Blessings on the 2015-2016 School Year!
Theme: Catholic Anthropology
(for all Teachers in our Diocese)
Mass of the Holy Spirit with Bishop Vasa
Friday, August 28, 2015 @ Cardinal Newman High School
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
For teachers in the Catholic schools of the Diocese of Santa Rosa this is the first of nine questions—one per day—leading to August 28, a day given to promoting a Catholic understanding of the human being.
Question 1 The Source of 'Made in God's Image'
Human beings are made in the image and likeness of God. This truth is first found in . .
A. Greek philosophy centuries before Christ
B. the first Gospel that was written, Mark
C. the Imago Dei Manual
Question #2 Regarding the Laws that govern Human Beings
Matching: Match the description of the law in Column A with the kind of law in Column B.
Column A Column B
_______ 1. What is written and enforced by civil governments A. civil law
_______ 2. What natural and revealed law constitute B. moral law
_______ 3. What is derived from and oriented to reason and goodness C. revealed law
_______ 4. What is known only by God disclosing it D. natural law
Question #3 The Effects of Original Sin
The Catechism includes the statement, “Having been wounded in his nature by original sin, man . . .”
Of the following four options, only one is a correctly Catholic conclusion to the statement. Which one?
Question #4 Got a Catholic vocabulary?
_______ 1. the necessary complement to a human right A. conscience
_______ 2. prerogative of a person, based in human nature B. dignity
_______ 3. a judgement of reason regarding the goodness of C. passion
_______ 4. movement of the sensitive appetite, a feeling D. responsibility
_______ 5. one made in God’s image E. freedom
_______ 6. without which the human will is null F. person
_______ 7. God-given worthwhileness G. right
Question #5 “A Doctor-Assisted Disaster for Medicine” [article on Teachers Portal]
What fear is introduced by physician-assisted suicide laws? (fear of . . )
Question # 6 An Understanding and Application of Sacred Scripture
In the Gospel of John 8:1-11, there are lessons galore. For example, we can derive from this Gospel an understanding of moral law, of sin, of judgement, and more. With this Gospel in mind, there’s a triple matching you must accomplish here: (match) a detail of this Gospel (column A) to one of the following terms (column B) to the apt description of the term (column C). [HINT: Begin by matching column C to column B, then proceed to relate each matched pair to column A.]
A B C
_______ 1. the woman a. shaming i. God’s evaluation of human affairs
_______ 2. her adultery itself b. judgment ii. embrace the person, oppose her/his sin
_______ 3. result of adultery c. pastoral iii. a measure of death in one’s soul
_______ 4. Moses’ law d. ethics iv. public humiliation of someone for her/his error
_______ 5. crowd’s response e. guilt v. act that wounds human nature and injures
_______ 6. Jesus to the crowd f. person vi. system of moral beliefs
_______ 7. Jesus to the woman g. sin vii. the human being in God’s image
Question #7 Made in the Image of God
I mago Dei—image of God—is a central feature of the Church’s understanding of a human being. We are—all of us—made in the image of God, made so by God who gives and sustains every life from beginning to end. . . . Review the statements that follow. All of them have to do with (an understanding of) imago Dei (iDei). But one of the statements is incorrect. Which one?
Question #8 Teaching Controversial Topics
In the Personnel Handbook that is carried on the “Catholic Schools” section of the diocesan website [see Teachers Portal], there is a policy that has to do with “TEACHING CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS”, #6135. There, what is meant by ‘controversial topic’ is “an inherently value-laden topic that is differently grasped/valued by individuals or groups within society.” . . . . . Please go to this policy, read it, and answer the following two-part question:
Question # 9 Who is the Author?
Late have I loved you,
Beauty so ancient and so new,
late have I loved you!
Lo, you were within,
but I outside, seeking there for you,
and upon the shapely things you have made
I rushed headlong,
You were with me but I was not with you.
They held me back far from you,
those things which would have no being
were they not in you.
You called, shouted, broke through my deafness;
you flared, blazed, banished my blindness;
you lavished your fragrance,
I gasped, and now I pant for you;
I tasted you, and I hunger and thirst;
you touched me, and I burned for your peace.