Thursday, March 7, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Reflection:  The past few days have given us humbling reminders of our sinful nature and our fall from grace.  Today we are reminded of the magnificent beauty and prosperous life that can flow from turning away from our sin and turning back to God.  God will forgive all our iniquities, He will love us freely, and He will turn His wrath from us if only we turn back to Him.  We will prosper in our Lord if we humble ourselves, recognize our sins, and seek to love Him with our whole heart.  God longs to have us back, He longs to shower us with forgiveness, but we must take the first step in turning back to Him.

Reflection for younger saints:  Today we are reminded again that God loves us and will always forgive us.  All that God asks in return is that we obey Him and we love Him with all that we have.

Big Picture:  The Lord our God is Lord alone

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Take time today to read through the first of the Ten Commandments.  Talk to a parents or older sibling about what this Commandment means for you in your life.  How can you work to love God above all else?
     Older saints:  If we love God with all that we are, He will love us in return.  Through God’s love our lives will be filled with joy and we will prosper.  Reflect on the statement in the Gospel:  “Hear, O Israel!  The Lord our God is Lord alone!  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”  Are you loving God so that He might “love them freely” in return?

Fun Fact:  Lay people can take part in the Mass as lectors, song leaders, ushers, alter servers, and distributors of Holy Communion.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint John of God
     What they are remembered for:  At the age of 40, Saint John finally returned to a faithfulness of God that he had given up during his time as a soldier.  His path toward holiness was filled with a focus on caring for the sick and the poor.  He devoted his life and all that he had to the care of others.  Twenty years after his death, the Brother Hospitallers was formed based on the life and teachings of Saint John of God.
     Feast day:  March 8
     Patron Saint of:  booksellers, firefighters, heart patients, hospitals, nurses, printers, sick
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