Happy Friday L.I.G.H.T. Families –
I hope you all have plans that involve staying out of the cold this weekend. Wow is it chilly!!! Brrrrr…..
As you are settling into your warm comfy couch during the next few days, why not take some time to watch a family movie? If your kids are older, you can try the one featured in one of this month’s Gathering Extenders: The Blind Side. It is a story of a family, a mother in particular, who “courageously steps out of her comfortable routine and takes a risk for the benefit of another person.” Sound familiar? That is just the type of thing we are called to do as followers of Christ.
So pop some corn, grab a blanket, and be inspired this weekend! Then log onto our Gathering Extender page, and tell me about it!
Have a great one!
Good Morning L.I.G.H.T. Families!
I hope you all had a great weekend despite the end of the football season for all of us Patriot fans! And speaking of mourning, that’s the topic of today’s e-thought and the corresponding Gathering Extender that you can find at http://scplight.weebly.com/the-mourning-booth.html.
When I was looking for Gathering Extenders for the month, this one popped right out at me. It speaks of ways to bring healing to someone who mourns. As some of you know, we lost my mother-in-law a few months ago after a short battle with cancer. Since that time, our family has been focusing much of our love and attention on my father-in-law. His pain is immense; each day is a challenge for him to get through. Sometimes he does it well. More often than not though, he just squeaks by. As we see the number of good days begin to ever-so-slowly creep closer to the number of bad, we are learning a lot about the process of mourning. We are learning a lot about the type of healing that we can provide, and the type of healing that has to come from within. It is helpful to be able to look to Jesus and realize that once again we have guidance for this process. The Scriptures, as well as the model that Jesus provided for us during his time walking the earth, can be a comfort and an inspiration to us as we seek healing – for others as well as for ourselves.
Take some time today to check out the link above. Let it inspire you to allow your presence to bring healing to those in your life. It’s not hard, and it can make the world of difference.
Have a great day!
Hi L.I.G.H.T. Families –
I woke up this morning to a blanket of snow, a one hour delay, and this posting on one of my friend’s Facebook walls.
“All children should be taught how to be quiet and reflective. The key to life is balance: rock concerts and symphonies, McDonalds and fine dining, baseball games and art museums, raucous laugh sessions and silence, SpongeBob Squarepants and the nature channel, family pizza night and family prayer. Kids cannot learn their place in the universe unless they first know what the universe holds.
I believe this, I think. The answers are in the quiet. We spend so much time teaching our kids to listen to us, but we should also teach them how to listen to God, truth, loving kindness.”
It reminded me of an article I read in Catholic Digest recently. I love that magazine, it’s a throwback from a childhood way to beat boredom at my Memere’s house, but so relevant today.
The following short excerpt really spoke to me and made me think of all of the fellow parents in the trenches at our L.I.G.H.T. Program. Both the quote above and the article below speak of how we can help equip our kids for life in the world today. And as we saw at this month’s Gathering, that world is broken, which means they need all the help they can get.
So whether you are one of those fellow-parents, or perhaps you know a parent or grandparent who might appreciate the sentiment – below is a statement on why our children should be familiar with the Bible.
“We’ll want to understand why our children need (to be familiar with the Bible): not simply to be better informed Christians or biblically literate (as important as those goals are), but to bring them in deeper contact with the Lord, now and for the rest of their lives.
Our children are growing up in a culture filled with voices and forces inimical to their well-being. And you and I both know that these are quite powerful, very loud, and persistent.
Forming children in the Faith means putting them on the path where they can be strengthened by the graces given to them in the sacramental and devotional life of the Church. It also means giving them another context for living and choosing – one different than contemporary culture gives them, one that is deeply true and real.
When we consciously and purposefully lead our children to listen to the lives of the saints and the story of salvation history as expressed in God’s Word, what we’re doing is leading them to a place in that very different landscape. We’re giving them a world where God’s voice speaks most loudly and human beings – weak, sinful, and flawed, just like us – are gratefully led by the voice to salvation and real peace.
More than anything else, our opportunity as parents and catechists is to teach our children how to listen and to whom to listen.
Guiding them to listen to the Lord in his Word in the Mass, the prayers of the Church, as lived out in the lives of the saints, and in the Bible itself is what we’re called to do – for our children and (in case we’ve forgotten) for ourselves, as well.”
[Excerpt from an article in the January 2013 edition of Catholic Digest, “Give them God’s Word.”]
Good morning L.I.G.H.T. Families!
As promised, I will be letting you know about each of the Gathering Extenders for the month. Spending some time with each of these five activities will help your family ‘Continue the Conversation” that we began at L.I.G.H.T. This is a key component to the model of Faith Formation that we use and will help to provide your students with a strong faith foundation from which they will be able to draw on for the rest of their lives.
During our January Gathering, we explored Brokenness in the world around us, we looked at how we are called to heal and forgive in the way of Jesus who we call ‘Comforter.’ We recited the Prayer of St. Francis together during our prayer time and I hope it did for you what it did for me; made me think, and helped me remember what I am called to do. This prayer provides us with very tangible, easy to understand ways that we can bring healing to the world around us. Very simply explained….
The first part tells us what we can do: Love, instead of hate. Forgive. Share faith with those who doubt. Be hope to those who despair. When things get dark, help to shine Jesus’ light. Where you see sadness, seek to bring joy.
The second part of the prayer reminds us that it’s not all about us: It reminds us to not look to be comforted, but instead to comfort. To understand, instead of trying to always make ourselves understood. Share your love, and trust that you will receive love in return. When we give, that is when we REALLY receive. It is when we forgive, that we can truly feel forgiveness. And finally it reminds us that we cannot have eternal life until we die to self. That statement leaves us a lot to ponder.
Simple, yes. Easy, no. The ideals of the Peace Prayer cannot be accomplished overnight, they will be a work in progress over each of our lifetimes. But if we learn the prayer, if we keep it close to our hearts, we’ll start to live it – one step at a time. And then, guess what?? We’ll be following in the footsteps of Jesus the Comforter. And as we all know – His Way is The Way!
Check out an awesome video of the prayer by Sarah McLachlan in our Gathering Extender. http://scplight.weebly.com/the-peace-prayer.html
Have a great day everyone!
Good Morning L.I.G.H.T. Families –
Thank you all for your participation in last week’s Gatherings where we spoke of the topic of Brokenness in our world and of Jesus the Comforter. The awareness that we all took home from our time together was that we too are called to be a comforter to others – to continue Jesus’ ministry of healing and forgiving in the world around us. I don’t know about you, but even in just the past week, I have seen multiple opportunities to call on Jesus’ lessons to bring healing to the world around me. I was able to use all that we spoke of to help me extend healing to others in different ways. I hope you found the same value in the lesson that we shared.
We did have a number of absences this month due to illness. I pray that those of us who have been sick will find healing soon and are feeling up to par quickly. Everyone take good care during this especially virulent flu season. If you did miss, you can find the make-up work at http://scplight.weebly.com/make-up.html. I do make note of all of the make-up work that is complete and we’ll take information this into consideration when reviewing attendance records at the end of the year. So please, try to attend if at all possible. But if you cannot, the make-up work will give you a taste of what was missed and help keep you on track for what we will be doing the following month. Please feel free to go back and complete lessons from any prior months that you missed as well.
Lastly, don’t forget how important it is to ‘Continue the Conversation’ at home after each Gathering week. This month’s Gathering Extenders (GE’s) are posted and ready to be used at http://scplight.weebly.com/the-comforter.html I urge you to find a few minutes here and there to complete these short activities to enrich your faith life. During the next few weeks, I will be sending brief notes about each of the five GE’s that are available for January. Among them you will find a movie, a musical reflection on the Peace Prayer, a clip from the Skit Guys on mourning, and reflections on the two sacraments that we have been given to help with the healing process in different areas of our lives.
Have a good week everyone! More soon!