Thursday, February 7, 2013

Friday, February 8, 2013

Daily Readings:
Heb 13:1-8; Ps 27:1, 3, 5, 8b-9abc; Mk 6:14-29

Reflection:  Every once in a while a reading strikes me and hits me in a way that calls me to step up my life to the next level.  One of those readings that you want to print out and tape to your mirror so you see it every day.  Today’s letter to the Hebrews was one of those readings.  Talk about a road map to success in life, to success in our faith life, and to success as a society.  Can you imagine how our society could be transformed if we lived out the call that was laid before us in the letter to the Hebrews?  In what aspect of that recipe for success are you lacking or needing a little improvement?  Strive today to make a plan for success to help you reach your goals of complete faithfulness to the teachings of Christ and adherence to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Big Picture:  We have the recipe for success, now we just have to follow it

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Make a list with an adult or older sibling of the calls that were given to us in the letter to the Hebrews today.  (Hospitality, pray for prisoners, pray for the sick, pray for the abused, honor your marriage, love God not money, trust that God will provide for you, pray for our Catholic leaders, imitate the lives of Christ and of the Saints.)  Discuss what they mean in your life, and in what areas your family could work toward improvement.
     Older saints:  Re-read the letter to the Hebrews, slowly, and ask God to guide you in what areas of your life He is calling you to transform them and to be more faithful to His teachings.  Do certain words or messages in the reading stand out to you more than others?  Why do you think that is?  Reflect on the ways we are being called to improve or change our lives in the letter to the Hebrews.  How can you strive more fully for holiness?

Fun Fact:  The word “Hosanna” is Hebrew for “save us or rescue us.”

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Jerome Emiliani
     What they are remembered for:  St. Jerome was imprisoned as a soldier, giving him lots of time to learn to pray and spend time with God.  Jerome later became a priest and felt called to devote all that he had to caring for the poor and the sick, particularly children.  He founded three orphanages and a hospital. 
     Feast day:  February 8
     Patron saint of:  orphans and abandoned children.

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