Thursday, March 21, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

Reflection:  In today’s Gospel Jesus is accused of blasphemy because He called Himself the son of God.  Jesus responds by saying:  “If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the works.”  This is an interesting argument – essentially it’s something along the lines of ‘forget the preaching, see the results’.  In today’s society, I think this type of argument is one that would be well received. 

So what does this mean for our lives?  Certainly there is no replacement for actually speaking about Christ, His Holy Catholic Church, and the need for conversion with other people, because without this they won’t know the path they need to follow.  But, often times, our ‘works’ (i.e. the way we live our lives) is what people will really notice.  We need to live in a way that is so devoted to Christ that it will captivate others, and result in them desiring the same for their lives.

Reflection for younger saints:  We need to be able to speak to others about Jesus and the Catholic Church, but we also need to live by setting an example for others to see.  This example is what can result in others desiring to live their lives in a holy way.

Big Picture:  Live to captivate others for Christ

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Do you appreciate it when others are nice to you?  Does this make you want to be nice to others?  Think about how you can be nice to someone else every day.
     Older saints:  Have you ever known someone that lived their life in such a holy way that it encouraged you in your faith?  What about their life encouraged you?  What do you need to work on in your life to be able to set a similar example for others?

Fun Fact:  During the Consecration we believe that the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ through Transubstantiation.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Nicholas Owen
     What they are remembered for:  St. Nicholas Owen saved the lives of numerous priests during a 20 year period of persecution in England.  His skills in building allowed him to build hiding places that kept priests hidden from raids.  He was eventually caught and brutally tortured for not confessing the names of other Catholics
     Feast day:  March 22
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