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Learning to Forgive

Students will learn about the mercy of God and His invitation to us to uphold the dignity of every person, even those who have committed crimes. Bad decisions cannot destroy the reality of the love of God. Solutions to crime and punishment must take into account the dignity of every person.

Grades PK-3

PK, TK and Kindergarten Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the importance of offering forgiveness to their neighbors. They will learn of God’s forgiveness to each of them, and will have reinforced the understanding that just because someone does something wrong does not make them a bad person.

Grades PK-K Wednesday Learning to Forgive Lesson Plan.pdf

Grades 1-3 Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the importance of offering forgiveness to their neighbors. They will learn of God’s forgiveness to each of them, and will have reinforced the understanding that just because someone does something wrong does not make them a bad person.

Grades 1-3 Wednesday Learning to Forgive Lesson Plan.pdf

Grades 4-6

Grades 4-6 Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the importance of offering forgiveness to their neighbors. They will learn of God’s forgiveness to each of them, and will have reinforced the understanding that just because someone does something wrong does not make them a bad person.

Grades 4-6 Wednesday Learning to Forgive Lesson Plan.pdf

Grades 7-9

Grades 7-9 Lesson Plan

Students will learn about the mercy of God and His invitation to us to uphold the dignity of every person, even those who have committed crimes. Bad decisions cannot destroy the reality of the love of God. Solutions to crime and punishment must take into account the dignity of every person.

Grades 7-9 Wednesday Learning to Forgive Lesson Plan.pdf

Grades 10-12

Grades 10-12 Student Handout

Students will learn about the mercy of God and His invitation to us to uphold the dignity of every person, even those who have committed crimes. Bad decisions cannot destroy the reality of the love of God. Solutions to crime and punishment must take into account the dignity of every person.

Grades 10-12 – Learning to Forgive.pdf

Resources

The Death Penalty is Always Inadmissible

Archbishop Gomez reminds us that no one ever loses human dignity

The Power of Forgiveness: Restorative Justice

4.5-minute video shares the story of one woman who has found forgiveness.

Homeboy Industries: A Turning Point

25-minute short documentary of the program that assists formerly gang-involved youth.​

Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019

Current statistics of who is in prison and why

The Norwegian Prison where Inmates are Treated Like People

Bastoy prison island village where inmates learn work and life skills

Article from Angelus News

Bishop O’Connell visits Folsom Prison​ with families of the incarcerated through the Get on the Bus program

Catholic Social Teaching and the Death Penalty

Overview of the teaching on human dignity

Catholic Teaching and Restorative Justice

A guide for living as a people of justice and mercy

Families of Murder Victims Speak Out

Article shares the stories of families who have been victimized and their response to tragedy. Seeking retribution or sowing mercy are often not disconnected and can be difficult.

Death Sentences and Executions 2018

Provides international information from Amnesty International

The Cruel Cost of Solitary Confinement​

Describes the physical and mental toll caused by solitary confinement.

Effects of Solitary Confinement

4-minute video Inmates at Pelican Bay State Prison discuss effects of long-term solitary confinement.

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