December 2009 Study Guide

Catechism Clips

2500 …truth can also find other complementary forms of human expression,
above all when it is a matter of evoking what is beyond words: the depths of
the human heart, the exaltations of the soul, the mystery of God.
2501 … art is a freely given superabundance of the human being’s inner
2501 …Arising from talent given by the Creator and from man’s own effort, art
is a form of practical wisdom, uniting knowledge and skill, to give form to
the truth of reality in a language accessible to sight or hearing…
2501 …To the extent that it is inspired by truth and love of beings, art bears a
certain likeness to God’s activity in what he has created. ..
2501 …Like any other human activity, art is not an absolute end in itself, but is
ordered to and ennobled by the ultimate end of man. (“e ultimate end of
man”: is means that above all things man is made to be in a relationship
of love with God.)..

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Bible Blurbs

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
(1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18)

Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up…
(1 Thessalonians 5: 11)

And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more … to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ
(Philippians 1: 9-10)

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Virtuous Verbiage Verification

Courage – attitude of facing and dealing with anything recognized as dangerous,
difficult, or painful, instead of withdrawing from it.

Faith – personal relationship with God; trust in God

Joy – 1. A state of happiness or felicity. 2. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. It i the result of seeing and doing things from God’s perspective. The highest and most complete joy of which man is capable is the spiritual joy of seeing and being with God.

Love – A profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person; Kindness,
respect, and generosity towards others, Love for God; love for others from God’s point of view.

Modesty – 1. The moral virtue that moderates and controls the impulse of sexual display in the human being. Regard for decency of behavior, speech, or dress; Freedom from vanity 2. Simplicity, moderation. Modesty allows the beauty of one’s personality to shine forth without the disturbing element of pride. Modesty safeguards a mystery, the mystery of one’s intimate dignity, and is aware of the dignity of others.

Prudence – Exercising sound judgment in practical matters

Provocative – Tending to stir up, arouse, or call forth (desires, feelings, or activity)

Thankfulness – Consciousness of benefit received; expressing gratitude or appreciation

Temperance – “the moral virtue that moderates the attraction of pleasures and provides balance in the use of created goods. It ensures the will’s mastery over instincts and keeps desires within the limits of what is honorable.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1809)

Wisdom – Knowledge of what is right or true coupled with right judgment as to action.

Discussion Questions

  1. Do you think Miley Cyrus is living Christian values as a performer?
    In what ways is she living these values? In what
    ways is she not?
  2. Do you think Miley will continue to live Christian values as
    she switches to the young adult audience? How would you
    recommend she keep these values?
  3. Are there any things you admire in Miley as a person or in
    her career?
  4. Name some other performers you admire. Explain what you
    admire in them.

Pope Quotes

Through your art, you yourselves are to be heralds and witnesses of hope for humanity!
(Pope Benedict XVI, Address to artists, November 22, 2009)

Dear artists, … you are the custodians of beauty: thanks to your talent, you have the opportunity to speak to the heart of humanity, to touch individual and collective sensibilities, to call forth dreams and hopes, to broaden the horizons of knowledge and of human engagement.
(Pope Benedict XVI: Address to artists: November 22, 2009)

Be grateful, then, for the gifts you have received and be fully conscious of your great
responsibility to communicate beauty, to communicate in and through beauty!
(Pope Benedict XVI: Address to artists: November 22, 2009)

Journal Writing

If you could be a famous or influential person, what type of career or job would you
like to have? Why would you choose that job? Would you do anything to encourage
Christian values through this job or career?


  1. Make a list of performers whom you think promote positive values. Send a message
    to them through Facebook or some other way, thanking them for their work and testimony. Write a brief message about them on your social networking site, or show
    your support in some other way.
  2. Make a video using a song that you like. The video can be funny or serious. You
    can perform the song, use it in a skit, or present images that explain what the song
    means to you. Post it on YouTube, if your parents give you permission.


  1. Are Christians more fun to be around than non-Christians or less fun?
  2. Do you think Miley will be able to keep her promise of virginity before marriage?
  3. Do you think it is important that she made this commitment?
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