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Commandments


Stop, Look, And Listen: Christian Moral Decision-Making (HS)
This video, created by Father Richard Sparks, CSP, gives our young people a graphic and lucid look at their "conscience," as it works in today's world. He develops ideas which lead the young viewer to believe that morality does make sense in their lives, and invites them to engage in the Christian story. This is a valuable addition to programs on morality and conscience for high school.

God's Game Plan: A Contemporary Look At The Ten Commandments (Emementary Grades 6, JH, HS)
This video addresses each commandment in individual vignettes (commandments 6 and 9 are combined, and commandments 7 and 10 are combined). The vignettes can be viewed separately or together. Each segment dramatizes the real concerns of youth and shows them how the commandments can help them make good choices.

Ten Commandments (Emementary Grades 4-6)
This video conveys the importance of the commandments for all of us today. Written and hosted by Gaynell Cronin, this innovative video examines each of the commandments in the context of a child's life. In a clear teaching technique, the viewer is shown that responding to a particular commandment means saying "no" to something and "yes" to something else. By viewing this program, the child will learn the Ten Commandments and how they can be guides for life.

Commandments For Young People: We Honor Parents (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others and ourselves more deeply. This second video challenges us to discern ways to live the life of the 4th Commandment, "Honor your father and your mother," by obeying and listening to people who help us grow and by helping others to grow.

Commandments For Young People: We Respect Life (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others and ourselves more deeply. This third video challenges us to discover ways to live the life of the 5th Commandment, "You shall not kill," by respecting and caring for God's gift of life in ourselves and others.

Commandments For Young People: We Are Faithful (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others and ourselves more deeply. This fourth video challenges us to discover ways to live the life of the 6th commandment, "You shall not commit adultery," by respecting the call of husband and wife to live faithfully in marriage, and through the 9th Commandment, "You shall not covet your neighbor's wife," which challenges us to respect the promises others have made to one another. We are asked to be loyal as a family.

Commandments For Young People: We Respect the Property of Others (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others and ourselves more deeply. This fifth video challenges us to discover ways to live the life of the 7th Commandment, "You shall not steal," and the 10th Commandment, "You shall not covet your neighbor's goods," by respecting and protecting the rights and property of others, by not wanting or taking what belongs to others and by working to help people get what they need in order to live.

Commandments For Young People: We Speak the Truth (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others and ourselves more deeply. This sixth video challenges us to discover ways to live the life of the 8th Commandment, "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbors," by telling the truth, respecting the right that all people have to their good names and trusting the word of others.

Children's Parables Series: Jimmy and the White Lie (PK, Emementary Grades 1-3)
Nine-year-old Jimmy loves to play baseball. He accidentally sends a rocket-like pitch through Mr. Crankshaw's window. When Jimmy's mom asks if he's been playing baseball, he says "no" and the white lie inside of him pops out and takes on a real physical presence. Though Jimmy tries to stuff the lie in the bathroom and hide it in his bedroom, it grows and grows until it oozes out of the house, and Jimmy feels about as low as a squished worm. When Jimmy asks his mom for help, she explains that only one person can take away the awful feeling we get after telling a lie. When Jimmy tells God he's sorry about the lie and talks with his parents and Mr. Crankshaw, the monstrous white lie disappears for good.

Great Chastity Experiment (HS)
An affectionate adolescent couple struggles with the pressure to engage in sexual relations together. The pressure so complicates the relationship that both have difficulty knowing what each really wants. They decide to try chastity for a week. At first they are uncomfortable, then discover new things about each other. They learn how to communicate on new and more exciting levels and that emotional intimacy has challenges of its own.

Echoes of Faith: Catholic Morality (ADULT)
This video is one of a series. It is a basic level, video-assisted resource for the formation and enrichment of catechists in parishes and Catholic schools. It can also provide a vehicle for adult faith formation. The goal of this module is to explore the foundations of Catholic morality and the practice of the moral life. Some topics addressed are: human dignity and community as the foundations of the moral life, Scripture, objective morality and subjective responsibility, moral actions and the grace of God, conscience, and the Commandments and the new law of Jesus Christ.

Close Encounters with the Commandments (Emementary Grades 3-6)
Young Anthony "burns the midnight oil" trying to complete his homework on the Ten Commandments - but he just can't see how that "old list of rules" makes any sense to today's modern kids! Fortunately, something his mom says about "investigating the subject" strikes a chord with Anthony and when he drifts off to sleep, he suddenly finds himself the the parlor of the "world's greatest detective" -- Sherlock Holmes! As it happens, the original Holmes is out, but a younger, female version of Holmes (who just happens to be an angel) is in to guide Anthony on a thorough investigation of the Ten Commandments.

Caminos De Libertad: Los Diez Mandamientos (Series) (HS, ADULT)
La serie, "Caminos de Libertad," Los Diez mandamientos presenta los mas sobresalientes articulos de nuestra Fe Catolica Romana contenidos en los Diez mandamientos. Puede usarse en conjuncion con el Catecismo de la Iglesia Catolica, cada video utiliza la forma documental donde se incorporan acontecimientos vigentes o testimonios de personas que revelan como estan viviendo su fe. La serie puede usarse como preparacion para el RICA (catecumenado), para grupos de oracion y situaciones semejantes. Estos videos pueden usarse como un excelente entrenamiento para catequistas que desean llenar los requisitos diocesanos para adquirir su certificado de cateequista. La serie consta de seis videos: VIDEO 1: Amar Es Buscar La Felicidad (Introduccion a los Mandamientos); VIDEO 2: Amar Es Confiar En Dios; VIDEO 3: Amar Es Respetar; VIDEO 4: Amar Es Aceptar La Sexualidad Como Un Don Sagrado; VIDEO 5: Amar Es Usar Bien Los Bienes Materiales; and VIDEO 6: Amar Es Decir Y Vivir En La Verdad.

In The Beginning: Stories From The Old Testament: The Ten Commandments (EL, JH, HS, ADULT)
This is the fourteenth of a 25-part animated series featuring all the greatest stories from the Old Testament, beginning with the Creation and ending with the Birth of Jesus. Each video tells its story in an engaging style with beautiful, full animation.

Close Encounters with the Beatitudes (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Young Jimmy is puzzled as to what the Beatitudes mean to someone his age. When he dozes off, he receives a visit from an angel who shows him how some of his school mates are already helping to build God's Kingdom. By the time Jimmy's journey with the angel is finished, he comes to an understanding and makes a commitment to live the Beatitudes in his own life! This program gives intermediate students clear examples of how young people can help build God's Kingdom everyday.

Commandments For Young People: We Remember (Emementary Grades 4-6)
Using story, Scripture, reflection and prayer, the six videos in this series present the commandments as gifts that free us to love God, others, and ourselves more deeply. This first video challenges us to discover ways to live the life of the 1st Commandment, "I am the Lord, your God, you shall have no gods except me" and 2nd Commandment, "You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain," and the 3rd Commandment, "Remember to keep holy the sabbath day," by placing God first in our hearts, speaking the name of God with respect and celebrating God in a special way one day of the week.

The Ten Commandments (for Middle Schoolers) (Middle school)
This video conveys the importance of the commandments for all of us today. Written and hosted by Gaynell Cronin, this innovative video examines each of the commandments in the context of a child's life. In a clear teaching technique, the viewer is shown that responding to a particular commandment means saying "no" to something and "yes" to something else. By viewing this program, the child will learn the Ten Commandments and how they can be guides for life.


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Audience Codes: PK = Preschool, EL = Elementary, JH = Junior High, HS = HighSchool, Adult


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