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Blessings on the 2015-2016 School Year!

Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

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Professional Development Day:

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
D. Genesis


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?

  1. cannot do the good that he wills
  2. is subject to error and sin
  3. ceases to resemble God
  4. loses all his dignity

 

 


Question #4 Got a Catholic vocabulary?


Match the description in Column A with that which it describes in Column B.
 
            Column A                                                                                                        Column B

_______ 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
an action
_______ 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 . . )

  1. Inordinate medical bills
  2. Unbearable suffering
  3. A doctor’s motives
  4. One’s death date

 


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

human solidarity             

_______ 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?

  1. iDei includes male and female.
  2. iDei does not refer to physical (material) reality.
  3. It is baptism that brings iDei to (in) the human being.
  4. iDei may be injured by sin but is never eradicated by sin.
  5. The word ‘person’ is, in the philosophy that the Church uses, synonymous with iDei.

 


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:

  1. Have you ever had to respond to a controversial topic in your classroom?
  2. Did your response align with the elements of policy #6135?

 

 


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,
I, misshapen.
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.

  1. Gerard Manly Hopkins, S.J.
  2. Edna St. Vincent Millay
  3. St. Thomas Aquinas
  4. St. Augustine
  5. Aristotle