Finding God in All Things – Homework for Friday

At some point this week, I would like you all to listen to a bit of a podcast called “On Being”.

On Being – “James Martin – Finding God in All Things”:

Krista Tippett, the host, interviews a priest named James Martin about his vocation and his Jesuit perspective on the world.

You are only required to listen to about 10 minutes, from the beginning to 9:25, and then from 16:15-18:35. As you listen, please fill out these reflection questions: I highly recommend you fill out the questions as you go along.

Enjoy it, and if you have a moment, feel free to listen to the rest of the podcast or look at the list of other episodes. There are some really cool interviews with quite a variety of people.


Freedom, Love, and Responsibility

Homework Assignment for Thursday at bottom of this post!

You aren’t a real pope unless you can hit the slopes.

Notes Summary:

Before spring break and this week, we’ve been talking about conscience and freedom and the relation between the two.

This week, we’ve focused on the idea that perhaps freedom isn’t simply the ability to do whatever we want, but something more significant. Even looking at secular government documents like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we see that we give up the ability to do whatever we want to live in a freer and more flourishing society. In other words, we give up certain freedoms to gain a deeper freedom.

For Thursday, I’d like you all to read a little bit of Karol Wojtyla’s (aka John Paul II’s) work “Love and Responsibility” dealing with freedom and love. Wojtyla’s going to make the claim that, in some sense, our freedom finds its fullest fulfillment in the act and choice of love – desiring the good for the other – and that this love, in fact, frees us.



Wojtyla – Love and Responsibility

Annotate the reading with at least 2 comments/questions per paragraph. Underline the passage you would like to annotate, and then write a comment/question in the margin.

Once you are done with the reading, answer the following questions on a separate sheet of paper. Remember to not put one or two word answers. I expect fully thought-out responses that use examples from the reading:

  1. What does Wojtyla mean by “freedom exists for the sake of love”? Why do you think this is? (the second answer isn’t in the reading – use your critical thinking!)
  2. What does the human will desire most? What is love, according to Wojtyla? Why is the human will necessary for love?
  3. What does Wojtyla mean by “the divine aspect of love”?
  4. What does love reveal about the human person’s worth?
  5. Why does love need to be “educated”?

Homework for Tuesday

Hi gang,

Here is the homework for Tuesday. Again, this should only take you 10-15 minutes.


Link to reading:

Please read ONLY sections 1730-1738 of the Catechism.

On a separate sheet of paper, summarize each paragraph in your own words. You should have 9 summaries, one for each section.

At the end, write a short paragraph (4-5 sentences) explaining what the value of freedom is, according to Catholic tradition. This will be our starting perspective for tomorrow’s class.

Prayer Project – Prayer Rubrics

“There’s nothing tricky about prayer. It’s simply tuning in to God’s presence – and God is always present. not simply alongside me, but within me at the deepest part of who I am.” – Bishop Ken Untener

In its essence, prayer is incredibly simple. It is the human response to the divine or, as Christians would call it, God’s love.

Over the course of the Catholic Church’s history, the simple nature of prayer has been expressed in a myriad different ways, each unique and capturing a different facet of what it means to pray.

For this project, you will research and lead the class in one of the prayers from the Catholic tradition (or other faith tradition, with permission). Below, you will find descriptions and detailed rubrics for how to plan and lead each type of prayer. If you have any questions, as always, ask me in class or email me.

Prayer Project rubric:  Link to Rubric

Prayer Projects (prayer/paper) due Monday, March 6 via this Google Form:

Examen: meditative reflection on how God is working in our lives

Lectio Divina: praying through Scripture

Song: prayer through music (can be in the chapel!)

Intercessions for Current Event: a prayer for those affected by injustices in the world

Praying to Saints (Petition): praying and reflecting with the saints

Other Traditional Prayers: Decade of the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Liturgy of the Hours, Angelus

Remember – I am very open to hearing your suggestions for other types of prayer. Please come talk to me if you think of something else you may want to do!

Extra Credit – Anne Frank

If you would like some extra credit, please check out this extra credit assignment: Anne Frank Extra Credit Assignment.

We’re dealing with the old school approach to extra credit – by doing this assignment, you’re going above and beyond the call of duty as a student.

To earn the credit, please attend (or perform in) one of the Anne Frank performances this week, and write a short paper applying the themes of our class to the characters of the play. Worth up to 10 pts. depending on the quality of the work.

Even if you don’t plan on doing the assignment, attend anyway! It’s one of the classics of American theater, and the actors and crew have been putting in incredible amounts of work to make it come to life. (Break a leg, all those in it, and happy hell week!)

Unit 1 + 2 Test – Monday

Just a reminder that your Unit 1 + 2 Test is on Monday.

The PowerPoints for both units have been posted on the Assignments and Readings page, as well as links to all the readings and the study guide if you need an extra copy.

Please remember that the study guide is a homework grade! If you have any questions, email me and I’ll do my best to answer.

Thanks, all. Have a great weekend.