Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Reflection:  “I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.”  Jesus wants to free us from the darkness in our lives.  He wants us to be filled with light.  So what does he want to free us from?  What is the darkness that weighs us down?  Some thoughts are pride, anger, greed, impatience or an inability to forgive.  If our lives are filled with these things our hearts are dimmed by sin.  Instead, Jesus wants our hearts to be a reflection of Him, and our lives to be a reflection of His life.  This means charity, patience, kindness, and love.  These actions are the way we bring Jesus’ light to others, and to ourselves as well.

Reflection for younger saints:  Jesus came to teach us about God and how to love others.  He taught us these things to free us from the darkness of sin.  When we sin (do things that are naughty) we make God, ourselves, and the people around us sad.  When we live a life that is pleasing to God we will be the happiest because we are serving God, and we can make God and others happy too. 

Big Picture:  Follow the light – Jesus

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Do you feel happier when you think about the good things in your life or sad things?  Does thinking about God make you happy or sad?  Does helping others make you happy or sad?  When you hurt others does that make you happy or sad?  Before we do something or say something to others we should think about whether it will make us and God happy or sad.
     Older saints:  Have you ever had an experience where you felt freed from some kind of darkness (physical ailment, a challenge learning something, etc.)?  How did it happen?  How did it make you feel?  What do you need for a similar experience to happen with your faith life?

Fun Fact:  When we pray to the Saints, we ask them to intercede on our behalf.  In doing this we are asking the Saints to offer their prayers to God for us.

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Fidelis of Sigmaringen
     What they are remembered for:  St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen was well known for his generosity and his service to the weak and the needy.  He served the poor initially through his practice as a lawyer, but after frustration with the greed of those in practice with him he left his life as a lawyer to be a priest.  He was a follower of St. Francis who was later martyred for his faith.
     Feast day:
  April 24
Daily Notes:

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