Friday, March 15, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Reflection:  “Let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name will be spoken no more.”  Reflect for a moment on how many times in history this statement has been relived and attempted.  How many Christians and Catholics have been martyred for their faith?  Since before the time of Christ individuals and people of authority have seen strong, faithful individuals as a threat and have tried to extinguish them.  Does God allow them to be forgotten and spoken about no more?  They tried to extinguish Christ and the passion of His followers grew stronger.  They tried to silence and extinguish many martyrs of the faith and God raised them up as Saints so their stories may never be forgotten.  No matter how people may try, the voice of the faithful will never be silenced or forgotten.

Reflection for younger saints:  Throughout history when people have been threatened by the passion and beliefs of those who follow Jesus, they have killed those individuals to try to silence them.  But, God raises the voices of those who people and helps us to honor them so they may never be forgotten.

Big Picture:  The voice of the faithful can never be silenced or forgotten

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  What is a martyr?  What is the name of one person who was martyred for their faith?  Research and read the story of another martyr.
     Older saints:  Have you ever felt like your faith has “cut you off from the land of the living” in some way?  Have you ever lost friends or had relationships change with family because of your beliefs?  How did that make you feel?  Did it make you stronger in your faith or did it make you question your faith?

Fun Fact:  Psalms were written before Jesus was born, and are typically sung.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Abban
     What they are remembered for:  St. Abban was an abbot, Irish prince, and Irish missionary.  He is remembered for having started many churches and a monastery called Magheranoidhe in Adamstown, Ireland.
     Feast day:  March 16
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