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Reading Material: Catechism of the Catholic Church 74-100
Objective: Students will understand and appreciate the different ways Divine Revelation is transmitted to us.
- Divine Revelation is transmitted through Sacred Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and the Church’s Magesterium.
- All three of these sources of Revelation come from the same origin, and share the same goal.
Focus: Students will become familiar with the three forms of transmission of Divine Revelation.
Activity #1: Stories around the campfire (or fireplace). Create a fun ambiance. Have snacks and drinks. Maybe bring visitors over as well (relatives/friends). Share stories from parents and grandparents – fun stories, sad stories, stories with a lesson. They can be from your own family or from other families you know. After the story session, explain to the children that God revealed himself to us this way too, through people that orally passed on stories about him throughout the centuries.
Activity #2: Read Bible stories from the Old and New Testament. Then pick one figure from the Old Testament (e.g. Moses), and compare him to one figure from the New Testament (e.g. Jesus). Ask the child(ren) what the two have in common and how they’re linked together. Explain that, just like God revealed himself through oral stories, he also revealed himself through the writing of Scripture.
Activity #3: Make an “obedience tree” showing how God’s authority comes to us. You can be as artistic/creative as you’d like, but here’s the basic idea:
Discuss with your child(ren) how God speaks to us through the Church (through the Pope) and the rest of the hierarchy in line with the pope, and through our parents, and anyone else delegated by our parents (e.g. teachers).
Focus: Students will be able to accurately identify the different forms of transmission of Divine Revelation, and categorize beliefs accordingly.
Activity: Briefly explain the difference between Sacred Scripture, Apostolic Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church, and how all three are means God uses to transmit his Revelation. Then complete both parts of the following worksheet.
Focus: Students will be able to analyze how the different ways of transmitting Divine Revelation work together toward a common goal and enrich each other, together providing us with a more complete understanding of our faith.
Activity 1: Complete the following worksheet.
Use the following links to research information that can help you complete the worksheet, as well as additional information about the sections already completed for you. These are just a few links to help you out – feel free to refer to more resources you find as well!
- Fathers of the Church (transmitters of Apostolic Tradition)
- More from the Fathers of the Church about the Eucharist
- New American Bible
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church (The Catechism of the Catholic Church is just one example of the ordinary Magisterium of the Church, and contains information on the topics included in this exercise. You can also refer to many other works of the Magisterium, such as documents from ecumenical councils, encyclicals and other papal writings.)
Activity 2: Pick one of the topics from the worksheet you completed in Activity 1, or a different topic, and write an essay analyzing what has been revealed about your topic through Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. Discuss the similarities and unique elements of each, and evaluate how the three means of transmitting revelation work together to help us better understand and grow in our faith.