Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Reflection:  We are reminded yet again today that we can do anything through God, but there is very little we can do on our own.  “Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.”  God has blessed us all with varied and unique talents, and with His help and guidance we can bear much fruit in this world.  In those times when we think we have life under control and we no longer needs God’s help, let us always be reminded that all that we have comes from Him.  We were created by God and we have been blessed by God with many things, so all that we do and all that we accomplish is done through God as well.

Reflection for younger saints:  We always need God’s help and God’s guidance in living our life the best way that we can.  When we try to live without God, we will fail.  With God’s help, we can do great things.

Big Picture:  With God’s help, we can do great things.

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Where do all of our gifts and talents come from?  How do we thank God for those gifts and talents?  (By sharing them with others, and by giving praise and thanks to God for the ways He has blessed us.)  What gifts and talents has God given you?  How can you share them with others?
     Older saints:  How has God blessed you and helped you to bear great fruit?  How have you given praise and thanks to God for all your blessings? 

Fun Fact:  The sixth commandment is:  Thou shalt not commit adultery.  In this we are commanded to be pure and modest in our behavior, as the Holy Spirit lives in us and we are called to prepare a proper dwelling place for the Holy Spirit.  The sixth commandment forbids all impurity and immodesty in words, looks and actions (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 93).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Joseph the Worker
     What they are remembered for:  The feast of St. Joseph the worker is meant to remind us of the very human nature of Jesus’ upbringing, as well as our need to “build” something just as Jesus and Joseph did.  We may not all be called to carpentry, but we are called to build up the Church in whatever way God asks us to.
     Feast day:  May 1
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