All of us face frustration: I lost my homework, my siblings won’t leave me alone, I performed poorly on a test or at a sporting event, maybe something embarrassing happened at school. Let’s face it, some days are just more difficult than others. Why do things always happen to you? How do you respond when times are tough? Think of things that can help you stay on course.
“Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character hope.”
Last night I couldn’t sleep, my dog was restless and it kept me awake. As I was tossing and turning I thought about the Gospel last Sunday, mostly because I was wishing I could fall asleep as Peter, James and John did, but it did get me to thinking. How many times have I been “asleep” when God called on me? Maybe to be kinder, help someone or worship him? Do you have moments when you think back and wonder if you missed the message that our Lord was trying to tell you or thought I should have done something differently?
“Love not sleep, lest you come to poverty; open your eyes, and you will have plenty of bread.”
We have a lot of relationships during our lives. A really important one is with the friends that we choose. Who are the closest friends in your life? Do you make good choices with your friends? Do they pressure on you to follow God or disobey rules? Think about your peers, who helps you to behave and do you have friends that don’t always make god choices. Can you help them to better citizens of God?
“No greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.”
We live in a world were “stuff” seems to be important. The clothes we wear, the phone we have and having the latest game or gadget. While having money and nice things is not a sin, we have to make sure that it does not become our main focus. What does the Bible say about handling money?
“He who trusts riches will fall, but like the green leaves the just flourish.”
“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you.”
We have been asked to be disiples, much like the twelve that followed Jesus unconditionally. When it comes to discipleship, we are asked to speak of our faith and back up those words with deed. How are you a disciple of God, are there things that you could do better?
This video was found by my dad a couple years ago, and I just pulled it out again. It’s really cool how they take The Prayer of Saint Patrick and make it so awesome! Also, listen to the man at the end. It’s worth it!
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~ Aidan G
I read some interesting quotes from people I would not have expected to hear them from. One such quote is from Albert Einstein,”I want to know the thoughts of God, the rest are details”. I was surprised that a famous scientist was at all connect to God and how can we know what God is thinking? I know that we are not able to look into the mind of God, or can we? Didn’t He give us the Bible to help us understand the expectations of how to live our lives? Do you have a favorite book of the Bible and why is it important to you?
“A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more that a college education” Teddy Roosevelt.
This morning I was thinking about someone who had done a particularly nice thing for me and I thought, “Did I really thank them properly?What could I do to make sure that they know how much I appreciated the kind act?”
“I do not cease giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.”
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Have a blessed Lenten season!
Calling All High Schoolers!
It’s time to sign up for the annual diocesan youth day! Packets are available in the parish office and on the usher tables in the church.
Forms and fees are due in the Youth office by March 1st and space is limited, so hurry to be sure your spot is saved!
We’re meeting at Cathedral Catholic High School at 11:30am and parents should pick up teens there at 8:30pm.
Bring spending money for the book store and for CDs, t-shirts, and other fun stuff. There will also be a concession stand.
Who Will We See There?
Our host this year is Paul J. Kim. Don’t know who he is? Check this out:
Our worship leaders are Emmaus Blvd. Watch them in action:
And of course, we’re looking forward to seeing our new Bishop — Bishop Robert McElroy!
Sign Up before March 1st
Pick up your packet from the usher tables in the church if you don’t already have one, get your forms filled out, and give everything to me with your $40 fee before March 1st. You really don’t want to miss this day!