Beatitudes for Families

             This was such a great resource from Loyola Press that I had to share it with all of my families in Faith Formation and especially our Grade 7 Confirmation class! The Beatitudes are so difficult to explain and understand, even for me. How can we apply to our lives? Starting in March, we will be giving BEE-attitude awards out in classes.  The laminated page from Loyola Press has the Beatitudes from Jesus in Matthew 5:3-10 on one side and the Beatitudes for Families on the other. What a wonderful discussion for your family! One example:  Blessed are the families who strengthen one another, encourage compassion, and desire to do good despite life’s blows and setbacks, for they help bring about the Kingdom of God. (Beatitude for Families #8)   Praying for all families everywhere, Donna Doherty, Dir. of St. Gall Faith Formation Published in the St. Gall Bulletin for Sunday, 1/16/22

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What is love anyway?

Love is patient; love is kind. Paul writes to the people of Corinth 1 COR 13:4-13 in today’s Second Reading. His list of what love looks like is quite challenging. How do you love? While this Scripture is often chosen for weddings, this call to love applies to everyone. Can we love like Jesus? Being human, we often fail at loving. How would you end the sentence “Love is…”? It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things…How can it endure all things? Today’s world and relationships are pretty complicated. Do you believe marriage can last a lifetime? Do you see that kind of love around you? Love is a decision and wills the good of another according to St. Thomas Aquinas. It takes a decision to love by both people in order to work out well or last…and forgiveness, understanding, listening and patience!  Agape – love without conditions or motivations. (Greek) Paul says that we should strive eagerly for the greatest of spiritual gifts but we shouldn’t stop there! Write Paul’s list in your own words and post it on your refrigerator or bathroom mirror. Use it for your examination of conscience and go to confession to receive God’s mercy, grace and supernatural strength to love like He does. Put your name in place of the word love. Paul is kind; Paul is patient. You, too, can be holy if you follow his advice! Don’t forget to pray and ask for help! Based on the Readings for the Sunday Mass – February 3, 2019. http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/020319.cfm

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Who’s number 1?

Who’s number one in your life? …love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind and all your strength…He is One and there is no other than he. It’s a tall order. It requires you to be ‘all in.’ Don’t hold back. And if you try with all your might, you might be able to […]

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Who me? I can do this!

As we continue our journey from John’s point of view in Chapter 6, Jesus creates another miracle! Jesus feeds everyone in John 6.  Did you put yourself in the story?  Are you Philip?  How will you pay for all that food? A question that I often ask myself as I plan meals for my family.  Eating well, healthy meals and […]

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Dusting required

Are you a prophet?  Are you spreading the Good News?  Not an easy job.  Amos (7:12-15) says he was not a prophet but a shepherd.  God told him to ‘Go’.  It wasn’t enough to be a prophet but he needed to lead and guide, too. St. Paul tells the Ephesians (1:3-14) and us too, that God has blessed us with […]

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