Thursday, 8 January 2015

Y9 Assessment 2 (2015 onwards): Greed

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Your second assessment focus on the Gospel messages related to greed and wealth.

“A few peoples’ greed leaves millions in need.”

Write a feature article for the Financial Times with this headline.

Think about the following to help you write the article:
Describe and show understanding of Christian teaching on greed and helping those in need including quotes and references to scripture. [L4]
Explain what Jesus asks of all Christians and demonstrate different responses to this. [L5]
Analyse the consequences of these responses for different people. [L6]
Give your own opinion, carefully backed up with evidence. Consider another opinion and explain why you disagree with it. [L7]

Useful Bible passages
  • Luke 06:24-25 (woe to rich & fed)
  • Luke 12:15-21 (rich fool parable)
  • Luke 16:19-31 (rich man & lazarus)
  • Mark 10:23-24 / Luke 18:24-25 (camel & needle)
  • Matt 06:19-21 (treasures in heaven)
  • Matt 06:24 / Luke 16:13 (god & money)
Bible Quotes on greed <here>

Remember to select the ones you think you can explain and show that you understand

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Pope Francis' Resolutions for 2015

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Last year saw a 'Top 10' list of resolutions put together from various things Pope Francis has said over the year, see <here>. However this year, in his Christmas address to Vatican employees, who are mostly lay people with families, he asked them to do 10 things. 

The list sounded to many remarkably like a list of suggestions for New Year’s resolutions:
  1. "Take care of your spiritual life, your relationship with God, because this is the backbone of everything we do and everything we are.”
  2. “Take care of your family life, giving your children and loved ones not just money, but most of all your time, attention and love.”
  3. “Take care of your relationships with others, transforming your faith into life and your words into good works, especially on behalf of the needy.”
  4. "Be careful how you speak, purify your tongue of offensive words, vulgarity and worldly decadence.”
  5. “Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others.”
  6. "Look after your work, doing it with enthusiasm, humility, competence, passion and with a spirit that knows how to thank the Lord.”
  7. “Be careful of envy, lust, hatred and negative feelings that devour our interior peace and transform us into destroyed and destructive people.”
  8. “Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness that leads to existential euthanasia; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.”
  9. “Take care of brothers and sisters who are weaker … the elderly, the sick, the hungry, the homeless and strangers, because we will be judged on this.”
  10. "Making sure your Christmas is about Jesus and not about shopping."
What are your new year resolutions? Have you broken them yet? Do you think these are just for Catholic or do they have universal appeal?

See <here> for more info