Links for Learning
Curriculum Connections for High School Students and Their Teachers
This months Links for Learners will support high school
Church historyhistory of the Church in the United
Faith in actionpractical spirituality
The Paschal Mysterynew life from death
The Church in service to the world
Current eventswar on terrorism
Understanding Basic Terms in This Months Article
Look for these key words and terms as you read the article. Definitions
or explanations can be researched from the article itself, or from
the resource materials cited throughout the Link for Learners.
The following offer some ideas for using this months article
in the context of a religion lesson or a lesson for another curricular
subject area. The events of September 11, 2001, remain painful for
everyone. As a teacher you can use your best judgment as to how
to approach the memory of this fateful day.
This months article tells some of the human stories of faith
that continue to inspire us long after the events of that terrible
day. While our nation wages a military war on terrorism and scrambles
to regain some measure of security in an uncertain world, there
stand in contrast some simple accounts of human bravery, generosity
and self-sacrifice that offer us a strength and confidence that
no amount of military might can buy. This Paschal significance that
is at the heart of the Gospelthe dying and rising that each
of us experiences every day of our livesmay be one of the
greatest lessons that comes from the 9/11 disaster. You can explore
this with your students in the article this month.
Ask your students to recall where they were and what they were
doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. They might want to share
this with one other person or in some other way such as journal
Ask them if they or someone they know has ever experienced some
tragedy that also brought out a deep care and concern for people,
brought out their generosity and self-sacrifice, or caused them
to feel a bond between one another that would never have happened
without this tragedy.
Why is it that strangers can be thrown together by the most unlikely
of circumstances, and in moments of life and death, exhibit remarkable
courage, self-sacrifice and often experience a profound connection
with one another?
When he was informed that a plane had hit the World Trade Center,
Father Mychal Judge, fire chaplain for the city of New York, rushed
to the scene of the disaster, along with hundreds of firefighters
and emergency crews. What makes people rush toward danger rather
than flee from it? What would have been your first instinct? Do
you think you would have rushed to the scene?
Why did the firefighters and police officers treat the body of
Father Judge so reverently and with such care?
The article draws some obvious parallels between Father Judge
and the image of the body of Jesus. What similarities, if any, do
you see between the deaths of the two men?
Read from Scripture and reflect on the passage: John 12:24-26.
What does it say to you about the meaning of life, about the meaning
of Jesus death?
From the article about St. Peters, do you see any fruit
that has come from the tragedy of 9/11?
Read from Scripture: John 15:13. What is Jesus asking of us in
Since the terrible disaster of 9/11 there have been many pleas
and requests for prayers for those who were lost. Many Christian
but non-Catholic groups objected to what they consider an unscriptural
and therefore heretical teaching. The basis in Catholicism for praying
for those who have died is rooted in the Churchs teaching
on purgatory. What does the Catholic Church teach about the value
and meaning of praying for the dead and why? Read an explanation
of purgatory and praying for the dead.
There are many powerful symbols of faith in the article. What
are some of them, and which ones stand out for you in the article?
What role should the Church play in the world in times of human
crisis and disaster?
Do you see it playing this role in the world in other situations?
In the article, the artist, John Collier remarks that memorials
can only say, Remember. But, he says, Our Lord offers
us more than just remember. What is this more that faith
in Christ brings us?
Reflect and Act: In thinking about your own life, what
are some ways that you can demonstrate the strength and power of
vulnerability and weakness in some of the situations in your life?
about St. Peters Church written in 2002. It contains more
quotes from Fr. Madigan along with accounts of the transformation
that has taken place in the parish since 9/11.
of the World Trade Center and why it collapsed.
An article containing more background
and reflection on the Catholic doctrine of purgatory.
At this site students
can contribute their thoughts, poems and feelings toward a memorial
of the event.
A remarkable collection
of photographs of the disaster from photographer James Nachtwey.
A vast library of
information about September 11.
for social justice after 9/11.
of the meaning of the term Paschal Mystery in the Catechism
of the Catholic Church.
Try accessing some of these Internet sources for further general
reference. Be aware, however, that some of these sites may charge
for downloading articles contained within the site’s archives.
New York Times
The Los Angeles Times
The Chicago Tribune
The Washington Post
The Miami Herald
The Associated Press
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