Why Do we Need One Another?


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  • Whole class discussion.
  • Students will sketch this chart in their notes and be given time to fill it out. Discuss after appropriate amount of time has passed. Record answers on board so students can augment their responses. 2.Distribute handout: Catholicism and Community  read together as a class
  • Read to the students the story of Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-16). *After reading, distribute the discussion guide on Cain and Abel. Review the guiding questions and clarify responses. *While reading the story and the handout, ask students to make contemporary comparisons.
  • Why Do we Need One Another?

    1. 1. Unit One: What Does it Mean to be Human? Lesson 2: Why do we need one another?
    2. 2. Ponder: <ul><li>“ No man is an island.” (John Donne, English poet) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do we need other people in our lives? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Why not? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For what purpose(s)? </li></ul></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Recall the Five Principles of Humanity… <ul><li>#2: To be human is to be a person in relationship with others and to live in communities . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What are the challenges? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can they be overcome? </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. In the words of Jean Vanier: <ul><li>Belonging is important for our growth to independence ; even further, it is important for our growth to inner freedom and maturity. There is an innate need in our hearts to identify with a group, both for protection and for security , to discover and affirm our identity , and to use the group to prove our worthiness and goodness . </li></ul><ul><li>(Becoming Human, p. 35) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Where do you belong? <ul><li>What communities do you belong to? </li></ul>Name the Community Benefits of Belonging Duties and Responsibilities
    6. 6. Sometimes, communities fail… <ul><li>Communities fail to live up to the call to reflect the image of Christ, who modeled what it truly means to be human. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Why do we often harm one another? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In what ways? </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-16) <ul><li>1 Adam lay with his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, With the help of the LORD I have brought forth a man.     </li></ul><ul><li>2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. </li></ul><ul><li>3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. </li></ul><ul><li>4 But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favour on Abel and his offering, </li></ul><ul><li>5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favour. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-16) <ul><li>6 Then the LORD said to Cain, Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? </li></ul><ul><li>7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it. </li></ul><ul><li>8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, Let's go out to the field. And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. </li></ul><ul><li>9 Then the LORD said to Cain, Where is your brother Abel? I don't know, he replied. Am I my brother's keeper? </li></ul><ul><li>10 The LORD said, What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-16) <ul><li>11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. </li></ul><ul><li>12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth. </li></ul><ul><li>13 Cain said to the LORD, My punishment is more than I can bear. </li></ul><ul><li>14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me. </li></ul><ul><li>15 But the LORD said to him, Not so; if anyone kills Cain, he will suffer vengeance seven times over. Then the LORD put a mark on Cain so that no-one who found him would kill him. </li></ul><ul><li>16 So Cain went out from the LORD's presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Relationships Gone Wrong <ul><li>Youth violent crimes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>young people tend to victimize those the same age and whom they already know </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Peer pressure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ risky” behaviour, disorderly conduct </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teen suicides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>those have difficulty with relationships of one or both parents are 5.5 times more likely </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Homicides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>usually committed by someone the victim knows </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Divorce </li></ul><ul><ul><li>based on current rates, 36% of all marriages are expected to end within 30 years. </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. In Summary… <ul><li>As Christians, we are called to live out our creation in the image of God as members of a community. </li></ul><ul><li>When we harm one another or fail to live up to our responsibilities in these communities, we have sinned. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preferential option for the poor… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Such actions cause a breakdown in the human family. </li></ul><ul><li>Our response to such threats are to continually work at bringing one another together in ways that reflect Christian virtues: wise judgment, honesty, forgiveness, love. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Know Jesus, know peace. No Jesus, no peace. </li></ul></ul>