Adolescents are in the process of developing into adults. Although it is easy to “go along with the crowd,” in terms of values and identity, it is not always advisable. In this section, the students are invited to actively consider the forces shaping their personalities: the cultural values of the United States, the values of their ethnic culture and sub-cultures around them, and the stories and symbols shaping their lives.
Students’ main connection to their faith is Liturgy. The role of catechesis is to help the students understand and relate to the liturgical rites. In the Liturgy Section the Divine Liturgy and the Mysteries are explained. The students’ experience of the liturgy should be heightened from considering it through the images and stories used in these lessons.
The History Section presents an overview of Maronite history from the year 40 C.E. to the present. The lessons describe the factors involved in the shaping of Lebanon – the permanent home of the Maronites, Lebanon’s role in the world, and the experience of Maronites in the United States.
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