Conversations about L.I.F.E. curriculum Conversations about LIFE Grade 11/12 - The Theology of the Pencil: Created for Love

(No reviews yet) Write a Review
Conversations about L.I.F.E. curriculum
Conversations about LIFE
Grade 11/12 - The Theology of the Pencil: Created for Love

A Whole Family Program to Guide Discussions about Loving Relationships & Safe Environment

This once-a-year program gives parents and guardians the tools they need to help their children—from pre-school through high school—to understand and navigate the ever-changing world of relationships. It empowers families to talk about relationships, sex, and sexual abuse in an easy-to-implement, ongoing educational program that addresses critical life issues.


Older adolescents who participate in the 11-12 grade session of the L.I.F.E. program will:

  • Understand more deeply that God created them to love: “Just as a pencil is made for writing, so a person is made for loving.”
  • Understand more deeply that God created them to love: “Just as a pencil is made for writing, so a person is made for loving.”
  • Review God’s plan for teaching love; grasp the three-circle Venn diagram as an image of the life-long process by which a child matures into a loving adult.
  • Realize that in God’s plan sex has three purposes: to be a sign of married love, to be the method by which new human beings are created, and to strengthen the family love circle where children are taught virtue and responsibility.
  • Recognize that the act of sex is meant to be a sign of the free and permanent committed love relationship called marriage, and that sex outside of marriage is most likely to be exploitative.
  • Realize that the experience of falling-in-love is meant to teach us how to integrate the “two-lines”: the infatuation line that moves from sexual attraction to sexual intercourse, and the authentic love line that moves gradually from friendship to committed love.
  • Use the four key words in The Great Commandment to understand that the process of learning to love includes the integration of feelings (whole heart), intellect (whole mind), choices (whole soul), and actions (whole strength).

The Grades 11/12 Lesson Package includes the following:

  • 2-page introductory letter and material tutorial
  • 21-page guided lesson plan with classroom adaptation instructions and master copies of all facilitator materials
  • 9-page master Activity Book for duplication
  • 29-slide PowerPoint presentation for in-session guidance
  • 6-page master Parent Follow-Up Packet for duplication and record keeping
  • Credits and references document
  • End User License Agreement

Product Preview

This downloadable, reproducible product is sold with a LIFETIME license based on annual participant count. Please read the full license terms below.

Product License

This reproducible eResource is sold with a lifetime license based the average number of students participating in this lesson per year, for use within one parish or school. Once you purchase this license, you may continue to use the materials yearly without additional cost unless your participant count exceeds that of the higher number on the participant range listed on your order confirmation. You are allowed to make copies of the materials or email them to participants in your program. If you serve more than one parish or school, each should purchase its own license. You may not post our eResources to any public web site without explicit permission to do so. Please contact us if you have any questions. Thank you for cooperating with our honor system regarding our product licenses.

Format: eResource
Product code: LIFE111
Dimensions: 8½" x 11"
The Pastoral Center
Written by Dr. Kathie Amidei and Sr. Kieran Sawyer
Edited by


In the hypersexualized culture created by the sexual revolution, what could be more important that giving parents and teachers the tools to talk with our children about authentic love? No virtue is more countercultural than chastity, no character strength more essential for growing in goodness and closeness to God. God bless Kieran Sawyer and Kathie Amidei for giving us a fresh resource for tackling this crucial challenge.
Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., developmental psychologist, director of SUNY Cortland’s Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, and author of Character Matters and How to Raise Kind Kids