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Love and Mercy Teacher’s Guide - The Story of Salvation

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Catalog Code: 9781622823192

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This full-color teacher's guide features 12 ready-to-use lesson plans that will bring vividly to life the limitless of God's mercy throughout Salvation History, while showing young people how to integrate the corporal and spiritual works of mercy into everything they believe and do as Catholics.

Each self-contained lesson is teacher-written, classroom-tested, and scholar-reviewed, and provides an easier and more effective way to engage your students with God's mercy.

To help you differentiate instruction, this guide includes lessons at three grade levels. Each lesson is clearly marked with an intended audience and reading level. Based on the students you have from class to class and year to year, you can decide which resources to use with which students.

Each lesson is designed in a flexible, modular format, and includes:

  • Connections to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Learning goals and connections to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • Biblical touchstones
  • Comprehension and critical thinking questions
  • Warm-up / bell work
  • Main activity such as primary source analysis, role-playing, structured debate, and many others
  • Homework and extension options
  • Bulletin Board extension options for elementary lessons

The veteran schoolteachers who wrote the twelve lessons included here know firsthand your needs in the classroom. Even the layflat binding makes it easy for you to photocopy all the provided handouts and activities. Lessons include:

Unit One: God's Mercy Revealed in Salvation History

  • Lesson 1: Understanding Mercy and Covenants
  • Lesson 2: God's Mercy Revealed in the Covenant with Adam
  • Lesson 3: God's Mercy in the Covenant with Noah
  • Lesson 4: The Plan of Mercy Inaugurated: The Covenant with Abraham
  • Lesson 5: God's Mercy Tested: The Covenant with Moses
  • Lesson 6: God's Mercy Persists: The Covenant with David
  • Lesson 7: God's Plan for Mercy Comes to Fulfillment: The New Covenant in Christ


Unit Two: Experiencing and Living Mercy

  • Lesson 8: Exploring the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy with Sacred Art
  • Lesson 9: Introduction to the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
  • Lesson 10: Jesus Teaches us How to Live the Works of Mercy
  • Lesson 11: Mercy's Work of Showing God's Love
  • Lesson 12: Saints of Mercy
  • Appendix B: Teacher Toolkit: Special Projects for Entering into the Story of Salvation
Includes 20 Saint Cards with short, engaging biographies of:
  • St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
  • St. Bernadette
  • St. Catherine of Siena
  • St. Peter Claver
  • Servant of God Dorothy Day
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati
  • St. Faustina
  • St. Ignatius of Loyola
  • Pope St. John Paul II
  • St. Maximilian Kolbe
  • St. Maria Goretti
  • St. Martin of Tours
  • Mary, Mother of Mercy
  • St. Peter Nalasco
  • St. Teresa of Avila
  • St. Therese of Lisieux
  • Bl. Miguel Pro
  • St. John Vianney
  • St. Francis Xavier

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St. Maria Goretti

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/06
Tridentine Calendar - 07/05

Patron Of: Against Poverty, Children, Girls, Loss of Parents, Martyrs, Rape Victims, Teenagers

Beautiful, pious farm girl, one of six children of Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. In 1896 the family moved to Ferriere di Conca. Soon after, Maria's father died of malaria, and the family was forced to move onto the Serenelli farm to survive.

In 1902 at age twelve, Maria was attacked by 19-year-old farm-hand Alessandro Serenelli. He tried to rape the girl who fought, yelled that it was a sin, and that he would go to hell. He tried to choke her into submission, then stabbed her fourteen times. She survived in hospital for two days, forgave her attacker, asked God's forgiveness of him, and died holding a crucifix and medal of Our Lady. Counted as a martyr.

While in prison for his crime, Allessandro had a vision of Maria. He saw a garden where a young girl, dressed in white, gathered lilies. She smiled, came near him, and encouraged him to accept an armful of the lilies. As he took them, each lily transformed into a still white flame. Maria then disappeared. This vision of Maria led to Alessandro's conversion, and he later testified at her cause for beatification.
16 October 1890 at Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy
choked and stabbed to death during a rape attempt on 6 July 1902 at the age of 12

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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