Monday, April 22, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Reflection:  “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.”  While we might sin, and fall astray like lost sheep, if we open our hearts and our minds to God we will always hear Him calling us back.  We are His, and He will love us and forgive us.  We are all marked as children of God, and no one can take us out of God’s hand.  We must “remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart” and encourage all those around us to do the same.  We must listen to the Father’s voice and follow Him. 

Reflection for younger saints:  God is our shepherd and we are His sheep.  If we listen to God’s guidance and follow His commands we will share in eternal life with Him.

Big Picture:  Follow the voice of the Father

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  If God is our shepherd, what are we?  (sheep).  Who’s voice and commandments must we always listen to?  What is it called if we disobey God’s commandments?  (sin).  How can we get forgiveness for our sins?  (The Sacrament of Reconciliation). 
     Older saints:  “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”  Do you take time in your busy day to quiet your heart so you can hear God’s voice?  What routines or habits have you developed to make time to listen to God’s voice?  If you do not have this in your routine yet, take time today to look through your daily and weekly schedule so you can take time to prayerfully listen to God’ voice.

Fun Fact:  The first commandment does not forbid us from honoring the Saints in heaven, as long as we do not give them the honor that belongs to God (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 83).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint George
     What they are remembered for:  St. George was a martyr in the early Church, though there is also much legend that surrounds his life.  A popular Italian fable says that St. George slayed a dragon to rescue the King’s daughter and was responsible for the conversion of Libya. 
     Feast day:  April 23
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