Monday, April 8, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Reflection:  “The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.”  What a long way we have come from our Church’s beginning.  The thought of one united community believers caring for one another can seem to be such an unattainable goal that we throw our hand up and say “it is impossible.”  With hundreds of churches and denominations it certainly would be impossible if it were not the will of God for there to be one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.  It is only through prayer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and our own willingness to reach out in evangelization and love that we can hope to once again reunite God’s community of believers.

Reflection for younger saints:  The Apostles and their followers all believed in the same teachings of Jesus and loved and cared for each other.  God wants us to teach others about God and the Catholic Church so we can be one united community of believers again.

Big Picture:  one, holy, catholic, apostolic Church

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  During the Apostle’s time, did their followers do and believe whatever they wanted, or did they believe and follow the teachings of Jesus?  What is it called when we follow the teachings and guidance of those in authority?  (obedience.)  Does God want us to be obedient too?
     Older saints:  Today we receive another message calling us to obedience, shared beliefs, and trust in the Catholic faith.  Reflect on your own obedience to the teachings of Jesus and the Catholic Church.  Can you faithfully say you trust and adhere to the teachings of the Church and her authority on all matters of the faith?  Are you part of the community of believers of  “one heart and mind?”

Fun Fact:  There is only one God and He is made of three persons:  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  This is called the Blessed Trinity (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 20).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Casilda
     What they are remembered for:  St. Casilda was raised as a Muslim, but always showed special kindness for imprisoned Christians.  Suffering from illness, she sought healing through a pilgrimage to the shrine of San Vicenzo in northern Spain.  She lived the rest of her life in solitude and penance as a faithful Christian.
     Feast day:  April 9
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