Friday, May 3, 2013

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Reflection:  Too often we try to fit in and conform to the world, but we have been called to stand out.  “Because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you.”  But, we are not alone, many have gone before us and suffered greater persecution than we ever will.  We can always find strength in knowing that the world hated Jesus, but God glorified Him in heaven.  If we conform and fit in we will receive praise and gifts in this world, but if we stand out boldly for Christ we will receive grace and blessings and a place with God in heaven.

Reflection for younger saints:  People sometimes dislike us and treat us in unkind ways because we love and serve God.  We can find strength in knowing people were unkind to Jesus too.  One day we will be in heaven, and none of their unkind words will matter anymore.

Big Picture:  We do not belong to the world.

Discussion Starters:
     Younger saints:
  Who should we try to serve and honor:  the opinions of people around us or God?  Will others always be kind to us?  Were people always kind to Jesus?  Who do we find strength in when others treat us poorly?
     Older saints:  Reflect on the statement that “you do not belong to the world.”  Are you living your life for this world?  Or are you living your life for heaven?  How do you think those around you would answer those questions?

Fun Fact:  The ninth commandment is:  Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife.  In this we are commanded to guard our thoughts and desires about others (St. Joseph’s Baltimore Catechism No. 1, 2008, p. 98).

Saint of the day: 
 Saint Florian
     What they are remembered for:  St. Florian was an officer in the Roman army who was martyred for his faith during the reign of Diocletian.
     Feast day:  May 4
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