Thursday, January 31, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Daily Readings:
Heb 10:32-39; Ps 37:3-4, 5-6, 23-24, 39-40; Mk 4:26-34

Reflection:  Living our lives for God does not come easy and it does not come without sacrifices and suffering.  As the letter to the Hebrews reminds us, people have suffered for their beliefs in many ways since the days of Christ.  We must not give up when we encounter struggles, difficulties, or suffering.  Instead, we must push on, trust in our Lord, and know that all our hard work is going toward possession of eternal life in heaven.

Reflection for kids:  Other people may not always agree with what you believe or how you live your life for God.  Sometimes they may even be mean to you because you love God.  When other people are mean to us because we are following God, we can seek strength in God through prayer.  God will help us to be strong and to stand up to those who are being mean.

Big Picture:  Let God carry you through your struggles

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Who will always help us when we are in trouble?  (God.)  How do we ask Him for help?  (Through prayer.)
     Older saints:  Have you encountered people who are unkind or hurtful to you because you are Catholic and are living your life for God?  How do you react to those people?  Do you shrink and follow their ways?  Or do you stand tall and follow God?  Sometimes it can be hard to stand up to a crowd who is gathered against you.  We have to always remember that if we are living our life for Christ, He is always on our side.  Seek God in prayer and find strength in Him in those difficult times.

Fun Fact:  We make three separate crosses prior to the reading of the Gospel to remind ourselves that we must think about God’s Word, speak God’s word, and hold God’s Word in our hearts.

Saint of the day: 
 St. Brigid of Kildare
     What they are remembered for:  St. Brigid was a nun who founded the Abbey of Kildare.  The Abbey of Kildare contributed to the spread of Christianity in Ireland.  St. Brigid was especially known for her generosity to the poor.
     Feast day:  February 1
     Patron saint of:  Ireland, dairy workers, nuns, scholars

Daily Notes: 

1 comment:

  1. We need to stand firm in our support of the Catholic Church since she is one of the only voices speaking out against the sin of the world. Be a good Catholic example!