Year 10 students at Marymount College are exposed to the various ways in which humans have understanding of God or the ‘Other’. In the unit The Mystery of God students become aware that these understandings are ultimately beyond human language, concepts and stories. These understandings include the human experience of the created world; the valuable insights of the major world religions (Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism) as reflected in their core beliefs and practices; the different representations of God in Old Testament and New Testament texts by various human authors in different historical, social and cultural contexts. Students study the Christian spiritual writings that search for the mystery of God in the midst of world events and the course of human history. They also participate in personal and communal prayer where they engage with God in the created world through contemplation and the simple awareness of the presence of God.
Through the unit Responding To The Signs Of The Times students explore how the Church has responded to the range of unprecedented threats to human ecology facing Australia and the Modern World from political ideologies. They study various sources including the teaching of Jesus, the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and the reasoned judgements of conscience that are carefully formed and examined. Students are posed with the question: “Do I have the courage to care?” The unit Making Amends, Moving Forward provides an opportunity for students to examine aspects of science, technology, materialism and consumerism and to develop critical understanding of the various sources that guide the Church’s action in the world today. They examine the Eucharist as the primary and indispensable source of nourishment for the spiritual life of believers, who carry on Jesus’ mission in the world. Students consider the question: “Are we heading in the right direction?”
In the unit Religious Voice In The World students consolidate Church teachings as they articulate their own understanding of the nature and purpose of human work, informed by the principles of Catholic social teaching and the relevant early Church teachings of St. Paul. They look at the Church’s role in the modern world and how they can contribute to making the world a better place. Students respond to the question: “How can I step up to the mark?” Students continue to develop their understanding of prayer in the Christian tradition through an exploration of Centering Prayer; prayers for justice, peace and the environment, including the Prayer of St Francis, the Magnificat and the Canticle of Creation; and meditative prayer practices, including praying with the help of nature.