Review of tonight's AAD work
This evening we covered the chapter on Penance and Reconciliation as well as Confirmation. The conversation for part 1 of our evening focused around recalling times when we may have hurt someone else or someone else may have hurt us and how it feels when we ask for forgiveness. Just as there is hurt and forgiveness in our everyday lives, we sometimes hurt God through our sins and must ask for forgiveness. We read the story of the Prodigal Son as an example of how willing God is to forgive our sins if we but repent of these sins and ask. Then we examined the steps necessary for going to Confession. One of the items in the workbook was to write down a time when hurt somebody or made someone angry and desired to be reconciled. I encouraged everyone to reflect upon that experience and to bring that to Confession at their next opportunity.
For homework, please complete the codex in B-1, unscrambling the code into a meaningful sentence. I also assigned the grid on B-3. The first column is a list of sins. In the second column, the Scouts are to brainstorm some possible consequences of the sin on oneself and on other. The final column is to brainstorm possible penance that might help one resolve that sin. To illustrate, I used the example of what happens if we accidentally break a window while playing baseball. The right action in this example would be to apologize for the damage (asking for forgiveness) to which the homeowner would certainly be willing to forgive, but the homeowner would also want the offending baseball player to pay for the replacement window (penance). Finally, I assigned C. 1. (p. 30). In this activity, Scouts are asked to create some form of media that expresses the Scout’s idea of what God’s forgiveness is like. The ideas listed in the workbook are guidelines. Other media for expression are permitted.
In Part 2 of our virtual meeting we covered Confirmation. We discussed the Life Experiences section and Activity sections as a group. Of note, there is an error that needs to be corrected in the book. The opening sentence on page 15 states, “CONFIRMATION completes our initiation into the Church.” This information is incorrect. Per paragraph 1322 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “The holy Eucharist completes Christian initiation.” This is why our bishop is instituting a “restoration” of the Sacraments of Initiation to their correct order: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist.
I had the Scouts skip the two word finds on page 16 because the list of gifts and fruits can only be found if you read the St. Joseph edition of the Bible and, despite this biblical reference, these lists are not consistent with the Catechism. The gifts in the word find include Wisdom, Knowledge, Understanding, Strength, Counsel, Piety, and Reverence. For reference, the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit should be properly listed as 1.) Wisdom, 2.) Knowledge, 3.) Understanding, 4.) Fortitude or Courage (listed as “Strength” above), 5.) Counsel, 6.) Piety or Reverence (note that the book lists both piety and reverence which is the same gift) and finally 7.) Fear of the Lord or Wonder and Awe.
The answers to the Fruits of the Holy Spirit in the workbook are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Faithfulness, Goodness, Humility, and Self Control (no space in the word find). Contrast this list with the Catechism: 1.) Charity [which is another way to say “love”], 2,) Joy, 3.) Peace, 4.) Patience, 5.) Kindness, 6.) Goodness, 7.) Generosity, 8.) Gentleness, 9.) Faithfulness, 10.) Modesty, 11.) Self Control, 12.) Chastity (CCC 1832).
For homework, please see page 17, B6. Scouts are to do one of the three options that start on page 17 and conclude with the third option on page 18. ALSO, for Faith Response in C1 on page 18, Scouts are to compile a list of their gifts and create a service project that helps them use their gifts. Per the counselor’s guide:
NOTE: There is no time requirement for this item. To quote the book, “The length of this project, in terms of time and difficulty is left to your judgment as the counselor. It must be long enough and hard enough to challenge the Scout and yet short enough and enjoyable enough so as not to become burdensome. It should require a few hours of work and some planning. It may involve the help of others.
For C2, we will do a prayer service to start our session in May. Scouts may choose b or c to complete the rest of this section.
Our next class is Sunday, May 17. We will cover Chapter 7 – Holy Orders. I will set up another webinar as I doubt we will be free and clear of our current COVID-19 protocols. At some point I will need to check off any homework assignments, too. I have a sign-off sheet in my files and will update this file as soon as I can. Working from home limits what I have access to but I should be able to get to my office soon to get that file.
on Sunday, April 19 at 9:02PM