April Family of Faith Lesson
As we conclude a year of learning how to walk in the footsteps of Christ, we are reminded that we are called to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect. Jesus modeled this for us throughout His life and work. We learn through the Gospels the importance of the Ten Commandments (OT) and that they are lived out fully in the Beatitudes (NT). Jesus gave us a new Commandment “to love one another’’ (John 13:34-35) and we live this Commandment when we practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. As Christians, the choices we make are vital to growing in love and communion with God and neighbor. Therefore we need to practice good habits (virtues) and develop a good moral conscience!
We are also called to remain united to each other as members of the Body of Christ, in Christian solidarity. We practice solidarity when we share material resources and work for the common care of our home, the earth. Even more, we practice solidarity when we pray with and for one another, bear each other’s sufferings, make sacrifices, unite our sufferings to Christ, and show compassion and kindness to everyone. We can trust that if we follow the signposts Jesus left for us, we will find our way to Him!
Your Catholic Home:
Eucharistic Adoration on Page 224 is not possible given our guidelines to “stay home” and “social distance.” You can, however, make a virtual visit to church and pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament.
This week OLP is live-streaming a Holy Hour which includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary, and Benediction at 7:00 pm. Facebook Live Stream
Another Virtual Adoration option:
Live Eucharistic Adoration from the Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe
In light of the unusual circumstances we find ourselves in today, I have suggested an alternative assignment to workbook activities. Your assignment is to show which Catholic practice or teaching your child is already practicing daily! For example, in my own full house, I’m trying to “bear wrongs patiently,” which is a Spiritual Work of Mercy! (Hint: any of the words italicized in this email) .
Take a photo of yourself, your child or your family practicing any one of the teachings we have learned this year. Then email your photo with a caption of what teaching is being practiced. Email photo to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will post your photo(s) with your caption (no names) on the OLP Instagram account: olpnpchurch. Our hope is that your “faith in action” photos will inspire others during these unprecedented times. Also, let me know if your preference is not to have your photo posted. In any event, your photo will satisfy the FOF requirements for the year.
Thanks to those who have already submitted their photos. (Posted or Unposted)
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