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August 10, 2009. As catechists and religion teachers know, kids
raised in today’s media age are used to electrifying stories
told in a visual language, with an expert mix of
drama, humor, and surprise. Sometimes these stories convey good values.
But oftentimes, they undermine everything parents want their kids to
Still, the faith has its own special drama, especially
when it is lived against the tide by courageous men
and women who know how to stand up for their
values and beliefs. The trick is to tell the story,
using words and images to ignite our young people’s imagination.
That’s the goal of Our Faith In Action®, a
dynamic internet and print publication aimed at reaching young people
with the message that the Catholic faith and Christian values
have much to do with their lives “in the real
Monthly Lessons: Full Color, Full Action
The newly updated Our Faith In Action® web site offers over 50 free
monthly lessons, each of which is also available in pdf
format for printing. Each lesson, chock full of pictures, is
based on a specific story or current event that showcases
faith and values in action in today’s world.
lessons can also be ordered as high-quality, full-color printouts in
a mini-magazine format. The magazines are used in a confirmation
classes, catechism classes, youth groups, classroom, or family settings.
|The home page of the Our Faith In Action web site gives the user free access to over 50 free issues.|
of the topics and values under discussion in the most
recent issues include:
• Which Crown? - about the Miss
California USA controversy: the moment on live national television when
Carrie Prejean defended marriage as the union of man and
• One Life to Give – about Captain Richard Phillips’
heroic offering of his own life to Somalian pirates in
exchange for the lives of his crew.
• A Band of
Brothers – about the Jonas Brothers, a pop music sensation,
who have made a commitment to purity before marriage and
to other Christian values.
• The Bigger Game – about
Troy Polamalu and Kurt Warner, two NFL players who live
out their Christian faith with courage, even as they faced
off against each other in the XLIII Super Bowl competition.
web site’s 50+ lessons cover categories as diverse as sports,
politics, fashion, movies, and current events crises.
In addition to
telling a story, each lesson gives students the tools to
critically analyze current events from a Catholic perspective. There are
|Our Faith In Action tells the stories of real people who overcome adversity to follow their dreams.|
quotes from the Catechism, from the Bible, and from the
Holy Father that interpret the issues discussed in each lesson.
There is an explanation of key terms at the end
of each lesson (“Virtuous Verbiage Verification”) in order to further
clarify and review some of the virtues discussed.
features a male saint and a female saint who have
lived out a similar drama in their own lives. Discussion
questions, activities, and guided reflections help the students assimilate what
they have read so that the story really makes an
The ultimate goal is to teach kids to live
out their faith in an active way, and to realize
that they too must be ready to stand up for
faith and values when it counts the most.
Daly, LC, the director of Our Faith In Action®,
says the web site and magazine is a resource that
can make a big difference in religious education programs.
had a number of cases where the kids and the
catechists come to me and tell me how much the
magazine helps them get excited about their faith. They see
that it’s real, that it makes a difference in the
world,” he said.
One mother told Fr Daly that she had
dreamed of having great discussions about values and God with
her kids, but in her 12 years as a mom,
it just never happened. But one day, her boy came
home all excited about his Our Faith In Action® lesson
about Tim Tebow. That night, she and her husband were
able to have a great conversation with their boy about
faith, values, life, and God. Our Faith In Action® had
gotten that conversation started.
And that’s the purpose of the program,
says Fr Daly. “This isn’t a curriculum. It is not
|Our Faith In Action effectively reaches kids by engaging their interest.|
made to substitute any textbooks. It’s a discussion starter and
a takeaway. The kids look at it, especially at the
pictures. That usually gets them curious enough to want to
know the whole story. It also gets them talking and
asking questions. Most catechists know that it’s a good thing
when young people start asking questions or are excited enough
to add something to a discussion. That is when they
are most open to learning.”
Since Our Faith In Action® published
its first issue in November of 2003, the materials have
been a big support for catechists. Over the years, many
have come back to him saying that the materials are
more effective than the textbooks, simply because the stories connect
and get the students engaged in the lesson.
The Catholic faith
is built around an event that is always current: the
life, passion, and resurrection of Christ. As a tool for
teaching and evangelization, Our Faith In Action® shows how that
story is still alive today, updated and applied in the
lives of countless men and women.
For both kids and
adults, Our Faith In Action® could be the “conversation starter”
that gets them talking to Christ. And that is a
conversation that really counts.
Find out more about Our Faith In
Action® magazine and the free lesson downloads at the web