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The Four Senses of Scripture
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC,115-119) defines four senses of Scripture that we should use to read and interpret the Bible: the literal sense, the allegorical sense, the moral sense, and the anagogical sense. With these 4 senses of Scripture in mind, we should read and understand each story of the Bible.
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The Meaning and Origin of "Pontifex Maximus"
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos In December 2012, Pope Benedict XVI made history with the first official tweet from his Twitter account @pontifex. What does the title "pontifex" mean and why did he choose it for his Twitter handle? This video describes the meaning, definition, and origin of the title Pontifex Maximus, which was held by Roman emperors and later taken on by the Bishop of Rome, the Roman Pontiff.
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The Lectio Divina Steps
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/lectio-divina-children-teens/ Lectio Divina is an ancient Catholic prayer method for reading and praying with the Bible. According to Pope Benedict XVI in the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini (nos. 86-87), lectio divina is broken down into the following steps named in Latin: 1. Lectio (reading), 2. Meditatio (meditation), 3. Oratio (prayer), 4. and Contemplatio (contemplation). 5. Then, as a result of the encounter with God in Scripture, we are also called to Actio (action). Each of these steps together form a process by which we encounter God in his sacred word and respond to his grace. They form parts of a larger whole, but each one comes with a certain set of skills for our us to master. In this video we will discover how to pray lectio divina using these four lectio divina steps. If you are looking to introduce young people, children and teens, to lectio divina check out this eBook full of activities and resources to help teach the skills needed to fully experience each of the lectio divina steps. Find out more at http://www.thereligionteacher.com/lectio-divina-children-teens/.
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Pharisees and Sadducees
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ The Pharisees and the Sadducees are two important groups of Jewish leaders in the New Testament. Most of the Pharisees and Sadducees not only rejected Jesus and his teachings, they rejected each other. The Pharisees were experts on the law and believed in a strict adherence to important interpretations of the law as a path to holiness. The Sadducees, who were a priestly class, focused on the Temple as the path to holiness and rejected both the resurrection of the dead and the afterlife.
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How to Create a Venn Diagram in Word and PowerPoint
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/venn-diagrams/ How to create a Venn Diagram in Word and PowerPoint. In this short tutorial you will discover how to make a blank Venn Diagram template using the computer.
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The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos What are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit? Where do these gifts come from? What is the meaning of the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit?
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The Meaning of the Lord's Prayer
 
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Did you know there are two parts to the Lord's Prayer? The first part articulates who we pray to (Father) and who we pray with (our). We pray to the Father and we pray with the Son and his Church. God is Father, but also Son and the Spirit in unity with them. God is in heaven, our ultimate destination. Our Father Who art in heaven The second part of the Lord’s Prayer includes seven petitions. St. Thomas Aquinas pointed out that the Lord’s Prayer “not only teaches us to ask for things, but also in what order we should ask for them (CCC, 2763). There is a method to the order of things we ask of God in the Lord’s Prayer. We start with God himself and his will, then we move towards ourselves asking for him to sustain us, forgive us, and help us stay in union with him and others. In this video I break down these seven petitions verse by verse: 1. Hallowed be thy name 2. Thy kingdom come 3. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven 4. Give us this day our daily bread 5. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us 6. Lead us not into temptation 7. Deliver us from evil Jesus truly teaches us the perfect way to pray with these words. St. Thomas Aquinas If you are a teacher, this lesson plan on the Lord’s Prayer may help you teach about it to children: https://www.thereligionteacher.com/lords-prayer-lesson-plan/
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Subsidiarity | Catholic Social Teaching
 
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What if the highest or at least the higher power in a society like the federal government, gets too involved? This threat is the basis for a key element of Catholic Social Teaching called subsidiarity. Catholic social teaching holds subsidiarity as a standard by which powers should be involved in the societies they govern. Put simply, subsidiarity means nothing should be done at a higher level that can be done well or better at a lower level. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the principle of subsidiarity states that "a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life and community of a lower order.” They should act always with the view to the common good of society, which means not depriving local authorities of their power. The higher order should only be involved in those tasks that cannot be carried out at the local level. Individual participation is required. Subsidiarity gives responsibility over to the individuals and local communities to work towards the common good. The common good is not only the responsibility of the state. It must be pursued by all people at all levels of society. By lower order, we mean "intermediate communities" such as the family, groups, associations, local governments, etc. For example, the family is an "intermediate community" in which the principle of subsidiarity applies because it is a real community in which higher authorities should not interfere or interrupt. Also, local governments of cities and towns should operate under the principle of subsidiarity. Even clubs or associations act independently and work towards the common good without the influence of governments of the states. To do otherwise would be an infringement upon their rights and the right of individuals to organize together. This principle has its foundations in the way that God himself exercises power. God has a great regard for human freedom. Think of the story of Creation. God did not force Adam and Eve to avoid the Tree of Knowledge. He gave them the freedom to do as they wish. Likewise, Jesus, the King of Kings, did not force anyone to follow him or believe in him. This respect for freedom was held in such high esteem that he was sentenced to death and killed by local jurisdiction. Likewise, those who govern human communities should respect individual freedom and the freedom of intermediate communities in the same way. This is the principle of subsidiary. This video is a part of The Religion Teacher's Catholic Social Teaching Activity Pack: http://www.thereligionteacher.com/catholic-social-teaching-activity-pack/
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Parables of the Treasure Buried in the Field & the Pearl
 
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Watch this guided meditation using Lectio Divina on this Sunday's Gospel about what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. Here are a few questions to ask yourself: Lectio: Why did they go sell all that they had? Meditatio: What do we need to give up for God's Kingdom? Oratio: What does the Lord tell me to let go when I pray about these parables? Contemplatio: What will I change about my life after encountering Christ in these parables? As always, here is the process I use for Lectio Divina: https://www.thereligionteacher.com/lectio-divina-steps/ This is the same process that all The Religion Teacher's Weekly Reading Worksheets use to guide students in reading the Gospel.
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Mortal Sin vs. Venial Sin
 
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Scripture and the Catholic Church make clear distinctions between two different kinds of sin based on the gravity of sin: mortal sin and venial sin. First, let’s define “sin.” Sin is an offense against God. It damages or breaks our relationship with him. Put simply: sin separates and grace unites. The extent to which that relationship is effected by sin is how we make the distinction between mortal sin and venial sin. When we are in a state of grace, we are united with God in charity and love. Our will aligns with his will. But, when we turn away from God, we commit sin and that affects our relationship with him. A venial sin hurts our relationship with God, but allows charity to remain even though it is wounded. A mortal sin, on the other hand, destroys charity in our hearts. We are separated from God. What makes a sin a mortal sin? Three things: 1. Grave Matter – It is a serious act. It breaks the Ten Commandments for example. 2. Full Knowledge – You know that it is wrong. 3. Complete Consent – Freely choose to do it. So how do you repair that relationship with Christ? How do you restore charity? Grace. Grace is the free and undeserved gift of God of his life. We get grace in a special way through the sacraments. When you are in a state of mortal sin, separated from God, you can restore that relationship and seek God’s mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (and Baptism of course). When your relationship with God is hurt by venial sin, the grace we experience in the Eucharist as well as the other sacraments, especially Baptism and Reconciliation can repair that relationship. Grace is also given through prayer and the study of Scripture and the living out of special charisms from God and whatever other means we use to unite ourselves with the Lord. Because ultimately this is about a relationship. Grace unites us with God, our hope and our salvation. Sin separates us from God. Teachers: This video comes with a graphic organizer to give to students. Find out more here: http://www.thereligionteacher.com/mortal-sin-vs-venial-sin/
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The Meaning of "Consubstantial" in the New Roman Missal
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/newromanmissal/ What is the meaning of the word "consubstantial" in the New Roman Missal and the new translation of the Nicene Creed?
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The Parable of the Tenants Reflection
 
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The Parable of the Tenants What does this parable mean and how can we relate to it today? Who are the people Jesus is talking about in the parable of the tenants? This video meditation was created in preparation for the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
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How is the Date of Easter Determined?
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ How is the date for Easter determined? The date for Easter is calculated as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. The vernal equinox is the day of the yearn in the Spring when the day and the night are of equal length. We know that Easter must be on a Sunday since all of the gospels clearly indicate that Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week. We also know that Jesus was celebrating Passover during the Last Supper. So Easter must fall on a Sunday around Passover each year. Passover is on the first full moon after the vernal equinox.
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The Meaning of the Advent Wreath
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com One of the most popular Christian symbols used in churches and family homes to celebrate the meaning of Advent is the Advent wreath. The Catholic Advent wreath has four candles (three purple and one rose) evenly spaced along a circle of evergreen branches. Each component of the Advent wreath has special meaning for Christians who use it as a part of their preparation for Christmas. Advent Wreath Meaning: - Circle - Evergreen Leaves - Candles - Four Candles - Three Purple Candles of Advent - One Rose (Pink) Candle of Advent
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The Five Finger Prayer for Children
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/five-finger-prayer/ Use this five finger prayer for children to invite your students to pray in class or during their personal prayer time. Have the kids put their hands together in prayer and use each finger to pray for the people as the guided meditation suggests. The five finger prayer for kids is a great way to encourage students to pray for others first and to humble themselves during prayer. .
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What is the Meaning of the Word Gospel?
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ What is the meaning of the word Gospel? What is it's origin? We can trace the word Gospel back to the Old English word God-spell, which means "good news." Similarly, the Greek original of the word for Gospel, "eungelion," means "good message" or "good news." A gospel is more than just a genre of writing, it is a message that is alive in our hearts.
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The Seven Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
 
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The Catholic Church has a wide-ranging and many-layered collection of teachings about social justice issues. In order to help organize these ideas within the many Church documents about social teaching, we have seven traditional principles that help introduce the major themes in easier-to-understand concepts. In this video we are going to look briefly at each principle, or theme, in order to introduce you to the foundational ideas at the heart of Catholic Social Teaching. Let’s begin. 1.Life and Dignity of the Human Person This principle means that all life is sacred; every person is precious in the eyes of God from conception to natural death. This principle is the foundation for the Church’s teaching on abortion, euthanasia, cloning, embryonic stem cell research, the death penalty, and even the pursuit of peace in conflict. In many ways, all the other principles can be traced back to this first, main idea: all human life is sacred and deserving of dignity. 2.Call to Family, Community, and Participation All people have the right to participate as citizens in society, seeking the common good. We are social beings and should protect the institutions that strengthen our community like marriage and family. "Christian families can [be a sign of unity for the world] by presenting to their children a model of life based on the values of truth, freedom, justice, and love.” St. John Paul II, The Family in the Modern World, no. 48 This principle has been central to the Church’s stance on marriage and family issues. 3. Rights and Responsibilities This principle challenges us to recognize our duty to protect the rights that all people have according to the human dignity given to them by God. The only way to protect community and the rights and dignity of the human person is for each of us to take responsibility and duty to one another, family, and the society in which we live. 4.Option for the Poor and Vulnerable This principle means putting the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable members of our society first and mending the divisions between the rich and poor. We think of the Lord Jesus’ words: “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” Luke 4:18 5.The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers Work is the way that we participate in God’s creation. To protect the dignity of work, we must protect the basic rights of all people to find jobs that pay a just wage, to organize and join unions, and to own private property. In the late nineteenth century, as the work in factories became ever-present, the Church needed to take a stance for the rights of workers. Pope Leo XIII wrote what may be seen as the first major Catholic social teaching document, Rerum Novarum, or Rights and Duties of Capital and Labor, in order to protect the rights of workers in these situations. It is a document that still has relevance today as we continue to seek protection for the dignity of work and the rights of workers. 6. Solidarity Solidarity is an important concept in Catholic Social Teaching that means we are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. We practice solidarity by promoting peace and justice. 7. Care for God’s Creation Finally, we are to show respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Our faith and sense of morality must lead us to protect the environment and be considerate of future generations of people living on this planet. Conclusion These principles, which are a summary of the major concepts in Catholic social teaching, should only be a starting point. They should be the foundation on which our we place our understanding of our role in society. They should inspire us to take responsibility to protect the rights and dignity of all people, especially those in most need. These principles outline the Church's response to God’s call to take action in the world for others. We are to love one another as Christ loved us. We are to love our neighbors as ourselves. This video is a part of The Religion Teacher's Catholic Social Teaching Activity Pack: http://www.thereligionteacher.com/catholic-social-teaching-activity-pack/
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The Number 40 in the Bible (and Lent)
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ What is the significance of the number 40 in the Bible? We fast for the 40 days of Lent leading up to the Resurrection. The 40 day fast in the Bible that Jesus underwent before his temptation by the devil is a significant inspiration for our 40 day fast during Lent, but there are many other instances of the number 40 in the Old Testament that should be recalled. In particular the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years as punishment and to rediscover their faith in God.
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Resurrection on the Third Day Explained
 
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On what day did Jesus die and rise again? "On the Third Day He Rose Again" In the Creed we say that Jesus rose on the third day, but if Jesus died on a Friday and rose on a Sunday, isn't that just two days? In this video I explain the math behind the Resurrection and why St. Paul and even Jesus himself referenced the three days in the tomb between his death and Resurrection. These three days, of course, are the reason we celebrate the Paschal Triduum on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.
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The Four Parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com The Catechism of the Catholic Church is divided into four parts based on four pillars inspired by the great tradition of catechisms in the Church: the baptismal profession of faith, the sacraments of faith, the life of faith, and the prayer of the believer. The 4 parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church are: 1. Part 1: The Profession of Faith (The Apostles' Creed) 2. Part 2: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery (The Seven Sacraments) 3. Part 3: Life in Christ (The Ten Commandments) 4. Part 4: Christian Prayer (The Lord's Prayer) This video is idea for the Catholic Year of Faith: 2012-2013.
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The Common Good | Catholic Social Teaching
 
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At the foundation of Catholic Social Teaching is the concept of the "common good.” Here is a definition drawn from Pope St. John XXIII and quoted in the Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes: the common good is "the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily." By common we mean all people. To pursue the common good is to work towards the greatest good for all persons, not the greatest good for the greatest number and certainly not the greatest good for only a specific group of people. There is a difference between the good for a majority of people and the good for all people. One example that is sometimes used to illustrate the common good is a sports team. The common good of a team is to win, or maybe to protect the integrity of the game. Certainly, a team wants individual players to perform well and to improve, but ultimately the common good of the team is to win. This sometimes requires star players to make sacrifices in order for the team to work together to win. Then, of course, there is the role of the coach in a sports team. The coach must protect the common good of the team (that goal of winning) not just the individual players and their individual goods. Likewise, it is the role of the state to defend and promote the common good of civil society and its citizens. The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes three essential elements of the common good: 1. Rights: The common good presupposes respect for the person as such. The public authories (government) must respect and protect the rights of the human person. In other words: respect people. 2. Needs (Prosperity): The common good requires the social well-being and development of the group itself. Public authorities should make accessible what is needed to lead a truly human life, for example: food, clothing, health, work, education and culture, information, and the right to establish a family. In other words: help people. 3. Peace: The common good requires peace. Public authority should ensure a morally acceptable means of security and defense of its people. In other words: protect people. In addition, however, we also pursue a Universal Common Good. The world today is increasingly interderpendent, meaning, we all rely on other countries for our own well-being. Though we may live in different parts of the world, we are all a part of one human family and, therefore, we seek a universal common good. This means that nations must also help humans who are not from their country. This is why the Church works toward assisting refugees and migrants who are displaced from their homes. Jesus taught the Golden Rule to his disciples: "Do to others whatever you would have them do to you" (Mt 7:12). From this law is drawn the great wisdom of the common good. To seek the common good is to seek to fulfill Jesus' command to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. This video is a part of The Religion Teacher's Catholic Social Teaching Activity Pack: http://www.thereligionteacher.com/catholic-social-teaching-activity-pack/
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Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving: The Three Pillars of Lent
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving are the three pillars of Lent. In a special way, we focus on these three things during Lent to help us grow in our faith during our 40 day journey to Easter, the celebration of new life and Christ's resurrection.
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Catholic Teaching on Guardian Angels
 
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What does the Catholic Church teach about guardian angels? First, here is the Scriptural basis for guardian angels: “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father." (Mt 18:10) Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: "From its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession. Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God." (CCC, 336) The simplest way to remember what guardian angels actually do is think of these three P's: 1. Protect - These angels are our guardians. They protect us from harm, especially anything that will lead us away from God. 2. Pray - We don't pray to angels, but they pray on our behalf. 3. Proclaim - Angels are messengers. They proclaim the Good News. They help guide us to salvation and union with the Lord. Finally, we can't forget that classic Guardian Angel Prayer: Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day, be at my side, to light and guard, rule and guide. Amen.
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SWBAT Meaning - Crafting Your Lesson Objective
 
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If you are a teacher, you have probably come across the acronym SWBAT, which stands for “Students will be able to . . .” In this video, you will understand the meaning of SWBAT and the kinds of lesson verbs that should be used when crafting your lesson objectives SWBAT should begin all of the lesson objectives you write as a teacher. Using SWBAT properly places the focus of a lesson plan on what the students learn and do rather that what the teacher teaches and does. For examples of SWBAT verbs visit http://www.thereligionteacher.com/swbat-verb-examples/
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Ordinary Time: What Does It Mean? When Is It?
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ What does Ordinary Time mean? Why is Ordinary Time called ordinary? Although it might come as a surprise, Ordinary Time is not called "ordinary" based on its level of importance. The origin of the name Ordinary Time comes from the Latin word ordinalis, which means "numbered." Ordinary Time, which occurs between Christmas and Lent then again between Easter and Advent, signifies a numbered (or ordered) list of Sundays that anchor our daily lives in the Catholic Church.
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Ash Wednesday
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ What is the meaning of Ash Wednesday? As the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday marks the day in which we remember that we are dust and sinners. We recognize that all the we have, including our bodies, are gifts given only for a lifetime. Knowing that communion with God is the ultimate goal, we repent of our sinfulness and turn to God during the 40 days of preparation for the celebration of Easter Sunday. For educational videos about Lent visits http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/lent/
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The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ What are the parts of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation? Although this sacrament is often referred to as "confession", it is so much more than that. We first feel contrition in our hearts, a sorrow for our sin and determination not to sin again, then we confess our sins to a priest. After our confession and an Act of Contrition, we receive absolution of our sins and a penance to repair the damage of sin and protect us from sinning again in the future.
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Step 1 Know the Topic | The Religion Teacher's Guide to Lesson Planning
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/guide-to-lesson-planning/ In this video tutorial, Jared Dees takes you through the first step of the lesson planning system in The Religion Teacher's Guide to Lesson Planning e-book. This step involves the pre-planning process in which teachers and catechists divide the material in their curriculum and textbook into logical divisions that will become individual lessons.
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The Second Coming of Christ | Advent
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com Five questions about the Second Coming of Christ: Who will come again? When will Christ come again? How will the Second Coming occur? What will happen during the Second Coming? Why will Christ come again? Based on the Scripture readings about the coming of the Son of Man and the teachings of the Catholic Catechism of the Catholic Church, this video will explain what the Second Coming of Christ is all about and why it is so important at the beginning of the season of Advent.
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Lumen Fidei Commentary: Three Words (Journey, Profess, Build)
 
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http://lumenfidei.com Beginning with Pope Francis's very first homily to the Cardinals the day after his election, we have seen a recurring format to his homilies in speeches: three words. He presents just three words for his audience to focus on, treating each one in a few sentences or paragraphs. In fact, this same approach can be found in the Holy Father's first encyclical, Lumen Fidei. He gives us three words, the same three words found in his very first homily, and connects them to the light of faith. They are: journey, profess, and build. The light of faith shines bright on our journey and shows us the way through life to unity with God and others. It is not darkness, it is not blindness. With faith, we have sight. Faith is received and heard from others. As a response to this Word, we respond in a profession of faith. The faith that we profess is a witness to others and unites us with others who profess that same faith in unity with a whole history of brothers and sisters who have shared that profession. Faith leads us out of ourselves and inspires us to help others, to build a better society, because faith helps us to see the dignity in others; it helps us to see everyone we encounter as a blessing from God. Find out more about The Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith) Study Guide at http://lumenfidei.com/study-guide/
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The Meaning of Advent
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com What is the meaning of Advent? The meaning of the word Advent is "to come" or "coming." So you could say that the definition of Advent, meaning coming, is the liturgical season in which we prepare for the coming of Jesus into the world. We spend the four weeks of Advent in preparation for the coming of Jesus into the world. We celebrate and prepare for two comings: the coming of Jesus into the world at Christmas (the Nativity) and the Second Coming when the Son of Man will return riding on the clouds.
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A Brief History of Lent
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ Lent has a fascinating history in the Catholic Church. The history of Lent as a 40 day period of fasting in preparation for Easter can be traced back to the Council of Nicaea in AD 325. In addition, the Order of the Catechumenate and the Order of Penitents had a significant impact on the development of the season of Lent that was restored by Vatican II.
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The Names of Jesus Christ
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com What are the meanings of the names and titles of Jesus Christ. Jesus went by many names in the New Testament. The opening chapters of the Gospels of Matthew and Luke give us special names for Jesus: - Jesus - Christ (Messiah) - Son of God - Lord - Emmanuel What do each of these names of Jesus mean? The Religion Teacher explains the origin and meaning behind each name based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Each of these names has a special significance during Advent since many of them appear in the readings leading up to Christmas.
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What Are the Names of the Four Gospels of the Bible?
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos What are the names of the four gospels of the Bible? The four gospel names are Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, but the all make up just one Gospel of Jesus Christ. Can you name the 4 gospels? Try the Gospel song in the video!
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The Human Board Game (A Review Game for Students to Study for a Test)
 
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Want a fun review game for students to play in class to get ready for a test? Try the Human Board Game! It is a “human” board game, because the students become the pieces and create the game board themselves. It is a great way to get students out of their desks and moving around. To get the full instructions visit: http://www.thereligionteacher.com/the-human-board-game-to-review-for-exams/
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What is Laetare Sunday? 3 Things to Know
 
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What is Laetare Sunday? On the Fourth Sunday of Lent, we celebrate what we call Laetare Sunday. Here are three important things to know. #1. Where does the name come from? Laetare is a Latin word that means “rejoice.” The name comes from a Scripture verse from the book of Isaiah, "Rejoice, O Jerusalem, and come together all you that love her: rejoice with joy, you that have been in sorrow.” This verse is the incipit of the Introit for the Mass. Incipit, in Latin, means literally “here begins.” It refers to the opening word or words of a text. The word Introit means “entrance.” The Introit at Mass is the entrance antiphon (psalm) that is sung or said as the priest approaches the altar for Mass. #2. Why are the priests wearing pink? First of all, they are wearing rose, not pink. It’s a subtle difference but an important one. Just as on the third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), priests wear rose colored vestments and the rose colored candle is lit, so too do you see priests at Mass wearing their rose colored chasubles during Mass on Laetare Sunday. Why? Well, the change from violet to rose is meant to mark a shift in our celebration of Lent. Today is a day to rejoice even as we make our Lenten sacrifices. It is a short break from the somberness of penance symbolized by the color violet. Here is another historical explanation for the color: Beginning about a thousand years ago, popes would honor faithful citizens with a pink rose and priests would wear rose-colored vestments as a reminder and celebration of this honor. Still today, a Golden Rose that is blessed on Laetare Sunday is occasionally given by popes as an award to churches and shrines throughout the world. Download a graphic organizer to go along with this video here: http://www.thereligionteacher.com/laetare-sunday/ #3. Why do we celebrate on the Fourth Sunday of Lent? Laetare Sunday marks the half-way point through the season of Lent. It is celebrated 21 days before Easter Sunday. Essentially, this is a day of encouragement for those of us doing penance and making our Lenten sacrifices. On this day we are encouraged and reminded that through our sacrifice we will soon taste great joy. So, rejoice now in your sorrow. Don’t forget that after Christ’s Passion and Death on the Cross came the joy of Resurrection!
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Step 3: Determine the Lesson Assessment
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/guide-to-lesson-planning/ In this third video tutorial in support of The Religion Teacher's Guide to Lesson Planning, Jared Dees takes you throw the steps to determining what assessment to use to measure student progress toward the lesson objectives.
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The 14 Stations of the Cross
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ The 14 Stations of of the Cross remember the events of Jesus' Passion and Death in Jerusalem. The Stations of the Cross devotion is often practiced by Catholics during Lent and especially on Good Friday to deepen our connection between Christ's Passion and Death and our own lives. The Stations of the Cross, or the Way of the Cross, originated with pilgrimages to Jerusalem, but since most of us will never be able to walk the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, we can experience the Stations of the Cross in our own churches, our homes, or even in an app.
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Easter Meaning: Why is Easter Called Easter?
 
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In this short video you will come to a better understanding of the origin and meaning of the word “Easter.” First, it is important to understand that in most languages other than English and German, the root word for the season of Easter is actually Pasch as in Paschal or Passover. As you probably remember, Jesus gathered with his disciples at the Last Supper to celebrate Passover. His Death and Resurrection align with Passover. Still today the date for Easter moves and aligns with the same dates as Passover. Why is this important? Because Jesus is the new Paschal Lamb that was sacrificed and ushered in a New Covenant. So, keep in mind that the Church recognizes this connection to Passover and the New Convent in the word they use for the season of Easter. So, where did he word Easter come from? There is some debate about this, but it likely has two possible origins. First, the root word for Easter may be “austron” which means “dawn.” So, the season of Easter may be a reminder of the new dawn, the new Resurrection that Jesus’ Resurrection gives to us. It is also possible, that Christians adopted the word “Easter” from the name of the pagan goddess Eostre, the teutonic goddess of the dawn. This is where we get the word East, of course, which is the direction of Sunrise. The challenge is that the name for the goddess and the words used to refer to the direction of the sunrise and even the entire season of Spring are all very similar. So, it may be that Christians adopted the word to help pagans adapt to the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection or it may be that they felt it important to see Easter as a day and season of rebirth, just like the sunrise.
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What Does Lent Mean?
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/videos/ What does Lent mean? In order for us to really understand the meaning of Lent, we need to get a better idea of the origin of the word "Lent." We get the word Lent from the Old English lencten, which means "Spring time." English Catholics started using the word Lent because the season falls during the Spring. But the original Latin word for the season is Quadragesima, referring to the 40 days that make up the season.
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Step 4: Selecting Teaching Strategies (Part 1)
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/guide-to-lesson-planning/ In part 1 of this video, Jared Dees gives a background to Step 4 of The Religion Teacher's Guide to Lesson Planning, the free ebook available at www.thereligionteacher.com.
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Chalking the Door: 20+C+M+B+YEAR Meaning
 
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Why do Catholics have the symbols 20+C+M+B+YEAR written in chalk on or above their doors? This is a blessing of the home connected to the Epiphany. 20+YEAR = The year of the blessing. + = The Cross C = Caspar M = Melchior B = Balthasar The letters can also stand for "Christus Mansionem Benedicat" which means "May Christ bless this house."
Step 4: Selecting Teaching Strategies (Part 2)
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/guide-to-lesson-planning/ In Part 2 of this video, Jared Dees takes you through the process he uses to select teaching strategies while lesson planning. This tutorial completes a sample lesson plan using some of the many different teaching strategies in the free ebook, The Religion Teacher's Guide to Lesson Planning.
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The Meaning of the Gifts of the Magi
 
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Why did the three wise men (magi) give Jesus gold, frankincense, and myrrh? What is the significance of this story in the Gospels? The song, We Three Kings, describes the meaning of each gift, but is it correct? It turns out that there isn't a real consensus. The song could certainly be right. We Three Kings Lyrics We three kings of Orient are Bearing gifts we traverse afar. Field and fountain, moor and mountain, Following yonder star. O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect Light. Born a king on Bethlehem's plain, Gold I bring to crown Him again, King forever, ceasing never Over us all to reign. O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect Light. Frankincense to offer have I. Incense owns a Deity nigh. Prayer and praising all men raising, Worship Him, God on high. O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect Light. Myrrh is mine: Its bitter perfume Breaths a life of gathering gloom. Sorrowing, sighing, bleeding dying, Sealed in the stone-cold tomb. O star of wonder, star of night, Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to thy perfect Light.
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The Meaning of "And With Your Spirit" in the New Roman Missal
 
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What is the meaning of the phrase, "And with your spirit" in the New Roman Missal? It is a part of the many new changes to the Catholic Mass, but what is its significance?
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Step 2 - Create Lesson Objectives | The Religion Teacher's Guide to Lesson Planning
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/guide-to-lesson-planning/ In this video tutorial, Jared Dees, author of The Religion Teacher's Guide to Lesson Planning, will provide an overview of the second step of the lesson planning system: create lesson objectives. This step addressed the question, What do I want students to learn? Jared takes you through an overview of lesson objectives, Bloom's taxonomy, Marzano's new taxonomy, and provides an example for implementing the strategies in the free ebook.
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St. John the Baptist and the Season of Advent
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com "Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths." St. John the Baptist has a special significance in the New Testament, in the early Church, and especially during the season of Advent. What is important about John the Baptist? Why he is such a focal point during the season of Advent? What lessons can we learn from him and meditate upon in the second and third weeks of Advent?
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TheReligionTeacher.com is here!
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com/
A Catechist's Moment of Weakness
 
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http://www.thereligionteacher.com "...for when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:10). After a quick "Come, Holy Spirit" prayer I dove into catechesis without a lot of confidence in a lesson plan that I wasn't even able to print out. In the end it worked out well. The students didn't notice the sporadic preparation and I'm glad I was able to smile as I recorded this video. I am so grateful for the grace of God that gives me the strength to share his love with others.
Easter Evangelist Launch!
 
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Come learn more about the Easter Evangelist project! http://easterevangelist.com