Spirit live Jesus’ Good News today—catechists and young people included. Tradition lives, grows, deepens, and makes progress in the prayer, study, and experience of every believer as well as in the teaching of our bishops:The Tradition that comes from the apostles makes progress in the Church, with the help of the Holy Spirit. There is growth in insight into the realities and words that are being passed on. This comes about ... through the contemplation and study of believers who ponder these things in their hearts. It comes from the intimate sense of spiritual realities that they experience. And it comes from the preaching of those who have received, along with the right of succession in the episcopate, the sure charism of truth. Thus, as the centuries go by, the Church is always advancing toward the plentitude of truth, until eventually the words of God are fulfilled in her (Constitution on Divine Revelation #8).Teens who use Visions and participate in Sunday Eucharist will experience parents, teachers, and parish priests reflecting on their lives in the light of the Gospel as they do in class. Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels call all the baptized to a common moral standard and way of life.Every Christian in a young adolescent’s lifeis a bearer of tradition to him or her—parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, neighbors, friends, classmates, bus drivers, store clerks. A young person’s education in faith happens not only in classes and homilies but in countless interactions with others throughout their lives. Catechesis happens around the table of a family that prays and talks together and in chatter with classmates in the school cafeteria.Catechesis with adolescents utilizes the life experience of adolescents, fostering a shared dialogue between the life of the adolescent—with his or her joys, struggles, questions, concerns, and hopes—and the wisdom of the Catholic Church.”National Directory for Catechesis, #48D, page 201Using this resoUrCe ManUalThis Resource Manual will help teachers and catechists have successful Visions sessions with young adolescents. It describes the faith tasksof young adolescents and presents strategies for creatively involving them in their own learning.It includes practical suggestions for organizing class time, facilitating faith-sharing discussion, and maintaining discipline.This Resource Manual supplements the 16-page Teaching Guides that arrive with each of the four yearly Visions units. The Teaching Guides include a unit overview of scripture and doctrine, a unit scope and sequence chart, and a one-page, step-by-step guide directing how to teach each lesson.

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